Back in 2006, Superman Returns graced the screens of cinemas across the globe. It was one of the few films that comes to mind (at least for me) that featured not only a soundtrack, but a companion “soundtrack” of sorts to accompany the film. The songs themselves either were directly related to Superman himself, or were songs about the basic concept of heroism. Most of the songs on Sound of Superman were covers, but the album boasted an impressive selection of up-and-coming artists (at the time) such as Motion City Soundtrack, The Academy Is…, Nightmare of You, Paramore, The Spill Canvas, Jack’s Mannequin and The Receiving End of Sirens. Sadly, a classic gem from Footloose, “Holding Out For A Hero” didn’t make the cut as a cover, but that’s okay. The album as a whole was pretty solid, and made for quite an enjoyable experience.
The Receiving End of Sirens (aka TREOS) recorded a cover of Stereophonics’ “Superman,” for the compilation, taking a dark song and adding an even darker twist to its sound. The song itself is almost a darker take on the “Superman” theme, turning the superhero into someone who is a little cocky, full of himself and apt to cheat on Lois Lane with a “teenage blonde.” Sure, it’s a little disturbing, and not representative of the Superman people have come to love and cherish over the years, but it portrays the dark side of what it’s like to be a superhero that people respect. Yes, Superman has always been a little dark and mysterious, but this song really bumps that up a notch.