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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Pow! A good pop record has impact, and often shock value. And we want to imagine our pop stars as lifted from ordinary life to become super-beings.
Like superheroes, pop stars adopt personas. They might use a stage name, in effect keeping their identity secret, their true face hidden behind a mask. Take Dennis Coles, alias Ghostface Killah . He sums up the cynicism of the hip-hop star: "Head on straight, mask on crooked/ exit stage left with the cash."
The Dark Knight was subsequently reclaimed by serious comic-book fans, but Neal Hefti's Batman Theme , from the ultra-camp 60s TV series, perfectly mixes trash and cool. So simple it's indestructible, it was covered by everyone from the Who (fusing pop art into Britain's mod youth cult) to Sun Ra (a surprisingly straight version). Link Wray played it too, bringing out the cartoon …