The internet, as we all know, is good for nerds of all types. Whether you're obsessed with Doo Wop from 1954 only, the life and times of Conrad Janis, the adventures of Dick Tracy in outer space, or simply a greasy twerp who has never seen a naked woman - the internet is for you.
Personally, I'm a Batman nerd. Specifically a devotee of the Batman television show starring Adam West and Burt Ward. The internet has been very good to us.
Robin and a Hooker in Kansas - I don't even know what to make of this footage. Here we have an interviewer determined to get the dirt on Batman and Robin's homosexuality and Robin producing a floozy to thwart off all suspicion. It's just too much - Burt Ward was obviously trying desperately to retain his fame and popularity as we find him in the early seventies appearing at the Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, Kansas. It also starts off with the song Boy Wonder, I Love You.
The Burt Ward Sessions - When I heard about this project - I couldn't believe I had not heard of this project. In 1968, Burt Ward as Robin collaborated with Frank Zappa - creating one of the great novelty songs of all time Boy Wonder, I Love You. It was based on actual fan mail addressed to the young Dick Grayson. Listen to that track and its equally perverse flipside, Orange Colored Sky, composed by the eccentric Milton DeLugg (the subject of a soon to be released article in this very spot) over here. You can also hear the alternate tracks, the instrumentals, the un-used tracks and everything else from this incredible session on the same page. Read what Burt Ward had to say about his Frank Zappa record making experience in his autobiography My Life in Tights at the bottom of this page.
More fun after Les Jumps...
Frank Gorshin sings The Riddler - A&M Records pressed this novelty forty-five in 1966. Click on the link to hear the whole MP3 - it kicks ass.
Batgirl - The Show That Never Was - With the runaway success of the Batman television series, the same minds proposed a Batgirl spinoff in 1966. Here we have a nice seven-and-a-half minute chunk of the unaired pilot.
The Burt Ward Screen Test - Here is the real deal - Burt Ward's actual audition for the role of Robin. Now if only somebody would post the rest of the auditions so we could enjoy all the obese Robins that didn't make the grade.
Batman - The Original Television Soundtrack - A record collector's favorite for many years, this classic LP features the perennial classic Holy Hole in a Doughnut. I believe you can listen to the album in its entirety if you follow the link.
Batman and Robin try their best to save ABC's new fall line-up. This is just ridiculous.
Jan and Dean Meet Batman - You can listen to this odd combination of vocal surf music meets DC Comics by following the link and then finding the half way point of the podcast marker. Or if you feel like listening to Albert Brooks' Comedy Minus One first then go right ahead.
The Batusi - I'm pretty sure most people don't even realize that John Travolta was doing the Batusi in Pulp Fiction. Well, he was. Everyone dug it when Adam West danced, didn't they? Don't they? Batusi one, Batusi two