3-2-1 Let’s Jam

So I couldn’t sleep one Saturday night and did what most people do on such occasions, I turned on the TV and started looking for something to watch.  Most everything on was those dreaded late night infomercials, so I did what any adult would do when faced with such a situation – I tuned into the Cartoon Network.  Lucky for me I did so just in time for the beginning of this adult themed cartoon from Japan, called Cowboy Bebop.  Why was I lucky to catch the beginning of a cartoon?  Because the theme song is freaking awesome, that’s why.  It is a cool jazz piece called “Tank!” performed by a Japanese jazz/blues band called SEATBELTS, led by composer and instrumentalist Yoko Kanno – yeah, I had to look all of that up.  Of course I am not the only one who has ever heard this song, but for those who haven’t heard it I figured I had to share.  Below are both the original opening of that TV show, and the band SEATBELTS perfoming it live.  3-2-1 let’s jam…


5 Responses to 3-2-1 Let’s Jam
  1. noone

    You should definitely check out all of SEATBELTS albums.

    • tim

      I will do that. I’d love to see them live too, they look like they put on a hell of a show.

  2. Henré Botha

    I subscribe to your blog’s RSS feed via Google Reader, and I’ve been seeing the title of this post (“3-2-1 Let’s Jam”) sitting on Reader for a day or two now. It kept niggling at the back of my mind; I knew I remember those words…

    It just hit me now that it refers to this song. What an absolutely killer intro! I still haven’t watched Cowboy Bebop but I know it comes highly recommended.

    The anime show Trigun had a similarly badass theme.

    • tim

      I just checked it out, it is a pretty badass theme too. Thanks for the comment and suggestion!

  3. Steve T

    “Tank!”, like a lot of the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack is inspired by a classic jazz tune, “The Best is Yet to Come” (1959) by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. Kanno Yoko is a genius, at the least. Without a doubt, the CB OST – spanning about 13 CDs (!) – is hands down the best anime soundtrack ever.