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"Baroque Hoedown" was created by early Moog synthesizer pioneers (and frequent collaborators) Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley (Perrey-Kingsley) in 1967. It was contained on the album Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Electronic Pop Music From Way Out. The composition was once described as being a "harpsichord gone country".
The composition later became the theme song for Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade in 1972 and all of its subsequent iterations around the world, Hong Kong Disneyland's Disney Paint the Night parade, and for a time, Walt Disney World's Electrical Water Pageant. It was also incorporated into Disneyland's Light Magic, Disney Paint the Night Parade ,and Remember... Dreams Come True as a tribute to the Main Street Electrical Parade.
|“||In the 1970s, Walt Disney Productions chose this tune to be the theme for the Electrical Parade. It was extraordinary, I didn't know about it because the publishers said nothing to me. It was by chance, in 1980, that I went there and was so surprised to hear "Baroque Hoedown" arranged for a full orchestra.||”|
—Jean-Jacques Perrey, text from English subtitle
The "Baroque Hoedown" melody is used in many songs, including:
- "Main Street Electrical Parade (Retro Future Mix)" from the Dance Dance Revolution Disney Rave game
- "The Theme from Rock to the Future" and "starship.6" by Plus-Tech Squeeze Box as well as their remix of Naivepop or Petitfool's "Bicycle Race"
- "Baroque Hoedown" by They Might Be Giants (recorded for DisneyMania 2, contains excerpts of "The Unbirthday Song" from Alice in Wonderland, which was used in the Electrical Parade as well)
- "Main Street Electrical Parade" by Reel Big Fish (recorded for Dive into Disney, Japan-only ska and punk Disney tribute CD)
- Film pioneer Mike Jittlov uses a variation of the song as the soundtrack of his 1978 Disney-themed short film, "Mouse Mania", which debuted as part of the prime time Mickey Mouse 50th Anniversary Special
- a version of the song by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
- "Baroque Hoedown" is used in the ending theme of El Chapulín Colorado
- The Beatles, under the production of Perrey fan Kenny Everett, sampled "Baroque Hoedown" in their 1968 Beatles Fan Club Christmas record, prior to its use in the Electrical Parade.
- "I, Brobot", an episode of the Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb, features the Phinedroids and Ferbots dancing to a song reminiscent of the melody
- A cover version featured in the Japan-only Pop'n Music series
- American guitar virtuoso Buckethead plays the melody live during his song "Jowls"
- "A Short History of Baroque Hoedown". Disney Hipster Blog. September 10, 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "The real story behind the Electro-Synthe-Magentic Musical Sounds of Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade". Don Dorsey Consulting. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- Perrey, Jean-Jacques (2005). Explore the Magic. From One Lightbulb To Another (bonus documentary DVD) (Disneyland Resort Paris: Disney).
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