Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
In a perfect world, the second standalone Star Wars film, following Rogue One, would star Darth Vader and Boba Fett as a pair of chrome helmet-wearing electronic dance music DJs who set out on their bicycle and skateboard to recruit young Jedi to the Dark Side and conquer the galaxy with killer beats.
But it’s not a perfect world, so instead we’ll simply enjoy “Dark Punk: The Funk Awakens,” which is all that and more. Directed and produced by Brian Curtin, it’s easily the best Star Wars music video/Daft Punk sendup you’ll see, well, probably ever.
Metal rockers and icons Iron Maiden have been melting faces for 40 years, which happens to be just about as long as arcade games. Noticing the similar timelines, Maiden decided to celebrate the history of digital gaming in the music video for their first new single in five years, “Speed of Light”.
In the clip, the band’s loyal mascot, Eddie, takes a journey through video game history in order to complete a sacrificial offering to, presumably, the Gods of Rock and Roll. He battles his way through four worlds created in the style of four different decades of gaming. From a pixelated climbing game akin to Donkey Kong to a classic side-scrolling action shooter, Eddie takes on baddies of all sorts to reach the heart at the end of each level. After taking down The Beast himself in a Mortal Kombat styled fight, he gets behind the gun in a first-person shooter to beat the final boss.
Nothing says metal quite like a green sweater, pink shirt and spectacles, and nothing says Nedal like the Ned Flanders-inspired band Okilly Dokilly.
The Phoenix-based quintet — Head Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, Stead Ned and Bled Ned — calls itself “the world’s only Nedal band,” a claim that’s difficult to dispute. “Most of our songs are direct Ned quotes,” states Okilly Dokilly’s Facebook page.
To accompany the release of The Magic Whip, Blur has teamed with a Hong Kong artist to create a comic inspired by the band’s first studio album in 12 years.
Drawn by KongKee of Penguin Lab, Travel to Hong Kong With Blur pays tribute to the city where the album was recorded, and from which it draws influence.
Three years ago, British musician/DJ/producer Akira the Don performed at the first (and, alas, only) MorrisonCon, and even appeared on a panel with Grant Morrison. Now, it seems, the writer is returning the favor.
This morning, Midnitemen — it’s a collaboration between Akira the Don and Wade Crescent — released the video for its debut single “Killer,” starring none other than Morrison, who does very Morrison-esque things, like glare maniacally.
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.