A LIL BIT O’ JAWA HAREM ANIME
This week the crew of Red Six is joined by Nikki Robinson from the A Lil Bit O’ Anime podcast. A Lil Bit O Anime covers all things in the anime community with topics for the die-hard fans while still being accessible to those who are new to it all. A good time is had when the gang tries a new (to us) Japanese candy that sends them on a mushroom trip. A Studio Ghibli version of the movie game gauntlet. Recommendations and must watch picks for a variety of genres. Do not miss this issue!
The Cowboy Bebop anime series was accompanied by a number of soundtrack albums composed by Yoko Kanno and Seatbelts, a diverse band Kanno formed to create the music for the series, with a principal focus in jazz. The recordings were an international effort with many notable names attached, including that of recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder. The soundtrack was released in the American market by Victor Entertainment, a subsidiary of JVC Kenwood.
“Tank!” is the series’ opening song. The song, written by Yoko Kanno and performed by Seatbelts, has an extensive alto saxophone solo played by Masato Honda, as well as a fill part at the end. The song is a big band jazz piece in a Latin-infused hard bop style with a rhythm section that combines a double bass and bongo drums.
“Tank!” is primarily an instrumental piece, though it does feature some spoken male vocals (provided by long-time collaborator with Kanno, Tim Jensen) in the introductory portion of the song, thematically jazz in style. The vocal portion provides a lead-in to the instrumental portion, and its final lyrics, “I think it’s time we blow this scene. Get everybody and the stuff together. Okay, three, two, one let’s jam”, signal the beginning bursts of the majority, purely instrumental end of the song.
It has been featured on the soundtracks to the series and was used on the preview for My Own Worst Enemy. Kevin Reynolds (figure skater) performed his solo routine for the 2016 Canadian National Figure Skating Championships to “Tank,” and did it dressed as Spike Spiegel.