The Pop Culture Playlist tells the story of a comic character through music and this edition features one of my favourite characters, Namor The Sub-Mariner. As Marvel’s first anti-hero and one of the oldest comic characters in existence, Namor’s importance goes without saying. The Sub-Mariner’s appeal lies in his complexity, as he’s played many roles during his life: king, hero, villain, conqueror and saviour. Here are ten tracks to showcase Namor’s journey and demonstrate why he’s a character worth reading about.
Musicals have the power to connect with people, whether it be through song or the subject matter of the performance. Some musicals shine a light on the darker side of humanity, which is the case with Corrido de la Sangre, performed by the Tiger Lillies. The band, considered to be the innovators of Brechtian punk cabaret, are known for their macabre lyrics and content. The musical took place at HOME in Manchester, and here are my thoughts on what was a haunting performance.
The Pop Culture Playlist tells the story of a superhero or villain through music. With a film on the way and an established presence in comics, Black Panther seems like an appropriate choice. As King of Wakanda, T’Challa has a responsibility to his people and the history of the animal that he represents. Black Panther is a symbol of Africa and his warrior spirit makes him one of the most courageous superheroes in comics. Here are ten tracks that describe T’Challa’s journey.
The Pop Culture Playlist tells the story of a superhero or supervillain through music and captures their greatest moments. From Batman to Wonder Woman, there are songs that can remind you of certain characters. Music is a great way to bring underrated characters into the light and Artemis is one of them. Having lived in the shadow of Wonder Woman, Artemis has struggled to define her own path among women who are all as special as each other. The Pop Culture Playlist features ten tracks that describe her life.
There have been plenty of talented wrestlers over the years, and Chris Jericho is one of the greatest of all time. But his talent extends beyond the ring, as he’s a bestselling author, podcast host and musician. Jericho’s wrestling career speaks for itself, but his work as a singer and the front man of Fozzy is underrated. I recently saw Fozzy in Manchester and it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. Here I discuss what makes Jericho a phenomenal entertainer and what makes Fozzy a band you need to listen to.
The Pop Culture Playlist uses music to describe a character, and the latest edition features Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy. Jax is the epitome of an anti-hero who started off with the best intentions, but ultimately fell into darkness. He struggled to reconcile his outlaw lifestyle with being a good father. Here is the tragic tale of the SAMCRO President told through ten tracks.
The Pop Culture Playlist focuses on the life of a hero or villain and puts their journey into music. Daenerys Targaryen can be considered one of the heroes in the A Song of Ice And Fire series, while to others she may appear to be the villain. Whatever your opinion of Dany is, she’s a strong, determined woman who’s hell-bent on claiming the Iron Throne. Here are ten tracks that describe how Dany transformed from a meek girl into the fiery Mother of Dragons.