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It’s not only Hollywood that wants in on the superhero action — Nashville is cutting off its own little slice.
This week country music singer Brad Paisley debuted the animated video for “Crushin’ It,” which transforms some of Nashville’s biggest stars into the “Agents of Crush.” It’s a mishmash of superhero universes, with Paisley as the Iron Man parody Steel Moonshiner, Keith Urban as Captain Australia, Kenny Chesney as Agua Man, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw as the Timcredibles, Carrie Underwood as Carrie Underwoman, Little Big Town as the Guardians of the Grand Ole Opry, and so on.
This time, the quintet have decided to celebrate the release of Mortal Kombat X by tackling the lasting techno theme song from the original series. Sure, some of the adrenaline-pumping power of the original version is a bit lost in the little “doot-doots,” but it’s still pretty fun. Plus, their reactions to the fatality at the end are exactly how I feel every time I see one of the new death scenes. Brutal.
Rapper Jason Chu has released the video for “Marvels,” his new song about his childhood love of superhero comics, his gradual disillusionment with them, and his eventual rediscovery as an adult.
“I started reading comics because they looked tight,” Chu says, “stopped believing in them because of real life. Picked them up again because I chose to believe, the world could be more than what I see around me.”
When it came time to debut the first single from their first studio album in 18 years, Faith No More chose an unlikely venue, Marvel.com. However, once you consider the song’s title, “Superhero,” and bassist Bill Gould’s love for Jack Kirby and the Silver Surfer, it makes perfect sense.
I’m already jealous of those attending the Feb. 28 release party for Spider-Gwen #1 at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte, North Carolina, and not only because it boasts an appearance by creators Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi, and and an after-party performance by Texas indie band Married With Sea Monsters (aka The Mary Janes).
You see, the event also features the release of an exclusive 7-inch white vinyl of “Face It Tiger” by The Mary Janes, with gorgeous art and design by Rodriguez and Renzi. The jacket itself is suitable for framing, but add the record and, well … I’d like multiple copies, please.
Stan Lee is legendary for his cameos, from 1989’s The Trial of the Incredible Hulk to next week’s Agent Carter and 2000’s X-Men to 2014’s Big Hero 6. However, in the rush and the push of the holidays, one of his latest appearances was largely overlooked.
Kotaku catches that the 92-year-old made his Korean pop debut with a role in the new music video for “”Gwiyomi Song 2,” by actress/singer Clara. Lee, who met the actress/singer during her visit to the United States, shows up during the credits (4:11) in a setting quite familiar to anyone who’s seen “Stan’s Rants.”
I’d apologize for ingraining the theme to the ’90s X-Men cartoon in your head, but 1.) I’m not actually sorry; 2.) it was probably rattling around in there anyway; and 3.) this a cappella rendition is pretty entertaining.
The video comes from The Warp Zone, the nerdy sketch-comedy group that previously released a cappella versions of the themes to Darkwing Duck, Captain Planet and Game of Thrones, among other shows. So, if you’ve seen any of those, you know what you’re getting here — namely, a fun take on a tune that most of us know by heart, delivered in an earnest fashion. Heck, they even do appropriate costumes (well, T-shirts, in any case), slash claws, toss playing cards and … make a microphone tremble?
I’m not sure why this hilariously kitschy video has begun making the rounds on Facebook, but I’m grateful that it has, as there are few things as wonderful as this poorly choreographed musical number featuring the World’s Scrawniest Thor and Most Miserable Karate Guy.
As you can probably tell from the introduction, to say nothing of the 10-foot-tall letters in the background, it’s from Brazilian television network SBT’s version of Bozo the Clown, in 1979 or 1980.
I’m not sure why, four years after its release, this cover of the Wonder Woman TV theme song is making the rounds, but I’m incredibly happy it is. Performed by the Ontario band The Bombsters, it’s delightfully earnest, and the perfect way to end a cold and dreary day.
And, yes, the drummer is wearing a Batman-like mask, but it’s not only for this video. That’s Mr. Somebody, who … apparently wears a mask during performances. I dunno. Fun little drum solo, though.
Even if you’re not big on Christmas carols, you’ll likely find something to enjoy in this new video from James Covenant, who edits together movie clips to make the heroes and villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe sing “Joy to the World,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and, in Groot solo number, “Jingle Bells.”
Covenant is also the mastermind behind last year’s “Let It Snow!” video featuring Jean-Luc Picard.
The name of the soundtrack for the Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix Volume 1, suggests that at some point we could see a second volume. However, before Volume 1 sold more than 500,000 copies, there was actually a “Volume Zero” — or at least a playlist put together by director James Gunn and production sound mixer Simon Hayes and used between takes on the set of the Marvel blockbuster.
Considering the soundtrack has sold more than 540,000 copies, odds are that you already own Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1. But on the off-chance that you don’t, a digital version is now available for free to U.S. residents on Google Play. Canadians apparently can download it for 99 cents.
The soundtrack will arrive Nov. 28 on cassette from Marvel Music/Hollywood Records, available exclusively at independent retailers associated with Record Store Day. For sale through Dec. 31, each cassette will come with a digital download.
Mondo, which in July debuted the Batman: The Animated Series theme on 7-inch vinyl, is now thinking even bigger: namely, a special die-cut 12-inch single.
Featuring a gatefold jacket designed by Phantom City Creative, the record will come in versions: black and black with gray splatter. Mondo already has 1,000 copies pressed, which will go on sale Friday at a random time (as usual, keep an eye the collectible-art boutique’s Twitter feed for the announcement). Once those are gone, they’ll shift to preorders that will be re-pressed as needed, and shipped early next year.
Rapper Ghostface Killer makes no bones about his love of comic books, occasionally even using the alias Tony Starks. For his 2013 album Twelve Reasons to Die, he ventured into comics himself with a companion series featuring contributions by such artists as Paolo Rivera, Francesco Francavilla, Ben Templesmith and Ron Wimberly.
For his follow-up 36 Seasons, due out Dec. 9, Ghostface is once again turning to comics talent, this time for a booklet included with the album. Produced by Matthew Rosenberg, who wrote the Twelve Reasons to Die comic, the booklet includes art from the likes of Ming Doyle, David Lapham, Michael Walsh, Palle Schmidt, Tyler boss, Artyom Trakhanov and Aaron Conley.
Musician Andy Grammer turned to the Golden Age or his latest music video “Honey I’m Good,” an ode to faithfulness in the face of temptation, using panels from old sci-fi and romance comics to illustrate a narrative of a handsome guy turning down the advances of glamorous women (one of them green).
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, Grammer calls the song “a relationship anthem,” saying, “I’m out on tour all the time, there are a lot of beautiful women on tour, I’m a married man and part of being in a relationship is saying no to really cute girls.” The video ends with a classic romance-comic reunion.