As Johnston recalls, when asked to compose The Undertaker's theme, he was given very little information besides him being a "very large, dead man." The name was enough to go on, as he sought inspiration elsewhere. Largely based on the Marche Funèbre movement from Chopin's second sonata, Johnston composed a haunting death march for solo piano very much in the style of the Polish Romantic.
But something about it wouldn't quite work for a near-seven foot tall mortician, so he imagined if 'Taker had been interred at St. Paul's Cathedral. What'd play at his funeral? The same tune, but on a humongous pipe organ.
Satisfyingly, the legendary theme was played on such an instrument for real when WWF visited London's Royal Albert Hall in 1991.
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.