Some of the fascinating realizations in gathering these Batman songs has been that whereas the Caped Crusader has completely nothing on Superman within the disco division, he’s acquired it everywhere in the Man of Metal in terms of 60s r&b. There are some significantly kick-ass songs in that style they usually simply comprise the most effective of the music I’ve heard on this undertaking.
I’ve additionally realized that Batman has fairly a presence in hip hop, a style outdoors of my purview however one which I hope somebody with extra information will deal with sooner or later, as a result of there’s so much on the market.
Subsequent week we transfer onto songs about the remainder of the Batman Household, however should you take pleasure in this submit, I invite you to go check out Half 1 and Half 2 of my Songs about Batman collection, and perhaps even my assortment of songs about Superman and the Superman Household. If nothing else, these will refill your day.
And as my very own private Batman Trilogy involves an finish, I supply, as soon as once more, an inventory of bands performing the 1966 Batman TV theme, in all probability the most-recorded superhero music ever within the historical past of superheroes and music. Go take heed to variations by The Kinks, The Bat Boys, TBA, Hawaii Samurai, Megaraptor, Clarinet Fusion, Tony Monserrat, Sheena and the Rockets, Maxwell Davis, Larkhall Flute Ensemble, Adam West The Bat, Rusted Apple, Lipstick Pickups, Washington Lifeless Cats, The Malibus, The Erie County Monster Hunters, Lyn Taitt and the Jets, Kartoon Krew, Bobby Valentin, and Pylon. Or simply take heed to an entire album by The Villains constructing on the theme.
Bob Schneider – Batman
Austin, Texas-based musician Schneider gives this rollicking country-cajun monologue from Batman — however you possibly can name him Bob. This Batman listens to his personal theme track whereas he and Robin hang around with a six-pack and a bong, and takes the women again to the Batcave. This track speaks for itself, and it speaks fairly properly for what it’s. I wouldn’t have anticipated to like this track as a lot as I do. And I do. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
The Shapes – I Noticed Batman within the Launderette
The 1979 single from British punk band The Shapes is just about about what the title says, and is a superb little bit of catchy old-style punk that comes with the Bat-theme for a sloppy, fantastic guitar solo in the midst of the track. Additionally they gave the world such awesomeness as “Let’s Go (To Planet Skaro)” and “Wot’s For Lunch Mum” and have turn out to be a type of indispensible sidenotes that pop up typically in music historical past. No assortment is full with out one thing from these guys. Additionally, take a look at this cowl model by The Phantasms only for enjoyable. Purchase it right here or
Siguarajazz Orquesta – Nocturno Batman
This may technically rely as a canopy model of the Batman TV theme, positive, however whereas nearly all of covers hold with this system, this one veers mightily and turns into its personal factor, immediately making it one thing value highlighting. This band from Medellín, Colombia and its dealing with of this music firmly locations the kitsch of the unique theme into the popular noir of the comedian and up to date movies however in a mambo type. Chic! The band additionally gives “Supermambo,” from the viewpoint of Clark Kent, apparently.
Jumpin Gene Simmons – The Batman
Not the objectionable Kiss frontman, this Gene Simmons began his rockabilly profession on the Solar label in 1958 and he’s principally recognized for his one hit “Haunted Home” in 1964. Two years later and he jumped on the Batman music juggernaut, co-writing this track, which relates some Batman and Robin adventures.
Earl Sixteen – Batman & Robin
This 1984 reggae launch from the Jamaican-born singer references “Rockin’ Robin” and “Entire Lotta Rockin’ Tonight” amongst different songs. “All crime is prevented by the Batman,” he sings. This hyperlink additionally consists of the flip-side, “Bat Fhink,” which appears to be a dub model of the A-side.
Sleepy Kitty – Batman the Experience
It’s about Batman, positive, however a DIFFERENT Batman, the one you climb into, sit down inside, and put together for thrills. The primary Batman rollercoaster appeared at Six Flags Nice America in Chicago within the 1990s, and was profitable sufficient to construct them in a bunch of different Six Flags parks. The journey itself takes passengers by way of Gotham Metropolis. Probably the most notorious facet of the Batman rides was in 2008, when somebody was decapitated by the Six Flags Over Georgia model not whereas driving it, however whereas trespassing too near the experience after leaping a fence. As for Sleepy Kitty, yow will discover out extra about them at their web site. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
The Spotlights – Batman and Robin
“I do know, I’ll be Batman,” concludes the introductory origin on this 1966 single produced by Snuff Garrett, who co-wrote it with, of all individuals, Leon Russell. However it will get higher. The Spotlights are literally Greg and Duane Allman earlier than they hit it massive. By 1968, Duane was a serious success as a studio musician for individuals like Eric Clapton, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, and lots of extra. By the top of 1969, the Allman Brother Band debuted. And on October 29, 1971, he sadly died in a motorbike accident. Greg chugged together with the Allman Brothers Band and solo work, was married to Cher for awhile, and died in 2017. Whether or not you recognize their music or not, they definitely have been legends and this can be a nice time capsule of their earliest work. Garrett later rereleased this on an album of comedian ebook songs and credited it to The Tremendous Dupers.
Bruce Springsteen – I’m A Rocker
Some may dispute my inclusion of this in an inventory of Batman songs because it solely actually mentions the Batmobile, however I feel it’s worthy since a) each the Boss and Batman are named Bruce, b) the Batmobile is evoked as a brag of issues he truly owns for the only function of being there for the gal he’s singing the track to, and c) he additionally mentions Kojak and Columbo as cowards who’ve deserted her regardless that he’s on the prepared to save lots of her from hazard. All of this provides as much as a great track that deserves to be on this listing. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
The Stolen Minks – Batman (You’re the Intercourse)
One other worthy storage basher concerning the Caped Crusader, this time coming from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Taken from the Stolen Minks’ 2006 launch Household Boycott, the band featured Rachelle Goguen on drums. If that identify’s acquainted, you in all probability know Rachelle from her long-running comics weblog Dwelling Between Wednesdays. I don’t assume the band is collectively anymore, this music ought to encourage you to go decide up something you possibly can by the band.
Solar Ra – Unmask the Batman
From an extended unreleased radio station session that popped up on the Of Summary Goals album, which was launched final yr. With vocals by James Jacson, it’s an summary blues jam with some chanting from the band and braggadocio that “I’m gonna’ do what the Joker couldn’t do, I’m gonna’ unmask the Batman.” If Solar Ra’s cosmic jazz stylings are somewhat too on the market for you, you would all the time make do with this 1966 album of Batman-themed groovy instrumentals that he and members of his band recorded as “The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale.” Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Joe Tex & Hugh Black – Batman & Robin
This isn’t the Joe Tex the R&B singer from the 1960s, however moderately a 1981 launch from a reggae artist with the identical identify who appears to have had a extra modest profession. I don’t know the precise rely, however at this level I’ve featured a number of reggae songs that includes Batman and that’s one thing I didn’t anticipate from this journey.
Tommy and the Derbys – I Noticed Batman
Tommy’s having a nasty day, however he activates the TV and sees his good friend Batman doing the watusi and that appears to cheer him up. Cheered me up. Tommy’s full identify is Thomas Gadson. He recorded this track in 1967 because the flip-side to a track referred to as “Socking It Again,” a reasonably superior instrumental. They recorded a single the yr earlier than, however beforehand Gadson was in a doo-wop band referred to as The Carpets together with his brother Thomas, which apparently morphed into the Derbys. He later had some involvement in a single within the ’70s attributed to Spiderman and that includes the b-side “Spiderman Shuffle,” the one proof of which I discovered on eBay for an excessive amount of cash.
Donald Trump – Batman Theme
I didn’t initially intend to function a model of the Batman theme on this record, however guidelines are made to be damaged and if Donald Trump can utterly reside by these phrases, why can’t I do the identical, a minimum of in regard to lists of songs about superheroes? That is some amusing sampling work by Barrymore and if we will’t have an honest, competantly-run nation, we will at the least have this, proper?
Hank Wallis – That Man, Batman
This isn’t Ray Stevens, however there positive is one thing Ray Stevensesque about it. Targeted totally on the response of the crowds who witness Batman saving the day, the track options incredulous, hillbilly-like exclamations from witnesses, who additionally point out Shazam and Marvel Lady and the Inexperienced Hornet. Unusually I can’t discover out something about Wallis although he positive has recorded a whole lot of songs. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Wammo – Batman
I’m not precisely positive all the cope with Wammo, however he’s apparently from Austin TX and apparently was within the film Slacker, which appears about proper. That is his story of a childhood obsessive about the Batman TV present that leads to a traumatic occasion that finally ends up giving him a wierd sort of hope. This can be a story each geeky child can in all probability relate to indirectly and it’s a terrific Batman music that will get to the guts of the character’s impression on youngsters.
Gate Wesley and Band – (Zap! Pow!) Do the Batman
One other nice R&B dance music, this one from 1966 and having a James Brown vibe. This was the one document Wesley ever put out. It featured Billy LaMont on vocals. LaMont had an extended profession you can examine.
Adam West – The Story of Batman
No countdown of Batman songs value something escapes the inclusion of a singing Batman himself, and on this one, we’ve got a singing Batman singing about Batman. Recorded in 1976, West does a spoken phrase bit because the Caped Crusader himself between a back-up
refrain going over the obscure “story” of Batman. It’s fairly humorous stuff, with West giving secret directions to one thing particular you are able to do when you have the precise, bodily document. This was the b-side to the music “Batman and Robin,” which has West performing together with a Burt Ward soundalike and the identical singing refrain offering the musical half round a narrative concerning the Dynamic Duo making an attempt to catch a villain named The Tickler.
Ten years earlier West recorded the amusing single “Miranda” that options him truly singing in elements for a novelty report that options West as Batman flirting with the lady within the title and truly brushing apart Robin — within the music known as “Boy Genius” — in favor of the flirtation, regardless of Robin’s declare of a menace from a villain named Mr. ACDC.
Wally Wingert and the Caped Membership – Adam West
Within the annals of songs about Batman, this music from 1989 is THE ONLY ONE that’s truly a parody of the Escape Membership track “Wild Wild West” however is quite a bit higher. The one oe. Wingert went on to develop into a prolific voice actor and truly performed the Riddler within the Batman: Arkham collection.
Mike and Bernie Winters – That Man Batman
These in style comic brothers from England recorded this in 1966 and took the chance to dis British espionage heroes like James Bond and John Drake in addition to all Batman’s villains. Bernie truly will get to team-up with Batman later within the music for a caper in London as Clockman causes hassle at Massive Ben.
Wire – Ex Lion Tamer
I’m as stunned as anybody to comprehend that the legendary Brit punk/post-punk band recorded a track about Batman. Nicely, type of. It’s about watching TV and although the Lone Ranger is in there, Batman and Robin are sung about. And fish fingers. It’s all good. Purchase it right here or stream on Spotify.
X – Batman
This isn’t the X that everyone knows, however that doesn’t imply they’re not the actual factor. A primary-wave punk band from Australia, their first album was recorded one afternoon in 1979, although that they had been performing since 1977. The band cut up aside shortly afterwards after which recorded a pair different albums someday after 1983. As for the track, it’s a enjoyable, punchy punk ditty that pines for an actual Batman to maintain issues. Purchase it right here or stream on Spotify.