The back-story of MINI Man


This silly entry to White Roof Radio’s song contest was based on the theme song from the Spider-Man animated television series that ran from September 9, 1967 to June 14, 1970. The original music was composed by Bob Harris, Stu Phillips, and D. Kapross, and lyrics were written by Paul Francis Webster:

Spiderman, Spiderman, Does whatever a spider can
Spins a web, any size, Catches thieves just like flies
Look Out! Here comes the Spiderman.

Is he strong? Listen bud, He’s got radioactive blood.
Can he swing from a thread? Take a look overhead
Hey, there – There goes the Spiderman.

In the chill of night, At the scene of a crime
Like a streak of light, He arrives just in time.

Spiderman, Spiderman, Friendly neighborhood Spiderman
Wealth and fame, He’s ignored, Action is his reward.

To him, life is a great big bang up
Whenever there’s a hang up, You’ll find the Spider man.

StarLord’s satirical version of the tune tweaks the lyrics into phrases relevant to the MINI community:

(Mini man, to the tune of Spiderman)
Mini man, Mini man, drives wherever a Mini can
Spins around, any time, tires squeal all the time
look out! there goes the mini man

Is it safe? Listen bud, he’s got Issigones blood
what’s his big podcast? db, todd, and gabe woofcast
oh yeah, there goes a mini man

In the chill of night, at the scene of a drive
like a streak of light they zoom by in a line

Mini man, mini man, gp cooper works mini man
everywhere, they’re adored
actions speak louder than words
oh yeah, there goes a mini man

life is a great big rally
riding all through the valley
you’ll find the mini man
(woo, that was horrible)

The ‘music’ (if you can call it that..) was parodied with synchronized beat-box ‘instruments’ resembling a horn, hi-hat, and upright bass, to which the lyrics were mouthed over. I was going to say ‘sung’, but if you heard the tune, you may agree this could be impossible 😉 The whole tune was done live in garageband using the internal laptop microphone and a set of headphones. I only allowed myself 1 ‘take’ for each track with no post-production editing, hence it’s raw and unfiltered result.

Initially, I sent this in to db (one of the hosts of White Roof Radio) as a joke, intending to win a prize for the worst possible entry to the content. Little did I know it would make it to the top 5 ranking!

I do hope you either liked or hated the tune, either way very cool with me 😉 I’m a bit relieved this is all over — though, in retrospect, getting some free schwag would have been schweeeeeet! 😉

A Wiki on Spiderman TV series and theme-song can be found here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Man_(1967_TV_series)

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