Tangent Sunset

The History of Conscious Music by Alex Cosper

Spy In the House of Suspense


Adventurous people certainly include the sixties as one of the most adventurous decades ever. It was a great time for spy movies and themes. Popular television series like Mission: Impossible had mind-tickling suspense music for the opening theme song. Even the theme to Batman by Neil Hefti had the same adventurous feel. Another great action series theme was "Hawaii Five-O" by The Ventures. The spy series Get Smart also had a theme that mixed entertainment with underworld paranoia. Co-star Barbara Feldon sung a funny song about her character called "99."

A great theme that laid out a movie-like spy scenario was "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers, in which the plot culminates with the spy letting the robber get away because he was too busy kissing a mistress, who may have been a decoy. Sometimes, though, if a spy theme were strange enough, it wouldn't need lyrics as in "The Pink Panther Theme" by Henry Mancini. This was the era that introduced James Bond movies and produced some of the best spy themes ever, such as "The James Bond Theme" by The John Barry Orchestra and "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey. The spy themes would continue in the seventies with "Live And Let Die" by Paul McCartney & Wings and "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon to name a few. One of the best rock and roll dance songs ever, but not from a movie, was a spy anthem by The Hollies called "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)" in 1972.

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