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ScoreKeeper Wants You To Know About Megageeky-But-Cool Film Music T-Shirts!!

Greetings! ScoreKeeper here with something so delightfully geeky that discussing it in public requires one to understand language born of an entirely new vocabulary. However, let this serve as a warning. If you’re only casually interested in filmmusic then don’t bother with this article. What I have to say is for the hard-score, the uber-passionate, and the unapologetic filmmusic-aholic. This article is for those who spend hours glued to filmmusic message boards defending the degree of intellectualism in John Barry’s music versus the music of Jerry Goldsmith in a gloves-off verbal death-match to the finish. Or for those who repeatedly click the refresh button on their web browser at 11:59PM awaiting the next Varèse Sarabande CD Club midnight release. For all those who ever laughed at Pukas…yes, this is for us! Look, I make no bones about it. I’m a film music geek. The volume at which I absorb all things related to film music would make most normal folk consider me legally insane. That said, it always puts a smile on face to find others not only sharing in my inexcusable whims of filmmusic passion but actively feeding them as well. Virtually meet Ray Barnsbury. He has reshaped the very definition of high-profile couture with a new filmmusic fashion line that has sent the world’s top designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent into a spiraling turmoil of panic. I mean, who wouldn’t want the first couple bars of the main theme from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) in handwritten manuscript silkscreened on the front of a fine black or white t-shirt? Maybe a few? Perhaps, but only because they’d rather have the first few bars of the JAWS (1975) theme, or the theme to STAR TREK (1979), or STAR WARS (1977), or BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) or E.T.-THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (1982). Yes, the only real problem is deciding…which one?

In addition to this lovely manuscript line there are also multicolored shirts with names of famous film composers emblazoned across the front.

Want to command a monopoly on attention at your next party? Walk in sporting an olive drab t-shirt with the name James Newton Howard etched over his initials in genuine imitation silver ink across your chest. Or perhaps the name of Jerry Goldsmith in a classic 70’s baseball script would express your desire for complete social domination a little more effectively? There are even designs to quell the uproarious demand from ardent female filmmusic fiends. Multiple designs. Multiple colors, Multiple sizes. Multiple compliments. To see the complete line. CLICK HERE to visit Ray Barnsbury’s web site over at and place your order today. I picked up a trio myself a couple of months ago and haven’t worn anything else since. WARNING: Wearing these shirts may unintentionally provide effective means of birth control. Wear at your own risk.


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  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    That is all.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Where's the TDK Joker Theme t-shirt?

    by ricarleite


  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by Crow3711

    I'll be getting that. Sweet, sweet, geekdom.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by Bloo

    that is aweseome, you're right though choosing which one is the hard part<P>Raiders or BTTF probably...and the Giacchino "Lost" one is great

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    hooray for film music!

    by scaryskeleton

    Thanks scorekeeper. I love stuff like this. The Elfman shirt looks mighty tempting...

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by Darkman

    That 'film composers know how to score' one will definitely be occupying my wardrobe in the future.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    If you look really closely

    by ZoeFan

    Each shirt says you are looking at the BIGGEST DORK ON the PLANET. On a side note, these shirts will get you girls.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by iwontwin


  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Where's Rickey's Steve Jablonsky T-shirt?!

    by Rickey Henderson


  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    The shirts lose 20% cool

    by ArcadianDS

    becuase they put the song title on them. They'd be MUCH cooler if they were just staff and notes so that someone could say, "what's that song on your shirt?"<p> "why, its the familiar strain from Indiana Jones"<p> "wow - that's cool."

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Good point, ArcadianDS

    by Rickey Henderson

    It's what makes that Contra cheat code t-shirt so cool (since we're plumbing the depths of geekyness here).

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST


    by chhun23 has ed209, cyberdine etc

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Speaking of t-shirts

    by skimn

    Thank you BustedTee and AICN for the new round of holiday ads. They warm the heart of my cockles.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Tha tconversation would more likely go like this:<p> "Ummm...hey that's an interesting shirt. You like music?"<p> "Yeah."<p> "Is that Mozart, Bach?"<p> "No."<p> "What song is it then?"<p> "It's the theme from Indiana Jones."<p> "Oh...that's ummm...neat. Well anyway I have to be..."<p> "It's John Williams. I..."<p> "I really have to be going."<p> "Wait! Would you liek to maybe...oyu know...go out some time? Mom let's me use the car whenever I want now that I'm over 30."<p> "Ummm...I...I'm sorry my large boyfriend is waiting for me. (walks away)"<p> "Whore." "

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST

    that's cool

    by oscarmike

    I want an Elfman shirt, Goldsmith hat, and a Walker pants if they did that. see that way I could get beat up everyday instead of every other day :)

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    and you heard about the golden globe nods

    by oscarmike

    no nod for Elfman's Milk or Newman's Wall E and Revolutionary Road. I hope Benjamin Button or Defiance wins

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by FleshMachine

    not even geeky cool. just lame.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    C'mon, those are cool!

    by BenBraddock

    But living in Europe, the postage is killer, so I'm gonna give them a miss. Those "Last Exit to Nowhere" ones are from the UK anyway, so I'm getting me some, they're cool!!

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Make your own.

    by lalalandlovechild

    Quit worrying about what's available. If they're on Zazzle it means you can make your own.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Speaking of that...

    by lalalandlovechild

    Where did this guy get the rights to use this material?? This could be construed as publishing of the manuscripts. Sure hope he has some royalty dough to pass around.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    If they came with the red head from Busted Tees...

    by Kirbymanly

    I'd be sold. :)

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    This Ray Barnsbury guy...

    by Strabo

    ...also has a line of tees for the 2008 and 2012 elections glorifying Sarah Palin. Fuck no. <BR><BR>Anyway, these composer designs are ok. Personally, I'd love to get a shirt with Stravinsky's music designs plastered randomly around the shirt. See them here: <BR><BR> <BR><BR>

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Oops. Posted too early.

    by Strabo

    For anyone interested in those images, Stravinsky was being interviewed one day and was asked to describe his music in relation to other composers/schools of music. He drew the above images. I've always loved the images on the bottom row. So evocative.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Oh, and for the record...

    by Strabo

    Giacchino is merely "ok". His music on Lost in the first season was pretty good, but since then--I don't know if it's the Director or Editors--but the music on the show has degenerated into parody. Back in the third season there was an episode with a scene that caused me to start cackling maniacally. The plot of the episode had some of the Losties going on some mundane trip to the bathroom, or something equally inconsequential. Someone made the decision to use Giacchino's pensive/momentous traveling music cue (the one that was premiered, I believe, when the Tailies were climbing the hill in The Other 48 Days). It was absolutely risible.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    You're a troll but for the record, giacchino's music has never been better on Lost. Eat shit.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Where's one for Bear McCreary?

    by decypher44

    I would actually consider buying one with McCreary's BSG.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST

    I love that Giacchino shirt.

    by a goonie

    The man rules and now he has a shirt to prove it.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST

    These are great, but you know what would be better?

    by Amy Chasing

    T-shirts where the print doesn't fade or crack after a number of washes. The whole reason I'd buy these Ts (and the reason they're more expensive) is because of the print - and that doesn't last. <P> Oh wait, I'm guessing their intended target audience don't wash their clothes. They're all the "mid-week: sprinkle with aftershave, mid-month: turn inside out" crowd eh?

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Bad tradeoff

    by jeffmcm

    Yeah, I was blithely browsing through the music shirts and thinking of maybe getting one if I have any extra cash, and then I noticed all the 'Palin 2012' and 'Obama is a Socialist' t-shirts and my thought was, "a James Newton Howard t-shirt just isn't cool enough to compensate for giving this person extra $$$". A 'Jindal 2016' shirt, maybe, but nobody who likes Palin gets any respect from me.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I love good film music but

    by Laserbrain

    this is embarrassing. What's next? Shirts bearing names of celebrated special effects supervisors? <p> "Hey, man, new shirt? I like it."<p>"Awesome, huh?""<p> "Yeah, John Dykstra is cool. He's, like, that roots guitarist outta Grand Rapids, right?"<p>"Uh..."

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Strabo RE: Giacchino

    by Laserbrain

    If the composer of The Incredibles and Ratatouille is "just ok" then who would you recommend that is better? Because I hate to think I've been missing out on that dude's work.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Cool tee

    by banbury

    Amy Chasing - Check out these silkscreened soundtrack tees:

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by Amy Chasing

    I prefer Alexandre Desplat, Kenji Kawai, and Jon Brion. People like John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, and all the other greats from the 20th century go without saying.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:21 p.m. CST


    by Strabo

    I refuse to watch Pixar movies, so I can't speak to the quality of those scores. The only works of Giacchino I'm familiar with are his Lost scores. I've seen MI3 and played Call of Duty 1, so I've heard those as well, but don't recall them specifically. <BR><BR>As far as TV composers that are better than Giacchino, Bear McCreary unarguably belongs in that category. His BSG scores are more inventive than most film scores. In fact, I'd love to see a BSG film so we can find out what he can do with a full orchestra at his disposal. <BR><BR>Brian Tyler possibly passes that bar also. While AvP Requiem wasn't very good as a film (still better than AvP 1), Tyler's score was, I thought, an incredibly deft melding of the scores from all of the original Alien and Predator films. His score for Rambo was also pretty damn good. So, given that, we have _two_ examples of where Tyler has done an excellent job adapting and updating themes by Jerry Goldsmith. In the next year or so, we'll have an example of Giacchino updating Goldsmith on Star Trek. I have a feeling that Tyler will win the contest of adapting work by arguably the greatest film composer ever. <BR><BR>Also, HoboChode, you stupid fucking git, I presented an argument and supported it with examples. That automatically disqualifies me from the label of "troll". Now how about you crawl back under your bridge and resume fucking yourself?

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Just out of curiosity Strabo

    by Amy Chasing

    why do you refuse to watch Pixar movies? Are you not a fan of animated work or something? Just wondering because if you are you're truly missing out on some of the finest computer animation in the world.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Amy Chasing

    by Strabo

    I don't like American style slapstick animation. I find it too juvenile for my tastes (which tend towards dark, complicated drama with lots of subtext). I _love_ Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl's, Mononoke, Nausicaa, though I did see Ponyo today and was extremely disappointed though). <BR><BR>I actually did see Toy Story back when it was new. I did not enjoy it. I will admit though that the previews for Ratatouille and Wall-E did have me considering revoking my ban. I haven't taken the plunge yet though.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST


    by Strabo

    Slapstick was probably the wrong word there. How about "ADD verbal diarrhea" instead. Oh, also, David Julyan is a better composer than Giacchino.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    I love work by Production IG (Ghost In The Shell,

    by Amy Chasing

    Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, etc) and I still think Pixar is striking a better blend of what's experimental and what's marketable. <P> Ratatouille was almost like a European animated film, and the Incredibles is a great take on the Superhero story. Wall-E is Hollywood, but top notch Hollywood. <P> Highly recommended.

  • Dec. 11, 2008, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Amy, Strabo

    by Laserbrain

    I like Desplat too. His score for Birth was sublime. <p>Strabo, I'm not familiar with David Julyan so I'll keep an eye out (or an ear out as the case may be).

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST


    by Strabo

    Julyan has one major collaborator so far: Chris Nolan. I've actually been disappointed that Nolan hasn't used him on the Batman films. I assume that's probably due to pressure from Warner. Anyway, his best scores are for Insomnia, The Prestige, and The Descent. The Prestige is my favorite Julyan score.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 2:04 a.m. CST


    by lalalandlovechild

    Tyler is a copyist. His "melding" of scores is merely a "deft" example of ripping off other people's work. I haven't heard an original or even novel idea come from his head as of yet. He gets hired because he's good at sounding like more expensive composers. If that's how you judge a composer then yes, he's a genius.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 4 a.m. CST


    by Amy Chasing

    Can you give examples of Tyler's ripping off? If he's plagarising I'm interested to know what and where. Otherwise like John Williams or B.B. King or pretty much any other modern professional artist - it's all been done before so let's make a living and let the audience decide if they like it. <P> I recommend Tyler's Bubba Ho-Tep score.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    one of Tyler's first major, and his best, scores...

    by Strabo

    ...was for Children of Dune. It is not based on any prior material and cannot, in my opinion, be easily pigeonholed as a rip-off of any other particular composers style. And yes, I would say that being able to take themes from six different movies, with five different composers, and melding them into one coherent score is pretty fucking deft. <BR><BR>Funny enough, regarding my previous comment about Tyler going up against Giacchino in adapting Goldsmith, Tyler's Children of Dune score is used over the majority of the latest Star Trek trailer.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST I have to...

    by Strabo

    ...listen to the "Inama Nushif" track. Such a great fucking scene and music.