Monday, August 05, 2013

THE COMICS' BEAT: Shadowcat And Nightcrawler In Weezer's 'In The Garage'

Mondays. They are worse than Dr Doom and after a heavy one, it can be a little hard to get the drum pumping again for the week ahead. As a former DJ, each Monday I dig into my collection, and chuck up a hit nodding to comics' best.

This week, it's US-grunge band Weezer, with a great track about growing up 80's; In The Garage. From the blue album, the first verse name-drops two of writer Chris Claremont's best creations, Shadowcat Kitty Pryde and the swashbuckling Nightcrawler.

"I've got the Dungeon Master's Guide. 
I've got a 12-sided die.
I've got Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler too
Waiting there for me. Yes I do, I do.."

 What do you think?  For the full lyrics to this song, click here. To buy this track, visit


  1. I heart Weezer. Yes I do. I heart Weezer, how about You? :)
    I remember hearing this song the first time. It was like discovering that you, with your DnD and comic books, were actually the cool kids. Just no one at your High School knew about it. I'm sure some of them knew what a 12 sided die was, but I remember blank stares at the references to Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler. That's nerd credit. Sure, you could reference Wolverine, or Captain America and everyone would know who you were talking about, but two relatively unknown to the mass market mutants? They actually read the comics. Respect.

  2. Thanks Random - you're getting pretty lyrical yourself there! I wanted one more mainstream group before I went looking into music's more sheltered corners and songs about characters like the Legion etc and this song fitted just right, for all the reasons you mentioned.

    There's even a YouTube of the song being sung in a comic store, to a fairly unresponsive crowd. Sure Wolverine was a Saturday morning mainstream hit in the X-Men toon, but Nightcrawler and Kitty, you only knew them one way. Through the comics.

  3. Hey, Weezer's good stuff. I personally enjoy the "Sweater song" "Island in the sun", "Hash pipe"(of course)"Buddy Holly", and even "Beverly Hills". But I never heard of this or them referencing comic characters, especially Nightcrawler. Sweet!

  4. The Sweater Song and Island in the Sun were massive when I went to Uni Dale. We brought this CD as a 'flat purchase' and I still remember peeling vegetables when I heard them say 'Nightcrawler'. I would've asked if anybody else heard that but no one else in the room knew who X-Men were, let alone who one of the best was!

  5. Heh. I knew it was a wash Dan, when none of the people even knew who Buddy Holly was. The chances of them knowing a comic book character were slim to none. One of the smartest guys in my class at the time actually said, without an ounce of self recrimination, that he hated reading books. I guess that's how he squeaked ahead of me in class rankings. He was studying instead of reading comics or Robert Heinlein. Oh well. I still think I came out on the better end of that deal.

  6. @Random: I think so:)

    People are just weird, but the ignorant ones are just plain on Dan!

  7. It's funny how people often say they hate reading to sound 'cool', but it so rarely works out that way. I'd rather stick with knowing Joe Kelly, Grant Morrisson, and Mark Waid if it's all the same.

    Dale, glad you like it. Right out of the gate these posts are getting alot of interest which is awesome. To start with I wanted to show people sung about Marvel too. Be warned though, next week is one of those insanely catchy pop songs you won't be able to stop humming for days.