8 Bands That Covered the 1960s Batman Theme Song

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8 Bands That Covered the 1960s Batman Theme Song

20th Century Fox Television

The famous "na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na BATMAAAN" theme song of the 1960s Batman TV series (composed by Neal Hefti) was covered by a surprisingly large amount of bands during the 1960s, including some of the most famous bands in the world. Here are 8 bands/artists that released a cover of the song in the 1960s. 

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1. Jan and Dean

Liberty

Surf rock legends Jan and Dean (the musical duo made up of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, perhaps most famous for their early hit,"Surf City") recorded a whole album of Batman-inspired songs in 1966's Jan and Dean Meet Batman, including the theme. Tragically, the album would be the last one before Jan Berry got into a terrible car accident that stalled their careers (ironically, one of the band's biggest hits was "Dead Man's Curve"). 

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2. The Ventures

Bolton Records

 Famous rock guitarists, The Ventures, the most successful instrumental band in the history of rock and roll, perhaps best known for their 1960 hit, "Walk, Don't Run," did an album where they just did covers of then-current TV themes, including the Batman theme song.

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3. The Marketts

Warner Bros.

 Another popular instrumental group of the period, the Marketts, who had a huge hit with their riff on the Twilight Zone theme song, "Out of Limits," put out an album of Batman-inspired tunes, including their take on the Batman theme. 

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4. The Standells

Capitol Records

The garage band The Standells are today best known for their ode to Boston, "Dirty Water," but they would do a number of covers on their early albums. Their take on the Batman theme did not make it on to the album Dirty Water until it was released on compact disc decades later. 

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5. Al Hirt

RCA Records

Al "The King" Hirt was a world-famous trumpeter. He had a number of hits for RCA/Victor during the 1950s and during the 1960s he became famous to a whole new generation through his performance of the theme song for The Green Hornet TV series. He released an album to tie in with the success of that theme, and on the album he also did his take on the Batman theme song.  

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6. David McCallum

Capitol Records

 While best known for his work as the heroic Soviet spy, Illya Kuryakin, on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., McCallum was also a talented musician, who released a number of instrumental albums at the height of his U.N.C.L.E. fame. One of those songs, "The Edge," was famously sampled by Dr. Dre on his 1999 hit "The Next Episode." On his second album, Music...A Bit More of Me, McCallum tackled the Batman theme

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7. The Who

Reaction Records

 The Who's first studio album was released in 1965. The album, My Generation, was a smash success in the United Kingdom. Their second album, A Quick One, brought them to the attention of the United States and their careers soared into superstardom from there. However, between those two LPs, they also did an EP in 1966 called Ready Steady Who. On the album, they covered the Batman theme, although amusingly enough, they originally credited Jan and Dean as the writers of the song!

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8. The Kinks

Reprise Records

 Unlike the Who, the Kinks were already very famous by the time they recorded their 1967/68 live album, Live at Kelvin Hall (famous enough to be able to release a live album, at least), so it was a bit odder to hear them do a cover of the Batman theme song, but sure enough, they worked it into a medley of "Milk Cow Blues" and "Tired of Waiting for You."