Ang Mo wrote:
I have been fighting depression for a while. I finally had to take drastic measures and lock myself in a room for two weeks and listen to the theme song from the tv show Mannixhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF_49tWPNWA
over and over again. The music of Lalo Schifrin is simply incredible! I feel as fresh as a breath mint and ready to go out and fight crime!
I sympathize, Mr. Chairman. Lately, I've been pretty depressed too, what with Ahh-nold cutting my pay and Gong Li still married to that idiot tobacco executive.
Whenever I need to cheer up, I turn to the theme from "The Green Hornet" tv show,
Billy May's brassy, jazzy arrangment of "Flight of the Bumblebee," featuring the legendary Al Hirt on trumpet. Nuthin' like Al Hirt's trumpet to clear away the cobwebs of depression.
Although some people compare TGH to "Batman," it was quite different. "Batman" wore its campiness on its sleeve, while TGH had a dark, noirish tone. The show also introduced Bruce Lee to the American public. At that time (1967), few of us had ever seen any sort of martial arts. Lee's fight scenes
were absolutely jaw-dropping. A few years later, when Lee hit it big in the movies, Green Hornet fans blithely remarked, "Bruce Lee? Oh sure, I've known about him for years."
Due to legal battles, the show was unavailable for decades. The legal battles left TGH all but forgotten, save for the die-hard fans. But a few years ago, "Kill Bill" referenced the show, and includedthe full theme song
on the movie sound track. Thankfully, the warring parties finally resolved their issues, and the show is now available on DVD. That's reason enough to cheer up.