Musicians 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).