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Jim Lynch
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Posted: 07 July 2018 at 2:40pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

For some reason I cannot explain, I was thinking about the Buck Rogers film. I remember seeing it when I was a kid, and I went looking for the scene where Buck and Wilma are at a party for Princess Aura, and Buck convinces the "DJ" to play what he calls rock and roll. I had an idea of what the tune sounded like, though I couldn't tell you what that is, so I got the DVD from the library. I watched that scene and the tune was NOT what I remembered. 
Not that this is earth-shattering, but would anybody know whether that song was changed from when the movie was released?

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Posted: 07 July 2018 at 5:33pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

This is the closest I remember to being that music from the theatrical release version (oh so long ago):

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I do like the TV version of the main theme better than the song used in the movie one..
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Oh dear... without looking it up or clicking any links, dare I guess that this is the notorious, cringe-worthy scene where Buck starts to boogie around the dance floor, and Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley) asks, "What are you doing?"

And Buck responds with (*shudder*):  "It's called 'gettin'-down!'"

It's that scene, isn't it?



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In all seriousness, Jim, there may be two different versions (for whatever reason):  The theatrical version (released in theaters in March 1979), and then the broadcast TV pilot version (airing in Sept. '79, and featuring some modifications to the original film).

If I recall correctly, the DVD box sets have the theatrical version in place as "Episode 1/Pilot."  But if you want the actual broadcast TV version of the theatrical film, I believe that's a bonus feature on the Season 2 DVD box set.

A little confusing, I realize!  And I'm guessing the music is different in both versions.  Is this what you remember?






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Shaun, Thats the song I remember. So was this the theatrical version or the TV version?

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Ok there were two songs in that scene. This one is the one they danced to first, before Buck asked the DJ to change things up. The same as Shaun's link.


Bill's link is the second song they danced to, I believe.

Ahh....Princess Ardala....I remember you well.




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I appreciate the effort you guys put in on this. This movie does not deserve this much attention.

I think I remember the 'get down' song that Buck requests as sounding a lot like Carouselambra. But that could be memory issues (hey, I'm 50!) and not really what it was. But whatever. 

What I had forgotten in watching the film was the opening credits; I remembered the cheesy tune but had forgotten the young ladies doing yoga or whatever while making out with Buck. Since this appears after Buck is frozen, can we assume Buck had a five hundred year long wet dream?

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GREAT!  Now I'm thinking about 'Twiki!"  Grrrrr!  
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Bidi bidi bidi. Bidi bidi bidi.


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Damn you!
ARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!

WilmaDeering
WilmaDeering
WilmaDeering
WilmaDeering
WilmaDeering
WilmaDeering.......


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What I had forgotten in watching the film was the opening credits; I remembered the cheesy tune but had forgotten the young ladies doing yoga or whatever while making out with Buck. Since this appears after Buck is frozen, can we assume Buck had a five hundred year long wet dream?

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I just looked that up. I didn’t know that the theme song had lyrics!
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Ah, Wilma... She was so shiny... sigh... :-)

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That she was, Brian, that she was.

And Pamela Hensley as Ardala? Woof!
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Posted: 09 July 2018 at 9:00pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

And... space vampires!

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No lie:  That "Space Vampire" episode creeped me the hell out... when I was 7.

When I re-watched that episode about 20 years later, I just about did a spit-take and yelled at the screen:  "What the f___???!!!"

Followed by embarrassed laughter for the next 10 minutes!



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"I think I remember the 'get down' song that Buck
requests as sounding a lot like Carouselambra. But that
could be memory issues..."

**

That would not surprise me! I had a similar experience
with the live-action Spider-Man series. I could have
sworn that whatever music they used when he was wall
crawling in a particular episode sounded quite like
"Eminence Front" by The Who. Many years later and...it
really doesn't.
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Posted: 11 July 2018 at 6:29pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

I still have my record from 1979 that I bought when I was a young teen. I loved the movie and show, but seeing it now makes me laugh (and cringe a little). One of the best TV show theme songs though IMO.
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There was another episode where he mentions Three Dog Night, but I can't remember whether they actually played Joy To The World or whether my brain just thought of that song when it was mentioned.

Season 1 was fun Space Opera, but I never could quite get into Season 2. 
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Posted: 12 July 2018 at 9:07pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

I was watching and listening to the open sequence and title song again. I'm now convinced that Buck's adventures are only dreams.

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Thanks Jim for this topic...today at work I listened to the complete soundtrack on YouTube (since I don't have a record player to play my album)...great memories.
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I remember my jaw being on the floor when South Park decided to send Eric Cartman into the future...

Eric Cartman 2546
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The song discussion is interesting.
However, this show is one of th hose
childhood memories that you revisit as an
adult and say, "What the hell was I
thinking?!"
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