Monday, May 26, 2014

THE COMICS' BEAT: Brainiac's Daughter In Dukes of the Stratosphear's 'Brainiac's Daughter'

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 a track I hunted out after reading an interview with Andy Partridge that led with "How I ached as a kid to go to the bottle city of Kandor.” Picking Brainiac as a "wonderful psychedelic subject" the band created this song and character, which was later honoured by a few panels in DC smash mini-series Kingdom Come.

Written in the style of a 'Yellow Submarine' Paul McCartney, banana fingers piano, descending chord changes, falsetto vocals, nonsensical lyrics all lead to great lines such as;

"So I reach to hold her frozen hand in flight, as we alight in the bottle city of Kandor.
Brainiac's Daughter, talks like a Daily Planet reporter.
Sitting cross legged there on the mat, oh yes, Brainiac's Daughter"


 What do you think? 

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