NRRD PROBZ – 10.16.2012

“I’m wondering if you have a favorite geek-ref song… or if you would suggest any? Siouxsie and the Banshees and U2 did Batman soundtrack contributions… did they work, or should the bands have known better?”

Geek-ref songs used to be my lifeblood and I used to think MC Chris was the coolest. Nowadays I don’t really care about the burgeoning nrrd core genre, but there’s still some decent stuff out there. Check out Nacho Picasso’s “Marvel” and Weezer’s “In the Garage.”

As far as soundtrack contributions, I AM quite partial to “Flash’s Theme” by Queen. It’s pretty much the gold standard of soundtrack music for me, along with the undeniable “Kiss From A Rose.” Seriously. I typed that and then immediately had to put on that song. I am listening to it right now. Thanks, Batman!

I’d also like to point out that the music videos for all of these soundtrack songs (circa 1992, at least) are hilariously awful (see here). They’re just mash-ups of footage of the band and scenes from the movies. U2 should definitely have known better. They should have known better before they even formed a band. Because they’re awful.

“What books should I give my girlfriend to get her into comics?”

Well, assuming your girlfriend has good taste, I have some suggestions for you that will melt her icy heart into a hot puddle of comic love.

If your girlfriend is an indie darling, try:

*Blankets by Craig Thompson
*Jamilti by Rutu Modan
*Demo 1 & 2 by Brian Wood
*Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley
*Daytripper by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá
*Hark, A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton

If she’d be into for something more mainstream, I’d suggest:

*Nextwave Agents of H.A.T.E. by Warren Ellis
*Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka
*Conan the Barbarian by Brian Wood
*Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire
*Batman: The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder

If she’s a Twi-Hard, go for:

*American Vampire by Scott Snyder
*Fables by Bill Willingham
*Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi
*Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse by Ben Templesmith
*I-Zombie by Chris Roberson

And if she’s into the thought-provoking shiz:

*Sandman by Neil Gaiman
*V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
*Kill Your Boyfriend by Grant Morrison
*Y the Last Man by Brian K Vaughn
*Preacher by Garth Ennis

Hope this helps! If your girl doesn’t like the look of any of these comics, she is clearly a lost cause and you should maybe consider dumping her.

“If you had the power to turn 1 comic book into a movie, why would your choice be Lobster Johnson?”

Because Lobster Johnson is my husband and we’d get mad rich on the royalties, yo.

Thanks for all of your questions! Be sure to send more to lindsey@girls-gone-geek.com and look for them next week!

9 thoughts on “NRRD PROBZ – 10.16.2012

  1. For a geek-ref song I always go for my favourite of all time, Prince’s Party Man!
    That song is just kicking and for me it captures the Joker! : )

  2. I would also suggest STRANGERS IN PARADISE by Terry Moore. It’s been finished for a long time but there are loads of Trades for it

    • Very true, it is a great series. But for some reason, every one I’ve ever pointed towards it hasn’t really gotten into it. Perhaps it’s a little too daunting for a first-timer.

  3. All Vertigo on that last list?

    How about:
    Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
    Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
    Fallen Angel by Peter David and J.K. Woodward
    Casanova by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon
    Beanworld by Larry Marder

    All thought-provoking in their own ways.

    • I have simply found these Vertigo titles to be some of the best gateway drugs into the comic world. They’re tried and true for me, as your suggestions might be for you.

  4. Smashing Pumpkins, The End is the Beginning is the End, used in both Batman Forever (suck fest) and the Trailer for The Watchmen. Some newer stuff stuck in my head and ended up on my iPod along with the aforementioned Pumpkins tune, Walk by the Foos and Soundgarden’s Live to Rise. Sucky list, I know. I’m old.

  5. Can’t go wrong with Queen soundtracks. What did you think of ‘Ghost World’? I never read it, but somehow ended up seeing the movie. It had a certain charm, but I didn’t quite know what to make of it.

    • I adore Daniel Clowes, and Ghost World is a great comic. The movie is one of my favorites, but I might be biased because I will probably love anything starring Steve Buscemi. I think the soundtrack is quite good as well :)

      I might go into detail next week about comics (and their subsequent movies) that have little to no take-away. There are quite a few of them out there that I think are fantastic, but when I’ve showed them to others they’ve said, “But nothing happened!”

  6. My geeky anthem is “The Geeks Will Inherit the Earth” by I Fight Dragons. Bonus points for chiptune and for being super awesome dudes

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