Similarity of Slayer's "South of Heaven" to the "Inspector Gadget" theme tune
A striking similarity in the structural composition of two pieces of music from completely different sources leaves one wondering could it be that this was by design.
Years ago as a local guitarist I noticed that the Slayer song, "South of Heaven" was quite like the theme song of Inspector Gadget... with the diminished intervals that chromatically alternate downward with the staccato feel and timing. My friend who played the drums and I did a little cover of it where we played both pieces and combined them.
To this day I have never heard anywhere else that there was a correlation or that anyone else had noticed. It was not on the internet - several years ago. So, is it more likely by design or by coincidence that these two songs seem so significantly similar?
Hard to answer, but let's see what we got.
According to http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Inspector_Gadget_(song) the IG theme was written by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy for the original cartoon series that aired from 1983 to 1986. This would give it a date of 1983 "South of Heaven" dates from 1987 or so. So the timeline supports the one borrowing from the other.
What the music is evoking comes from rather different places: IG is creating the feeling of - loony tunes, comic goings-on, touch of grotesque. Slayer are going more for : grotesque, some kind of vision of darkness and despair, that we're going to rock-n'roll our way through anyhow.
Probably an unconscious similarity. You got sharp ears.
It's very *possible* that Hanneman was a fan of Gadget and just started messing around while watching the show one day. BLAMMO. South Of Heaven. I used to live with a cousin who was a musician, and he'd start writing songs around the theme songs from Nintendo games I was playing.
Hm, very possible indeed @Johnny Bones. I keep hoping someone with some inside info on the band will reveal something like, "Contract rider says: 'DVD of Inspector Gadget has to be in the dressing room'.
Now if I could only figure if the lyrics at the beginning of HELL AWAITS are backwards or only sound that way. Thanks Angst, (hmm,,,) AND....