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A friend recently lent me a DVD of a show called, Human Jungle. I love the theme music which is by John Barry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPZ4fvg_zU0
I've always loved Barry's soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy. John Barry helped Monty Norman arrange the famous James Bond theme, Barry also composed several Bond film soundtracks.
In Horaces's autobiography he writes that Jerry gave Roddy's song Rat Race a slight John Barry intro.
Is anyone else a John Barry fan?
This instrumental version of 'We Have All The Time in the World' is kind of beautiful. No?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t_pg2cpps4
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I used to watch The Persuaders as a kid and always loved the theme tune. In those pre-google days, you had to watch the credits and make a note of who did what. I cottoned on to the name John Barry very early. That theme actually got into the UK charts. Then there's the great Bond stuff he did.

A lot of those ITC Entertainment shows - The Persuaders, The Champions, The Avengers, The Protectors, probably another series beginning with 'The' followed by a collective noun (!), Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), The Prisoner etc - had similar themes and incidental music, and it always caught my ear.

There was a book called The 2 Tone Book for Rude Boys that I bought in 1981. (It was a collection of interviews collated from various music papers, mainly, but still a good read.) In that book, Jerry mentions being a fan of John Barry's and other soundtrack composers, which was a pleasant surprise to read.

Those plucked piano bits in Rat Race are a little like The Ipcress File or some other ITC incidental music, if you listen to the opening of it. I think I can hear the influence in Stereotype - reminds me of You Only Live Twice. Definitely in a couple of tracks on In The Studio, Lonely Crowd and Bright Lights.

John Barry had a unique approach to writing music, his own approach to melody and chords. It had bits of jazz, pop and classical but you mostly couldn't put it in any genre category.

So, to answer the question, yes I'm a fan. Wink
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- you have good friends Harry...... checking out this series now thank you!
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/1260403/

I do love John Barry's music, everything Imani adds is on point - his music doesn't present a 'category' and these themes must be ingrained into the musical representation of 'my era' as I always feel I have a Kiaora and a Choc Ice in my hand - when they are played.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha6K4j4AAt4

Posh voice overs and terrible puns

https://thespinoff.co.nz/food/beverage/10-09-2018/why-is-coca-cola-still-selling-a-racist-drink-called-kia-ora/

- This sort of links back to the Nick Cave thread and revisionist history.....
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In my first band back in 1988/89. We we're a bunch of 6 chancers with one musician amongst us. We took the piss and were called Hey Presto (it's wee wee). We nicked riffs and basslines form everywhere and did a couple of straight covers. The Munster's Theme and "The Blacksmith's Blues" by John Barry (the flip of the James Bond single). The philosophy was the cheesier the better.
I sometimes think that our most defining song was this cover. Great memories.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrmo4Nb2AvE
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Thanks for introducing me to The Blacksmith's Blues. I don't think it's up there with his best stuff but it's kind of cool Smile
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marigold wrote:
- you have good friends Harry...... checking out this series now thank you!
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/1260403/


My friend is a researcher for the BFI and always let's me know about interesting, and largely forgotten shows, like Private Ear, and Gideon's Way. He likes things shot in London on film (rather than in a studio)
Human Jungle is dated and kind of daft in places but very watchable.
I never realized that Herbert's character in the Pink Panther films was spoofing the role he played in this TV show.
There's something funny about the way everybody's problem is so easily resolved.
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Imani wrote:
I used to watch The Persuaders as a kid and always loved the theme tune. In those pre-google days, you had to watch the credits and make a note of who did what. I cottoned on to the name John Barry very early. That theme actually got into the UK charts. Then there's the great Bond stuff he did.

A lot of those ITC Entertainment shows - The Persuaders, The Champions, The Avengers, The Protectors, probably another series beginning with 'The' followed by a collective noun (!), Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), The Prisoner etc - had similar themes and incidental music, and it always caught my ear.

There was a book called The 2 Tone Book for Rude Boys that I bought in 1981. (It was a collection of interviews collated from various music papers, mainly, but still a good read.) In that book, Jerry mentions being a fan of John Barry's and other soundtrack composers, which was a pleasant surprise to read.

Those plucked piano bits in Rat Race are a little like The Ipcress File or some other ITC incidental music, if you listen to the opening of it. I think I can hear the influence in Stereotype - reminds me of You Only Live Twice. Definitely in a couple of tracks on In The Studio, Lonely Crowd and Bright Lights.

John Barry had a unique approach to writing music, his own approach to melody and chords. It had bits of jazz, pop and classical but you mostly couldn't put it in any genre category.

So, to answer the question, yes I'm a fan. Wink

I agree. John Barry definitely influenced Jerry on a number of occasions. It's amazing how prolific and versatile Barry was, for so many years
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Edwin Astley's 'Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) Theme' is a bit John Barry-ish. Weirdly enough, it always reminds me of the line in Ghost Town that goes 'bands won't play no more', especially the last three words of that line. (How chillingly appropriate at the moment.)

The show's ident also reminds me of the style used in Specials artwork.

https://youtu.be/UrEwN4-tsQ4
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