De Angelis Brothers Appreciation Day

Two wild and crazy guys

Two wild and crazy guys

Hey creeps, did you know that today is De Angelis Brothers Appreciation Day? Well, it isn’t…but it should be. Who are the De Angelis Brothers? Well simply put, they are responsible for some of the most outrageous music ever to grace a movie screen. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look (and listen):
First up is the theme from Sergio Martinos 1977 spaghetti western Mannaja, or as it’s known in the States, a Man Called Blade.

Well, how about that? If nothing else you have to admit you’ve never heard anything quite like it…unless you’ve seen Enzo G. Castellari’s Keoma (1976), where the gravel voiced Guy is joined by the warbblin’ wonder Sybil to present us with a duet unlike any other.

But for me the pinnacle of the Brothers musical output was the theme song to Antonio Margheriti’s 1983 Reb Brown starring barbarian epic Yor the Hunter From the Future (believe me, if you only know Mr. Brown from Space Mutiny, ya ain’t seen nothin’ yet). This piece of music (or at least the chorus refrain) plays roughly 4,692 times during the film’s 88 minute runtime.

So now I ask you dear readers, do you have a favorite tune by the De Angelis Brothers that I haven’t mentioned above? Probably not. But, please feel free to leave your thoughts on these themes in the comments section!

He’s a Super Snooper!

Cue my parent's shrieks of disdain...

Cue my parents’ shrieks of disdain…

Let me tell you creeps, we have it easy these days. Anytime we want to watch our favorite flicks, all we have to do is pop in a DVD or Blu Ray, hop on Netflix, or if all else fails search YouTube and there it is. But back in the early 80’s we had to rely on whomever was programming the handful of channels available to us to provide us with cinematic options. That’s why paid cable services like HBO were a godsend to elementary school Roger Eberts like the ol’ Ouija Board Kid.

And what kind of sparkling cinematic gems occupied my time the most? Was it Academy Award winning films such as Chariots of Fire?

No.

How about timeless classics like Citizen Kane?

Umm…no.

Then what exactly did I watch? Why Segio Corbucci’s 1981 superhero/police film hybrid Supercop! And watch it I did…maybe 3 or 4 billion times. And my parents hated it, so of course every time it came on I had to blast the theme song at top volume. So why not crank up the volume and sing along to Super Snooper by The Oceans…and maybe send me some good vibes that karma doesn’t swing back hard when my lil’ ghoul arrives!