Channel 4 TdF theme music question

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Crackle, 8 Jun 2008.

  1. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    Putting together a few video snippets of the 2005 tour I went to see and I'm trying to find the theme music that Channel 4 use, which I think is based on Give It To Me by the Buzzcocks but that doesn't really cut the mustard as a backing track.

    Anyone know if you can download the Channle 4 theme from anywhere?
  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    never mind that, what about the original c4 theme tune that people think is kraftwerk but isn't?
  3. sheddy

    sheddy Guru

    summat by Queen ?
  4. red_tom

    red_tom New Member

    East London
    Tour de France [SOUNDTRACK]
    Stephen K Mulrine notes: 'Pete Shelley also composed the theme music for "Tour de France" on Channel 4 in the UK. The duty officer's letter states that it is "not commercially available" and credits it to "PETE SHELLEY AND THE BUZZCOCKS". It was at least five years ago [as of Jan 1994] that they started using that music - but certainly no more than eight, so I doubt that the rest of the BUZZCOCKS were involved at all. It's on every night for a few weeks during the summer - Channel 4 have the UK TV rights to the famous cycle race. The title sequence has changed a couple of times over the years but the theme tune has remained the same.' Gez notes: 'very short, and played whilst you see a cyclist riding. The whole thing amounts to around 50 seconds.' Marshal Peters reports in the Secret Public newsletter #11, May 1996, that the music is from the song 'give it to me'. The music is changed for 1997 and Pete Shelley's theme is no longer being used. (???)
    Gez notes: 'Also, while the Tour De France is on at the moment [Aug 1998], Channel 4 show highlights each night and Pete's music is still being used as the theme for this.' [Unknown if the theme was dropped for 1997, or has been in continuous use.]

    From here
  5. OP

    Crackle Pah

    I don't remember the way it changed actually, just the later version.

    Anyway I couldn't find it so I used something else. You can have a look, link below, it's a bit jerky in places, might re-do the transitions and unfortunately Google video codecs make it pretty blocky. It's just a short clip, I didn't really go to video it, just a few memory shots.
  6. Proto

    Proto Veteran

  7. OP

    Crackle Pah

    Thanks Proto: I found that but it wasn't long enough and I couldn't find anything else better, so I used a different track. Virtual pint for anyone who can name the track I used. Shouldn't be too hard.
  8. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    tour de france - kraftwerk
  9. OP

    Crackle Pah

    Well found. I don't like the Kraftwerk one though :smile:
  10. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    you sir, are a philistine… :smile:
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