New TCM 20th Anniversary Promo Evokes Film History

postMusicians Kristian Bush and Brandon Bush of the band Sugarland have scored a new on-air promo for Turner Classic Movies, in honor of the network’s twentieth anniversary.

The thirty-second network I.D., which premieres today, pays homage to some of the most memorable scores (and opening sequences) in movie history. And it’s fitting that the original music for the spot comes from the Bush brothers, both of whom are proud old movie weirdos. (The duo previously appeared on the TCM Podcast with host Scott McGee in 2012.)

“When the project came up to score an I.D. for TCM, it was a natural yes for us,” Brandon Bush says in a new making-of featurette released by TCM. “This I.D. is the journey through decades of cinematic history, but it’s also the journey through decades of cinematic scoring.”

Watch (and listen) for references to: KING KONG (1933, Max Steiner), wherein giant monkey meets cute with hot blonde; PSYCHO (1960, Bernard Herrman), wherein giant knife meets cute with hot blonde; DR. NO (1962, John Barry), oft-imitated by every composer of a film or TV knock-off of James Bond in the 1960s (and beyond); and Elmer Bernstein’s hauntingly tear-jerking music for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962).

About willmckinley

I'm a New York City-based writer, video producer, print journalist, radio/podcast host, and social media influencer. I've been a guest on Turner Classic Movies (interviewed by Robert Osborne), NPR, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the official TCM podcast. My byline has appeared in and more than 100 times in the pages of NYC alt weeklies like The Villager and Gay City News. I'm also a social media copywriter for Sony's getTV and a contributor to four film-and-TV-related books: "Monster Serial," "Bride of Monster Serial," "Taste the Blood of Monster Serial," and "Remembering Jonathan Frid."
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7 Responses to New TCM 20th Anniversary Promo Evokes Film History

  1. le0pard13 says:

    Pretty damn awesome.

  2. Lola says:

    Love that they are “old movie weirdos”. It warms this mother’s heart to see cool musicians getting recognized for scoring smaller, important projects. My son is leaving Berklee this spring, lured by Hollywood siren’s song of scoring…film, trailers, games, and, hey, maybe a TCM spot one day. Thanks for spotlighting, Will.

    • willmckinley says:

      Jackie, I still can’t believe you have a kid that old. How is that even possible?

      • Lola says:

        Ha! And, The Boy is the baby. My daughter will be 24 this summer. (She is also in LA, working in production. She is currently doing the TV spots for “Spiderman” and “Maleficent”. Passed on the movie love to both of them.) You’re very kind. I just started young. So everything I missed in my 20’s, I get to do now!

  3. Kelly says:

    HA HA I like this new upcoming theme song kinda remember what TCM used to have as theme song back in mid 1990s during day time hour called Sunny day of life or some title like that

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