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Artist: "Jan and Dean"
Album: "Jan And Dean Meet Batman"
Genre: Miscellaneous
Label: Unknown

Reviewer: Max Burbank
Posted: 4/2/2008

Review: This was my first favorite album. I borrowed it from one of my first babysitters and never returned which I suppose means I stole it.

It was released in 1966, the heyday of the Adam West batman show. That would make me four at the time, but I stole my copy several years later. I was still too young to buy my own records, so it couldn’t have been all that much later.

Far more than a tribute to the show, it was an entity unto itself. It opened with a cover the fabulous Batman theme, introduced by a radio play style retelling of the moment the Bat crashes through the window at Wayne Manor inspiring young Mr. Wayne to become ‘a creature of the night’.

Following cuts trade between excellent surf rock songs about Robin, The Joker, Mr. Freeze, the Batmobile and... sketch comedy.

Yes. Sketch comedy starring Jan and Dean as Captain Jan and Dean the Boy Blunder. And they are pretty damn funny. Not content to parody Batman, there’s a riff on Captain Marvel thrown in as well. The boys’ origin reveals their magically based powers come from “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena” (a reference to their own classic hit). When they sing her name, they are transformed. The sketches seem influenced by Firesign Theatre, which is not impossible, as the Firesigns debuted on LA radio the same year this album came out. While campy enough, it’s far more anarchic than the TV show it’s spoofing.

Jan and Dean meet Batman has been re-released from time to time over the years, and I found it on eBay. Of course, many of you wouldn’t know a vinyl album if I beat you with it, but what the hell. Buy it and look at it. I’m sure it must be available for ‘download’ somewhere. My daughter has an iPod. I’ll ask her.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Clap if you love Dynamo
Apr 2nd, 2008, 06:50 AM
I always liked Jan and Dean. This album actually sounds like it might have shattered records in coolness.

I have been hearing rumors though that vinyl might be making a comeback. If it is true, I can hope real hard that it will be as awsome as it was in the 70s
Official forum judge
Apr 2nd, 2008, 10:30 PM
Haha, Jan and Dean and Batman sounds like a brilliant combination.
You'll thank me later...
Apr 4th, 2008, 12:25 AM
I need to find a copy of this
Member
Apr 4th, 2008, 01:59 AM
A while ago, I was interested in obtaining this by any means possible. Luckily, I didn't have to do much and found it posted on a blog. This blog, this post. Know that it's a rather large download.
Pickleman's Uncle
Apr 4th, 2008, 07:11 AM
You know what I just realized?
You're older than Xena.
You'll thank me later...
Apr 4th, 2008, 07:39 AM
Score, thanks for the link.
The Moxie Nerve Food Tonic
Apr 4th, 2008, 10:02 AM
Pox; Yes. Yes I am. Thrillingly though, not so much that UI am not entirely age appropriate for her.
Forum Virgin
Apr 4th, 2008, 11:11 AM
Sounds fun. I love watching the occasional Batman re-run on TV Land for a good laugh.

Max, you think you'll ever do a "Hey Dork! Lets talk comics" column about Batman then and Batman now? I'd love to read your input on his history, since it seems like you actually got to see him go from dark, to ridiculously campy, to somehow dark again.
The Moxie Nerve Food Tonic
Apr 4th, 2008, 11:15 AM
That's not a bad idea.
Forum Virgin
Apr 4th, 2008, 11:22 AM
Thanks.

Plus, it would be topical, since that new Batman movie is coming soon.
pickled
Apr 4th, 2008, 03:30 PM
I wonder if DC had a fuss over this.
Student of Cereal Lore
Apr 6th, 2008, 08:07 PM
Man I need to get this to go with my copy of the "Spider-Man: Rock Reflections Of A Superhero" album I got a few years ago.
It's a jelly.
Mar 18th, 2009, 02:11 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Outcome View Post
Man I need to get this to go with my copy of the "Spider-Man: Rock Reflections Of A Superhero" album I got a few years ago.
that's a pretty fun album too!