Superman (The Clique song)
|Single by R.E.M.|
|from the album Lifes Rich Pageant|
|Released||November 1986 (U.S.)
March 1987 (Europe)
|Recorded||April - May 1986|
|Writer(s)||Gary Zekley/Mitchell Bottler|
|R.E.M. singles chronology|
R.E.M. recorded it for their fourth album, Lifes Rich Pageant. It was released as a single and received a fair amount of radio play, but did not chart on the main U.S. singles chart, though it did reach #17 on Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
The B-side to the single, a surf rock instrumental entitled "White Tornado", was first recorded by the band in 1981. The version used on the single was recorded in January, 1984, during the Reckoning sessions, but remained unreleased until "Superman."
The scratchy spoken intro is attributed to a Japanese pull-string Godzilla doll. Translated loosely from the Japanese, it says, "This is a special news report. Godzilla has been sighted in Tokyo Bay. The attack on it by the Self-Defense Force has been useless. He is heading towards the city. Aaaaaaaaagh...."
The R.E.M. version was played during the "Tempus, Anyone?" episode (3x14) of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
The song appears in a CSI: NY episode.
The song appears in a Simpsons episode.
7": IRS / IRM 128 (UK)
- "Superman" (Gary Zekley/Mitchell Bottler) - 2:52
- "White Tornado" - 1:56
12": IRS / IRT 128 (UK)
- "Superman" (Gary Zekley / Mitchell Bottler) – 2:52
- "White Tornado" – 1:56
- "Femme Fatale" (Lou Reed) – 2:50
12": IRS / ILS 65025 5 6 (Holland)
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||17|