Soon You Can Own the Soundtracks to ‘G.I. Joe’, ‘Transformers’ and Other 80s TV Cartoons
I think the record will show that I’m a pretty big fan of Hasbro’s cartoons from the ‘80s, and one of the things I love most about them is how great the soundtracks are. Not just the theme songs, but the incidental music that provides the background for Jem and the Holograms, or that smooth jazz version of the G.I. Joe theme that plays under the closing credits. Heck, even in the years before More Than Meets The Eye came along and made me stop hating the Transformers, I still had to admit that the music was pretty great.
The only problem is that I can’t listen to it whenever I want, but now, it looks like that problem might be coming to an end. Composer Robert J. Walsh has confirmed that he’s remastering the soundtracks for the Hasbro shows, with plans for Sony to release high-end versions that will include new footage and artwork, too.
The news comes courtesy of the folks at Transformers fansite Allspark.com, and as you might expect, they’re pretty focused on the release of the Transformers soundtrack. Mixed in with their coverage, though, is the news that Walsh is also working on G.I. Joe, Jem, and My Little Pony releases, too. Whether or not he’ll get around to Inhumanoids and bring us the music of Infernac remains to be seen.
In terms of sheer volume, the most interesting part of this is unquestionably Jem, which of course had several original songs that were played on the show and marketed on cassette tapes with the original dolls. With those being pretty hard to come by, and with tapes being a pretty obsolete format, a new soundtrack could give fans the chance to finally see if the Misfits’ songs actually are better for the first time in years.
Spoiler warning, but they are.