Monday, December 6, 2010

And Where is the Batman?

December 6th - A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere

   Summer of 1989 the original Batman movie was released in theaters (yes there was a 1970s campy Batman movie but we aren't talking about that one). It was THE movie of the summer. Everyone was talking about it Prince's music filled the radio and television. The country had Batman fever. Fall of 1989 I began college at the University of Tennessee at Martin. I was a Music Education major and was in the marching band. As part of our halftime show we did the Batman theme. The Danny Elfman version from the movie, very dark and ominous. The pinnacle of which we had someone in a Batman costume come out of a box in the middle of the field concealed by smoke bombs and climb on top of it. We formed a giant bat symbol on the field where in the center was where Batman was. It never failed to get the crowd on their feet. After the song ended we moved into this song.

Batdance - Prince

   Complete with dancing flag corp girls half dressed as Joker's half dressed as Batman recreating Prince's video and dance fighting each other on the field. It was awesome. Every time I hear this song I am taken back to my experiences at UT Martin. Its always funny how one song can encapsulate so much and trigger so many memories.

That about does it for today. Thanks for checking in with me today. Take care of yourselves and have an awesome day!


  1. I can almost envision the audience in the stands that day... that movie couldn't be avoided back in 1989. I remember seeing the Batman symbol everywhere: at stores, school, neighbor's homes.

    I would love to see that halftime show, if someone would ever post it on Youtube!!!

  2. I have a VHS copy but I don't have a way to get it to DVD.