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Bat-tunes: Batman in rock and hip-hop
By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Why should Superman have all the rock n roll fun?
Hit song after hit song references Superman lore. Check 3 Doors Downs Kryptonite, or, more direct, R.E.M.s cover of the Cliques Superman.
Referencing the 'man of tomorrow' even helped experimental performance artist Laurie Anderson enter the mainstream when her O Superman (For Massenet)," landed in the top-10 in the U.K. in 1981. The Flaming Lips later tapped the all-American hero for the majestic Waiting for Superman" in 1999, in which no Man of Steel can tackle all the world's problems.
But Batman? Hes had a far more scarce rock n roll lifestyle. In fact, the song most associated with the dark knight -- the vigilante who hunts crime in the shadows -- is a novelty Christmas song in which his diminutive sidekick lays an egg.
Yet theres more to Bats than kid jingles. Heres a look at some artists who found inspiration in Batman's legend.