….or afternoon for you late sleepers on the other side of the world. I thought I’d treat you right with a nice bit of music.
This is Mike Patton of Faith No More and Phantomas fame and the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra covering one of Ennio Morricone’s first tries with pop music, Deep, Deep Down.
I know what you’re saying. “Royal!! What does this even have to do with Geekdom!?” Get yourself a nice cup of tea and I’ll tell you.
Deep Deep Down was the main theme to, in my opinion, one of the greatest comic book movies in history, Danger: Diabolik. Based off the Italian romance (yes, romance) comic, it stared the great John Phillip Law as the title character and was one of the best films Mario Bava has made. Also on the team was producer Dino De Laurentis, who would later on go on to produce such films as Flash Gordon, both Conan films, Army of Darkness and many other features. As I said earlier The score and some of the compositions Morricone did for this movie was his first foray into pop music and does create several catchy tunes. On top of all this, Diabolik is the first film to be considered faithful to it’s source material by many of my peers in the “grindhouse” genre and the most faithful comic book film of the 20th Century.
Here’s an English version of the piece
By the way, Mike Patton also covers a few more Morricone comps as well as stuff from Riz Ortolanni, Giovanni Fusco and other noted Italian film composers in his Mondo Cane tour in Europe last year. Keep an eye out for the album coming out next year.