Happy Monday, internet. Once again, we’re back with another group of songs to keep you entertained over the week. Last week, we picked our songs from a collection of movie soundtracks. This week, we’ll be doing something similar, but a little more specific.
Even if you live under a rock, you probably heard that Avengers: Endgame came out last weekend. I saw it myself, and have to say I felt a mixture of surprise, delight, and disappointment. But we won’t get into that now. No spoilers, and all that jazz.
In honor of the culmination of over ten years of Marvel heroes slugging it out on the big screen, we’ll be taking our songs this week straight from the soundtracks of some of our favorite Marvel films.
Today, we’re starting with my all-time favorite superhero, Spider-Man. Our song, “Blitzkrieg Bop”, by the Ramones comes from the soundtrack to “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.
While I can’t say that it’s my favorite iteration of Spider-Man (looking at you, Spider-Verse), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” did what Sony should have done in the original with Toby McGuire. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker has the right amount of intelligence, humor, and naivety that fits both his age, and the personality of our favorite web slinger.
One of the aspects of Spider-Man’s character that Holland absolutely nails is his almost annoying amount of energy. While this doesn’t come through as much during school, when he puts on the suit, we get to see Spidey doing what he loves best.
The placement of the Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop” fits the young and bouncy personality of Spider-Man, while simultaneously paying tribute to Peter Parker’s hometown of Queens. The Ramones were a Queens punk outfit, and “Blitzkrieg Bop” does a good job of grounding the scene in music from the setting.
In the previously mentioned scene, Peter Parker dons his new suit after school, and goes out to try and find crimes to stop. “Blitzkrieg Bop” sets the tone for a montage of Spider-Man solving petty crimes and interacting with the neighborhood. The upbeat energy of the song matches his playful nature and eagerness. The infectious energy of the “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” draws us into the scene, allowing us to feel like we’re swinging along with Spider-Man.
“Blitzkrieg Bop” was released as the Ramones’ debut single in 1976. Fueled by the catchy music and chanting, its meaning is somewhat vague and unclear. “Blitzkrieg” is a German World War II tactic, where an attacking force breaks through the enemy’s line of defense. The word actually translates to “lightning war”, and was perhaps used due to the elements of speed and surprise associated with the war tactic.
Lead vocalist Joey Ramone had this to say about the inspiration behind “Blitzkrieg Bop”.
“I hate to blow the mystique, but we really liked bubblegum music, and we really liked the Bay City Rollers. Their song “Saturday Night” had a great chant in it, so we wanted a song with a chant in it … “Blitzkrieg Bop” was our “Saturday Night.”
“Blitzkrieg Bop” is simple, catchy, and full of the kind of rebellious energy generally associated with punk. This makes it an interesting, yet appropriate choice for the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” soundtrack.
Even though he’s trying to be a hero, there’s a bit of a rebellious side to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. He doesn’t do as he’s told, and blatantly disregards Tony Stark, who essentially plays the role of his father. Add that to his youthful exuberance, and it’s almost impossible to picture any other song being played that covers the bases as much as “Blitzkrieg Bop”.