Make The Moves Up As I Go: The ‘Mockingbird’ Mixtape
Comics and music go hand in hand, and there’s nothing quite like putting on that perfect playlist, sitting down with a good story, and getting lost for a while. We’ve tasked our best writers with crafting the ultimate mixtape to compliment their favorite comics, to hopefully introduce you to comics you might not have tried and artists you might not have heard.
Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk and Rachelle Rosenberg's eight-issue series about the life and times of Mockingbird is one of the best Big Two comics I’ve ever read. It made me a fan of the character and everyone involved in the making of it, so much so that it inspired me to compile a mixtape in tribute to last year's cult-favorite. I like to imagine these are the songs Mockingbird AKA Bobbi Morse listens to when she’s in waiting rooms, on the way to missions, when she’s working out, or driving around.
Bobbi likes Taylor Swift, but has problems with her and her songs. This song is the best of Taylor Swift repackaged into a harder package. One of the great things about Mockingbird was seeing Bobbi away from the job, and this the perfect song for her to come home to, put her batons away, and shake off the day.
While “Shake It Off” is a poppy song that gets the blood racing, this is the one that gets her in the mood to beat up some bad guys. An action-packed song about fighting back against oppressors and authoritarians, it screams “girls have each others’ backs”; a sentiment Bobbi definitely agrees with. Think of this as the mental stretch to get ready.
Punk bands are very Bobbi. Aside from this being fun and good, this song appeals to Mockingbird because of the title. It's kind of her theme song, really. She also would definitely empathize with the theme of fighting against people who are attempting to use and abuse you.
If you think Mockingbird isn’t a huge Nicki Minaj fan, you can leave right now. This is the song that best represents how it feels when she’s in the zone. Bobbi is super-focused, the best at what she does, and most importantly, she's confident in that knowledge. Also, Nicki and Beyonce? C’mon, how would she not love it?
Mockingbird has no idea what Steven Universe is, but heard this song once and loved it. (She'd probably think it was cute but not for her if she saw it.) It’s soft and sweet and gentle, but also realistically depressing. It’s her song with everyone she’s ever had a relationship with… at first.
"Partition" is one of Mockingbird's favorite Beyonce songs (aside from, well, basically all of Lemonade, but that doesn't fit on a mixtape easily). It's great to dance to, fun to sing, and it's basically just a good song about getting steamy in the back of a limousine and Bobbi, well, Bobbi is fine with that.
Bobbi goes back and forth with this song. Sometimes she thinks this song is something she would sing, something she feels when she moves throughout the world. But sometimes, in her dark times, she feels like this is the song her loved ones — those closest to her — are singing to her. A song of betrayal and darkness. But most times she's just like, "Nah, I'm awesome."
“I love you, I hate you, it all depends,” is a good summation of how Mockingbird feels about the world. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s really horrible. More than anything, this song is Mockingbird’s theme — this is the song she’d sing to the world. “I think you’re a joke but I don’t find you very funny.”
If you want to check out this mixtape at home or on the go, we’ve assembled a playlist of all the songs available on Spotify to make it even easier. Make sure to follow ComicsAlliance on Spotify and keep an eye out for more comics-themed playlists in the future.