A Tribute to the Spider-Man Theme Song: Hear It Sung by the Ramones, Michael Bublé and Pauly Shore
If your spider-sense has been tingling lately it's because, today, The Amazing Spider-Man brings everyone's favorite arachnoid dude back to theaters. But while not everyone's looking forward to this Tobey Maguire-less incarnation, it does present an excellent opportunity to revisit the Spider-Man theme song, which is easily the best in all of superherodom. In fact, the song has quite a bit of history, that somehow includes the Ramones, Timbaland and Pauly Shore. Here it is, in chronological order.
"Is he strong? Listen Bud!"
Theme From Spider-Man 1967
Our story begins with a collaboration between Oscar and Grammy winning lyricist Paul Francis Webster and Lolita composer J. Robert Harris for the hero's 1967 cartoon show. Marvel's '60s cartoons have become known for their catchy theme songs, and as you're about to see, Spidey's stuck with lots of folks over the years.
Ramones - "Spider-Man" 1995
Seeing as the Spider-Man theme is such great Americana, it's clear why the Ramones were attracted to it. It's the final track on the U.S. release of their final album Adios Amigos, and its video (directed by Dayton and Faris, inspired by '60s animation) defined the aesthetic of the group's last run, including their final show where the song made it into the setlist.
During an inspired moment in the Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin blockbuster Bio-Dome, our stars memorably confuse the web-slinger's lyrics with another superhero.