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Review of They're Everywhere! in the Comic Treadmill

Comic Treadmill

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

I learned about this CD some time ago on Mark Evanier's blog and got it on a lark expecting nothing more than a good novelty CD.

Jim's Big Ego is fronted by the nephew of Carmine Infantino of all people. Carmine even does the CD art. And the clincher that persuaded me to buy it was that one of the songs is called "The Ballad of Barry Allen". You can hear/download it for free at the band's website, but I purchased the CD (and one to give to Mag for his birthday) sound unheard because I like to support the little guys (and because I wanted the Carmine Infantino art).

And I'll be damned if that Ballad of Barry Allen isn't a catchy tune that I can't get out of my head. It gets my vote for best super-hero referencing song. See here for the competition. If you want to quibble, you could argue that it is more introspective than Barry ever was, but it does a great job of musically capturing what having super speed would be like. Maybe Dazzler proved that music can't translate to comics, but this song shows that comics can translate to music. Did I mention I can't get this song out of my head? Even my kids let me listen to it in the car before they start demanding Hilary Duff and Avril Lavigne.

To keep the praise flowing I'll point out that Mrs. H is a big fan of this CD too, although she's not one for super hero comics. She's a particularly big fan of the break-up song "Lucky" and the mid-song lyric about how "this is the part of the song that you'd expect a little irony".
Go check out some of the tunes on the website. If you don't like it, as the wise philosopher of Delta House once said "Don't cost nothin'".

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