Below are some other items you may enjoy (all fairly quick downloads):
One of my favorite finds ever on the internet is the music to the Price
is Right (click gameshows). The composer is an unsung genius in my opinion.
Here's the best song, one of the "New Car" tunes called The
Bean Stalker that just excites me every time I hear it. I like to play
this song at work when I need to get something done fast. The
Big Banana is a close second. Note the hint of Family Feud in this one
(same guy did music for that show as well.) These are from master tapes from
some vault, so you get to hear the whole song which we never heard when it
aired on TV since they never played them long enough. More available from
TPIR link above.
My vote for best theme song ever? Streets of San Francisco
And this version is without narration so you can fully appreciate the
wild 70's brass and psychedelic sounds.
Whenever I feel down, I just listen to the song from Alice. Very inspirational. This girl's got attitude!
Here is my favorite adventure cartoon theme song, Thundar, The Barbarian,
the show that answers the question every kid wants to know, "What would
happen if a runaway planet hurtled between the Earth and the Moon unleashing
cosmic destruction?" Nice alitteration in here as well. Here's the version
during the credits
with no voice-over.
And now for some funky late 70's/early 80's theme songs I enjoy. White
Shadow, Fat Albert,
and What's Happening!
are 3 of my favs. Not exactly funky, but good brass and the hottest superhero
ever hands down have earned this extended version of the Wonder
Woman theme song a place on this page.
Nothing beats the absolute mayhem of a good 70's gameshow
theme song, like this one from Joker's Wild (it
is kind of loud so turn the volume down if you are at work, which I assume
you are). I think this was the version played at the end with the credits.
Marc is absolved from any uncontrolled convulsions that result from listening
to this song. Runner-up, is the theme song from Tic-Tac-Dough, featuring
the worst game show host ever, Wink Martindale. This one has more of a synth
feel to it and can also result in seizures in certain situations. I recall
seeing a guy on this show win 30 times in a row and he got a crappy AMC Pacer
every five wins; I think the show was fixed.
My favorite line from the film War Games , which
has possibly the best representation of the typical 1980's military General
All-time favorite line from Dukes
of Hazzard, Uncle Jesse's rules for being around a still. While on the topic, let me introduce you to one of the worst songs ever, sung by Catherine Bach who played Daisy Duke. It's from this album, which actually is pretty good, except for this horrendous rendition.
Here's a crazy local ad for Mr.
Chau's Chinese Fast Food, a small chain in the South Bay, which aired
during an Oakland A's game in 2001 on KICU. I wish I could show the video,
but the audio will have to do. It is in poor taste, but aparently the actual
Mr. Chau that runs the chain is in the ad and approved it, according to this
account. I personally have sworn off cheap chinese food because it makes
me feel like a lump and I don't recommend eating here or any similar place
unless you are really poor and need maximum food for your dollar.
Here is classic Danny Devito at his finest from the 80's film "Romancing
the Stone." Clip 1 has him in
some Columbian police station after his car and himself are commandeered by
a sadistic military general and Devito is a wanted criminal. He is calling
his brother to relate the situation. Clip
2 also has him calling his brother later in the movie. The video of these
scenes is great and I recommend the entire film if you've never seen it, starring
Kathleen Turner and Micheal Douglas.
This is the theme music from my all-time favorite pinball machine, Black
Knight 2000, which Peter James and I were the champions of down at the
7-11 during high school.