Friday, July 22, 2011

"Rome, Italian Style" Track of the Day: Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, "Spy School Graduation Theme"

Whenever someone straps on an electric guitar, why must they always make the same faces that G.E. Smith used to make before an SNL commercial break?
Song: "Spy School Graduation Theme" by the Canadian band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
Released: 1993
Why's it part of the "Rome, Italian Style" playlist?: I love this '60s spy score-style tune by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, the now-defunct instrumental rock band best known for composing the Kids in the Hall theme tune "Having an Average Weekend" and declaring that "We're Not a Fucking Surf Band."

In his series of season-by-season reviews of Star Trek: The Next Generation on DVD, blogger SamuraiFrog says he always wanted to see a Trek TV spinoff that was set at Starfleet Academy. On a similar note, I always wanted to see someone create a show about spy school, although the USA show Covert Affairs is kind of fulfilling that function, but with the field serving as the new classroom for its inexperienced but plucky heroine Annie, who was pulled out early from the CIA's "Farm" and immediately promoted to field work.

All the other "Rome, Italian Style" Tracks of the Day from this week:
The John Gregory Orchestra, "It Takes a Thief"
Daniele Luppi, "An Italian Story"
Count Basie and His Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald & The Tommy Flanagan Trio, "Sanford & Son Theme (The Streetbeater)"
Elvis Costello and Sy Richardson, "A Town Called Big Nothing (Really Big Nothing)"

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