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Martial Arts Music Madness!

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In this section of The GCDb we will be listing the various scores from kung fu/martial arts films that have been taken from other films, pop music & TV. During the 1970s and early 80s it was common practice for lower budget Asian genre films to steal scores from other popular films of the day. For instance you could be watching a Shaw Brothers kung fu film and hear the theme from a Blaxploitation film or a Spaghetti Western pop up in a sequence. This is just another reason why watching exploitation cinema is so fun. We hope you enjoy discovering...or re-discovering this memorable film music with us!

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  • A Life of Ninja: Main theme from the film Rocky II. Music by Bill Conte. Cues from the TV miniseries: Shogun. Music by Maurice Jarre.

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SAMPLE THE MADNESS

Main Theme (from Day of Anger) by Riz Ortolani

Main Theme (from Three Tough Guys) by Isaac Hayes

A Bucket of Blood (from Carrie) by Pino Donaggio

Assassination Attempt (from Taxi Driver) by Bernard Herrmann

Junkie Chase (from Super Fly) by Curtis Mayfield

Title Theme (from Mad Max) by Brian May

Main Theme (from SWAT TV show) by Rhythm Heritage

Magic Fly by Space

Jam Sandwich (from Death Wish 2) by Jimmy Page

One of These Days by Pink Floyd

Laying the Trap (from Gator) by Charles Bernstein

Let there Be Drums by The Incredible Bongo Band

On The Move (from Three The Hard Way) by The Impressions

Main Theme (from The Big Gundown) by Ennio Morricone

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  • Fatal Needles vs. Fatal Fist: "Main Theme" from the film Carrie by Pino Donaggio.
  • Fearless Hyena: The Pink Panther Theme by Henry Mancini.
  • Fists of Bruce Lee: Live & Let Die Paul McCartney and Wings, "Pick up the Pieces" (not the AWB version), "Broken Mirrors" Lalo Schifrin from Enter The Dragon, "Ali Bomaye" Mandrill & Michael Masser, "Hung up on my baby" Isaac Hayes from the film Shaft.
  • Five Fingers of Death: Ironside Theme (TV) by Quincy Jones.

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  • Mad Monkey Kung Fu: "Assassination Attempt" from the film Taxi Driver by Bernard Herrmann.
  • Mafia Vs Ninja: Cue from Shogun TV miniseries. Music by Maurice Jarre. Cue from the film First Blood. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Cues from Mad Max & The Road Warrior. Music by Brian May. Battlestar Galactica TV Theme. Music by Stu Phillips.
  • Mar's villa: Main Theme and various cues from the film Hang Em High. Music by Dominic Frontiere. Cues from the film The Man With The Golden Gun. Music by John Barry.
  • Master of Death: Title Theme from the film The Big Gundown by Ennio Morricone.

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  • Vengeance!: On Her Majesty's Secret Service Title Theme by John Barry.

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  • Young Tiger: "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin (Instrumental/Cover), "Junkie Chase" by Curtis Mayfield from Super Fly.

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