“Nobody will fall in love with Peter” and other subtleties of a forgotten rock opera about Spider-Man
Of course, it may seem that the most curious musical adventure involving Peter Parker is the 2011 Broadway musical Spider-Man: Extinguish Darkness, which seemed to curse long before the premiere, which resulted in notorious problems – actors’ injuries, monstrous cost and many rewrites due to caustic reviews. After the longest preview period in Broadway history (182 appearances), the New York Times critic Ben Brantley asked: “So this climb from enchantingly unfit to extremely ordinary is now called a step up?” But “Redeem the Darkness” will win in the Strange Films category comics ”only if you are silent (or perhaps forget) about the rock opera of the 70s,“ Rock reflection of a superhero ”. SPOILERS ARE POSSIBLE This concept album of prog rock music, released in the 75th, touched on some important moments in the life of Spider-Man and several of its most striking antipodes, and all this is glued together by the author’s narrative by Stan Lee himself (Marvel president of those times, the creator of a number of cult characters – approx. Combining a wide range of musical styles from do-woop to traditional psychedelic rock, the album is a rarely mentioned pearl, which even today can be called one of the strangest and most ambitious particles of comic ephemera (du-woop – singing with minimal musical accompaniment – approx. .per.). He is ridiculous, but nevertheless skillfully recalls Lee’s Marvel style of the 1970s. 03:34 High Wire – Mike Gregorio, Vinnie Lafata, Rob Gengo, Spider-man: Rock Reflections Of A Superhero To create a record that was originally released simultaneously on vinyl, standard cassettes and cassettes for an eight-track tape recorder, Marvel began working with renowned producer Jim By Croke, Tommy West and his new Lifesong Records label. West actually recruited members of Crack the Sky, a virtuoso rock band from East Virginia who had just signed a record deal with their label for the actual writing and performance of songs. Perhaps due to this rock and roll background, the album as a whole is suddenly lame in superheroic issues. In some places he slides nakedly into emo. Basically, the album consists of songs on behalf of Peter Parker, telling about the internal conflict between high school student Parker and his friendly neighbor Spider-Man. Among the names you can find “The ordinary guy” (“Square Boy”) and “No one will fall in love with Peter” (“No One’s Got A Crush On Peter”). To give an idea of the level of rhyming and wordplay in the songs, here’s the passage “Peter Stays and Spider-Man Goes” – a lyric poem that tells us about the origin of the web thrower: And a spider’s web / And the spider web flew through the air. / flew into the distance. And it landed on Peter Parker / And fell on Peter Parker, who didn’t even know it was there / who did not know about her. As Spider-Man I learned about / As Spider-Man, I learned about all those tangled webs we weave. / all of these webs that weave. As Peter, I wanna live my life / As Peter, I want to live my life, and it’s either him or me! / one will get his own – either me or him! 03:18 Peter Stays And Spiderman Goes – Mike Ragogna In the remainder of the album, the songs go a little further into Spider-Man’s adventures, dedicating the whole song to a nightmare in which Dr. Octopus finally captures the world. This is one of the most fundamentally strange songs in the already strange album – a kind of battle cry of Dr. Octopus, in which the villain threatens Marvel heroes, starting from the Avengers and ending with the Silver Surfer, while something reminiscent of the minions stadium choir in the background repeats his name . “Hey on! Dr. Osmi! Dr. Osmi-nog! ”As the plots of the songs become more dynamic, Stan Lee’s narrative flows also become more and more ornate. Describing the momentous moment from No. 121-122 of The Amazing Spider-Man, where Spider-Man couldn’t save Gwen Stacy, at the moment of Stan Lee’s climax, as we recall, the chant says: “Play with fear! Drive it in your own language! Enjoy a fatal, captivating taste! ”01:34 Green Goblin (With Narration) – Terence P. Minogue, Stan Lee“ Rock Reflection ”ends with the gloomy ballad“ Time Will Show Me The Way ”, which tells how Parker tries to survive the death of Gwen Stacy. It’s not at all the fiery heroic anthem that could have been expected from the rock’n’roll adventures of Spider-Man, but it’s quite a suitable end, given the shugeyzing nature of the rest of the album (from shugeyzing – alternative rock style – approx. Per.). A special delicacy is the decoration of the album. The original cover was designed by John Romita, a comic book legend. The front side shows a slightly repulsive fiction of the album’s theme – Parker face to face with a mirror reflecting Spider-Man.