162 thoughts on “Music of the Spheres

  1. all the single ladies! all the single ladies! all the single ladies! all the single ladies! all the single ladies! all the single ladies! all the single ladies! all the single ladies! oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa! oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa! oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa! oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa! oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa! oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh whoa!

  2. “You put your right foot in,
    You put your right foot out,
    You put your right foot in,
    And shake it all about,
    You do the hokey-pokey,

    Because that IS what it’s all about.

  3. “Just a small-town girl, living in a lonely world… she took a midnight train goin’ an-y-where….”

  4. I kissed a girl and I liked it
    The taste of her cherry chapstick
    I kissed a girl just to try it
    I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it
    It felt so wrong
    It felt so right
    Don’t mean I’m in love tonight
    I kissed a girl and I liked it
    I liked it

    Moral? Katy Perry will kill us all.

  5. alternatively:

    If I go crazy then will you still
    Call me Superman
    If I’m alive and well, will you be
    There holding my hand
    I’ll keep you by my side with
    My superhuman might

  6. Don’t worry be happy
    Was a number one jam
    Damned, if I said it
    You can slap me, right here
    Let’s get this party started right
    Right on
    Come on

    Fight the power
    Fight the powers that be

  7. Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
    South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

    Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
    North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

    Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
    Brando, “The King and I”, and “The Catcher in the Rye”

    Eisenhower, vaccine, England’s got a new queen
    Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

    We didn’t start the fire
    It was always burning
    Since the world’s been turning
    We didn’t start the fire
    No we didn’t light it
    But we tried to fight it

  8. Shout shout
    let it on out
    these are the things I can do without..
    Come on! I’m talkin to you!
    Come on!

  9. All my funny answers have been done, so I’ll skip right to the real one. I know exactly what Superman sang. It could only be the “dun-da-NA!” from John Williams’ Superman theme. That is what goes through my head every time I read that panel.

  10. Either “Threshold Apprehension” or “Thumbmaster” would be nice, if unlikely.

  11. It was, of course, the theme song to Scrubs. “I can’t do this all on my own, no, I know, I’m no Superman.”

    He appreciates the irony.

  12. ‘Seid umschlungen, Millionen!
    Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!
    Brüder, über’m Sternenzelt
    Muß ein lieber Vater wohnen.
    Seid umschlungen,
    Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!
    Freude, schöner Götterfunken
    Tochter aus Elysium,
    Freude, schöner Götterfunken’

    -The Ode to Joy, from the glorious 9th.
    That’s what I hear. That or Mötörhead.

  13. On second thought, maybe it was

    ‘I am, I am, I am Superman
    And I know what’s happening.
    I am, I am, I am Superman
    And I can do anything.’

  14. In my mind, Superman is singing the John Williams Superman theme at him. Can’t think of a song more hopeful.

  15. I don’t think Supes would have had a particular song in mind. He would probably do what Henry Rollins does when he can’t remember part of a song “WHOA GIRL COME ON AND DANCE YEAH GET DOWN WITH IT YEAH” and so on.
    Or he would do a righteous James Brown set.

  16. Even though my first answer was “Don’t Stop Believin'”…

    I would also like to submit

    “…a plane that loops the loop,

  17. “She Bang”

    I’m sorry… but I’m pretty sure that one would drive even Darkseid away.

  18. Superman never made any money
    Savin’ the world from Solomon Grundy
    And sometimes I despair the world wil never see another man
    Like meeeeeeeeeee…..

  19. I love you always forever
    Near or far, closer together
    Every day I will be with you
    Everything I will do for you

  20. I really want to say “Waitin’ for a Superman,” though “Feeling Yourself Disintegrate” would probably be more appropriate.

  21. I wear tight clothing, high-heeled shoes
    That doesn’t mean that I’m a prostitute, no no no
    I like rap music, wear hip hop clothes
    That doesn’t mean that I’m out sellin’ dope, no no no —

    Free your mind, and the rest will follow
    Be color-blind, don’t be so shallow
    Free your mind!

  22. “Batman got on my nerves.
    He was running me amok.
    He ridiculed me, calling me a bum.

    I whupped Batman’s ass,
    I whupped Batman’s ass,
    I whupped Batman’s ass,
    I whupped Batman’s ass,
    I whupped Batman’s ass,
    I whupped Batman’s ass.”

  23. It’s the end of the world as we know it.
    It’s the end of the world as we know it.
    It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

  24. I make her feel right when its wrong like lyin’
    But Man, she ain’t never had a love like mine
    But man I ain’t never seen an a$$ like hers
    That pu$$y in my mouth had me lost for words
    Told her to back it up like berp berp
    And make that a$$ jump like jerp jerp

  25. Superman TOTALLY rocks the James Brown. After all, if *he* can’t say he feels good, then who can?


  27. “‘…and if the band you’re in starts playin’ different tunes,
    I’ll see you on the DARK SEID of the moon!’ Get it?!?! DARK SEID of the moon?!?! Dark…seid…get it…bwah? feh.”

  28. “…Don’t tell me it’s not worth tryin’ for
    You can’t tell me it’s not worth dyin’ for
    You know it’s true…
    Everything I do – I do it for you”


    Made me laugh quite a lot, I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s just he thought of Superman letting out a horrible numetal wail, like an angry teen. Or maybe just because I find Linkin Park’s earnest, meaningless bullshit inherently hilarious?

  30. What’s more life-affirming than:

    I like big butts and I can not lie
    You other brothers can’t deny
    That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
    And a round thing in your face
    You get sprung, wanna pull out your tough
    ‘Cause you notice that butt was stuffed
    Deep in the jeans she’s wearing
    I’m hooked and I can’t stop staring
    Oh baby, I wanna get with you
    And take your picture
    My homeboys tried to warn me
    But that butt you got makes me so horny

  31. I hate to say it, but It really is the chorus to that Kate Perry song (hot n cold).

    (superman kissed boy and he likes it)

  32. It was clearly ‘Wannabe’ by the Spice Girls. Using his super-ventriloquism, he can sound like all five girls at once. The space ship simply couldn’t take it when he started the interlude rap in Mel B’s brummie accent and blew up under the strain.

  33. What if Superman was actually answering the Killers’ question, Chris?

    Helter skelter
    Helter skelter
    Helter skelter
    Yeah, hu, hu
    I will you won’t you want me to make you
    I’m coming down fast but don’t let me break you
    Tell me tell me tell me the answer
    You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer

  34. I got here too late to make the Milkshake reference, so instead:

    mmmmbop, mmmmbop, mmmmbop

  35. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOKLAHOMA where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain
    And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet
    When the wind comes right behind the rain

  36. I’d like to think he goes with a bit of old school LL Cool J.

    Don’t call it a comeback
    I been here for years
    Rockin’ my peers
    Puttin’ suckers in fear
    Makin’ the tears rain down like a monsoon
    Listen to the bass go boom
    Explosion, overpowerin’
    Over the competition, I’m towerin’
    Records shock
    When I drop these lyrics
    That’ll make you call the cops
    Don’t you dare stare
    You betta move
    Don’t ever compare me to the rest
    They’ll all get sliced and diced
    Competition’s payin’ the price

    I’m gonna knock you out
    Mama said knock you out

  37. Or even…

    “Boom, shake shake shake the room
    Boom, shake shake shake the room
    Boom, shake shake shake the room
    Tick tick tick tick…”

    (with a big BOOM! sound effect added to that second panel)

  38. In the town where I was born
    There lived a man, who sailed the (bleed)
    And he told us of his life (with the Supermen of the Multiverse)
    on a yellow submarine…

  39. It’s that tune from the “Dear Sister” SNL clip… Just picture it if that scene was animated:

    Darkseid’s talking, talking, talking, Superman turns and BAM!!!

    “Mmmm whatcha say,
    Mmm that you only meant well?
    well of course you did
    Mmmm whatcha say,
    Mmmm that it’s all for the best?
    Of course it is
    Mmmm whatcha say?
    Mmmm that it’s just what we need
    you decided this
    whatcha say?
    Mmmm what did she say?”

    Hell, they could throw in the Batman/Darkseid shoot out, with it playing just as Batman shoots, then stopping for Batman’s “gotcha”, then starting again when the Omega Sanction hits fifteen minutes later, then stopping and starting again later when Superman returns.

    It’s that or that “Mmmm mmm mm mmm” song.

  40. I’m gonna go with some Ronnie James Dio.

    You are the driver
    You on the road
    You are the fire

  41. Either Tribute by Tenacious D, No Children or Lovecraft in Brooklyn by the Moutain Goats.


  42. “~~Turnaround, every now and then I get a
    little bit lonely and you’re never coming around
    Turnaround, Every now and then I get a
    little bit tired of listening to the sound of my tears ~~”

  43. ‘Many years ago today something grew up inside your mother….

    That thing was YOU’

    Alternatively, the ‘Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle’. Your choice.

  44. I believe any one of these three is a distinct possibility:

    “Joooooohn Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
    His name is my name tooooooooo.”

    “Toot! Toot! Chugga-chugga!
    Big Red Car!”

    “I love you! You love me!
    We’re a happy family
    With a great big hug and
    kiss from me to you!”

  45. “We can dance if we want to
    We can leave your friends behind.
    ‘Cause your friends don’t dance,
    and if they don’t dance
    Well they’re no friends of mine.

    Say, we can go where we want to,
    A place where they will never find.
    And we can act like we come from out of this world.
    Leave the real one far behind.
    And we can dance!


  46. “Well I guess what they say is true
    I could never spend my life
    With a guy like you.
    I could never be your woman.”

  47. Johnny played guitar, Jenny played bass
    Name of the band is the human race.
    Everybody tell me have you heard?
    Pop goes the world…..
    Pop goes the world…..
    Pop goes the world!


    (Thanks, Ivan. Men Without Hats: Appropriate for All Occasions.)

  48. “Na na na na na na na na na Batman! Na na na na na na na na na Batman!”

    I’m betting either that or

    “Sailing.. takes me away…”

    ‘Cause you know Superman’s into yacht rock.

    -Citizen Scribbler

  49. Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah
    Some call me the gangster of love
    Some people call me maurice
    Cause I speak of the pompitous of love

  50. [arg – bad cut and paste error. please delete the above and pretend it never happened!]

    Call me Rom, Spaceknight
    For I am he!
    I rock the house
    Just like Kenny G!
    Bitchslap my girl
    By name of Brandy!
    Frying Dire Wraiths,
    It’s no wonder that I’m the one they call….


    Call me Rom, Spaceknight
    The King of Rock!
    Classic, like Vlasic
    And no, I don’t stop!
    Cleansing the Earth
    Of what should not be!
    Plastic, so spastic,
    A chromium cop, I’m the…


    Oh, yeah!

    From here.

  51. DON’T tell me not to fly–
    I’ve simply gotta.
    IF someone takes a spill,
    It’s me and not you.
    WHO told you you’re allowed
    To rain on MYYYY Pah-rade!

  52. I wonder if Superman has super singing powers? It’s kind of like the bit on Seinfeld where they wondered if he had a super sense of humor, but a bit different because you could make the argument that his super senses could give him a super pitch and therefore lead to him being a super singer.

  53. I believe he is singing:

    “Anti Life and Green Lantern ain’t got nothing on me.”

    105 comments and no Sunshine Superman by Donovan?

    For shame.

  54. Leeets get it onnnnn
    Leeeets get it onnnn


    Say it loud
    I’m black and I’m proud

  55. Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord

    That David played, and it pleased the Lord

    But you don’t really care for music, do you?

  56. Now that it’s rainin’ more than ever
    Know that we’ll still have each other
    You can stand under my umbrella
    You can stand under my umbrella
    Ella ella hey hey hey
    Under my umbrella
    Ella ella hey hey hey hey hey….

  57. That, or, well. We all know that Superman’s got 99 problems but bein’ a bitch ain’t one.

  58. “Moral? Katy Perry will kill us all.”

    I can live with that. Especially because this may be the longest space between an original comment and a reply in ISB history. I love setting pointless records. But yeah; if Katy Perry’s going to bring on Armageddon, I welcome it.

  59. “Work It Harder Make It Better
    Do It Faster, Makes Us stronger
    More Than Ever Hour After
    Our Work Is Never Over”

    “We can be heroes! Just for one day…”

    “You should whip it! Whip it good!”

    Or just “WOO HOO!” from Blur’s Song 2.

    Bah, in fact, FC should have ended with a rap battle between Superman and Darkseid for the destiny of the multiverse.


    (Also, Stop Making Sense isn’t a song. You’re thinking Girlfriend is Better, Talking Heads-suggesting-dude.)

  61. We chased lady luck, ’til we finally struck Bonanza.
    With a gun and a rope and a hat full of hope, planted a family tree. We got hold of a pot of gold, Bonanza.
    With a horse and a saddle, and a range full of cattle, how rich can a fellow be?

  62. Put down the chainsaw and listen to me
    It’s time for us to join in the fight
    It’s time to let your babies grow up to be cowboys
    It’s time to let the bedbugs bight

    You better put all your eggs in one basket
    You better count your chickens before they hatch
    You better sell some wine before it’s time
    You better find yourself an itch to scratch

    You better squeeze all the Charmin you can
    When Mr. Whipple’s not around
    Stick your head in the microwave
    Give yourself a tan


  63. “All in all it’s just another brick in the source wall”
    “Cuz maybe your gonna be the one to save me and after all your my source waaaallll”

  64. “You say you’re sorry for the things that you have done,
    You say you’re sorry, but you know you don’t mean it!
    I wouldn’t worry, I had so much fun,
    Sometimes I almost feel, just like a human being!”

  65. “Day-man! Aaaaa-aaaa-aaaaahhhhh!!
    Fighter of the Night-Man! Aaaaa-aaaa-aaaaahhhhh!!
    Champion of the Sun! Aaaaa-aaaa-aaaaahhhhh!!
    You’re a master of karate and friendship for everyone!!”

  66. “I see a little silhouetto of a man Scaramouche! Scaramouche! Will you do the fandango?
    Thunderbolts and lightning, very very fright’ning me!
    Galileo Galileo Galileo Figaro
    I’m just a poor boy, nobody loves me
    (He’s just a poor boy, from a poor family
    Spare him his life from this monstrosity!)”

  67. *drum*


  68. Weeeeeee are the champ’yons, mah frie-yend
    And weeeeeeee’ll keep on fiiiiighting ’til the end
    Weeeeeeeee are the champ’yons
    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee are the champ’yons
    No time for losers
    ‘Cause weeeeeee are the champ’yons

    Of the worrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrld

  69. Who knew Grant Morrison was such a Rock Band DCU edition enthusiast?

    And Superman’s belting out…

    “She says, ‘We’ve gotta hold on to what we’ve got. It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not! We’ve got each other, and that’s a lot for lo-ove.'”

  70. Who knew Grant Morrison was such a Rock Band DCU edition enthusiast?

    And Superman’s belting out…

    “She says, ‘We’ve gotta hold on to what we’ve got. It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not! We’ve got each other, and that’s a lot for lo-ove.’”

  71. And I fuckin’ neeeeed you nooooow tonight! And I fuckin’ neeeeed you mooooore than EVER!

  72. Let’s go crazy
    Let’s get nuts
    Let’s look for the purple banana
    ‘Til they put us in a truck

  73. And I need you now tonight
    And I need you more than ever
    And if you’ll only hold me tight
    We’ll be holding on forever
    And we’ll only be making it right
    Cause we’ll never be wrong together
    We can take it to the end of the line
    Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
    I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark
    We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
    I really need you tonight!
    Forever’s gonna start tonight
    Forever’s gonna start tonight

    Once upon a time I was falling in love
    But now I’m only falling apart
    There’s nothing I can do
    A total eclipse of the heart

  74. Baby
    I was
    born to

    “Last Song Kills Audience” by Crash and the Boys.

    Seriously, what else would it be?

    Yes, I am currently re-reading vol. 1. why do you ask?

  75. Bad boys, bad boys, what’cha gonna do?
    What’cha gonna do when we come for you?

  76. “He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus
    but he talks like a gentleman
    like you imagined
    when you were young.”

  77. Muskrat, muskrat candlelight
    Doing the town and doing it right
    In the evening
    It’s pretty pleasing
    Muskrat Suzie, Muskrat Sam
    Do the jitterbug out in Muskrat Land
    And they shimmy…

  78. “Last Song Kills Audience” by Crash and the Boys.

    Seriously, what else would it be?

    Darkseid vs. Scott Free? Been there, done that.

    Darkseid vs. Scott Pilgrim? Awesome!

  79. This is our time
    Without a doubt!
    Time to ignite…
    We’re not going down
    Without a fight!

    Followed by:

    I was born in a crossfire hurricane,
    And I howled at my ma in the driving rain.
    But it’s all right now; in fact, it’s a gas!
    Yes, it’s all right…
    Jumpin’ Jack Flash, it’s a gas, gas, gas!

    Because if that combo could defeat music-hating aliens, it should be more than enough to dispatch Darkseid.

  80. I’d like to change my answer. Specifically, I’d like to change it to:

    “For the time bombs tickin’
    And the heads to hang
    All the gangs gettin’ money
    And all the heads they bang-bang
    Wild mustangs
    The porno flicks
    All my homies in the county in cellblock 6
    The grits where there ain’t enough eggs to cook
    And for D.B. Cooper and the money he took
    You can look for answers but that ain’t fun.
    Now get in the pit and try to love someone!!!

    Bawitdaba-da bang-da-bang-diggy-diggy-diggy
    Said the boogie-said up jump the boogie…”

  81. Really? No one thought of the one, true song, the song that can bring anyone, anyone, to their knees?

    “This is the song that never ends
    It just goes on and on my friends….”

    Alternately: “Edelweiss”.

  82. “Always look on the brightseid of life *whistle*”

    But yeah, morrison’s right (and has obviously been reading the internetz) comics are better when we get to fill in the blanks ourselves. I’m sure these `what song’ threds’d make him squee with joy (if its possible for scottish men to do that) and that he’d believe that we’re actually increasing, aiding and abetting darkseid’s defeat (and he may be right).

  83. Jeff Says:

    “Day-man! Aaaaa-aaaa-aaaaahhhhh!!
    Fighter of the Night-Man! Aaaaa-aaaa-aaaaahhhhh!!
    Champion of the Sun! Aaaaa-aaaa-aaaaahhhhh!!
    You’re a master of karate and friendship for everyone!!”

    That was without a doubt the best one I have read thus far. But still incorrect. I have been thinking this over for quite some time, and I have come to a conclusion. At first I thought it was “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice, or “Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer. But no, it couldn’t be that obvious. No, the answer is clear to me now…

    “What is love?
    Baby don’t hurt me.
    Don’t hurt me no more.”

  84. It was so obvious and yet nobody saw it… Under it all, Superman’s a Radiohead fan. And he just couldn’t resist explaining the plot to Darkseid one last time.

    “You do it to yourself, you do
    and that’s what really hurts
    You do it to yourself, just you
    you and no-one else
    You do it to yourself
    You do it to yourself”

  85. It’s worth mentioning that someone at Newsarama asked Morrison what song Superman’s singing, and he said, “It’s whatever your favorite song is.”

    So Morrison has given his official sanction to this post. :)

  86. Never gonna give you up
    Never gonna let you down
    Never gonna run around and desert you
    Never gonna make you cry
    Never gonna say goodbye
    Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

    That’s right, he frikkin’ RickRolled him! :)

  87. “When I think about you
    I touch myself”


    “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh
    Cthuhlu R’lyeh
    wgah’nagl fhtagn.”

  88. Mamma mia, here I go again
    My my, how can I resist you?
    Mamma mia, does it show again?
    My my, just how much Ive missed you
    Yes, Ive been brokenhearted
    Blue since the day we parted
    Why, why did I ever let you go?
    Mamma mia, now I really know,
    My my, I could never let you go.