WEEKEND OPEN BAR: theme song splendor!

[WEEKEND OPEN BAR: The one-stop ramble-about-anything weekend post at OL. Comment on the topic at hand. Tell us how drunk you are. Describe a comic you bought. This is your chance to bring the party.]

I want you to consider the following premises, keepin’ an eye peeled for similarities.

When a West Philadelphia-born prince ascended his Californian throne, he sang a little ditty. That time when the boxer prepared to avenge his friend’s death and defend America’s honor? You bet your ass he was jammin’ to some butt-rock. And when the world was ushered into the era of Y2J, it was greeted by the dulcet tones of a computerized countdown and processed vocals.

The conclusion: theme songs kick ass.

Hell, if you think about your favorite movie, TV show, or video game, chances are that it features some sort of soundtrack. Moreover, it’s also a solid bet that there’re clear-as-day, identifiable-as-hell themes woven throughout said soundtrack. While you’re experiencing this bit of entertainment, themes amplify the emotion at hand, whether it happens to be jubilation or intrigue or suspense. So affective, in fact, are theme songs that hearing them out of context can still teleport our consciousnesses to the space-time junctions of entertainment-inebriation.

Fighting Sephiroth.
Being devoured by a Great White.
Swoonin’ over a man with a license to kill.

If you count yourself amongst the OL faithful, then some of your life’s most consequential moments have probably been accompanied by a soundtrack. As such, I encourage you to respond to one or both of this weekend’s OPEN BAR prompts:

[What is a theme song you dig?][What would you choose for your own theme song?]


Theme I Dig: A Real Hero (DRIVE Soundtrack)

I anticipate receiving some good-natured ribbing from Caff-Pow for this choice, but I can’t get enough of the tune A Real Hero from the movie DRIVE. With its 80s-throwback synth and pop-drenched female vocals, this song perfectly complements the scene in which we see the caring, sentimental side of the Driver. After all, every  anti-hero needs to be established not only as a rule-breakin’ bad-ass, but one with a sense of dignity and justice as well.

Oh, how I worship at the altar of the quiet, masculine man!


My Theme: Blasteroid (Mastodon)

In truth, the lyrics to Mastodon’s Blasteroid evoke some pretty violent imagery. Y’know, smashed faces and bloodshed and broken glass! However, I’m a pretty peaceful person, so my choice of theme has far less to do with the lyrics as it does the music. This tune is goddamn rockin’, with sweet guitar licks that make me want to two-step and drum-fill freneticism that makes me want to jump on tabletops. When I’m at my best, I’d like to think that my energy could be paired with Blasteroid.

Or maybe I just need to be diagnosed. Either way!


C’mon, let’s exploit this OPEN BAR for all it’s worth!

[What is a theme song you dig?][What would you choose for your own theme song?]