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The best ever Racing theme tune – rolling back the years!

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    Leeknowles1
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    I was watching the morning line, and channel 4 racing, and couldnt help thinking that i no longer feel the same way i did as a child, Dont get me wrong i still feel good when i hear the music playing, ready to watch the most exciting sport on earth!

    However that does not replace the fact i dont feel "The same" i remember growing up going round my grandads and watching Racing with him, as soon as i heard the tune to BBC Grandstand, the excitement for the next few hours made me feel warm, my grandad and uncle telling me about their careers as jockeys past and present, Yes i will probably be watching racing with my grandad on boxing day… However the theme tune will never live up to those good old days!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wXY6Gcl … re=related

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    reetlass
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    Make the most of your grandad while you still have him – they are irreplacable!

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    RichK
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    Remember when they used to play Odissea Veneziana as the theme to BBC Racing?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPANCGJL9vo

    Full of class.

    #383551
    graysonscolumn
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    Remember when they used to play Odissea Veneziana as the theme to BBC Racing?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPANCGJL9vo

    Full of class.

    I paused your link at 17 seconds and just stared at it for several minutes, sadly.

    THIS is what you consigned to history, Mr Tellwright. YOU.

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

    #383565
    yeats
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    Leeknowles1 I thought you were talking about the Good Old Days, that was only a few years ago.

    This was the daddy of Grandstand theme tunes when racing was the lynchpin of the programme.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FUdpqLLxPM

    Never liked that Odissea Veneziana tune, always sounded a bit of a dirge to me, much preferred the one prior to that, it was only used for 2 or 3 years and was accompanied by pictures that included a bookies trilby being blown off. Anyone know what it was?

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    Agree with graysonscolumn about those who have allowed Tellwright to ruin Haydock’s fences :evil:

    #383575
    runandskip
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    the bbc theme you may be thinking of is "garden party" by mezzoforte.
    for me the old ch4 racing theme was the best…dont know why they changed it.

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    betlarge
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    I was watching the morning line, and channel 4 racing, and couldnt help thinking that i no longer feel the same way i did as a child, Dont get me wrong i still feel good when i hear the music playing, ready to watch the most exciting sport on earth!

    However that does not replace the fact i dont feel "The same" i remember growing up going round my grandads and watching Racing with him, as soon as i heard the tune to BBC Grandstand, the excitement for the next few hours made me feel warm, my grandad and uncle telling me about their careers as jockeys past and present, Yes i will probably be watching racing with my grandad on boxing day… However the theme tune will never live up to those good old days!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wXY6Gcl … re=related

    …and the link shows that the brill Barry Norman is introducing Film 96 on Beeb Two!! Caludia Winkleman, gawd…

    Mike

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    Old Applejack
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    Yeats, do you mean the tune ‘Garden Party’ by Mezzoforte? I can’t post a link right now, but will do so tomorrow, with my own theme tune memories.

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    Leeknowles1
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    Leeknowles1 I thought you were talking about the Good Old Days, that was only a few years ago.

    This was the daddy of Grandstand theme tunes when racing was the lynchpin of the programme.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FUdpqLLxPM

    Never liked that Odissea Veneziana tune, always sounded a bit of a dirge to me, much preferred the one prior to that, it was only used for 2 or 3 years and was accompanied by pictures that included a bookies trilby being blown off. Anyone know what it was?

    PS
    Agree with graysonscolumn about those who have allowed Tellwright to ruin Haydock’s fences :evil:

    Yes thats exactly what i meant! However i meant it in the sense that since those days around 1996 – 2007 (when i can remember watching racing) it was not completely going down the pan, towards 2007 it was going backwards, but In my humble opinion, its completely lost now with the tote being sold to the bookies, hefty bans etc..

    #383586
    Leeknowles1
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    Make the most of your grandad while you still have him – they are irreplacable!

    The sad story not intentional but i dont really know my dad, so my grandad and uncle were always the male role models for me, my grandad being the closest, hes the kind of man that would give you his last pound, drink once a year at christmas and be drunk by dinner time, telling jokes forgetting them half way through, and buys your grandma a dishwasher and a fruit blender for christmas!

    He also knows more about horse racing than anyone i have ever met! He truely is a Legend and i will certainly be making the most of him whiles hes around!

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    moehat
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    I used to watch the racing with my dad, and that was 50 plus years ago, so I know what you mean. As for it not being the same, maybe the fact that we can record everything and/or re watch whenever we want to on the internet etc takes away the ‘this is a moment in time and it’s happening now’ feeling that we once had. It’s wonderful that we can do so, and great that we can discuss it at length with people on forums such as this, but I still remember rushing the children back from school so I could see Dessie in the Gold Cup. Either way, I’m still getting nerves about the King George the way I do every year.

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    % MAN
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    This was the daddy of Grandstand theme tunes when racing was the lynchpin of the programme.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FUdpqLLxPM

    Have to say I’ve had that as the ringtone on my mobile for a few years now.

    For me the "Champions" theme is the most evocative racing theme tune.

    #383605
    Adrian
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    Much more recent but I did like Channel 4’s racing montages set to Glorious by Andreas Johnson – very uplifting.

    #383607
    reetlass
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    Make the most of your grandad while you still have him – they are irreplacable!

    and buys your grandma a dishwasher and a fruit blender for christmas!

    He also knows more about horse racing than anyone i have ever met! He truely is a Legend and i will certainly be making the most of him whiles hes around!

    Good to know that, Lee.

    I think your grandma did rather well with the Christmas presents considering one year I got a bucket and a pair of working boots (and they were mens at that!)

    #383610
    yeats
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    That’s the one runandskip & Old Applejack, thanks.

    #383628
    Mr. Pilsen
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    Muse- Uprising

    , pour moi.

    #383673
    graysonscolumn
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    Can’t find any racing footage using "Garden Party" right now, but here’s the promo video for its single release;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmSDTutGyIw

    A number 17 hit back in 1983, before it was used to accompany the horse-bothering, and I do remember them performing it on the Top Of The Pops once. You know, the Top Of The Pops that they have now. With the rap singers. The rap singers on the Top Of The Pops. Rapping about sausages and wool. On the Top Of The Pops. With the rap singers, etc.**

    Notably, Mezzoforte were (and as they’re still going, are) Icelandic, which I presume could make "Garden Party" the first big British chart hit to emanate from that country. It certainly predates The Sugarcubes’ first top 40 hit by nine years, Bjork’s by a little more, and Sigur Ros’s by over 20 years.

    Don’t look at me like that. This stuff wins quizzes. 8)

    gc

    ** With apologies to Stewart Lee

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

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