Monday, September 27, 2010

UK Week - Queen's Guards Perform Batman Theme Song

You may have noticed that I was gone during the past week, and that's because I was on a vacation trip. I visited London (the one in the England, not to be confused with the one in Canada), and I picked up several UK-based comics that I will be reviewing this week.

To get things started with a bang though, we have a very special set of videos that I shot at Buckingham Palace. That's where the Royal family lives, and every day there is a "Changing of the Guard", a traditional ceremony where, as the name implies, the soldiers that protect the palace change their positions, all the while performing music. For reasons that I do not understand, on that day, the band chose to perform Danny Elfman's theme song to the Batman movie from 1989. Luckily, I was able to record it for your enjoyment. Hit the jump to see the videos.

In the first video, the band starts playing near the middle of the recording. I apologize for the shakiness of it, I was recording from the second row and through a gate. You can actually hear me say "Sounds like the music from Batman" near the end.

In the second video, you can hear the most out of the song and see the band playing. You can clearly hear that this is the theme song to Tim Burton's Batman movie, which was composed by Danny Elfman  (the song was also partially used for the intro to Batman: The Animated Series). By pure coincidence, a police car passed in front of the Palace, with sirens blazing, adding quite nicely to the music.

In the final video, the song is already ending and hear people clapping at the performance. I wonder how many of them recognized the song for what it was.

There you have it! I hope you guys enjoyed it, I got to record and see it by pure chance, and I was lucky to have been close enough to film it. Makes me wonder what other popular songs they've performed in the past. A fun fact is that the Queen of England was not present during this, in my mind, I like to think that they band plays "the forbidden songs" while she is not in the palace.

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twobitspecialist said...

This is amazing.

Aaron K said...

You're totally right: that police siren makes the second video. You'd think it would be distracting, but it's just so perfect!

Daniel Woburn said...

As a Londoner I am duty bound to inform you that it is referred to as "The Changing OF The Guard." Awesome, still.

Matt Duarte said...

@Daniel: You know, I had it right at first, and I looked at some site that had some info about the ceremony, and they referred to it as "Changing The Guard". I'll fix it, though.

kim said...

Whoah, I can't believe it. It's some kind'a ridiculous. And so it's not actually a batman song. I suggest have some website review. It'll makes us learn about certain things

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