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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Spider-Man Soundtrack

Walloping websnappers! The superhero reboot’s soundtrack is a pretty swingin' time.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


How Tobey Maguire fills the tights of Peter Parker remains to be seen, but I know one thing — there’s no replacing the swinging theme song from the old ’60s cartoon (“Hey there, there goes the Spider-Man!”).

To their credit, the producers were smart enough to use it to kick off this soundtrack CD. Even better, they keep the mood going by making most of the disc’s alterna-metal roster stick to songs about arachnoid themes (Black Lab’s Learning to Crawl, Alien Ant FarmsBug Bytes), secret identities (Pete Yorn’s Undercover, Bleu’s Somebody Else) and heroes (Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger belts out the hard-rocking love theme called, naturally, Hero). Then, at the last second, they lose their grip and take a tumble with Aerosmith’s funky, swaggering — and completely uninspired — update of the theme song. Walloping websnappers! What a bummer!