The Flaming Lips make the cut for Dustin Stashko's playlist of the week.

Nelson’s music guru shares a music festival for your inner nerd

Nelson's Dustin Stashko offers up a super hero themed playlist.

If you’ve watched two minutes of TV in the last month you’d draw a couple conclusions: the first would be to set it on fire after learning about terrible shows such as Toddlers and Tiaras or Jersey Shore. Such shows will eventually lead to the apocalypse and people eating other people’s faces off. Sorry to get melodramatic. The second would be that there’s a whole crap load of superhero movies coming/currently out this summer. The Avengers, Spiderman, Rise of The Dark Knight, it’s going to be blockbuster after blockbuster. In honour of that, this playlist will appeal to the inner nerd in all of us, and be superhero themed.

The Black Lips – Spidey’s Curse. Back in the 90’s there was this huge initiative in schools called Stranger Danger. It basically taught kids to think twice before taking candy from strangers and getting into creepy vans. Spiderman was actually the spokesperson and was on a lot of leaflets and posters for it. Apparently The Black Lips remembered this pretty vividly from their youth.

The Flaming Lips – Waiting for a Superman. Beautiful tune. I’m sure the band didn’t write this as an obligatory middle finger to the man from Krypton, but it’s about how sometimes no matter how bad things get, you shouldn’t depend on Superman.

Our Lady Peace – Superman’s Dead. This one was blatantly obvious, but it’s arguably OLP’s best song.

Donavan – Sunshine Superman. Donavan sings. “Superman and Green Lantern ain’t got nothin’ on me…” But I wouldn’t but my money on him.

Guns N Roses – Paradise City. Bet you didn’t expect to see this one on here. Not only is Axl Rose a jerk-face, but his mention of Captain America in this song also makes him a nerd. This is almost redeeming of his douchiness, but not quite. “Captain America’s been torn apart Now he’s a court jester with a broken heart.”

Black Sabbath – Iron Man. Yup. Not at all about the comic books, but it’s still commonly associated with Iron Man anyways.

Crash Test Dummies – Superman’s Song. This one’s kind of haunting, because it’s all about the death of our pivotal hero who’s ultimately pretty selfless. It notes that even though he could have used his powers for evil, he chooses the good path and expects no payment for his deeds. Plus it’s a Canadian song!

Weezer – In the Garage. If you’ve seen a photo of Rivers Cuomo you just know he embraces being a geek. With mentions of Kitty Pryde & Nightcrawler from X-men in this one, it’s made the list!

Seal – Kiss From A Rose. Okay. I’ve lost credibility with this song choice, but it was on the Batman Forever soundtrack! This song was huge and would now be the definition of a “guilty pleasure”. Nerds, if you play this for girls they’ll melt in your hands. MELT I SAY! I won’t lie to you. They won’t. Avoid it.


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