Category Archives: clips

SWAT (TV series) intro – 1976

Dont know a lot about the show – it was a short-lived Aaron Spelling series from the 70’s. Not even sure if we got to see it in the U.K. The main reason I am posting this is becasue of the FANTASTIC theme music. A version of this, by the group Rhythm Heritage, got to No.1 on the US billboard chart in 1976. Its an uptempo funky classic with a real urgency about it. It got sampled by Lauren Hill on ‘Sweetest Thing’ and The Prodigy on ‘Funky Shit’. For more information, check out the links here and here

More about Rhythm Heritage

You can get ‘Theme From SWAT’ by Rhythm Heritage on this fine album and find out a bit more info on DJ Pogo here

SWAT the TV series at Wikipedia (not much information on there to be honest)

Someone called SuperFuzz has put together a good mix of early hip hop classics including ‘Schools Out’ by Mekon feat. Schooly D, which samples ‘Theme from SWAT’. Well worth listening too, he also gives a tracklisting and some observations. Here’s the link;
http://superfuzz.podomatic.com/entry/2008-01-02T08_03_35-08_00

Best Ever Game Intros – No.2 – Tekken 3 (1998)

Ah, the genius of Tekken 3. Whilst both Tekken and its sequel, Tekken 2, were head and shoulders above the 3D fighting competition on the Playstation (its rivals, such as Battle Arena Toshinden just didnt compare in terms of playability or graphics), the franchise swansong on the PS1 was a defining statement. Released in 1998, the Playstation port of Tekken 3 was a near perfect translation of the arcade original (released in 1997), with lots of extras that Namco thoughtfully crammed onto a single PS disc. Amongst the extras was ‘Tekken Force’, a brilliant side scrolling Final Fight / Streets of Rage arcade scrapper. Once played, it is not easily forgotten, and I still catch myself, from time to time, intoning ‘Chicken!!!’ in the style of the Tekken Force vocal actor.

I remember seeing the game playing on Japanese import in a game shop in Hull in the early summer of 1998, and being absolutley stunned by it. When it finally hit the UK in that September, it was evident that I was playing possibly the finest PS game, and definately the best fighter for the machine. Before you can begin playing though, you get treated to an amazing cinematic intro, giving brief but beatifully realised back stories to the combatants taking part in the ‘King Of Iron Fist Tournament 3‘ aka Tekken 3. From the pounding soundtrack to the stunning water effects and crowd sequences, the intro makes a bold statement – that this is a game you cannot ignore – that the game more than lives up to. I never really followed Tekken beyond the PS, although I played it on the GBA and PS2. Nothing could live up to Tekken 3.

And my favourite character was Bryan Fury – the way he did a reverse elbow smash followed by a piledriver punch was sheer class. Complete bastard though, a psychotic cyborg reanimated by the shadowy Dr Abel.

Read more about this superb game here courtesy of Wikipedia

This here is the Official Tekken site, courtesy of Namco.

Italian Spiderman (Good Guy), Japanese Spiderman (Good Guy), Turkish Spiderman (EVIL!!!!)

These are all on youtube – the first is a spoof ‘theatrical trailer’ for a ‘long lost’ Italian version of Spiderman from the 1960’s. All very tongue-in-cheek, but with a lot of humour and knowledge of the respective Countries film output and cinematic conventions.

Here is the blurb from the youtube entry;

“ITALIAN SPIDERMAN
Unearthed for the first time in 43 years and lovingly restored at Maxischermo Studios Milan, this rare theatrical trailer for the 1964 Italian classic ‘Italian Spiderman’ is a real treat. Featuring Franco Franchetti of ‘Mondo Sexo’ fame in his last ever role before being killed in a spear fishing accident in 1965. Director, Gianfranco Gatti, reminisces on ‘Italian Spiderman’; “I have made some mistakes in my
life…bad, bad mistakes”.

Links;

Wiki entry for Japanese Spiderman TV Show
Wiki entry for ‘3 Dev Adam’
Review (with clips) of ‘3 Dev Adam’