Category Archives: video

Rapping Lowdown (BBC, 1989)

Meet Def G, Lady Rockski and MC Sonix (aka Chris to his mum), as they gave a British perspective on the state of Hip-Hop in 1989, plus Ice T in concert! Taken from BBC2 youth programme ‘Rapping Lowdown’. DJ Dave Pearce (then of GLC Radio) also gives his perspective.

A little time capsule of innocence and loveliness in it’s own way. Too-Hype Posse in effect! Featuring MC Kaos, described by one of his posse as ‘the cassette’!!!

Wonder what happened

Theme from Hawk the Slayer (1980)

Hawk the Slayer – glorious low budget British sword and sorcery from the bowels of the early 80s. From what I remember of it, when I watched it in a VHS frenzy one autumnal afternoon, was that it was not as good as The Beastmaster or The Sword and the Sorceror, but had a Britishness that appealed (it had Bernard Bresslaw as a Cyclops, for goodness sake – the only thing missing was Charles Hawtrey as a nobleman and it would have scaled the heights of greatness). It has Jack Palance as the villain. He should have teamed up with Rip Torn from The Beastmaster and he would have ruled the Universe easily. Would you like to hear the theme tune from composer Harry Robertson? It’s here;


Atlantis Interceptors Theme Tune (1983)

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I wrote about this film, Atlantis Interceptors (aka Atlantis Inferno, aka Raiders of Atlantis, aka Warriors of Atlantis) a while back – see here. Well, now I have something a little special……the theme tune in mp3 format! Here is that theme tune, ‘Black Inferno’ by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis;

Theme from Atlantis Interceptors (aka Atlantis Inferno)

You can also get it here, with a nice picture of the record sleeve;

Here is the trailer for the film;

The Beastmaster Theme (1982)

I have a recollection of Gary Terzza hosting some School Summer Holiday morning Kids TV (or at least doing the continuity for it) for Central in 1983. Despite Return of the Jedi dominating the cinema that year, when Gary told the Midlands viewing public about this beauty, accompanied by a clip of the movie, I had to watch it. ‘The Beastmaster’ was a load of Sword & Sorcery / Conan inspired nonsense about a man called Dar ( a pre ‘VMarc Singer) who can communicate and control animals in the fight against evil etc…. It was perfect VHS video fare, and is well worth a look (the trailer is below). It has Rip Torn in it (as the Villain, Maax)- and that should be recommendation enough.

Here is the theme tune by Lee Holdridge, a Basil Poledouris / Conan The Barbarian inspired Orchestral piece;

The Beastmaster Main Theme (aka The Legend of Dar)

and here is the trailer;


The Best Summer Singles part II – Madonna, ‘Borderline’ (1984)

Whatever you may think of Madonna, there can be no disputing that some of her songs are pretty good, and in my opinion this is the best one of all. ‘Borderline’ was originally released in the UK in June 1984 – but failed to make the Top 40 on that occasion, it got to no.2 in January of 1986. Here is the video;


Borderline, By Madonna, at Wikipedia