Japanese betting game Banzai
is quite possibly one of the strangest things to ever grace British TV, from the hilarious antics of Mister Shake Hands Man, to the downright bizarre one-off bets (such as how many cans of coke does Shaun Ryder weigh?), this is post-pub TV at its best. The soundtrack reflects this admirably, containing probably one of the most varied track listings ever seen on a compilation CD. From Lalo Schifrin's "Enter the Dragon", which doubles as the title music, to tracks as disparate as Dr Hook's "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" (from the hilarious "Dance of the Goths") to Add N to X's "Adding N to X", which serves as intro music to Mr Shake Hands Man. However fleeting their appearance on the show and therefore however tenuous their inclusion here, there's no denying the fact that this is a truly bizarre and ultimately highly enjoyable compilation. It could have done without Manhattan Transfer though. --Helen Marquis
Soundtrack to the Wacky Cult Japanese Program that is Currently Airing on Channel Four in the UK. The Eclectic Easy Listening Tracklist features the banzai Theme Track enter the Dragon (Lalo Schifrin), oh Lori (Alessi), seasons in the Sun (Terry Jacks), chanson Damour (Manhattan Transfer), plus Many More. This is Essential Summer Music, as off the Wall as the TV Show but No Less Compelling. This CD Has all the Ingredients of a Cult Classic.