Radio 59, side A, track 8: “‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ soundtrack”

TMNTOh, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this clip is only 20 seconds,  but I probably listened to it a million times when I was a kid.  I don’t know that we’ve discussed this yet, but I was a HUGE fan of you guys in high school.  HUGE.  Even though I lived in the middle of nowhere, I was able to get my hands on comic books and posters and a LOT of toys.  I think I ended up with sixty-something of the action figures.  Plus I think it was Burger King who gave out a promotional video of you, and I had a couple of other videos of you, and Pizza Hut did a promotion. . .what I’m trying to say is that I was more than a little obsessed with all things TMNT.

SO, when I heard that there was going to be a LIVE ACTION MOVIE I flipped my shit.  A classmate brought a newspaper to school that had a little color ad for the upcoming movie and he gave it to me and I cut it out and taped it to my wall and I looked at it for hours on end.  It was the same pic as what’s on this post, of just the top of your heads poking out of the sewer, and I was absolutely mesmerized by the possibilities of what this movie would mean.

And I saw the movie fairly soon after it came out, in Worthington, where the movie theater had three movie screens (!) inside the mall.  I was absolutely enthralled.  And when the video came out, obviously I bought it.  And I of course had the soundtrack.  I don’t have the soundtrack or the video anymore, although a coworker recently let me borrow a DVD that has all 4 of the first movies on one disc!  Technology!

I’ll tell you this, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:  the original movie is still a hell of a good movie.  Or make that a shell of a good movie, as every single movie reviewer wrote at the time.  Sure, the suits may look a little clunky, but not much.  And that soundtrack was damn good, too.  I haven’t heard it in a loooong time, but I think there’s at least one song from it that made it onto my radio tapes, so we’ll see if my nostalgia holds up to the reality.

“They’re the world’s most fearsome fighting team.  They’re heroes in a half shell and they’re greeeeen.  When the evil Shredder attacks, these turtle boys don’t cut him no slack!”

That’s right.  That’s been in my head for over 20 years.  Still remember it clear as a bell.  And if (I mean WHEN, duh!) I watch the movie again, I can probably recite it word for word.

“I made a funny!”

“Pizza dude’s got thirty seconds.”

“Raphael wins!”

Ermagerd, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I loved you SOOOO much!  I might have to ask my nieces and nephews for my toys back. . .

Just kidding.  I’m 40 years old, for God’s sake.

Still. . .

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One thought on “Radio 59, side A, track 8: “‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ soundtrack”

  1. […] to the excitement I had when this song burst onto the radio scene.  As I’ve mentioned, I was a HUGE Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan.  So anything TMNT made its way into my bedroom.  I had a TMNT poster and a TMNT light switch and […]


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