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Thirty Years Ago Today: The Bat hits the big screen

Batman Michael KeatonArguably the best Batman film in history was released on June 23, 1989, directed by Tim Burton with Michael Keaton as the titular hero, Jack Nicholson as the villainous Joker, and Kim Basinger as the love interest. While the franchise fell off considerably when Keaton left in 1995, Batman and Batman Returns were instantly classics.

Not only was Batman a box office smash, the music was also successful. Danny Elfman composed the score, and his main theme has become an iconic piece. It was later in animated series, video games, and the 2017 film Justice League.

In addition to the musical score, the soundtrack was also a popular release, written and performed by Prince. Initially, producers wanted Michael Jackson to write and perform ballads for the hero, with Prince handling songs for the villain. Due to contractual issues, Jackson was unable to participate. “Batdance” was the first and most popular single from the album.

I don’t know how well Robert Pattinson will perform as the Caped Crusader, but it will take a lot for him to topple Michael Keaton’s place in my opinion.

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Christmas gift ideas for your headbanger

Everyone loves music…but what do you get for the person who owns CDs, cassette tapes, vinyl records, and MP3s of all their favorite songs already? You could take a chance on new bands such as Greta Van Fleet or Red Dragon Cartel, but you run the risk of getting something that doesn’t quite tickle their ears. Music appreciation is, after all, highly subjective.

Fortunately, there are other ways to enjoy music besides listening to it. Weird, right? But thanks to companies like Funko and McFarlane, you can get collectible figurines of rock stars and band mascots. Here are a few helpful links.
Alice Cooper POP Funko
Funko POP

Ozzy Osbourne McFarlane
McFarlane Figures

Bif Bang Pow! KISS Unmasked

Iron Maiden Super 7 Figures
Various Other Figures and Statues

Playing Cards

Fun Cards: 1978 Topps Prince

Prince

I’m still reeling from the news of Prince’s passing yesterday morning. This year has been particularly harsh, especially when it comes to music icons. David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Lemmy, Merle Haggard, and now Prince. I listened to several songs from Purple Rain and 1999 last night on the way to work and on my lunch break. Such an amazing talent. These lyrics from “When Doves Cry” were especially poignant: “How can you just leave me standing? Alone in a world that’s so cold?”

Prince’s first album, For You, was released in 1978 on Warner Bros. Records, and as I have been doing with several other acts, I have featured him on a 1978 Topps-style card.

Watch Prince blow the minds of Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Steve Winwood on this cover of the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from the 2004 Hall of Fame Induction.

Goodbye, Prince

(June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

Music icon Prince has passed away at his Minneapolis home.

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