Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fistful of Dollars music unavoidable, I guess

Here's a strange coincidence.

We recently watched the Doctor Who episode- A Town Called Mercy which was set in the wild (weird) west. Pretty good episode. The Doctor pulling the iron on the guy was a surprise. The wild west with a cyborg is cool. A bit of a Deadlands feel and maybe a West World homage. The Doctor in a stetson is always a win.

One of the most striking elements of the episode was the musical score, which naturally was drenched in Ennio Morricone themes along the lines of his Sergio Leone film scores.



Other than Doctor Who, we are currently watching the fine espionage drama, Covert Affairs. The show is pretty good, better than I expected and we're really enjoying it. The theme song is the focus for this blog post. The first thing one notices about the theme is the whistling which immediately brings a western/Clint Eastwood frame to mind. But then the song continues in a pop/rock anthem with a female vocalist. The guitar does continue with a little bit of that western feel remaining.

Save Me Mix 6 by Apple Trees and Tangerines on Grooveshark
The band that performed the song was originally named Apple Trees and Tangerines and then changed their name to POWER. Then it appears that they changed their name again to Flint Eastwood (which, as you'll see in a moment, kind of makes sense) 

Here's the theme from A Fistful of Dollars. Obviously the whistling... but listen to the guitar at about 2:05 into the theme. It sounds like that bit serves as the foundation for "Can You Save Me/Covert Affairs' theme.
'A Fistfull Of Dollars' Suite by Ennio Morricone on Grooveshark
It seemed an inevitable discovery. Now I'm reading Deadlands game books, Jonah Hex comics and listening to the soundtrack to Outlaws!
 
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