The Fifth Avenue Buses: Trip To Gotham City
Here’s a fun artifact from the glory days of the exploitation LP. It’s another of the uncountable number of Batman-related releases from the mid-60’s, this one on the Movietone Records subsidiary of ABC Records. With songs written by Billy Page and arranged by Gene Page (father/son team perhaps?), they’ve managed to tap into the offbeat, campy humor of the original TV series on this “Trip To Gotham City.” The album is chock full of groovy go-go beats filling out songs devoted to the various villains in the series, plus of course, an extremely silly one for Robin, the Boy Wonder.
But the most surreal song of all is Catwoman, featuring a bevy of feline Gothamettes repeating “meeoooowww” over and over while the band vamp on. The Joker is a sly tune that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Neal Hefti’s original Batman soundtrack LP, and Fantastic Voyage features a melodic spy theme with subtle fuzz guitar and a bit of an exotica feel via a nice set of vibes. Definitely a trip worth taking.