Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
OOkla the Mok is an interesting band, and they most recently published an album titled, "Vs Evil" chock full of songs about supervillains from comic books, and a couple about supervillainy in general. I picked 3 of the songs from this album that spoke to me deeply, but I recommend you listen to them all at least once. My picks are "Evil I," about being a Supervillain, "Mwahaha," about choosing the right tagline or phrase for your current villainy, and "Suprema Lex," wherein an incarcerated villain tells his nemesis about his ultimate plan. All these are good songs, but I place "Suprema Lex" at the top of these, for sheer deep-seated hatred underneath the music.
Next I choose "Villain Song" by Kirby Krackle, about a villain losing his motivation, retiring, then regaining his evil drive and getting back in the game.
Some songs let their titles say it all. Schaffer the Darklord does so in his song, "Supervillain". This song celebrates all things supervillainy and tells a tale of Villain vs Hero at the same time. As the song says, "Root for the bad guys."
Similarly, A band named Powerman 5000 made a song titled "Super Villain" about living the Supervillain life. A must for those that like hard rock/metal. If Rob Zombie can't make a Villain song, at least his little brother (Band front man Spider One) can. They have a kick-ass video for the song, too.
You can't have a decent conversation about villainy in music form without mentioning Doctor Horrible's Sing-along Blog, The delightful supervillain musical by Joss Whedon. My choice for a song from this film is "Slipping," Wherein the titular protagonist villain (not an oxymoron) finally gets his chance to shine.
Queen has so many good songs it's hard to count them all, however the Kurgan's theme song, "Gimme the Prize" dances at the top of their Album "It's a kind of Magic," The soundtrack from Highlander, as a specially villainous song. Clancy Brown's growling voice saying the Kurgan's lines doesn't hurt, either.
I had never heard of Bree Sharp before 2009, when I ran across her song "The Cheap and Evil Girl" for the first time, 10 years after she released the album it's on. Ladies, this song has "Femme Fatale" written all over it. And it's got a god beat that you can fight to.
And finally, my two surprise entries. These songs Say "Supervillain" in more subtle ways than the other songs, and you have to listen to the lyrics a few times to fully grasp the deep evil inside them.
The first is "Alpha Dog" by Fall Out Boy. Initially I heard it as a simple song about the Hollywood life, the overbearing smugness of today's stars. Upon several listenings, I found a rich underlying evil in the song. I find that this song would just as easily be about a group of Supervillains plotting and counter-plotting in their lair. Intentional or not, it made me feel like an Alpha Dog (And Omega-lo Maniac)...
The second song may require you to disconnect your feelings about the origin of the song, and concentrate on the lyrics. Some may think me insane for suggesting that Irene Cara's song "Fame" from the movie (and TV show) of the same name belongs on a supervillain playlist, but I absolutely believe so. Yes, the movie was a happy, fun romp through the School of the Performing Arts. Yes, the movie had a scene of people dancing in the streets to this song. Yes, the song is basically a Disco Pop hit from an ancient time. But I present to you the lyrical evidence:
"I'm gonna live forever, I'm gonna learn how to fly."
"I feel it coming together, People will see me and cry."
"too much is not enough"
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Although there may be a bit of explaining, I believe it will prove to be a must have song list for any budding supervillain...
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
The first problem one needs to tackle is always literally the first problem. What do first when starting a new endeavor is often the largest stumbling block, especially when re-inventing oneself.
I have began my own journey within the labyrinthine catacombs of my own mind. Changing the way one thinks is one of the toughest trials a person can go through, without risk of injury. I have thought like a "mere mortal" for far too long, and need to reassess my options and attitude with a more evil eye(see what I did there?).
So I decided to start off with how I see other people. The standard thought passing through the mind when seeing a person for the first time is usually simple, benign, and boring. However, if you look over each person and try to figure out what tactics you would have to use to defeat then in a fight if you had to, right then and there, it engages a more primal, dirty thought process than normal.
This is a good frame of mind to start thinking like a villain. After a few days of this I think I'll be ready for more villainous cerebral endeavors. I've already decided that in a gladiatorial arena I would be engaging in a LOT of dirty fighting. I mean eye gouges, tossed dirt, and nut shots all day...
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Or, in my case, a single thought.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
My name is H.R. Tucker, and I used to be a supervillain. I say used to because after podcasting as a supervillain from 2006 to 2011 I slowly dropped off the scene, and into obscurity. I had a recognizable name, fans, other villains working with me, it was pretty sweet. But life does catch up to One as my compatriot Lord Malignance would say. More and more I found myself drawn into my "day job", trying hard to keep my normal life afloat. At the time I rationalized that this was all to keep people believing I was normal, that I was just like them: your average man, not a super villain.
And, before I knew it, that's what I was: a normal man. I didn't know when it happened, I didn't know why it happened, and for a long while I didn't know how to undo it. And then something worse happened, I succumbed to illness. Various maladies cause me to be less efficient, less able. And for over a year I felt like less than a normal man, and more like a walking collection of inabilities, deformities and aches.
Loss of my ability to "win bread" due to the length of time it was taking me to recover became the final straw, so to speak. I had to face the facts: things had changed, and I had to change with them, not wallow in self pity. Someone I respect suggested I start a journal, and I remembered blogging as a platform. Not as prestigious as podcasting, but still good for disseminating information, as well as for getting things off your chest.
So I shall do both. With this entry I start rebuilding myself as a supervillain. I start the process of moving away from that mundane identity that I hid behind. I start fanning the flames of revolution within my own heart, and changing. Change is hard, but I believe I can do it.
Because I am ComputerKing, and I can do ANYTHING!