Monday, February 8, 2016

Bat-Music #6 - Link Wray & His Ray Men - Batman Theme

Bat-Music #6 - Link Wray & His Ray Men - Batman Theme
Raw. Freaking. Power.  One of the greatest guitar players of all time tears the Batman theme song to shreds.  "Ow!  Zap!  Ow!  Pow!  Ow!  Ooh!  Bang!  Ow!  Ooh!  Ow!  Zip!  Zap!"  Easily my favorite Batman theme cover.

Link Wray & His Ray Men - Batman Theme

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Sonics - Boom (1966)

The Sonics - Boom (1966)

Released 50 years ago...
The Sonics - Boom

The Sonics are one of the most powerful, hardest, and dirtiest sounding bands of the 1960s, and are often credited with inventing what we now call "punk rock."  In 1966, they followed up their explosive 1965 debut lp "Here Are the Sonics!!!" with their second album, "Boom."  While Boom doesn't have any tracks that stand out to the level of "Strychnine" or "The Witch" from their first album, it is still loud, powerful, monster of a record.

The Sonics - He's Waitin'


The Sonics - Louie Louie


The Sonics - Cinderella

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Batman, Episode 8 - Rats Like Cheese (1966)

Batman, Episode 8 - Rats Like Cheese (1966)
50 years ago today...
"Rats Like Cheese," the eighth episode of the Batman TV series, premiered on February 3rd, 1966.  This episode saw Batman and Robin continue their battle against Mr. Freeze, as introduced in the previous episode.  Mr. Freeze is even LESS exciting in this episode, as he spends all of his time in his refrigerated headquarters, so he never wears his costume, or uses his freeze gun.  Basically he's just a weird German guy in a smoking jacket.  Yay.

Batman and Robin Trapped in Mr. Freeze's Lair

Bat-Facts for Rats Like Cheese: 

Special Guest Villain: George Sanders as "Mr. Freeze"

Featured Gadget: Mr. Freeze's Room Temperature Remote Control Box

Onomatopoeias: "Biff!!!  Whamm!!  Sock!  Pow!!  Zam.  Crunch!  Zlonk!"

Comic Book OriginsBased on the 1959 story "The Ice Crimes of Mr. Zero" from Batman #121, written by Dave Wood and drawn by Sheldon Moldoff.
The Ice Crimes of Mr. Zero
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Batman, Episode 7 - Instant Freeze (1966)

Batman, Episode 7 - Instant Freeze (1966)
50 years ago today...
"Instant Freeze," the seventh episode of the Batman TV series, premiered on February 2nd, 1966.  This episode saw the premiere of "Mr. Freeze," the Batman villain known as "Mr. Zero" in the comic books.  DC Comics would later rename the character "Mr. Freeze" in the comics as well, to match with the show.  Mr. Freeze has a great gimmick for a themed villain. His body must be kept at 50 degrees below zero, and he commits ice-themed crimes with the aid of his Freeze Gun. George Sanders doesn't imbue the character with a striking personality the way previous villains Frank Gorshin, Burgess Meredith, and Cesar Romero did.  Aside from some odd German pronunciations, he is a pretty bland character.  This and the following episode were the only ones where Sanders would portray Mr. Freeze.  Freeze would reappear for a pair of episodes in Season 2 played by Otto Preminger, and again fro a pair of episodes in Season 3, this time played by Eli Wallach, both of whom would inject a bit more life into the character.

Mr. Freeze in his temperature controlled hideout.
Bat-Facts for Instant Freeze:
Special Guest Villain: George Sanders as "Mr. Freeze" 
Featured Gadget: Mr. Freeze's Freeze Gun

Robin's Catchphrase: "Leaping Lumbago!"

Weirdest Sign or Label: "Giant Lighted Lucite Map of Gotham City"

Onomatopoeias: "Pow!!  Crash!  Thwapp!  Ooooff! Biff!!!  Pow!!"

Comic Book Origins:  Based on the 1959 story "The Ice Crimes of Mr. Zero" from Batman #121, written by Dave Wood and drawn by Sheldon Moldoff. 

Giant Lighted Lucite Map of Gotham City

Human Popsicles!
Check back later today, when I'll be posting about the next Mr. Freeze epsiode, "Rats Like Cheese."

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Bat-Music #5 - The Invisible Burgundy Bullfrog - Batman Rides Again

Bat-Music #5 - The Invisible Burgundy Bullfrog - Batman Rides Again
This psychedelic oddity was released as a single in 1969 on Panther Records.  Very little is known about the The Invisible Burgundy Bullfrog, aside from that they hailed from Greensboro, North Carolina, and released Batman Rides Again as the b-side to their only single, a cover of "Cry Me a River."  The song was written and produced by Panther Records owner Will Hammond.  Musically, it sounds like a mash-up of Pink Floyd's Lucifer Sam and Johnny Rivers' Secret Agent Man.

The Invisible Burgundy Bullfrog - Batman Rides Again

Sunday, January 31, 2016

In Cold Blood (1966)


In Cold Blood (1966)

50 years ago this month...
The book "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote was published.  The book was a non-fiction account of the murders of four family members in a small town in Kansas.  Capote spent six years in Kansas interviewing everyone involved, and when he wrote the book he he composed it in the style of a fiction novel with multiple narratives and points of view.  The book went on to become a pioneering work in both the "True Crime" and "Non-Fiction Novel" genres.

Convicted Killers Perry Edward Smith and Richard Hickock

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Spencer Davis Group - The Second Album

Released 50 years ago this month...
The Spencer Davis Group - The Second Album

The Spencer Davis Group - Keep on Running

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Batman, Episode 6 - Batman is Riled (1966)

Batman, Episode 6 - Batman is Riled (1966)

50 years ago today...
"Batman is Riled," the sixth episode of the Batman TV series, premiered on January 27th, 1966.  In this episode, The Joker defeats Batman several times using his own version of Batman's utility belt.  This emboldens the rest of the criminals in Gotham, sparking the largest crime wave in Gotham City history, and causing the public to lose faith in the Dynamic Duo.  However, Batman and Robin turn the tables on The Joker and use his new utility belt against him, apprehending the criminal clown and restoring order to Gotham City in the process.

Crime Wave Grows!
The Joker Issues His Diabolical Demands


Bat-Facts for The Joker is Wild:

Special Guest Villain: Cesar Romero as "The Joker"

Featured Bat-Gadget: The Joker's Utility Belt

Robin's Catchphrase: "Holy Safari!"

Weirdest Sign or Label: "Batman and Robin Foiled Again"

Onomatopoeias: "Awk!  Bam!  Crunch!  Eee-yow!  Crr-aaack!!!  Ooooff!"

Comic Book Origins:  Based on the 1952 story "The Joker's Utility Belt" from Batman #73, written by David Vern and drawn by Dick Sprang. 


The episodes "The Joker is Wild" and "Batman is Riled" were based on the 1952 story "The Joker's Utility Belt" from Batman #73, written by David Vern and drawn by Dick Sprang. 
Batman and Robin Plan to Defeat The Joker

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