Music - January 2
Happy New Year! This is Jason Block, recovering from
December 31st hangover to pay tribute to the unsung
heroes of the game show/reality show business....the
musicians and composers who have made the most
recognizable notes this side of Beethoven, Mozart and
This may not
surprise you at all, but I am not ashamed to admit that
on my new video iPod I have 2 CDs worth of classic game
show themes AND I have the rare CD single Come On Down
by Crystal Waters. If you have ever had the chance to go
see the Price is Right live, it is the last song played
before Rich Fields does his warm up. So I get to listen
to it a lot.
The music for me, serves two purposes. Firstly, it
triggers memories. One of the coolest events at GSC5
this past year was the first public performance of the
Ceramic Dalmatians. This band which includes David
Hammett and Mandel Ilagan played picture perfect
renditions of a lot of the most famous game show themes
of all time. My favorite reaction to it was when Travis
Schario was setting up his version of Price as the band
was playing music cues from the show. He was so
impressed...he got the band to play him as he entered
Who doesnt get a chill up their spine as you hear the
first 4 notes of the Price theme? That first wank of
the bass line of Match Game? The nods of recognition
from the Yodeling of
Survivor? Or those first guitar riffs of American
Idol? The laughter as when you know that someone
actually wrote lyrics to the Price is Right music cue
Splendido as Nothing But Furniture!
The 2nd purpose is to recognize that people such as Bob
Israel, Edd Kalehoff, Alan Thicke, Merv Griffin, and
others are damn good musicians. When you listen to the
music, you can tell they were very into the music of the
time. Who doesnt get the 70's funk of Big Wheels
(Wheel of Fortune) or Blockbusters. The high class
music of the original Hollywood Squares theme?
The marching band music of Treasure Hunt. Again, there
are tons of different musical styles that have been used
to great effect on a game show theme.
So the next time you hear the Price theme, the wank
music from a Match Game rerun, or any other show...
think about what it would be like without the music. And
realize that, in my world, the music is a big part of
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