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Wonder Woman MUSIC
September 10, 2015 By Brett Jett
As evident in at least the Marstonian WW comics, music has a healthy portion in WW’s life. Its even indicated that there is indeed ancient native music on Paradise Island, and perhaps modern music, thanks to the Magic Sphere. At least one Amazonian song is featured in the WW mythos: “Warrior’s Lament”. There may be others that Dr. Marston created. In Man’s World, Etta Candy conducts a Holliday Girl band, which WW has utilized for her capers. Naturally, as a fighter, WW can also dance. But one of her less known skills is that she can sing, with her mezzo-soprano voice that can go low as Alto/Contralto. Its not definitively stated in the Marstonian comics which music genres are her favorites. But being that she’s up for exploring new things in Man’s World, WW would certainly sample all genres. In my screenplay, she initially got hooked on Hip-Hop, finding it to be an interesting variation on her warrior poetry. In Azzarello’s take on WW, he has her vibing to heavy rock. And personally, I’m sure she’d love it if some charming guy were to croon to her with the 50’s tune by The Monotones, “Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who…who wrote the book of loooove?! (Jigga-boom, jigga-boom)”.
Wonder songs, left & right.
There’ve been more songs written of WW than any other superhero, second only to Superman. Its a testament to how people feel about such a woman that WW was designed to be. Of course, some of these songs could also simply be, and are, referring to a wonder woman and not necessarily the Wonder Woman. Unlike the other heroines, WW is an archetypal mythology.
Supergirl only had a few songs. Virtually nothing for Black Canary or Batgirl. Hawkgirl existed before WW, so why doesn’t she have a song? Because no one cares…there’s comparatively nothing exhilarating about a girl who flies around with fake wings as the girl counterpart of someone who’s barely the main attraction. Aquaman has a lame song by The Motion Sick that pokes fun at him, “Aquaman’s Lament”. Mera & Aquagirl each had a song too…but I don’t remember’em.
The reason why there’s more songs of WW in our modern culture isn’t necessarily just because she’s the most recognizable superhero…otherwise Supergirl & Buffy would have just as many songs. Nor is it because she’s so sexily clad…any woman can wear a scanty outfit. The real reason she’s targeted as a song topic is because the same reasons people fancy her as a result of being designed with sound psychology. She’s and archetype that appeals to us on many levels.
The most memorable song that she’s identified with is the theme song to the 70’s show. After season 1, they made variations on it. But the original theme remains the most iconic. Why? Its not only the descriptive lyrics, but–little do fans consciously realize–the structure of the melody infecting people’s minds. Driving it from the beginning to end is this energetic composition of impending derring do that inspires excitement indicative of WW’s brand of martial/masculine power & the overall effect she has as intended by WMM, who described her as the most captivating girl of modern times who fires the imagination with deeds of daring, strength & agility that defy it. But there are also short breaks from the combative motif involving feminine “wooo’ing” accompanied by wonderful, heart-grabbing lyrics as “In your satin tights, fighting for your rights”. These short segments inspire relieving, loving happiness just enough to remind you that all her fighting & might has been adapted for a humane purpose, before returning to the exciting derring do tempo. At the start, there’s an explosion sound…altho it should’ve been a thunderclap as is more appropriate. The result is a binary melody that combines the feeling of martial power that is adapted to humanity and balanced out with feelings of venerial tenderness without sissy-fying it.
Artist Tricky created what is perhaps the most energetic WW song–sampling the original 70’s theme with an empowering sublime strength–that will have you picturing WW running all over the place saving people one after the other with ease. Interestingly, Tricky was in the movie THE FIFTH ELEMENT, which features another descendant of the Wonder Woman archetype, Leeloo. Artist Dorit even created a music video that features a bustier that is shaped like a Valentine heart, much like one of my old red WW valentines that I made in elementary school. And more recently, the Spanish girl band Sweet California released a catchy single that sounds fitting for a TV show, if not part of the upcoming WW movie soundtrack.
Possible iconic score.
However, WW does lack an iconic theme score like Superman has. This is due to her lack of a movie, which will all change come 2017. And with it finally a musical score, and surely as well as a few appropriate soundtrack singles, just as the new Supergirl series will surely feature Krystal Harris’s 90’s single. An iconic musical score for WW would reflect her main mythos themes. WW is an entity of a specific combo of energetically empowering strength & happy feminine allure. Therefore an appropriate theme score for her would involve a binary structure of having menacing sounds (representing a hint of Ares) giving rise to happy empowering sounds that predominate. And the angelic voices provide for the loving femininity that WMM envisioned. Also, at the very beginning, before the score begins, just as all of Batman’s theme songs begin with some foreboding silence & then gradual build up, in contrast, there should be a WW prelude involving a thunderous boom ushering in the theme score…just as WW arrived into this world like a crash of thunder from the sky, and giving her theme a burst of energy from the start!
But the fact that so many modern songs have been written about her is very appropriate otherwise, in that this trend is following in an old tradition from ancient times when artists have written & sung many hymns that recounted the amazing abilities & exploits of such grand mythological heroes as Hercules or Achilles. So too have modern artist written many modern sensible songs of WW’s amazing effect on them. For what is WW if not a grand mythological hero?…albeit a modern one decked out in a colorful outfit, who also inspires loving tenderness. And so we can expect the invisible Muses to inspire even more modern artist to compose lyrics about this hero…but this time hopefully they will also be about her heroic exploits as recorded by WMM. I’ve already gotten my musical friends on the task of composing such music.
One can only wonder how WW would react to hearing all these songs written about her, and seeing all the music videos. But if there’s one song that’s most appropriate to be used in cheering her up, whenever the world gets too frustrating…and she wants to tear off her bracelets & succumb to Ares’ ways…if she ever forgets how to laugh…if ever she loses her fun-loving way after being in Man’s World for so long…and to remind her that people still need her…and to get her to smile again ☺ …it would have to be artist Frankmusik’s. Because like his song says:
“Even Wonder Woman needs her sleep…and Wonder Woman even gets her nails done…and even Wonder Woman takes a break for her own sake”. And I would add, “For OUR own sake”.
Here is but a sampling of the songs written about WW over the years, plus the artists and debut years:
Wonder Woman ——— by Attila (Billy Joel) —— 1970
SuperWoman ———— by Stevie Wonder ——— 1972
Wonder Woman TV Theme ——— by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel ——— 1975
Wonder Woman ——— by Stampeders ————- 1975
The Wonder Woman (Winter Poem) ——— by Radka Toneff ——- 1977
Wonder Woman——— by The Stylistics ———– 1978
Woman Is A Wonder—- by Maze ——————— 1979
Wonder Woman Disco Theme —— by Wonderland Band ———— 1979
Wonder Woman ——— by John Hartford ——— 1994
Wonder Woman ——— by Spouse —————— 1999
#1 Da Woman ———– by Tricky (with John Frusciante) ——— 2001
Wonder Woman ——— by Tasha Reid ————- 2002
Wonder Woman ——— by Zoot Woman ———– 2003
Island Of Wonder ——- by Nelly Furtado ———- 2003
Wonderful Woman —— by Peter Belasco ———- 2004
Wonder Woman (Won) ————– by Miss O Beat ———– 2004
Wonder Woman ——— by Elvis Costello ———– 2006
(Are You My) Wonder Woman —— by Trey Songz ———— 2007
Wonderwoman (Why’s My Life So Boring) —– by Leaf ——– 2007
Wonder Woman ——— by Dorit ———————— 2008
Wonder Woman ——— by Mulan Jameela ———- 2008
Wonder Woman ——— by Frankmusik ————— 2009
Wonder Woman ——— by The Bombsters ———– 2009
Wonder Woman animated film score ——– by Christopher Drake —- 2009
Wonder Woman ——— by Unbunny ——————- 2010
Wonder Woman ——— by YC —————————- 2010
Wonder Woman ——— by Tyga & Chris Brown —– 2010
WonderWoman ———- by Random Recipe———– 2010
WoNdeR WomaN——— by Michi x The Telephones————– 2010
WonderWoman Dream————— by Destinee——- 2010
Wonder Woman ——— by SeeYa (with Davichi & T-ara) ——- 2010
WonderMan————— by Tinie Tempah (feat. Ellie Goulding)———— 2010
Wonder Woman ——— by Namie Amuro ————- 2011
Wonder Woman ——— by Lauren Rich—————- 2011
Wonder Woman (As My Guitar Gently Streets) ——— by K-os —————- 2013
Woman Is The Wonder Of The World———— by Billy Joe Shaver ——— 2012
Wonder Woman, Wonder Me —— by Kishi Bashi —————— 2012
Lipstick Wonder Woman ———— by Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown ——- 2013
Wonder Woman ———— by Sweet California (with Jake Miller ) ——- 2015
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