The Beatles As Superheroes Do you remember those days where comic book productions actually played songs which resembled the heroes starring in them? If not, my mate Ray does. And so does his band too. So when you have the time please sit back, relax, and check out the following interview I did with Ray, whilst we were humming one of his marvelous comic book melodies. Rock On!

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Peanuts As Spiderman 1) What are your own origins, Ray? Plus what path did you take in life prior to getting to where you are today?   I grew up in a college town in upstate New York, where we had an incredibly rich local music and national concert scene. Plus if you were a teenager you always had to play an electric guitar too.

Ha! Just kidding!

As a kid, however, I was consumed with comic books to the point where me and my best friends would haul our entire collections to grade school in little suitcases, and sit around in the playground at lunch and read them looking like the Peanuts gang! But inevitably, college, grad school, and a career shut the comic book door on me, but not music, as I worked both domestically and internationally in my field. 

2) What inspired you to form ‘The Band’?   Years later when the major super-hero movies began to come out of Hollywood, I got drafted back into comics culture once more. I loved the movies but felt disappointed in the pop and rock soundtracks that went with them because they had absolutely nothing to do with the movie! I argued, 'Hey! If I go to a Spider-Man movie, sing me a song about Spider-Man!'. Is this rocket science? No. So I just started to write these songs, develop a group, and release them. 

 Yes. I admit it was crazy. Ha!

The Joker going nuts.
3) Can you tell us about some of your projects?   We've released half a dozen singles covering such characters as The X-Men, the Joker, the Watchmen, plus a few more, and now we've made our first animated music video of a tune I wrote called “He’s Spider-Man”. Our great fortune was to collaborate with animation master and industry pro, Shawn Sheehan, of the Detroit area for this project.

Most important for us right now is to position ourselves for a long overdue full CD. That includes finding the right production team to take the music up to Galactus level status, or at least make The Silver Surfer proud! But currently we are busy making demos of many of the already written songs that have been piling up. 

4) Out of all the musicians who’ve inspired you to create music, choose three, and assign to each a superhero that best’s fit.   Jimi Hendrix would be The Human Torch. Carlos Santana is Doctor Strange. And the Beatles would be The Justice League. But why didn't you ask me who’d I be? Ha!

5) What smell would you say best represents your style of music and why?   40 boxes of poly-bagged Spider-Man comics in the middle of a hot summers day in a tight small room! Haha!

6) If you could get a known celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your wares, who would you chose, and why would you want this particular person?   Stan Lee! Next question.

7) If your band had a motto, what do you think it would be?  “We bring comic books to your ears!”

Now my mate Ray would like you to know that everyone who joins his official Facebook page while the movie is out, will get a free download of his song, “He’s Spider-Man”. His other music can be found on iTunes