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 Posted:   Dec 6, 2017 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


Remington Steele (Henry Mancini, 1982):



He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (Shuki Levy, 1983):



I was always struck by the similarity...anybody else?

Lukas

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2017 - 8:12 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I don't know about the similarities, but I own the Henry Mancini CD and absolutely love it. Especially the television suite.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2017 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

It would have hilarious if He-Man's theme sounded more like Laura Holt's theme!

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2017 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

It could be a coincidence, unless the He-Man composer was a royal douche.

The two having the same meter structure but different melody reminds me of the fact that most Emily Dickinson poems can be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas."

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2017 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

I never would have noticed that if you hadn't pointed it out, Lukas. They do indeed share a lot of the same DNA. Musta been the zeitgeist.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2017 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   babbelballetje   (Member)

Wow, thanks for ruining that part of my childhood Lukas smile

Now I'll just try to forget I ever heard Mancini's He-man version.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2017 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

For me, this highlights how we still have no release of the "Remington Steele" series scoring, but do have one for "He-Man".



By the way, I have a thread similar to this over at another forum, titled Deja Vu TV Themes:
http://www.maintitles.net/forum/discussion/2580/?Focus=253156#Item_1

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2017 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

For me, this highlights how we still have no release of the "Remington Steele" series scoring, but do have one for "He-Man".


Ouch!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2017 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

The REMINGTON STEELE video doesn't work ("not available"), but without having heard a note of that one, I'm doubting there's much more than a coincidental similarity -- more in style than melody.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2017 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Ok, now Thor doesn't even need to hear something to know how similar it is to something else. Wow.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2017 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

For me, this highlights how we still have no release of the "Remington Steele" series scoring, but do have one for "He-Man".

Well the latter's scoring was more memorable than Richard Lewis Warren's average work. IMO.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2017 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Ok, now Thor doesn't even need to hear something to know how similar it is to something else. Wow.

Based on decades of experience in these things. Now, does anyone know where we can hear this REMINGTON STEEL thingie, dammit?! smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2017 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   Jeff Eldridge   (Member)

I was always struck by the similarity...anybody else?

Apparently:

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2017 - 7:20 PM   
 By:   Jeff Eldridge   (Member)

Here's a comparison:

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2017 - 7:21 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


I was always struck by the similarity...anybody else?

Lukas


Thou art as big a nerd as any, here, sir. smile

And we'd never have it any other way. big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2017 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   Captain_Kaos (no Giacchino fan)   (Member)

With only 12 notes in our normal music scheme, some melodies will be always similar to other ones. But I am unable to confuse "Remington Steele" with "He-Man"

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2017 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Jeff, nice job on the Youtube find and especially the notation. Still, I'm with Captain Kaos - there may be some similarities but they're cousins not siblings.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2017 - 8:57 PM   
 By:   kioewen   (Member)

Here's a comparison:



I'm sorry, but that just proves it -- one composer completely ripped off the melody of the other.

He may have done it subconsciously/unconsciously, but that's practically the same tune. A few cosmetic differences doesn't hide the fact that it's the same melody.

I'm legit surprised that no one ever got sued for this. If I had to guess, I'd say that the He-Man composer ripped off Mancini (who did Reminigton Steele), but I don't know for sure when one or the other theme first aired.

Again, it may well have been done unintentionally (the one who ripped off the other probably heard the other melody, then, during composing, it came to him -- and he thought that it was inspiration, not a subconscious memory).

But it's a rip off all the same.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2017 - 11:00 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Well Remington Steele began its run in 1982, while Prince Adam and pals came along in 1983.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2017 - 12:27 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

This is a bunch of nonsense. The He-Man theme is a completely original work by James Horner.

 
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