pa-pa, pa-pahhhh...pah!


Pearl & Dean's legendary signature tune is surely one of the most famous and best-loved tracks played in British movie houses - its distinctive staccato sound evokes the very smell of popcorn and hot dogs!

Written by Pete Moore, a gifted composer and arranger for a string of famous artistes in the 1950/60s, the piece is entitled "Asteroid", yet is just 20" long!

Beginning in 1958, Pete Moore was to enjoy working with such greats as Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Peggy Lee, Frankie Laine, Connie Francis and Peter Sellers, amongst others, on all manner of broadcasts & recordings.

The original screen titles featured equally distinctive graphics intended to emulate advertising panels flashing past as if the viewer was being sucked into the very screen.

By the early 1990's, all commercials and trailers were finally given the full stereo treatment but alas the original Asteroid was only ever produced purely as a mono track. Remarkably, not only was the original composer/producer tracked down but Pete Moore was also able to locate two of the three original male singers who could still replicate their vocal parts three decades on!

Then in 1995, Asteroid's evergreen popularity was underlined further when Goldbug (fronted by ex-Beatmaster's man, Richard Walmsley) sampled the Pearl & Dean anthem and made the number two singles slot with their version of Whole Lotta Love.

As Asteroid enters its fifth decade, it's the one tune that the world of TV and Radio know can immediately capture/create the magic of the British cinema in just a couple of seconds ensuring its place in the cinematic hall of fame for many years to come! The visual titles too are just as familiar to many who still recall both the temple steps and the blue poster style panels flashing past as well as later titles with astonishing clarity!

added: 12:47, 17-02-06

"Many people in the UK music profession have accused me of writing music for the future, and well ahead of its time. Having regard to the longevity of this piece I can only thoroughly agree with that sentiment!"

- Pete Moore 10.02.03


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A new 2mins 10secs version was recently recorded at the world famous Abbey Road studios by original composer Pete Moore and a 30-piece orchestra. Fans of the original "Asteroid" tune, heard by hundreds of millions film cinema-goers since 1968, will be pleased to hear that the new digital version still keeps the feel of the original but with a 21st Century twist.


This new version of 'Asteroid' is now available via the iTunes Music Store... buy now