Come with me, my listeners, as we break the bonds of our podcasting confinement and get our mix tape on. I’ve got my CD’s picked out, a fresh new 220 minute blank cassette and I am seriously ready to hit pause instead of stop so there’s no clicking as you listen.
That’s right, folks. It’s time to listen to some Superman movie music.
And not just any Superman movie music. As John Cusak said in the movie High Fidelity, “Now the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art.” The easy thing to do would be to just play all of the opening and closing themes to the various Superman movies and be done with it. But that would be boring and repetitive. I’m sure I could have gotten some mileage out of comparing the various themes and pointing out how different composers subtly changed the order of the music or what they left out but again that could get really boring, really fast. More to the point there is more to Superman movie music than the Williams theme and by that I mean there are more themes both for the character and in the various movies as well.
Plus, the selection needed to be personal. This is my mix tape so it needs to reflect my sensibilities.
With that in mind I put together a track list comprising of music from most (but not all) of the theatrical adventures of the Man of Steel. We start back in the forties with the Fleischer theme, get into the theme to the two Superman serials, add in some Superman vs The Mole Men and then things start getting interesting as I go through the scores of Superman The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Supergirl, Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, Superman Returns and Man of Steel and pick out the tracks and pieces of music that speak to me the most. These are the tracks that I go to time and again when I want to hear some Superman music.
After that I look some of the solicitations of upcoming Superman trade paperback and hardcover collections because I thought it would be fun. This is followed by YOUR feedback, so there are Facebook comments, comments left here at the site and even an iTunes review!
Next Time: Just in time for the new season of Supergirl on the CW I’ll be doing a commentary track for the first two episodes of season 2 because they featured some guy named Superman.