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Old 03-20-2017, 02:27 PM   #1
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Favorite TMNT Music

One thing that's been consistent across every iteration of TMNT is some seriously dope music. Scores, theme songs, soundtrack selections, even the material created for Coming Out Of Our Shells, there's tons of great stuff throughout their history in sound. I have just about every single turtles based OST out there in my itunes library, & I regularly listen to 'em all. I'm certain that would be the case for many of them even if they had no relation to the TMNT. I genuinely love the bulk of it (in part due to my affinity for synth, punk, & hip-hop, 3 genres prominently featured in TMNT lore). Hell, I think the TMNT directly influenced my taste in music from the very beginning.

Theme songs aside, which selections stand out for you? What is your all time favorite TMNT score/soundtrack?

For me, the top spot is virtually a tie between Turtles & Time & Tournament Fighters (SNES versions of both, respectively). It's really hard to choose between the two, though, gun to my head, I'd probably go with TiT. They're incredibly nostalgic for me, so I can't deny that plays a part, but the tunes themselves just get me super pumped, even when I'm not playing the games they're from. I especially love Elevator/Neon Night Riders from TiT, & Sky Palace/Thunder Dome from TF. It's all so rad, drives me nuts.

As far as runners-up go, God damn, there are so many solid choices. I'll just note my other favorites in no particular order.

-Original movie score by John Du Prez (& the accompanying soundtrack, too!)
-Out Of The Shadows (video game) score by Just Blaze
-TMNT (2007) score by Klaus Badelt

Also wanna give an honorable mention to the Nick Series score by Sebastian Evans II. It's still fresh so it hasn't cemented a legendary status with me just yet, but whooo boy, that show's got some fantastic arrangements. Oh, & a nod to the OT, too! Gotta love those iconic up-tempo 80's jams.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:32 PM   #2
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TMNT 1 movie score, TMNT 4 movie score. The rest is pants.

Though I do sometime find myself humming the theme from the "Bury my Shell at Wounded Knee" level.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:40 PM   #3
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I was just thinking of making this thread. Guess you beat me to it

Anyways, I agree, tmnt has had so many iconic soundtracks over the years there's alot to choose from. Me personally, my all time favourite tmnt soundtrack is the battle theme from the Original Cartoon when the turtles are ready to kick ass. Listening to it sends chills down my spine and I was very happy when Nick used it again for their crossover episode.

Other tmnt soundtracks I love are:

1. Foot Clan and Shredder theme from the 2k3 series.

2. The theme of splinters origin from the original 1990 film.

3. Battle theme from the red sky section of the OT which replaced the traditional battle theme.

4. OT Technodrome theme

5. Music used for slow and emotional scenes in the Nick series (I can't remember the exact name of the track, but I remember it playing during "The Wrath of Tiger Claw" when Karai finds out Splinter is her father and in "Transdimensional Turtles" when the turtles enter the lair)

6. Happy ending music from the 2k3 series

7. Splinters theme from the 80s series, which has different variations. For e.g. Splinter offering wisdom or telling a backstory from Japan.

8. The big apple theme from Turtles in Time, as well as a few other tracks from that game.

9. Channel six music.

10. Go Ninja Go
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:58 PM   #4
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I really like a lot of the classic video game music and the score from the first movie. And, I kinda (embarrassingly) like some of the music from Coming out of our shells. Okay, I'm joking on that one (although the arcade version of Pizza Power will be a classic)
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:45 PM   #5
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All time favorite? Probably Klaus Badelt's great score to the 2007 film. John Du Prez's work for the original three is also very stellar.

Shout-out also to all the neat little themes in the 2k3 show.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:34 PM   #6
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All time favorite? Probably Klaus Badelt's great score to the 2007 film.
It's actually really, really great. It really deserved to be in a far better film.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:11 PM   #7
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Shredder's Suite from the first movie, and most of the songs from all three movie trilogy soundtracks. And yes, I will also admit to liking Skipping Stones, No Treaties and Count On Us from the COoOS tour.
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It's actually really, really great. It really deserved to be in a far better film.
Badelt is a fantastic composer, and he was on track to become quite well-known back when he worked for Hans Zimmer at Media Ventures (now known as Remote Control Productions). After a horrendous time on the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie (the music is officially credited to him, but in reality a dozen different people had to help out) he decided to break off for a career of higher integrity. Unfortunately that meant not getting signed on to many blockbusters anymore.
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:45 PM   #9
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Really love the Fred Wolf toon music from season 1-3. There are several that I really really dig and hear in my head almost daily, but I don't know what to call them lol.

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-Out Of The Shadows (video game) score by Just Blaze
WHAT? How did I not know this? Really wish I could play this now...
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Old 03-23-2017, 10:45 PM   #10
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Really love the Fred Wolf toon music from season 1-3. There are several that I really really dig and hear in my head almost daily, but I don't know what to call them.
I remember there were a number of tracks in FW seasons 1-3 that weren't used in the rest of the show. One of my favourites was the track that played when the turtles fought Bebop and Rocksteady in season 1. It was such a great track, im honestly surprised it was hardly ever used. I only recall it being used in 5 episodes from seasons 1-3:

1. Enter the Shredder
2. Shredder and Splintered
3. Catwoman from Channel Six
4. The Gangs all Here
5. The Grybyx
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Old 03-24-2017, 12:28 AM   #11
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As I recall Powder, you also did your own rendition on Neon Night Riders with lyrics which was really good, by the way. Any chance of a "Starbase, Where No Turtles Has Gone Before" version by you?
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Old 03-24-2017, 12:05 PM   #12
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Not in any order, but:

Pizza Power
Walk Straight
Big Apple 3 AM
Technodrome, Let's Kick Shell
Sewer Surfin'
T.U.R.T.L.E. Power
Alleycat Blues

Also quick note, does Neon Night-Riders remind anyone of elevator music?
Sebastian's music is really cool too.
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Old 03-30-2017, 09:51 PM   #13
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I've always been a fan of the original 1990 movie's music by John Du Prez. Nowadays, it just sounds like 90s nostalgia. I used to enjoy the music from the 2007 movie by Klaus Badelt, but after a while it has sort of grown numb and become more like general underscore music (nothing really pops out).

As a drummer, I've always liked the music for Turtles in Time. I know it's not a real drummer playing in that arcade game, but man if that was played live it would be SICK!
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