The Dark Knight’s Greatest Hits

The Dark Knight is shattering box office records, and actually worthy of the hype. In college-radio fashion, I thought now would be a good time to revisit some Caped Crusader musical moments.

There is no way we don’t start with the classic theme. Why is this show not available on DVD?

You had probably forgotten about Prince’s “Batdance.” It is my solemn duty to remind you of this awesomeness. Hope I don’t end up in court!

The Homoerotic Adventures of Batman wasn’t a very good movie, but it did feature a good song.

Not only is this a pretty decent U2 tune, but it also reminds us that, in addition to being a criminal mastermind, Harvey “Two-Face” Dent has the ability to transform from Billy Dee Williams into Tommy Lee Jones. Universal Music is lame, so I can only give you a link instead of embedding. This marks the third time I’ve tried to promote their artists and been unable to, and the first two (Martha Wainwright and Tom T. Hall) don’t sell nearly the number of records that U2 does and would probably appreciate the attention. Stupid.

Dr. Dre and Eminem as Batman and Robin in “Business” from The Eminem Show. “Holy whack unlyrical lyrics, Andre!” “To the Rapmobile–let’s go!”

REM wrote a song for Batman Returns but it was rejected. They later released it as “Winged Mammal Theme.” I have no idea why someone thought this was the appropriate background music to footage of two dudes fishing, but I’m grateful I was able to find it at all. This was released as the B-side of “Drive.”

Bonus Track:

My favorite scene from the 1960s Batman movie. Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb.

Have to Wait for the Next Film:

What I was unable to dig up, for better or worse–anything from Jan and Dean Meet Batman ($70 used) or “The Scandalous Sex Suite,” the thirty-minute version of “Scandalous” from the 1989 movie soundtrack.

This blog needs an enema!

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One Response to The Dark Knight’s Greatest Hits

  1. Alex LaPointe says:

    Allegedly, when the original, Tim Burton directed “Batman” was released in 1989, it broke box office records all over the world except for Finland where it tanked. It did great in other Scandinavian countries so Warner Brothers sent some guys to Finland to investigate. Apparently, when the art dept was putting the promo materials together in the US, something was lost in translation and the Finnish title of “Batman” translated to “Flying Mouse Man”, probably because whomever originally translated the text, didn’t know the Finnish word for bat and used “flying mouse” instead. No one in the US caught the mistake and they shipped out the film and promo materials to theaters who displayed “FLYING MOUSE MAN” all over their marquees. Maybe in Finland they just thought is was going to be a stupid comedy like all of Michael Keaton’s other movies except for “Gung-Ho” that movies is the shizzzz.

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