Song of the Week – Jimmy Olsen’s Blues, Spin Doctors

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Last Sunday Jack Larson, the man that played cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the 50s television show Adventures of Superman, died. I was such a huge fan of the show when I was a kid that this news touched me.

I went to YouTube to see if the shows intro was available to view. It was and I wasn’t even slightly surprised that I could still recite the entire script, word perfect, as I watched it.

So then, what does Jimmy Olsen have to do with the SotW? How about “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues” by Spin Doctors?

Spin Doctors are most well known for their songs “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” from their 1991 hit album Pocket Full of Kryptonite. But that album also contained “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues.”

JOB is the only “Superman” song I could think of that is from the point of view of Olsen rather than the Man of Steel himself. In this song, Olsen seems to be suffering from depression and jealousy because his partner Lois Lane seems to be more attracted to Clark Kent than him.

Those other “Superman” songs include many different recordings simply called “Superman” by Eminem, The Clique (covered by R.E.M.), Snoop Dog, and Barbra Streisand. Then there’s “Sunshine Superman” by Donovan and “Superman’s Song” by Crash Test Dummies.

Have I forgotten any?

Enjoy… until next week.

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