Ron Wasserman

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Ron Wasserman
Wasserman at the 2023 WonderCon
Wasserman at the 2023 WonderCon
Background information
Birth nameRonald Aaron Wasserman
Also known asAaron Waters
The Mighty Raw
Born (1961-09-02) September 2, 1961 (age 62)
Encino, California, U.S.
GenresHeavy metal
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer
Instrument(s)Vocals, piano, keyboard, drums, percussion, clarinet
Years active1979–present
LabelsRawfish, Saban Music Group

Ronald Aaron Wasserman (born September 2, 1961), also known as Aaron Waters and The Mighty Raw, is an American musician who composed the original theme songs for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and X-Men: The Animated Series. He was also a member of the band Fisher.


Early career[edit]

Wasserman has been fascinated with music since he was three years old, when he started playing the piano.[1] Bands that influenced him as a teenager include Black Sabbath, Genesis and Pink Floyd.[2] Wasserman said, "my musical taste my entire life was so diverse, so I'd be listening to 'Rhapsody in Blue' by George Gershwin one day and learning to play it on the piano, and then I'd switch over to 'War Pigs' from Black Sabbath."[3] His early music bands include Hollywood Headliners Betty Boop & the Beat, formed by SAG actress Lucrecia Sarita Russo. In 1983 (with Wasserman on keyboards), the group opened for Felony/Scotti Brothers records at the Florentine Gardens. Felony was fronted by Lucrecia's then-husband, Jeff Spry, who was receiving chart action with the KROQ-FM hit single "The Fanatic". In the mid-1980s, Ron started a rock band with present-day actress, E.G. Daily. In 1989, shortly after the band disbanded, he started working for Saban Entertainment. Wasserman filled in at Saban Entertainment one afternoon and eventually stayed there for six and a half years. Wasserman and Ron Kenan, once V.P. of Saban Entertainment/Music Production, met in the early 80's and played together in the popular new wave pop band,[citation needed] Betty Boop & the Beat.

Saban career and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers[edit]

During his early days at Saban, Wasserman worked as a music engineer, sometimes contributing background music and co-writing themes for several of their smaller series. Shows Wasserman worked on during this period include King Arthur and the Knights of Justice (which he composed the theme for), Little Shop, Saban's Around the World in Eighty Dreams, Saban's Gulliver's Travels and Video Power. Early on, he received creative notes from Saban that his music was too fast and heavy for children, and they would sometimes not accept the music he submitted because of this.[1] Wasserman said, "you could hear probably throughout the whole office building when I drove in, blasting Black Sabbath, or Nirvana or some death metal out of my car. I had that energy and that angst back then. I got it out in my music."[1] In 1992, Wasserman wrote the theme song for the animated X-Men series and co-composed background music for it, with this being the first hit show he worked on. Wasserman did not know anything about X-Men when he was asked to compose the theme. In a retrospective 2022 article, Wasserman remembered, "it was two weeks of hell putting that song together", adding that "I kept getting notes [saying] they wanted more baseline, then more high-hats. It was a real pain in the ass to do all that back then too. It came out really great though, the theme was really catchy and interesting and it was especially interesting when they animated to it."[4] For the early episodes, the show's closing credits featured an instrumental heavy rock song, but for later episodes it was replaced by a shortened version of Wasserman's opening theme.

The following year, he composed some of his most recognizable work, which was for the show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. One day, he was presented with the first footage of the show, was told to use the word "Go", and to have it finished by the next day. The people from Saban Entertainment wanted him to use the word "Go" since Haim Saban had success using that lyric in the Inspector Gadget theme song, which was the first hit theme he and writing partner Shuki Levy were credited with.[1] After two and a half hours, the song that resulted was the show's theme song, "Go Go Power Rangers".[5] In 1991, he had previously composed an instrumental heavy metal theme song for a similar Saban project called Metalman. The project never got off the ground, and Wasserman decided to give Mighty Morphin Power Rangers a rock/metal sound since it reminded him of Metalman.[6][1] In addition to composing the theme song, Wasserman also handled the background music,[7][8] and in 1994 several of his most popular songs and scores from the series were eventually released on a successful concept album entitled Mighty Morphin Power Rangers the Album: A Rock Adventure.[9]

His compositions for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series and various other Saban productions were credited to Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahchi (an alias Haim Saban started using during the 1990s), with Wasserman only ever being listed in TV credits as a music producer or music engineer. This was allegedly so the pair could collect music royalties for Wasserman's work.[10][7] According to Wasserman, he very rarely composed alongside Shuki Levy or Haim Saban on any Saban Entertainment shows.[11][7] Saban's practice of not crediting musicians in order to gain royalties was revealed in a 1998 article by The Hollywood Reporter. Several past and present composers from Saban were interviewed, although Wasserman was the only one that was willing to be identified by name.[7] Wasserman told The Hollywood Reporter, "they put their names on my work, and most of the time they had absolutely nothing to do with it, as far as creating the work was concerned. Most of the time, I would deliver the score, it would go to mix and air without the (credited) 'writers' seeing it or hearing it. That's how it works. It's really that simple."[7] Regarding Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Wasserman said, "for that, I got producer and/or engineer credit. No music by credit. No cue-sheet credit. The credit went to Haim Saban and Shuki Levy [founders of the production company]. I worked on the theme alone; they contributed nothing. On the background music, they acted as producers and guided me extensively on the direction."[7] In this article, a representative from Saban still maintained that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers theme had been co-composed by Haim Saban, and that Wasserman was incorrect in saying that he was the sole composer.[7] Wasserman and all other composers at Saban signed a contract agreeing to give up the rights to their compositions prior to joining the company.[12] In the late 1990s, ten of these composers launched an unsuccessful multi-million dollar lawsuit against Haim Saban. Wasserman was not among the ten composers.[12]

Another reason Saban did not credit musicians was so that they would be hidden enough as to not get offers to work for higher paying companies.[1] Wasserman was originally going to do the music for the 1995 Power Rangers film, but Saban scrapped this plan at the last minute since it was a union film co-produced by 20th Century Fox, which would mean that Wasserman would have to be listed as the composer, and thus would be more well-known in the industry.[6][1] Saban instead hired The Crow composer Graeme Revell, who, while credited on the film, didn't actually compose the score, instead getting one of his assistants to do it.[1] Wasserman was informed that he would not be doing the film's music via a representative from 20th Century Fox, and the only explanation given was because Haim Saban said so.[6] The next time Wasserman ran into Haim Saban, he asked Saban why he wasn't doing the film's music, and Saban replied by telling him "you're no John Williams", with Wasserman's response to Saban being that he was "no Walt Disney".[6] He eventually found out that he couldn't do the music because it was a union film and Saban was planning to credit himself for Wasserman's work.[6] Not getting hired for the film upset Wasserman so much that he wrote a song about it shortly afterwards, called "Cross My Line".[13] Regarding "Cross My Line", Wasserman said in 2013, "Haim and I always got along and I have nothing against him in the world. but that song was basically a 'fuck you, I'm out of here soon, and somewhere down the line you’re going to read all of the projects I’m involved in'".[6]

For Mighty Morphin Power Rangers the Album: A Rock Adventure, the music was not credited to Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahchi, even though Levy and Saban are listed as writers or co-writers of the songs on legal cue sheets.[14][15] Saban instead credited it to a fictitious artist named Aaron Waters. Wasserman came up with the name "Aaron Waters" because his middle name was Aaron and his surname Wasserman means "water carrier" in German. Saban later attached the additional alias "The Mighty RAW". While the reason behind it is unknown, it is assumed "RAW" is for his initials and "The Mighty" comes from the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."[5] On Mighty Morphin Power Rangers the Album: A Rock Adventure, Waters is listed as the performer of the songs, while Wasserman is simultaneously listed as being a music producer and music engineer. Wasserman was also credited as Aaron Waters on the soundtrack album for the Power Rangers film, which used "Cross My Line" as a bonus track on some editions.[16]

Later Saban projects[edit]

His success with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers soundtrack led to work on numerous other Saban productions. Projects from the studio he worked on following the release of Power Rangers include BattleTech: The Animated Series, Blindfold: Acts of Obsession, Creepy Crawlers, Jin Jin and the Panda Patrol, Space Strikers, Sweet Valley High, Teknoman and VR Troopers. He composed the theme songs for Sweet Valley High, Teknoman and VR Troopers,[17][13] with the Sweet Valley High theme being sung by his future wife Kathy Fisher. Despite having a rock sound, he was never approached by Saban to do the theme for Spider-Man: The Animated Series, which would eventually end up being done by Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Wasserman left Saban in September 1995,[18][19] since he was exhausted and was refused a pay rise.[12]

Shortly after leaving Saban, he got hired to do background music for Funimation's English dub of Dragon Ball Z, which was co-handled by Saban and Ocean Productions during the first two seasons.[20][21] It was Saban who hired him for Dragon Ball Z, and, according to Wasserman, they let him compose the music from his home as they didn't care about the show. Wasserman was allowed to give it a darker and heavier sound than previous shows he had worked on, since he would never receive creative notes when he sent the music to Saban.[2] Prior to hiring Wasserman on Dragon Ball Z, Saban had already created their own theme song for the show called "Rock the Dragon", which had Power Rangers Zeo composer Jeremy Sweet on vocals.[22][2][23] Between 1996 and 1998, Wasserman composed for the first two seasons, and in 1997, "Rock the Dragon" and music from the background score were released on an album titled Dragon Ball Z: Original USA Television Soundtrack. The album's music was attributed to Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahchi, with these two also being listed as the composers on the dub's closing credits.[24] In 1999, Wasserman was replaced for the third season and beyond by Dallas-based composer Bruce Faulconer. Like Levy and Haim Saban, Faulconer also allegedly did not write many of the compositions he was credited for, instead getting a small group of musicians to do it for him.[25] Wasserman was interested in composing for the third season of Dragon Ball Z (which was the first done without Saban's involvement), but Funimation did not like the music from the first two seasons, and Wasserman received no response from the company when he reached out to them in 1999.[21][26] He subsequently said that he wasn't even aware that the Dragon Ball franchise had a large following until the early 2010s, when a fan emailed him about the show.[27][2] Wasserman has also said that he didn't know how popular X-Men: The Animated Series was until around that time.[12] The master tapes for his music on shows such as Dragon Ball Z, Sweet Valley High and X-Men: The Animated Series are believed to be permanently lost, since they got misplaced when Disney purchased Saban in 2001.[3]

In 1998, Wasserman performed the Power Rangers in Space theme and music.[9] This was the last Power Rangers season he was involved with before Saban got sold to Disney in 2001. He had still been contributing some music to the franchise during the Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo seasons, which occurred during 1996 and 1997, after he had already left Saban. He also contributed music to Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, the 1997 sequel to the original Power Rangers film.[28]

Post-Saban music career[edit]

After leaving Saban, Wasserman started a band with then-girlfriend Kathy Fisher. Wasserman also began working on various video game titles with Pink Floyd producer, Bob Ezrin and contributed to DIC Entertainment. The first show he composed for which had no connection to Saban was DIC Entertainment's Mummies Alive!, which aired for 42 episodes during 1997. It was produced by Eric and Julia Lewald, who had previously worked on X-Men: The Animated Series. In 1998, Fisher contributed the song "Breakable" for the movie Great Expectations. The popularity of this song and others on file sharing site helped them briefly get signed to Interscope Records at the turn of the millennium.[29] The unorthodox way they got signed to a major record label attracted attention from various media outlets, including Time magazine in 2000.[30]

Return to Power Rangers[edit]

Wasserman returned to solo work in 2005, and even returned to the Power Rangers franchise in 2005, composing the theme song for the thirteenth Power Rangers season, Power Rangers S.P.D.. News of his involvement reached the fanbase and demo versions of the theme were leaked, upsetting Disney executives. According to Linkara in his "History of Power Rangers" show after contacting Wasserman he also submitted 2 demos for Power Rangers Mystic Force a rock theme and a rap theme, he had first submitted the rock theme and originally the producers at Disney approved of it, but later contacted him saying they were seeking something more of a rap genre thus leading him to creating and submitting a rap theme to them which they in turn rejected, although Wasserman admits that his rap theme wasn't very good. Since Disney were not going to be using the themes for the series he posted the demos online for the fans.[31]

Post Power Rangers[edit]

Wasserman remains active with other television and commercial projects, including work for America's Next Top Model.

In 2010, Wasserman released two original songs with Ozone Entertainment as downloadable content on the Rock Band Network.[32]

Power Rangers: Redux[edit]

Power Rangers Redux
Studio album by
Ron Wasserman
ReleasedOctober 22, 2012

On August 28, 2012, Wasserman announced on both RangerBoard and RangerCrew that he would be re-cutting the original Power Rangers songs, to refresh their sound and use new technology to record them. During the process of recording the tracks, Wasserman posted a few unedited/unmixed sample clips.[33][34]

Despite being limited to songs that were commercially released on CD or cassette during the 90s, a large repertoire of his Power Rangers music still remained to create the new album. The tracks were released via Bandcamp on October 22, 2012, with CD Baby (covering Amazon, iTunes, etc.) coming thereafter. This new album includes an instrumental version of each song, making it the largest instrumental release of Power Rangers music thus far. A listing of the tracks is as follows:[35]

Power Rangers: Redux
1."Go Go Power Rangers - Redux"Ron WassermanRon Wasserman3:58
2."Fight - Redux"Ron WassermanRon Wasserman3:58
3."Hope For the World - Redux"Ron WassermanRon Wasserman4:36
4."Combat - Redux"Ron WassermanRon Wasserman4:59
5."Cross My Line - Redux"Ron WassermanRon Wasserman3:14
6."Lord Zedd - Redux"Ron WassermanRon Wasserman2:40
7."We Need A Hero - Redux"Ron WassermanRon Wasserman5:36
8."Go Green Ranger Go - Redux"Ron WassermanRon Wasserman3:02
9."Unite - Redux"Ron WassermanRon Wasserman4:14
10."5-4-1 - Redux"Ron WassermanRon Wasserman2:24
11."I Will Win - Redux"Ron WassermanRon Wasserman5:34
12."Go Go Power Rangers - Instrumental Redux"Ron Wasserman 3:58
13."Fight - Instrumental Redux"Ron Wasserman 3:56
14."Hope For the World - Instrumental Redux"Ron Wasserman 4:36
15."Combat -Instrumental Redux"Ron Wasserman 4:58
16."Cross My Line - Instrumental Redux"Ron Wasserman 3:15
17."We Need A Hero - Instrumental Redux"Ron Wasserman 5:35
18."Go Green Ranger Go - Instrumental Redux"Ron Wasserman 3:03
19."Unite - Instrumental Redux"Ron Wasserman 4:14
20."5-4-1 - Instrumental Redux"Ron Wasserman 2:24
21."I Will Win - Instrumental Redux"Ron Wasserman 5:25
Total length:85:49

Personal life[edit]

At an early age, Wasserman was adopted by parents of Russian-Jewish descent.[36] His sister was also adopted.[36] As a child, he was often mistaken as being from a different family, since he had blonde hair, while his parents and sister had red hair.[36]

He was formerly married to Kathleen Fisher (the namesake and Wasserman's bandmate in Fisher).[36] They had one son together, Aron, born in 2004.

In September 2018, Wasserman was involved in a mountain bike accident, requiring surgery afterwards.[36]


Studio albums[edit]


TV/film composing credits[edit]



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  2. ^ a b c d "Interview with Ron Wasserman". April 6, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Thomas, Michael (April 26, 2023). "'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always' Ron Wasserman: "I Had the Time of My Life Scoring This Thing"". Collider.
  4. ^ "30 years ago, 'X-Men: The Animated Series' changed Marvel forever [Oral History]". Inverse. February 20, 2024.
  5. ^ a b An Evening with Ron Wasserman Part 1 of 2. YouTube.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Kangas, Chaz (September 5, 2013). ""Go Go Power Rangers!" and Its Badass Guitar Riff Turn 20 Years Old". The Village Voice.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g David Robb (Sep 18–20, 1998). "Composers say they're paupers in royalty game". Hollywood Reporter – via
  8. ^ Keyboard Magazine. United States, GPI Publications, 1995.
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  13. ^ a b "How Ex-'X-Men' Composer Ron Wasserman Got His Revenge". Inverse. May 27, 2016.
  14. ^ Go Go Power Rangers at BMI
  15. ^ Combat at BMI
  16. ^ "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture) (1995, CD) - Discogs". Discogs.
  17. ^ "Power Rangers Composer Ron Wasserman Interview LIVE! YOU ME AND YTV!" – via
  18. ^ "Gabbin' with Gavin 21 - Ron Wasserman: The Soundtrack to a 90's kids life" – via
  19. ^ Wasserman, Ron. "Ron Wasserman's Page". Composers' Forum. Retrieved Jul 19, 2020.
  20. ^ "SABAN SIGHTINGS!". The Power Rangers Zeo Newsletter. July 31, 1996. Mighty RAW (a.k.a. Ron Wasserman) just finished Monty Python's Holy Grail CD-ROM and the Ace Ventura, Pet Detective CD-ROM. His music can also be heard on Pythonline on the WEB. He is also doing music for the Saban show titled "Dragon Ball Z".
  21. ^ a b Patrick Cavanaugh (Nov 25, 2014). "MARVEL 75: RON WASSERMAN COMPOSED YOUR '90S CHILDHOOD". Marvel. Archived from the original on 2015-05-07.
  22. ^ "Ron Wasserman Live Interview" – via
  23. ^ Vol.6, No.3 of Animerica magazine
  24. ^ "Original Soundtrack - Dragonball Z [Original USA Television Soundtrack] Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic" – via
  25. ^ "#59 - COMPOSERS OF ENGLISH DUB OF DRAGONBALL Z/Faulconer Productions Interview" – via
  26. ^ "Music Royalties?!! Fuck you FUNImation!!!".
  27. ^ Legacy, Spencer (April 19, 2023). "Power Rangers: Once & Always Composer Ron Wasserman Talks Revisiting the Iconic Series".
  28. ^ Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie credits, 1997.
  29. ^ "Band lands record contract through the Net". CNET.
  30. ^ "ASIANOW - TIME Asia | COVER: Everyone's a | 6/05/2000".
  31. ^ "HOPR: Power Rangers Mystic Force Part 1". Archived from the original on 2013-04-16.
  32. ^ Ron Wasserman // The Music // Rock Band. Accessed August 8, 2010.
  33. ^ recutting the original Power Ranger songs...... Accessed October 18, 2012.
  34. ^ Single Post - Recutting the original PR Songs - Testing 1, 2, 3. Accessed August 30, 2012.
  35. ^ Power Rangers Redux | Ron Wasserman. Accessed October 23, 2012
  36. ^ a b c d e Sticky Jazz podcast, December 2020

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