Spider-Man! Spider-Man!It was originally written by Paul Francis Webster and Bob Harris, and has been covered by the likes of Aerosmith, Apollo 440, Michael Bublé, The Flaming Lips and The Ramones among others.
Does whatever a spider can!
Spins a web! Any size!
Catches thieves just like flies!
Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man!
There have been other Spider-Man songs since 1967, not surprisingly. Offhand, I know of...
- "Spider-Man" by Icarus, 1972
- "Spider-Man Theme Song" by Gary William Friedman, 1974
- "The Amazing Spider-Man Theme Song" by Dana Kaproff and Stu Phillips, 1977
- "Spider-Man Theme Song" by Joe Perry, 1994
To date, none have really topped the original theme song in terms of memorability. That doesn't stop folks from trying, though. With the new movie opening this week, naturally, it comes with a new score by James Horner. But perhaps to less fanfare, comic rock pioneer Ray Wall has also released his latest effort: "Spider-Man Song".
I've been listening to Wall's comic rock music for several years now, since he released "The Fantastic Four Song" back in 2005 in fact. I've been impressed at the musical improvements Wall has made since then; his newer work definitely sounds more nuanced and his recordings are more polished. Topping the Webster/Harris theme, though, is a tall order. I'll let you take a listen and judge for yourself how Wall stacks up...
I've read a fair amount about science fiction fandom, and have seen/heard of a number of filking groups over the years. I've long been surprised that the same phenomenon hasn't really taken off in comicdom, but maybe once Wall's album is out, that will change things.