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#ThemeSongTuesday (12/15/15): Tonight Is The Night


The WWE’s flagship show, Monday Night RAW, has been, for the most of us western plebes, the home of all our dearest wrestling memories. We’ve just about seen everything that could possibly happen in that ring for the past 1,177 Mondays.

Thanks to this show, my childhood memories consist of betrayal, a dead man, the CEO being murdered, the CEO coming back from the dead, a demon’s wedding, a lot of blood, and The Hurricane. Seriously, RAW is every sub-genre of fiction ever simply packaged as a wrestling program.


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Like every other product of the WWE, RAW opens with its own theme song. Oh, and also like every other product of the WWE, both the show and its themes have gone through numerous changes. The first themes were composed by Mr. Who-Else-Would-It-Be Jim Johnston in the 90’s. They pulled Johnston’s music in ‘97 and since then, we’ve heard quite a number of established artists contribute to the theme pool. 


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Now let me ask you this: What do Marilyn Manson, Papa Roach, and Nickelback all have in common? Aside from hearing them auto-play on numerous Friendster profiles, they’ve all, at one point, provided theme music for RAW.

We’ve had The Union Underground’s “Across The Nation (RAW theme, 2002-2006)” on #ThemeSongTuesday in the past, and now we’re listening to the latest of the bunch: KromestatiK’s “The Night”. 




LYRICS:

[Chorus]
Tonight is the night
Bright lights, hype crowd
Yeah, we came to throw down
Everybody get loud

Tonight is the night 
A-list, can't miss
When we burn it to the ground
Everybody get down

Tonight is the night 
We stayed grindin' while our fame kept risin' 
Steady climbin', now we on top
It's not something you get, it's just something we got
Cause I don't know if you know
If you know we playin' or not, tonight 

[Verse 1]
Lights flashin' 
When we step in the place
And you can feel the raw excitement
From the look on their face
It's like the prize right in front of my eyes to take
And the sky's the limit, got no time to waste

Tonight's the big go
Strike quick but creep slow
The competition is absent
The moment that we show
Count down from 3 go
Press X to reload
Yet they still try to topple the kingdom that we own

Outnumbered but outgunnin' 
We're fearless and crowd stunnin'
Never an error on record
There's no one to protect yah 

And we would still be right here 
If all the money was burned 
But we stay bumpin' in your ear
Cause the money was earned, yo

You can find us climbing settin' the bar
Or you could find us red carpet when we hittin' it hard
Cause the truth is you can find us wherever you are
Just look up, we're flying high with the stars cause…

Tonight is the night
[Repeat chorus]

Who is KromestatiK, you ask? To answer that question and any other follow-up questions you will definitely have, let’s make this quick. KromestatiK is Mike Lauri. Mike Lauri is one half of current WWE music director duo CFO$. Lauri predominantly handles show themes while the other half, John Alicastro, focuses on themes for the talent. (We have a Johnston/CFO$ comparison here.)

Once the track starts, I’m immediately reminded of Hybrid Theory-era Linkin Park—particularly “Points of Authority”—only instead of:

“Forfeit the game / Before somebody else / Takes you out of the frame / And puts your name to shame”
We get:
“Tonight is the night / Bright lights, hype crowd / Yeah, we came to throw down / Everybody get loud”
Aaaand a bunch of other buzzwords that don’t really make sense but sound cool when rapped over nu-metal instrumentals. The problem is, there’s nothing especially hard-hitting about the music, nor is there any substance within the lyrics.

Between “Outnumbered but outgunnin' / We're fearless and crowd stunnin'” and “You can find us climbing settin' the bar / Or you could find us red carpet when we hittin' it hard”, it’s tough to figure out what the song is even about aside from: YEAHHH WE’RE ACCOMPLISHING THIS UNSPECIFIC… ACTIVITY...WHILE UHH, BRIGHT LIGHTS! GONNA HIT YA WITH...FLYING TO THE TOP, S-STRIKE…

Nevertheless, the fact that this theme was composed in-house and can still match up against already released label-backed tracks like Nickelback’s equally shallow “Burn It To The Ground” makes it pretty good in comparison. It’s a fun, mindless theme for a show that requires a fun, mindless perspective to fully appreciate. Hell, stables like The New Day and skits like R-Truth’s work so well because we don’t take the medium in itself too seriously. Themes like “The Night” probably shouldn’t be taken too seriously, either. If this week's theme is right up your alley, go ahead and listen to all of Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory if you haven't yet.

By the way, someone please tell CFO$ to play a console shooter. X is to jump, not reload.

What do you think of RAW's current theme? Let us know in the comments below!


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When he isn't writing Smark Henry's #ThemeSongTuesday column, Lorenzo Magnaye hosts the #HomeRun on 99.5 PlayFM. It's a good thing, too, since his childhood consisted mostly of watching professional wrestling and listening to his parents on the radio. He's only recently rekindled his love for the WWE, and has been trying to make up for missing out on everything post-WrestleMania XX by praying to Seth Rollins thrice a day. Follow him on Twitter: @RenzoSaurus!

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