“I came across Procol Harum‘s second album (Shine on Brightly) sometime in the teenybop blur of my very early teens. My friend Joseph had it, grabbed from his older sister who’d lost interest. We played it a lot, getting off on the ‘out there’ lyrics and the not too shabby songs that gave them room to move. The rather aptly titled Rambling On concerns a guy who sees a Batman movie and decides he can fly, which doesn’t make sense because everybody knows that Batman can’t fly. Eventually the guy comes crashing to earth but doesn’t get hurt, just tears his underclothes. Not exactly on par with Bob Dylan’s symbolist offerings (which is how people were thinking of these guys at the time) but good, solid psychedelic fun regardless.” (Philip Random)
“Pretty much everybody took a swing at the Batman theme back in the 60s, but Link Wray‘s take wins because it’s just so dirty (the guitar that is) without losing any of the fun. Which is key. Because as far as I’m concerned, there’s still only one Batman worth talking about, and that’s the 1960s TV version, the Adam West Batman, the mod-pop technicolour silly Batman, in the wake of which all these more recent brooding, shadowy versions just seem sillier.” (Philip Random)
Prince takes a nice ballad from 1988’s Lovesexy and remixes it into a ten minute groove adventure. The man was like that in the 80s. Everything he touched turned a brighter, more rewarding shade of purple, even his own already brilliant stuff. And then came that dumb Batman soundtrack, which may have been good for his bank account, but not much else.