Friday, March 16, 2012

March Madness March of the Day: "Monster Battle March (Main Title)" from Invasion of the Astro-Monster by Akira Ifukube

'Hey Tsuburaya, I can't take direction from ya when that douchey hat is perched on your head, man.'
Invasion of the Astro-Monster director Eiji Tsuburaya tells Godzilla to stop indicating and be less plastic.
(Photo source: Rapsodie Japonaise--The Akira Ifukube Blog)
This one's for any Godzilla fan. Unlike say, Tracy Morgan, I'm not much into Godzilla movies, but as someone who's a fan of the 2006 Korean monster movie The Host, I can understand why some of my listeners in the past were so enthusiastic about Godzilla flicks and would request to hear themes from those films. Out of all the Akira Ifukube marches I've heard from Godzilla score compilations, "Monster Battle March" from Invasion of the Astro-Monster, a.k.a. Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, is the best-sounding one.

Is it me or do Ifukube's Godzilla scores sound more like Jewish monster movie music than Japanese monster movie music? I keep expecting Godzilla to dance the hora.

All the other "March Madness March of the Day" posts from this week:
"Stripes March" by Elmer Bernstein
"Main Title" from Batman by Danny Elfman
"Fruit of Islam" from Malcolm X by Terence Blanchard
"Washington Ending & Raiders March" from Raiders of the Lost Ark by John Williams

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