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September 2, 2011 3:58 AM   Subscribe

Spiderman - The Ramones

You've heard of tribute bands? Well here's a tribute post. Channeling Mr. Dr. flapjax at midnite a samling of covers from the album Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits

Sugar, Sugar - Mary Lou Lord (with Semisonic)

The Tra La La Song - Liz Phair

Speed Racer - Sponge

Joise and the Pussycats - Juiliana Hatfield

Underdog - Butthole Surfers

Johnny Quest - Reverand Horton Heat

Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah - Violent Femmes

Popeye - Face to Face

Hong Kong Phooey - Sublime

Happy Happy Joy Joy - Wax

That is all.
posted by three blind mice (49 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is the record I put on when I make my kids clean the living room.

Also: You're missing Helmet's Gigantor.
posted by stinkycheese at 4:19 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Jetsons theme song extended
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:19 AM on September 2, 2011


WtF? Where is Helmet's version of Gigantor? Booooooooooo! Booooooooo on this post, I say!
posted by Eideteker at 4:20 AM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I was saying Boo-urns.
posted by Eideteker at 4:21 AM on September 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


Matthew Sweet does Scooby Doo, Where Are You?
posted by stinkycheese at 4:26 AM on September 2, 2011


Woo-hoo! Fun post, 3BM, and thanks for the little shout out!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:33 AM on September 2, 2011


a samling of covers

Oops. Poor spelling, not Swenglish. (it should read "sampling"; "samling" means collection in Swedish so it could have worked too.) Leave it as it is though - tribute bands are never as good as the original.

Thanks for filling in the blanks friends.
posted by three blind mice at 4:34 AM on September 2, 2011


Yeah, I don't know. You can probably go too far with this sort of thing.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:46 AM on September 2, 2011


Don't forget the "Ghoulies Get Together" (misspelled) by the Toadies.

I'm shocked, SHOCKED that nobody has covered the hit song from the Groovie Ghoulies show, "Chick-A-Boom". Made #9 on the US singles charts and way outrocked anything from The Archies.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:48 AM on September 2, 2011


See also Cartoon Network's animated Groovies, including Pain's Jabberjaw, Michael Kohler's Josie and the Pussycats, and The Apples in Stereo's Powerpuff Girls.
posted by Rhaomi at 4:48 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Spiderman? I'm a huge fan.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:02 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yay! What a happy thing to wake up to!

Here are two more from The Dickies:
- Banana Splits (aka The Tra La La Song)
- Gigantor
posted by Room 641-A at 5:07 AM on September 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


Missing: Led Zeppelin's cover of Gilligan's Island and The Beatles' cover of Green Acres.
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:13 AM on September 2, 2011


Awesome album, great post!
posted by immlass at 5:39 AM on September 2, 2011


Spiderman - Moxy Früvous
posted by plinth at 5:42 AM on September 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


I was in a band. We played one show. During our set we played 10 original songs and we also did a rendition of the Duck Tales theme. You can guess which song got the best reception.
posted by 256 at 5:43 AM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


The Jeopardy thinking music song: Metal version, Hip Hop, French Horn, A Capella. Need more time? You have 3 hours.
posted by twoleftfeet at 6:22 AM on September 2, 2011


Twee is love. ♪♫♥
posted by jwhite1979 at 6:25 AM on September 2, 2011


Oh man. I love this record. I love the Ramones. I love Spiderman. But that really is a pretty uninspired track.

Thanks for all the other ones, though. It makes me yearn for commercials. One in particular, actually: I think I need to track down a copy of the Carvel [fresh!] cover that some Connecticut hardcore band (Skeletal Ambitions, maybe?) did back in the day.
posted by dersins at 6:27 AM on September 2, 2011


Spider-Man, not Spiderman. GET IT RIGHT, FELLOW NERDS!
posted by dogwelder at 6:29 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


plinth, I was going to post that myself. That's the best version, for sure. :)
posted by Malor at 6:34 AM on September 2, 2011


Spider-Man, not Spiderman. GET IT RIGHT, FELLOW NERDS!

When people spell it "spiderman" I like to pronounce it "SPIH-der-mn" like it's a last name like Peterman or Biederman.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:35 AM on September 2, 2011


When people spell it "spiderman" I like to pronounce it "SPIH-der-mn" like it's a last name like Peterman or Biederman.

Irving Spiderman, who needs a Shabbos goy to perform the actual webbing-up of criminals on the Sabbath.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 6:43 AM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Spider Man is a Jew!
posted by twoleftfeet at 7:12 AM on September 2, 2011


"Irving Spiderman, who needs a Shabbos goy to perform the actual webbing-up of criminals on the Sabbath."

I know a guy. He's a goy. Of course. He's a guy who's a goy.

But webbing? He knows.
posted by Eideteker at 7:26 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I ate pizza with Joey Ramone once... such a sweet boy!
posted by markkraft at 7:45 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


The list is incomplete without Powerglove - X-men
posted by zephyr_words at 8:18 AM on September 2, 2011


Aw, I've had this CD for years. I've always wanted to have "Eep Opp Ork Ah-ah" be the first dance song at my wedding (some sort of swing dance). I played it for the future Mr Vortex a few weeks ago and he said "NO WAY". Bummer.
posted by Elly Vortex at 8:56 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Spiderman yt - Moxy Früvous
posted by plinth

plinth, I was going to post that myself. That's the best version, for sure. :)


Personally, I was thinking WORST RECORDING OF ANY SONG EVER!!! In fact, the only reason I clicked on this thread was to register my profound loathing of the Spiderman theme. Even at a very early age (maybe six), it struck me as profoundly trite, dumb, irritating and ... childish. Moxy Fruvos just take it deeper into the foulest depths of the foul.

Jonny Quest on the other hand. That shit rocks eternal. The music and the show.
posted by philip-random at 9:22 AM on September 2, 2011


I just discovered this this week: General Johnston and Joey Ramone -- Rockaway Beach.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:05 AM on September 2, 2011


I have a copy of this CD at home, somewhere. I digitized it ages ago and the CD is somewhere buried in my basement. LOVE it. Gigantor is probably my favourite track on the album
posted by antifuse at 11:02 AM on September 2, 2011


Also, the Butthole Surfers' Underdog is pretty awesome too :)
posted by antifuse at 11:09 AM on September 2, 2011


Oh man. I love this record. I love the Ramones. I love Spiderman. But that really is a pretty uninspired track.

Thanks for all the other ones, though. It makes me yearn for commercials. One in particular, actually: I think I need to track down a copy of the Carvel [fresh!] cover that some Connecticut hardcore band (Skeletal Ambitions, maybe?) did back in the day.


Was it Zombie Squad?
posted by anoirmarie at 12:08 PM on September 2, 2011


Also, the Butthole Surfers' Underdog is pretty awesome too :)

I remember when this record came out noticing that there's 32 syllables in each verse and when the BH Surfers play it, each verse takes about 4-1/2 seconds! If the music thing doesn't work out, Gibby has a brilliant future as an auctioneer. Sold, American!

the only reason I clicked on this thread was to register my profound loathing of the Spiderman theme.

I could not feel more different. Harris and Webster's theme for the 1960s cartoon show was, like Neil Hefti's Bat-Man theme, I believe designed to be kitchy but transcended that scene almost from the start from sheer groove.

I agree that the Ramones do a poor job of it. Here, check out Frank Vignola or even Dominik Plebanek.
 
posted by Herodios at 12:38 PM on September 2, 2011


like Neil Hefti's Bat-Man theme, I believe designed to be kitchy but transcended that scene almost from the start from sheer groove.

Batman cuts it because there's no vocals, no dumb lyrics -- just that cool "batMAN!" blast of horn shots. The Spiderman theme may be the greatest piece of melody, groove etc ever written but the inane lyrics kill it dead dead DEAD (for me anyway).

Link Wray's take on the Batman theme.
posted by philip-random at 1:23 PM on September 2, 2011


@philip-random: NOW you're talkin' !!
posted by Twang at 1:24 PM on September 2, 2011


As far as I know, none of the Spider-Man movies have featured The Ramones version of the song. WTF? I mean, they're a Queens band, Peter Parker's from Queens... Rockaway Beach boy grumbles...
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 1:30 PM on September 2, 2011


Link Wray's take on the Batman theme

which I should've pointed out doesn't have the horn blasts but succeeds regardless simply because Link Wray is cool.
posted by philip-random at 1:31 PM on September 2, 2011


Wait.

Wait, wait, wait.

See, there is a problem here. And that problem is the Jonny Quest theme.

Why is this a problem? I will tell you, so sit down.

See, on the original Saturday Morning CD, the Jonny Quest theme wraps up... hangs for a moment on a quartet of drawn out chords... and then goes into another cartoon theme.

"Oh, Muttley, those medals you wear on your moth-eaten chest..."

Yeah. Dick Dastardly And His Flying Machines. And it is a glorious version of it.

The fact that it plunges from one into the other is part of how amazingly awesome it is.

(And while the Matthew Sweet cover of the "Scooby Doo, Where Are You" theme is cool, it sounds mind-bogglingly like the original, including Matthew Sweet sounding like the original vocalist. Bizarre.)
posted by mephron at 1:54 PM on September 2, 2011


(also that track is magic to me as *WARNING NERD ALERT* it gave me the inspiration I needed to get myself out of a corner I wrote myself into running a tabletop RPG, so I love it a bit more than perhaps some might think it deserves.)
posted by mephron at 1:55 PM on September 2, 2011


The Spiderman theme may be the greatest piece of melody, groove etc ever written but the inane lyrics kill it dead dead DEAD (for me anyway).

I love those lyrics. I think they're fabaroo.
 
posted by Herodios at 2:19 PM on September 2, 2011


I listened to this album a LOT in the 90s.
posted by k8t at 2:28 PM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Vote for your favorite theme song here.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:31 PM on September 2, 2011


A sentimental favorite of mine...the Batman theme, as played by The Jam.
posted by gimonca at 6:49 PM on September 2, 2011


How about Sun Ra doing Batman?
posted by stinkycheese at 1:45 AM on September 3, 2011


No dumb lyrics in the Batman theme? The lyrics, in their entirety, are "NANA NaNa nana NaNa NANA NaNa nana NaNa BATMAN!!! (repeat)"
posted by BurnChao at 1:48 AM on September 3, 2011


The Ramones are cool and all but on balance I think I lean towards Apollo 440's cover.
posted by El Mariachi at 8:18 AM on September 3, 2011


The lyrics, in their entirety, are "NANA NaNa nana NaNa NANA NaNa nana NaNa BATMAN!!

Which is why I always thought someone should do a mashup of the Batman theme and the last half of Hey Jude.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:43 AM on September 4, 2011


The Hulk joins The Ramones
posted by homunculus at 1:10 PM on September 6, 2011


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