Thread: Road Rash Legacy - Spot the Jimmy Hart Versions of...

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    For all those of you here who know very well all of the various Road Rash games through the years (on Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo 64, et al.), how many "Jimmy Hart versions" of some old songs can you spot?

    A "Jimmy Hart version" refers to any kind of song borrowed from another by way of changing a few notes here and there (a la Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" borrowing the bassline from Queen & David Bowie's "Under Pressure"; or, that of The Cure's "The Walk" sounding akin to New Order's "Blue Monday," both from 1983).

    The term's etymology comes from that of Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart, who often tried to license popular songs throughout his career as musical director of WCW, but couldn't, which instead led him to using instrumental versions of these, and changing a few notes and lyrics here and there to make it sound alike but different enough to avoid lawsuits.

    For example:

    The "Sierra Nevada" theme from the Genesis version of Road Rash (1991) sounds like some Rolling Stones song going by the guitar sound alone.

    The "Arizona" theme from Road Rash II (1993) sounds like these following tunes:
    *"Cars Hiss by My Window" by The Doors (1970)
    *"Tush" by ZZ Top (1975)
    *"Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles (1989)

    The "City" theme from Road Rash (for 3DO and PlayStation, but not Sega Saturn or Sega CD) sounds akin both to Kansas' "No One Together" (1980) and The Pretenders' "Middle of the Road" (1984)

    And, the "United Kingdom" theme from Road Rash 3: Tour de Force (1995) sounds like these following songs:
    *"Highway Star" by Deep Purple (1972)
    *"Paranoid" by Black Sabbath (1971)
    *"Heartbreaker" by Pat Benatar (1979)
    *The theme song from the TV show Home Improvement (1991-99)

    "I am such a purist for old information on anything '70s and '80s."
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