5.6 In what other media (theme park rides, movies, TV shows, audio books, or commercials) do Moody songs appear?
The most unusual inclusion of a Moody song in other media was in a theme park ride at the ill-fated Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. “Nights in White Satin – The Trip” was a “dark” ride in which riders wore 3-D glasses and were treated to movie featuring Justin, Graeme and John, and a re-recorded version of “Nights In White Satin” by the Moody Blues and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. The Moodies performed a “grand opening” concert on June 3, 2008. (For more information on the concert, see http://otten.freeshell.org/moodyblues/n13_2008v3.htm.) The Hard Rock Park was only open April 15 to September 24, 2008, and closed due to financial issues. “Nights in White Satin – The Trip” was voted in the top three best new rides of 2008, as reported at http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/200807/820/ (retrieved November 4, 2014). Although the park re-opened under new owners for the 2009 season, the rides were re-themed.
"Tonight, Let's Make Love In London" aka "Tonight, Let's All Make Love in London" aka "The London Scene" - (1967) Michael Caine, Julie Christie, Lee Marvin - "Stop." Also includes Fleetwood Mac's "Man of the World," which Justin covered on Classic Blue. Soundtrack also released as Pink Floyd & Friends.
"The Astrologer" - (1975) "Tuesday Afternoon."
"The Ascent of Man" - (1973) A documentary on Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, uses "The Voyage" as background music.
"She" - (1985) Sandahl Bergman, David Gross, Quin Kessler - "Eternal Woman" was written especially by Justin Hayward (solo) for this movie. This is the sixth in a string of movies with the same name but there should be little chance of confusion with the ones released in 1908, 1917, 1925, 1935, 1965, particularly since the first three were silent!
"The Karate Kid - Part II" - (1986) Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita - "Rock 'n' Roll Over You."
"Nights in White Satin" - (1987) Kenneth Gilman, Priscilla Harris - "Nights in White Satin" (what else!).
"Robocop" (1987) Peter Weller, Nancy Allen - although the soundtrack does not contain any Moody music, several copies of The Other Side of Life album cover can be seen displayed in a music store window during a riot scene (near the 1hour, 24 minute mark for DVD watchers).
"1969" - (1988) Keifer Sutherland, Winona Ryder - "Tuesday Afternoon."
"The Howling IV - The Original Nightmare" - (1988) Romy Windsor, Michael Weiss - "Something Evil, Something Dangerous" was written especially for this movie by Justin Hayward (solo - vocals & lyrics) and Barrie Guard (music).
"A Summer Story" - (1988) Imogen Stubbs, Susannah York, James Wilby - "I Know You're Out There Somewhere," and the Moodies were even credited in the movie promotions.
"An American Summer" - (1990) Brian Austin Greene, Michael Landes, Joanna Kearns - "Ride My See-Saw."
"Shattered" - (1991) Tom Berenger, Greta Scacchi, Bob Hoskins - "Nights in White Satin."
"Split Second" - (1992) Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrell - "Nights in White Satin."
"A Bronx Tale" - (1993) Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci - "Nights in White Satin."
"Household Saints" - (1993) Tracey Ullman, Lily Taylor - "Question."
"Casino" - (1995) Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci - "Nights in White Satin."
"Mindbender" - (1995) Terence Stamp (who, according to Graeme, ran off with his first wife, Carol), Uri Geller - "Nights in White Satin."
"Deep Impact" - (1998) Robert Duval, Tea Leoni - "The Voyage."
"The 60s" - (NBC (US) television mini-series / Feb. 1999) Jerry O'Connell - "Tuesday Afternoon" (in a draft-induction scene).
"Pirates of Silicon Valley" - (TNT (US) television movie / June 1999) Noah Wylie, Anthony Michael Hall - "Question," "Isn't Life Strange" and "Gemini Dream." The movie was later nominated for a 1999 Emmy Award.
"The 70s" - (NBC (US) television mini-series / April & May 2000) Brad Rowe, Amy Smart - "Nights in White Satin" (behind footage of the fall of Saigon in 1975, around the 2 hour and 30 minute mark).
"A Tale of Two Bunnies" - (US TV movie / March 2000) - "Go Now" (with a female vocalist, possibly the original version by Bessie Banks) plays as one of the women is fired from her job as a Playboy bunny.
"Almost Famous" - (2000) - Although the movie doesn't include it, the screenplay describes one of the opening scenes as "shot moves in on the kid as we hear the opening strains of the Moody Blues "Nights in White Satin"."
"The Dish" - (2000) Sam Neill - "Fly Me High"
"Stealth" - (2005) - "Nights in White Satin", a cover version by Glen Hughes (of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath), Chad Smith and John Frusciante (both of Red Hot Chili Peppers).
"Duce Bigalow: European Gigolo" - (2005) Rob Schneider - "Nights in White Satin" is played almost to the end of the flute solo.
"American Dreamz" - (2006) Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, Willem Dafoe - "Nights in White Satin".
"Bobby" - (2006) - "Tuesday Afternoon"
Patrick Moraz (solo) has written instrumental themes for many movies, including the following:
"The Invitation" (1976 Cannes Film Festival award winner)
"The Stepfather" (1987) (horror/psychological thriller) Also included a song or two from Timecode, the pop album recorded around the same time, as source music in the film.
Justin Hayward (solo) wrote the following songs for television:
"Star Cops" series - made in 1986, first aired 1987 - "Outer Space" and "It Won't Be Easy." Tony Visconti also collaborated with Justin on these songs. Justin cleverly used snatches of his own songs in the incidental music. "One Lonely Room" and "Moving Mountains" are used to great effect in scenes that depict just what the songs say. The complete series is now available on DVD, but only with European coding (will not be viewable on U.S. DVD players).
"Shoe People" (children's show series) - first aired 1988 - "Shoe People" theme song and incidental music.
TV Show Individual Episodes (music history documentaries are not included):
"Baywatch" ("Eclipse") - "Breaking Point."
"Wiseguy" ("No One Gets Out of Here Alive" in the Sonny Steelgrave arc) -"Nights in White Satin."
"Heartbeat" (UK series set in the 1960's - "Bitter Harvest") - "Nights in White Satin." Set in a Yorkshire village, an episode early in the series depicted the first big outbreak of foot and mouth disease, which occurred around 1967. As dozens of diseased cattle are slaughtered and burned, the philharmonic version of Nights was used as background music. A later documentary on the making of the series used "Go Now" to celebrate actors who had left the series.
"Miami Vice" ("Better Living Through Chemistry", originally aired November 14, 1986) - "Nights in White Satin."
"The Tyrant King" (British TV serial for kids first aired October 3, 1968) - "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume." The story revolved around a group of children looking for the tyrant king (which turns out to be tyrannosaurus rex in the British Museum), hence the "We're all looking for someone" chorus. The TV show also used music by Nice, Pink Floyd, Cream and Tyrannosaurus Rex.
(Title unknown) British TV serial (or single TV movie), from the late sixties or early seventies - "Another Morning" (originally titled "In a Child's World") playing at the beginning and end.
"Roseanne" (episode 2.14 "One For the Road") - "Nights in White Satin": Becky and a friend get drunk at the Connor's home. Becky puts on an album explaining that this was what her parents listened to "before music was invented." After a few seconds of listening to "Nights," the very inebriated friend says, "That music's scaring me!"
"The Wonder Years" ("Movin' On") - "Tuesday Afternoon."
"Lovejoy" (British TV serial previously shown in the USA on the "Arts and Entertainment" cable channel - episode title unknown) - "Nights In White Satin" (Musak-style instrumental on car radio).
"Unfinished Business" (British TV) - "Go Now" alternates with other songs over the closing credits.
"Investigative Reports" (USA "Arts & Entertainment" cable channel - episode title unknown) - The murder of a young woman on a Tuesday afternoon prompts her husband to use "Tuesday Afternoon", one of her favorite songs, at the memorial service. The Moody Blues are mentioned in the show several times and the song plays during different scenes of the segment.
"Freeks and Geeks" (episode title unknown) - "Nights in White Satin" Lindsay goes to her boyfriend, Nick's house and supposedly for the "big night". He met her at the door with "Nights" playing. He says, "I hope you like the Moody Blues." Lindsay replies, "Oh, yeah, they're great." Nick then says, "I guess they're kinda wimpy, but I think this song's pretty good."
"King of the Hill" (episode title unknown) - a snippet of "Nights in White Satin" plays just after Dale rushes to Bill's house and shuts the drapes.
"You Are Not Alone" (Staten Island Cable UFO show) - "Ride My See Saw" is the show's theme song, and also "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" is used.
"The Late Show" (date unknown) - "Nights in White Satin" Craig Kilborn says, "Craig sucks in his cheeks and tries to look more British while listening to "Nights in White Satin" by the Moody Blues" with a 10-second clip of the song.
"The Today Show" (May 8, 2001) - "Nights in White Satin" from orchestral overture. As part of "Where In The World Is Matt Lauer", Matt was talking about a natural gas platform while the music plays.
"Biography - Bill Gates" (USA "Arts & Entertainment" cable channel) - A few seconds of "Procession" at the very beginning of the show.
"The Sopranos" (Episode #25 - "The Knight in White Satin Armor") - On the DVD compilation for the series, the intermission music right before Episode 25 starts is "Nights in White Satin"
NBC-TV played "English Sunset" over the closing credits of the 34th Ryder Cup (golf) Matches on September 28, 2002.
"Aileen: Life and Death" (HBO documentary on Florida serial killer Aileen Wuornos, 2003) - "Your Wildest Dreams"
"Brian Boitano's Skating Spectacular" (aired on NBC January 1, 2004) - "Nights in White Satin", "Question" The show, taped at he Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and themed around colors featured skaters all in white for "Nights in White Satin" and in red for "Question". Both songs were apparently from The Moody Blues Hall of Fame: Live from Royal Albert Hall.
"Stranded - with Cash Peters" (cable Travel Channel, July 2005) - Program uses first the first four lines of "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" as a theme song.
Audio book in which Moody Blues songs are used as incidental music:
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (audio book dramatization with music - 1998) - During the story "The Adventure of the Dancing Men," on two occasions the orchestral flourish leading into "Late Lament" is used. Then, in the story "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot," four bars from the intro of "Time To Get Away" are looped and played over and over behind an important piece of exposition.
Commercials in which Moody Blues songs are used as incidental music:
(For commercials the Moodies did, see Section 9.2. This listing also does not include advertisements for Moody Blues projects, e.g. CDs, videos, compilation CDs with Moody songs, etc.)
"Dawning is the Day" was used (without permission) in an Air Force recruiting spot shortly after the release of Seventh Sojourn until the Moodies put a stop to it.
In the 1980s, "Gemini Dream" was used for the advertisement of the Isuzu Gemini on Japanese TV.
"Nights in White Satin" was used on Spanish TV as part of a commercial for the 1989 Ford Orion, and in a 1987 UK TV ad for a Yardley perfume called "Nights in White Satin". The perfume ad (5 Mb .mpg file) can be found at www.tonybrown.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/niwsad.mpg
"Go Now" was used around 2000 on UK TV to promote a holiday company called "Going Places".
"Ride My See-Saw" was heard as background music in an advert for a Volkswagon camper van on the BBC in the UK in early 2000, and on Italian TV as musical background in a commercial for Personal GB Scotch Whiskey.
"Your Wildest Dreams" was used in a commercial for Meramac Caverns in Missouri shown on TNT cable channel in the summer of 2000.
"I Know You're Out There Somewhere" - The Tommy Foundation's Public Service Announcement for missing children used part of this song with the permission of Justin Hayward. (Tommyfoundation@yahoo.com)
“Tuesday Afternoon” – was used in a 2011 ad for Visa debit cards with a father taking his daughter on a visit to an aquarium.