When we think of Batman music, it might bring to mind Danny Elfman's crashing, booming theme for the original Michael Keaton film series (started in 1989), or perhaps Prince (aka the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince) and his "Batdance
." But this is the original TV series Batman
theme - the show starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the titular Batman and his sidekick Robin. So far, it's still the only live-action
regular series to make it onto television, though the animated versions are numerous.
The main part of the song itself, usually presented in instrumental form, is a simple 12-bar blues series repeated in a cycle, using only three chords, with very minor changes in key from time to time. If you haven't found the version with the lyrics, you're not missing much; it's simply the word "Batman!" sung over and over, almost like a chant.
The vocals to the broadcast version of the theme blended so well with the instruments that Adam West actually stated in his book Back to the Batcave
that it was an illusion created with instruments. Hefti himself corrects this in an interview for the book TV's Biggest Hits
: it's an eight-voice chorus along with bass guitar, percussion, and brass.