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stupid ear-worms...

I don't even KNOW why this got ear-wormed for me recently. Sometimes it doesn't have to make sense. (For example, last night leaving work I had a pop-song ear-wormed that [a] I don't even particularly like, and [b] I don't really think I'd heard recently, so I have no idea why it popped into my head.)

Anyway, this is one of those fabulously obscure anime shows that got shown in syndication in the early 70s. I watched it when I was like 4 or 5, and it got DEEPLY embedded in my brain. (I also have the distinct memory that... the way Marine Boy could breathe underwater was -- I am not joking -- he chewed a piece of special gum invented by his father I guess. So every time he was about to dart out of the ship, he'd have to get a fresh piece of gum. The piece of gum was small and looked rather like a stick of Trident. When I was really little, I LOVED to pretend that Trident would give me similar powers.) (As another aside... I am sensing the fact that I spent summers, from the youngest age, beside the ocean as probably heavily influencing my affinity for ocean-based superheroes. The Filmation Aquaman show was on TV about about this same time, and I was devoted to it, beginning a lifelong fannish love of Aquaman.)

Here is the title sequence with very catchy theme:

(That theme is so very much 1960s Japanese pop that I just can't stand it. Man, I want a single of that thing.)

What was really bugging me this time around was, I could remember the theme song having words. But the only words I really remembered were, "It's Marine Boy, brave and free! blah-blah-blah-blah-dee-dee-dah. He is a boy, a very special boy..."

And then I thought to myself... that has to be my 4/5-year-old memory playing tricks on me, because the actual lyrics to the song could not possible be that thuddingly stupid, could they?

Oh yes, they could:

Next, if you are unlucky, I may share with you various title sequences from Sid & Marty Krofft shows, because it came to my attention that certain people in my groups of friends don't seem to know what a Sid & Marty Krofft show *IS*, and that is just... well, I was going to say "sad", but for those people it's probably not actually that sad that their brains aren't infected with that particular relic of 60s psychedelia, yet, I feel that, for their cultural literacy, they should experience it anyway.



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Feb. 18th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
Feb. 18th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Feb. 18th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
I recognized the written title and lyrics immediately, but will not be playing the video. Those neurons do not need to be excited, ever again. I m going to leave them to take the Alzheimer's plaque rather than neurons I NEED.

Feb. 18th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Seriously, of all things to have that pop up in my head with relative frequency after 38 or so years, WHY THIS?
Feb. 18th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm totally not watching your thing because I never watched the original and I refuse to be earwormed. But did you see this? I assume you did, but still, shiny.
Feb. 18th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
See, I would bet that you might not get ear-wormed by it if you didn't actually watch it as a child and get it so deeply embedded in your brain that near 40 years later you STILL apparently have sectors of neurons devoted to remembering it. Maybe you'd be able to listen to it and said, "huh, that's nice".

I'll have to watch the trailer later and see if it's the same one that was going around last week.
Feb. 18th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
I do not feel comfortable taking that chance! *g*
Feb. 19th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Oooh no, that is a new trailer! It is VERY shiny.

I am saying it right now: we are NOT seeing it in 3D.

(Did you spot the 2-second glimpse of Idris Elba? Awesome.)
Feb. 19th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
He's Marine boy blah blah blah (that's the only words I remembered, but I can sing those three words all day long!)
Feb. 19th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
It is a DAMN catchy song. (It reminds me of "Sukiyaki", which is a Japanese pop tune that I always want to sing along to even though it's in Japanese.)
Feb. 19th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
Land of the Lost I'm familiar with, though I'm not actually sure I ever saw that version - was there a remake at some point? But the rest, no. I did listen to the Banana Splits theme song, which was a) not familiar and b) kind of creepy. Why is the enormous dog-suited person picking up that little girl? Oh God, he's going to eat her!

(Also it kind of gave the impression that it was a furry version of the Monkees...)
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