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Old 02-08-2005, 08:08 AM
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Nattoguy, I'm not sure why you're relying on "Kung Fu Fighting" as the seminal instance of the "that chinese song" melody. KFF came out as a result of the popularity of the "Kung Fu" TV series. KFF was a throw-away pop-tune meant to capitalize on the fad-du jour, and it felt like it. I was about 12 at the time, and remember both pretty well. That darned song was on the radio for weeks, and I hated it, as only a 12-year-old could.

In my opinion, the opening riff was invoking a cliche that already existed. I think you're saying the same thing, but that before KFF the cliche was one of many, but KFF made that riff definitive in the our shared consciousness. I disagree, it felt immediately cliche when that song started to play. Sadly, I have little proof to offer other than that.