Shirley Walker (Batman: The Animated Series) - “Bat Boat”
Batman The Animated Series was, and still is, one of my all-time favorite shows, and not just ones that are comic book related. The tremendous writing coupled with noir-style visuals and theatrics would probably have been enough in any parallel universe, but when they got Shirley Walker to help compose a dark, sweeping orchestral score to each episode, it really rocketed it into epic-tier for me. This is from the “Last Laugh” episode featuring the Joker, the whimsical tune you hear during this was the Joker’s theme, you may remember.
Your resistance to my power ends when I BELT THESE POWER CHOOOORDS!
Ohhh man, I’ve been wanting an mp3 of this for awhile, I didnt know they had released an album. Too sweet.
Batman: The Animated Series - “Alternate Main Title”
Besides this show being awesome in the 90’s and delicately rubbing my nostalgia gland, it also had some tremendous music composed by Shirley Walker. They released a limited edition soundtrack a couple years ago with the entire score of several episodes, including a fascinating tutorial by Walker detailing how she composed the main theme. Good luck finding a copy though, as Amazon has new ones listed at $107.94 right now. Yeesh, anyways, here’s an alternate take on the main title sequence.
Shirley Walker - “Music of The Bat”
Shirley Walker was a famous Hollywood composer who worked with Danny Elfman on the original Batman movie score. But she’s probably more well-known for scoring the Batman: The Animated Series music herself. This is a track from the BTAS soundtrack in which she dissects and describes the components that went into the Batman theme. Very intriguing stuff. I love learning how people construct their processes for creativity.
John Ottman - “Superman Returns: Main Titles”
Maybe it’s the childhood memories scratching that big nostalgia gland in my brain, but I really think this song just IS Superman. It totally encapsulates the concepts of heroism and standing up for what’s right, despite the insurmountable odds….. only in music form!
And on a slight tangent, I actually had this song on a work playlist in my previous occupation. It came on one day and this guy who worked for me laughed because he couldnt believe this was on my ipod. I fired him afterwards. I KEED. We fired him for different reasons, but mostly for just general douchebaggery.