Doctor Doom is in Danger! Danger, High Voltage!

10 Jun

Marvel Comics

Carnival Rides

We were walking past a carnival ride today and noticed a “Danger! High Voltage!” sign on the back of one of those Ring of Fire thrillers. The sign reminded us of a crazy song by the Detroit nutcake rockers, Electric Six. The eclectic electric boys formed a band back in the 1990s and fused a bunch of different genres into an interesting mish-mash of frenetic energy. Not familiar with them? They’re kind of like Jack-Ass meets Borat.

Rock Band

Carnival Rides

And a few minutes later, one of us plastered these good folks with regurgitated cotton candy and Sno-cones. Sorry folks. Vertigo.

In 2003, the band birthed their biggest hit to date, “Danger! High Voltage!” It quickly climbed up the charts in the UK and eventually became a minor sensation in the US. The song is just so much goofy fun.

On the opposite side of the world from Detroit, a small country named Latveria exists . It’s squished between Romania, Hungary and Serbia and it’s controlled by a megalomaniac named Victor von Doom. Vic is a gypsy by birth and is probably the world’s most famous and accomplished Roma. Of course, it’s unfortunate that he chose a life of villainry. Gypsies already get a bad rap for their penchant of taking advantage of rubes, which incidentally are found in spades at, you named it, carnivals. See how everything comes full circle at Comics A-Go-Go!? We couldn’t make this stuff up, for crying out loud.

Fictional CityAnyway, Dr. Doom, as he prefers to be called (although most scholars, including Dr. Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, don’t acknowledge his diploma given that he earned it from West Szeged-Zhrbkadzrg University which is still not accredited), is mostly known for his attempts at world dominance and his shady real estate ventures. One interesting fact is that his famous iron mask isn’t actually for covering up alleged scars acquired from an alleged industrial lab accident as is commonly reported. It’s actually just an affectation. As one of his former servants confided: “He’s actually a rather handsome chap but he’s very self-conscious. He’s never liked his nose and feels that his cheek bones are too delicate giving him a somewhat effeminate look. Of course, those of us that worked for him at the Doomstadt castle never thought of him as anything other than a man’s man. Um, no, not in that way, actually. That didn’t come out right. Can we turn off the tape recorder and try that again?” It’s ancient history now but the tape recording wasn’t erased and the servant (what was her name, by the way? anyone?) has been missing for some time.

Victor von Doom

Nobody lights up the night clubs in Latveria like Vic “Doom Dancer” von Doom.

Marvel ComicsIn the mid 2000s, Doom got his mojo on, went into the future and then backwards in time, empgregnated Sue Richards/Invisible Woman and sired a girl named Valeria.  It was kind of a messed up time and somehow Victor got involved with some scheme in hell and, bam, Franklin Richards ended up there for a period. It was during this whole crazy time that he discovered the music of Electric Six and chose to make their hit “Danger! High Voltage!” his theme song. He would blast it out of his Doom-mobile as he drove through the streets of Doomstadt, scaring the bejeezus out of the locals. Vic was always good for a few laughs when times were dull.

And also, Victor von Doom has mommy issues.

Since we’re on an Electric Six kick, let’s do some bonus work. Favorite song of Captain Zapp Brannigan from Futurama? You guessed it: “Dance Commander.” It’s rather unfortunate actually. Zapp is a Grade A weasel and “Dance Commander” is a rather likable song. Of course, band leader Dick Valentine‘s dancing in the video doesn’t help the cause any.

Futurama

Leela, I am your Love Commander. Yeah.

And here’s one more for the road. Although they’d released music previously, the Six’s first major album was the superb 2003 release Fire. It’s a veritable treasure trove of aggressive dance hits. The album closes on a milder note, however, and this is actually our favorite among favorites.

We don’t know which superhero might list “Synthesizer” as his or her or its favorite but if we had to guess we’d definitely say it wasn’t Wolverine‘s. He hates synthesizers. They make his teeth hurt.

Electric Six

C’mon. You can’t ignore his techno, Logan.

By the way, we just have to say Guy Perry’s fetching beach ensemble may not be for everyone but then again, not all the ladies (or lads) are there for the surfers.

TV Pilot

Oops. The sun isn’t a vampire’s friend. Guy Perry applied plenty of SPF 1200 during the “Synthesizer” shoot but it still wreaked havoc on the … guy.


Electric Six

Lyrics to Electric Six’s “Danger! High Voltage”

Fire in the disco
Fire in the taco bell
Fire in the disco
Fire in the gates of hell

Don’t you want to know how we keep starting fires?
It’s my desire, It’s my desire, It’s my desire

Don’t you want to know how we keep starting fires?
It’s my desire, It’s my desire, It’s my desire

Danger! Danger! High Voltage!
When we touch, When we kiss
Danger! Danger! High Voltage!
When we touch, when we kiss
When we touch

Danger! Danger! High Voltage!
When we touch, When we kiss
Danger! Danger! High Voltage!
When we touch, when we kiss
When we touch, when we kiss

Don’t you want to know how we keep starting fires?
It’s my desire, It’s my desire

Don’t you want to know how we keep starting fires?
It’s my desire, It’s my desire

Danger! Danger! High Voltage!
When we touch, When we kiss
Danger! Danger! High Voltage!
When we touch, when we kiss
When we touch

Danger! Danger! High Voltage!
When we touch, When we kiss
Danger! Danger! High Voltage!
When we touch, when we kiss
When we touch, when we kiss

No more

Fire in the disco
Fire in the disco
Fire in the taco bell
Fire in the disco
Fire in the disco
Fire in the gates of Hell

Gates of Hell

3 Responses to “Doctor Doom is in Danger! Danger, High Voltage!”

  1. Anonymous June 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Doom has resurfaced in NYC as a rapper:

    • Valdir March 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

      Thanks guys, I just about lost it lonkiog for this.

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