I know you're all up-to-date on the issues surrounding Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the Spider-Man musical (what, you're not? too busy with college football?) and before I post this I want to put forward a disclaimer: I had no influence in the decision to move forward with a musical based on Spider-Man.
Even with the involvement of Julie Taymor and the Edge, I'd pretty much rolled my eyes and moved on when reading about the various injuries, explosions and beheadings (well, not "beheadings" in the traditional sense, I just wanted to see if you were paying attention). It seemed like a bad idea. Seems.
In the grand scheme of things, half the people I know think musicals are stupid, so a musical about anything is a bad idea. But if you don't hate musicals, why not Spider-Man? (Also, I don't really embrace the hyphen, but Spiderman trips the spell check and Spider-Man is how Marvel Comics spells it, so whatev...)
The decision to go to Bono and the Edge for the music is a whole other Oprah. Which brings us to today's song. I actually wanted to hear what they came up with, and found this track yesterday. The song itself could be a random, non-radio track from No Line on the Horizon (it's possible that it actually IS on the album, that speaks a little to its anonymity). I don't hate the song, but that's largely because dude sounds like Marshall Crenshaw to me, and that's always a good scenario (Marshall in a U2 cover band? not so much). When he hits the Bono-isms after 3:00 it's gone too far, but when you're in Edge cliches between 2:00 and 3:00 I'm okay with it. I found myself thinking "well, if it were a movie I'd watch it on cable." If you convert that to a non-curmudgeon scale, that's like 5 thumbs up.
Song: "Boy Falls From the Sky"
Artist: Um... Spider-Man