With the reportedly-good but reportedly-glum (not to mention extra-snuffy, due to Heath Ledger’s subsequent death) Dark Knight coming out this week, I am reminded of the 60s Batman series’ memorable theme song, open, and overall design — great things, and let none of my over-serious comic-reading brethren tell you otherwise.
And I find myself thinking of another show, from two decades later, that evoked crime of the 60s and had an even more wonderful theme song, namely Michael Mann’s Crime Story, for which Del Shannon rerecorded his classic “Runaway,” one of my six favorite songs of all time. (But then, the lead singer of 80s band English Beat, when I saw them in concert with the Fixx and the Alarm, said “The 80s is the new 60s, and fifty is the new thirty!” — though I’m not yet forty, for the record. Thirty-nine, soon enough, I admit.)
Here’s one version of the Crime Story open, which I often tuned in to watch on Thursday nights even without watching the rest of the episode, just to hear the song (especially during the first season, with a couple marvelously early-60s moments in that version of the montage, including a split-second shot of a guy in black dress shoes exposing his white socks as he runs, a fashion choice after my own nerdy heart).
And for anyone wondering (in no particular order):
•“Synchroncity II” by the Police
•“Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway
•“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds
•“Runaway” by Del Shannon
•“Editions of You” by Roxy Music
•“House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals
Make of that what you will (one oddly-neurally-wired friend immediately noted they all involve lamentations about dangerous women, but I hardly think that makes them similar songs, so that can’t be it — and after all, what rock songs don’t involve lamentations about dangerous women?).
I think the only one I haven’t done in karaoke now is “Editions of You,” though some lucky people saw my “Virginia Plain” at Bowery Poetry Club just over a year ago.
Bonus trivia factoid: Last person to interview Del Shannon before his death? Dawn Eden.