Home > Commentary and Features
Five For Friday #45 -- Soundtrack
posted September 2, 2005
Name Five Pieces of Music That Make You Think of Five Comics
1. Equinoxe Part V, Jean-Michel Jarre: Mind Games I in Cerebus
2. Bron-y-aur Stomp, Led Zeppelin: Bobo's Progress
3. Valentine, The Replacements: Locas (it was the first song he used that I recognized)
4. The Ace of Swords, Alan Parsons Project: Claremont/Byrne X-Men
5. Dead Flowers, Rolling Stones: Safe Area Gorazde
Sean T. Collins
1. the fragile by nine inch nails: When I first read Jimmy Corrigan
(all but the final issue were out at the time), I played this album in the background.
2. "Panic in Detroit" by David Bowie and "The Needle and the Damage Done" by Neil Young: These songs makes me think of the Aladdin Sane and Harvest imagery in Charles Burns's Black Hole
3. Beaucoup Fish by Underworld: This quietly propulsive and warmly futuristic record is very good headphone music for reading the weekly superhero comics.
4. Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks by the Rapture and St. Anger by Metallica: I have very specific memories of listening to these albums on my iPod and reading Mark Gruenwald's Squadron Supreme
while my wife was in a hospital in Philadelphia.
5. I myself have written some comic scripts based on specific songs, including "Rippin Kittin" by Golden Boy featuring Miss Kittin, "Yellow Calx" by Aphex Twin, and "Favorite Cities" by Azure Ray.
1. We're Desperate/X = Locas
2 Odelay/Beck = Souther Salazar
3 Ring Cycle/Wagner = Kirby's New Gods
or Silver Star
, or hell, any Kirby that spaced-out.
4 Shoehorn with Teeth/They Might Be Giants = Neruda
5 Blue Line Swinger/Yo La Tengo = Supermonster
1. Come Around Here, The Jackson Five: Justice League of America
2. I've Seen the Saucers, Elton John: Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth
3. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Elton John: 1st Issue Special (The Dingbats of Danger Street)
4. Fooled Around and Fell In Love, Elvin Bishop: Secret Society of Super-Villains
5. Barracuda, Heart: All-Star Comics
Missed a few of these...
The Star Wars theme -- Dan Dare
, because when I was a wee un, I made up words to it for the Dan Dare
strip, and now I can't hear the tune without thinking of the words.
Hanging Out With Halo Jones -- Transvision Vamp. Is that too obvious?
Superman - R.E.M. reminds me of Animal Man
by Morrison, I guess the usage in the comic was pretty obvious, but it made me go out and get the song.
David Watts - The Kinks Doom Patrol
, by Morrison. I think there's debate over whether the fa fa fa fa fa's Mr Nobody utters are from this or All You Need Is Love by The Beatles, but I always associated it with this sublime track.
Beethoven's V - V For Vendetta
, again, it's pretty obvious.
Albums which I tend to associate with specific comics, usually for reasons of mood evoked as I listened to that album as I read and filtered through the rosy red of nostalgia:
Electric Light Orchestra II -- The Shadow
#2 (DC, 1970's)
Rick Wakeman -- The Six Wives of Henry VIII -- Amazing Adventures Feat. Killraven
Nona Hendryx -- The Art of Defense -- Thriller
Paul & Linda McCartney -- Ram: Mister Miracle
#6 by Kirby
Concrete Blonde -- Free: Shade, the Changing Man
. No one particular issue, but the heart of the Millgan/Bachalo run.
Here's my five bits of music, Tom...
1. "Valentine" by the Replacements. I'll never forget reading an issue of Love & Rockets
in college, when I was listening to "Pleased to Meet Me" every waking hour, and flipping to a page where Ray and company where listening to this song. It's still one of my great comic book moments.
2. "Howlin' at the Moon," the Ramones. Doesn't remind me of any single comic, but somehow seems to conjure up the goofy but hopeful spirit of super-heroes in general. References to Robin Hood and lines like "Winter turns to summer / Sadness turns to fun / Keep the faith, baby / You broke the rules and won" don't hurt.
3. "Superman," covered by REM. Like Steve Block, I always think of that issue of Animal Man
, where Buddy is listening to this song on his Walkman.
4. "In the Garage" by Weezer. It name checks Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler, so I'm put in the mind of reading X-Men
137 (the Phoenix croaks issue) in the basement of a friend's house and being really, really surprised they killed her off. Hey, all these associations can't be pleasant, right?
5. "Ride of the Valkyrie" by Wagner. Always makes me think of '60s DC comics, specifically that Atom and "The Counterfeit Earth" from Mystery in Space
, because this is the theme they used during the early '80s on Nickelodeon's "VIdeo Comics" show, where they showed panels from the comics and had actors read the captions and dialogue. They seems to show the damned "Counterfeit Earth" episode every other day.
1. "She's Real" by Kicking Giant: "I Was Killing When Killing Wasn't Cool" from Zero Zero (Al listened this record obsessively when he drew this)
2. "The Trumpets They Play" by the Action Suits: "The Trumpets They Play" from Blab!
(I think there's four people in the world that know this song, and we were all in the band)
3. "Jaan Pehechaan Ho" by Mohammed Rafi: Ghost World
(more to the point, I hear this song from the movie when I read the comic)
4. "Philosophy of the World" by the Shaggs: Like a Velvet Glove Cast In Iron
(no idea why)
5. "JR Williams Makes Crap" by Dennis Worden: Crap
"Roygbiv" - Boards of Canada: Uncanny X-Men
"Messiah: Overture" - G.F. Handel: Cerebus
"The Twilite Kid" - The Twilight Singers: Preacher
"Sympathy for the Devil" - The Rolling Stones: V for Vendetta
"Wisconsin Wiggles" - R. Crumb and his Keep-on-Truckin' Orchestra: The R. Crumb Handbook