To celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Caped Crusader, we thought it important to explore the depth to which Batman has seeped into our every day culture. My friend Mark told me about a series of Bat-themed musical acts that he’s witness over the years, and I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate to kick it all off with.
First up: Rockabilly band Batmobile! From their website:
Batmobile was founded in 1983. After several months of covering Elvis Presley, Johnny Burnette en Gene Vincent Jeroen Haamers (vocals/guitar), Johnny Zuidhof (drums) and Eric Haamers (double bass) decided to start to write their own material.
In 1985 the first Batmobile album was released, which led to international recognition.
The second half of the eighties and the first half of the nineties the band is touring through Germany, France, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and England. The band is headlining the legendary KlubFoot in London several times.
In 1997 the band introduces their own brand of Rock ‘n Roll called ‘B-music’. Like in a B-film, B-music stand for B-musicians, bad (read: funny) jokes, horror, naked women and having the time of your life. It’s safe to conclude there’s not a big difference with the origin of psychobilly.
During the second half of the nineties the band appears on various stages worldwide in their ‘Jukebox Tour’ in which the audience decides what the band plays live on stage. Their first concert in New York is being taped and released on film and will be the last concert before a 3 year break.
Here’s a sample from YouTube:
What do you think, Batman fans?