Heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
For every clear-cut Superman, there's a darker, more complicated Al Simmons (y'know, the guy that became Spawn? Todd McFarlene's breakthrough character! No? I promise you he's very well known!). Whether you're a noble Ned or a redeemed Jaime, you have the potential to overcome great adversity on your path to Victory! (although Ned did lose his head, so maybe don't follow his lead too rigorously...)
This week we're getting back to our roots with Madison Mars' interstellar journey 'Atom'!
This track oozes cinematic brilliance, from the trancey string lead to the gritty vocal bass, everything about Atom screams soundtrack. Picture this: you're about to go up against your nemesis (your boss, your annoying neighbour, your in-laws ...) and you need to get the adrenaline pumping:...
There are two forces in this world that no hero, regardless of how powerful they are, can defeat - Time, and Death.
It's easy to forget this when we're all wrapped up in the business of Saving the World!, especially when our current endeavours behave as though they're matters of life or death. But eventually, Time will age us, and Death will take us, and it won't matter how many cars are on the drive or numbers are in the account.
Remixing deadmau5 takes some serious courage. Not only does Joel have incredibly high standards when it comes to people messing with his music, but he's also not afraid to tell them - often in the bluntest way possible.
What's the point in Saving the World! if the world isn't worth saving? I think we all have days where we think everything is so completely fucked up that to try and change anything is pointless.
Sometimes the most superhuman thing we can do is acknowledge our mortality.
All heroes know that there's a very good chance they can be defeated, and what comes next? Where do we go in the Afterlife? It's important that we make peace with this fact if we're to stay brave in the face of Danger; if we don't, we might find ourselves succumbing to the Great Unknown...
We've talked a lot about the importance of perseverance in this business of saving the world. A wise chimp once said, 'we only fail when we give in trying.' As long as we never give up and never surrender, we can only succeed, even if we're walking on two left feet all the time!
A hero should be the voice of unity. If the true evils of the world are intolerance and prejudice, then it's our job as superheroes to battle against them in whatever way we can.
Even heroes need a day off.
I mean come on, it gets tiring saving the world every. single. day. Sometimes we'd rather not whack on our supersuit (as usual, points for the reference), and just kick our feet up and watch some bad telly instead. And that's perfectly within our right! No one's paying us to be heroes - the world owes us some down time!
The best heroes are aware of two very important facts in life.
The first is that, in order to truly defeat evil, you have to be unpredictable. Life doesn't move in straight lines, and neither should you. We make our best decisions when they come from an unexpected place, because despite all of the wonders of our evolution, we're complete idiots when it comes to deciding what's best to do for ourselves. That's the curse of being rational.
Sometimes we heroes forget that at the end of the day, we’re only human. We make mistakes. Flume and kai know this, and they want you to know it to. Maybe you fucked up today—you didn’t Save the World! Maybe you even destroyed a one. That’s okay. You’re only human, and yes, you make mistakes.
Being the full-time superheroes that we are, we often need reminding that we don’t have to do all this on our own. As this track perfectly surmises, ‘we all need someone to lean on.’ This track is a loving tribute to all the sidekicks in our lives, the ones who make our endeavours possible, the ones who stick by us through thick and thin. Without them we are mere mortals; together, we can Save the World!
There’s no rush quite like the one when Victory! is in sight. In these moments, the world is ours, we have full control, and nothing can get in our way. In other words, the Only Way Is Up!
If there's one thing any hero needs, it's stamina. Life is a marathon, and this track is the juice in your veins that keeps you pumping past those moments where you feel like you haven't got anything left to give...
*Villains Beware: the following content is not suitable for those of a malevolent disposition*
This song truly delivers on the title. Like a jumper cable to the nipples of your soul, it'll boost you through the most troubling parts of your adventure and see you on your way to Victory!...