Monday, September 29, 2008

Spider-Man Theme Song (67)

The theme song for Spider-Man has become one of the most well known theme songs in history and has become the ultimate description of Spider-Man, his powers and his character. The song, written by Bob Harris with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, sets the tone for the whole series with its fun lyrics and uptempo boogie feel.

A wonderfully animated sequence by Grantray-Lawrence Animation accompanies the tune to add dynamic visuals to the dynamic song. However, the opening scene is not perfect. Look for this mistake: When Spider-Man is looking down to the jewelry store from across the street the sign reads "JEWLERY" but a second later when Spider-Man swings down to the building the sign has changed to the correct spelling of "JEWELRY"!

Spider-Man, Spider-Man,
Does whatever a spider can.
Spins a web, any size.
Catches thieves just like flies.
Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man!

Is he strong? Listen, bud.
He's got radioactive blood.
Can he swing from a thread?
Take a look overhead.
Hey there! There goes the Spider-Man!

In the chill of night,
At the scene of the crime,
Like a streak of light,
He arrives just in time.

Spider-Man, Spider-Man,
Friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man!
Wealth and fame? He's ignored.
Action is his reward!
To him, life is a great big bang-up.
Wherever there's a hang-up,
You'll find the Spider-Man!

Cover versions:

Aerosmith recorded a special rock version for the 2002 Spider-Man movie soundtrack. Note: Eight years earlier, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry recorded and sang the theme song to the 1994 Spider-Man animated series.

Apollo 440 covered the theme song for a Spider-Man video game in 2001.

Candy Band is a kid's punk band made up of four stay-at-home moms. This track appears on their 2005 release LolliPunk.

The Distillers recorded this different take on the song for the 2004 Spider-Man 2 video game.

Fuego Indio or Indian Fire recorded a Spanish version of the song for his 2002 album Spiderman

Michael Bublé covered the theme in his big band style for the 2004 Spider-Man 2 movie soundtrack. This could be the best Spider-Man cover ever made.

Moxy Früvous gave this classic song a nice a capella for their 1993 debut album Bargainville.

The Mr. T Experience serves us a fun version of the Spider-Man theme from their Love American Style 7" single in 1991. It can also be found on CD on the 1997 rerelease of Big Black Bugs Bleed Blue Blood.

The Ramones - From the 1995 compilation album Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits. The track can also be found on a few of the Ramones' actual albums: It was included as a bonus track on the vinyl version of ¡Adios Amigos! and two different live versions can be found on Greatest Hits Live and We're Outta Here.

Richard Cheese and his lounge band take popular rock songs and "loungafy" them. This is off their album of TV theme songs, Dick at Nite.

The String Cheese Incident often performs this instrumental cover at their live shows.

Tenacious D, in his typical Jack Black style, takes this song and makes it completely ridiculous and adds a bunch of swear words. Not a great cover, but the crowd in the recording seems to think it's hilarious.

Tim Tamashiro is a Canadian jazz singer and CBC Radio 2 personality. This version has more of a rockabilly style and can be found on the Swing-a-Billy Chartbusters compilation cover album.

Ugress, a popular Norwegian electronica group, recorded this version in 2002 for their debut album, Resound.

And of course, who could forget the best scene in The Simpsons Movie - Spider-Pig!

Other covers include The Hyannis Sound, Brian May, The Flaming Lips, The Ultimate Generation, and many more. I'll post more covers here as I get them.

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Neddi said...

Cool stuff! :)
Where do you have the The String Cheese Incident version from? 'Cause I'm searching for an instrumental version of the song atm.

Anonymous said...

With Ray Ellis Death in 2008 dont we all think the score for season 1 should be released from this classic toon ?

Sofian Rahmani said...

Wow, amazing! Really appreciate your work, pal!

Can you put up the other covers too, please? That'd be really great; having all covers on one site.