One of the Things I Love the most are pop songs featuring super-hero references. And one of the all-time best is "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" by Jim Croce, which goes a little like this in the chorus:
They say you don't tug on Superman's cape,
You don't spit into the wind,
You don't pull the mask of the ol' Lone Ranger
And you don't mess around with Jim.
Since many of you may be too young to have ever heard of Jim Croce, here's the song. Feel free to name-drop other songs you like that reference super-heroes in the comments!
my dad sings that all the time so this is where it came from
oh and his name is jim
One of my favorite songs is Superman’s song, by the Crash Test Dummies:
From a mix-tape I’ve always wanted to make…
-Jimmy Olsen’s Blues, by the Spin Doctors
-Sunshine Superman, by Donovan
-Ode to a Superhero, by “Weird Al” Yankovic
-Aquaman’s Lament, by Mark Aaron James
-Ghost Rider, by Rollins Band
-Wolverine’s Theme, by Modern Humorist
From the same fount that gave us, “Leroy Brown”!
The most obvious would be:
“I am, I am Superman…and I can do anything….”
Best: Ramones’ cover of Spider-man:
It’s a fun and fun-loving tribute
Worst: Either of these two Marvel Comics produced songs:
Instead of making songs, how about making interesting stories?
it mentions two heros superman and green lantern
Jim Croce is perhaps the greatest singer-songwriter of all time!
@Solander: Love that song. “Afternoons and Coffeespoons” is another favorite.
@Nick: That would be R.E.M. from the album “Life’s Rich Pageant.”
After two weeks, got my wi-fi going! It wasn’t the router, it was my wi-fi card encryption protocol. WPA… AES.. WEP… 124-bit… blah blah blah.
I input my symptoms on WebMD: It told me I have network connectivity problems.
Completely off topic, but I blame Atomic Punk.
Um, there’s that theme from the sitcom ‘Scrubs’ with the “I’m not Superman” line, and “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” by Five For Fighting. Neal Hefti, as I recall, got pretty good radio airplay for his TV ‘Batman’ theme, as did Al Hirt’s TV ‘Green Hornet’ theme (jazzy trumpet rendition of “The Flight of the Bumblebee”), but of course that had no lyrics (not that ‘Batman’ did either, other than “Batman, nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh Batman”). That’s all I got.
Three Doors Down’s song “Kryptonite” is entirely Superman related. One of my favorites.
Atomic Punk (6): Glad to hear your WiFi issues are cleared up. Have you considered professional installation in the future? Or investing in a copy of “Home Networking for Dummies?” Just a thought.
spidercow: (7): Apparently, you forgot the theme for “Wonder Woman” from the Lynda Carter tv series.
All I got is T-Rex’s “Teenage Dream”
And the ragged kid
Are all sad and rusted
Ah, they don’t have a gift
Doesn’t make a lick of sense, but it’s the only thing I’ve heard in the last week that seemed remotely relevant to the topic at hand.
For those who’ve never heard of the late, great Jim Croce, four words: Time In A Bottle. One of the greatest slow, sad, love songs ever…
Let’s not forget the Spin Doctors’ hit album of the early 90’s, “Pocket Full of Kryptonite.”
I also love this bit from the Barenaked Ladies’ “One Week”:
Anybody can make a heroic song with Superman, but Aquaman?! That takes skillz, y’all! Then they go for gold with a Sailor Moon reference:
Good stuff and happily on my iPod.
Nice one Jeff! I’d like to say I’m surprised I forgot that one, but nothing surprises me anymore about what I forget. Still, though, Barenaked Ladies is like the comfort food of music for me at times, so I should have got that one.
Top This! Thundercat and Voltron in the same song!
(Do they qualify as Superheroes?)
Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee – Shake Your Tailfeather
[Verse 3: Murphy Lee] + (Nelly)
Yo, I’m the big booty type
I like em thick with they mind right (Awe)
Banging personality conversate when the time right (Naw)
I’m not hard I got women to handle that
They be like he the man when I’m really a Thundercat
Come on you know the tics connect like Voltron
Collect so much grass popo thinking we mow lawns
Shake Your Tailfeather also makes reference to Starvin’ Marvin!
Can’t believe I forgot the Ballad of Hank Pym:
bad religon do what you want “go to hell with superman and die like a champion” also funkdoobiest superhoes like 40 superhero reference in that one. and jim croce is the man nuff said
Great Country Song by Hal Ketchum
@Myro(11): I reverse engineer everything. Mostly beer into water. :p
Alien Sex Fiend’s version of “Batman”:
I know this doesn’t really count as a superhero song, but I have been singing this all week (ever since I had a Star Wars marathon that was actually brought on by the recent Caption Contest, so… thanks, Jeff!). ANYWAYS, it’s called “The Saga Begins” by “Weird Al” Yankovic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEcjgJSqSRU&feature=BF&list=MLGxdCwVVULXd_3wUbjcTaeOMzHgLLzTIX&index=4
I want to fly like Superman by the Kinks
“look at that brunt out Superman trying to shoot his dust on the sun” from Dolly Dagger by Jimi Hendrix
Iron Man by Black Sabbath
also check this http://www.urbangeek.net/supersongs/a-esongs.html#a
Let’s not forget “Holdin’ Out For a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler.
Probably neither the Marvel nor DC versions, but she mentions Hercules.
And then Superman.
i want a moustache like that 🙂