After three decades scoring the soundtrack to our most cherished wrestling memories, Jim Johnston was reportedly let go from WWE last week. Once The Fink packs it in, that really will be the (long overdue) end of our childhoods.
Johnston wasn't just an occasional collaborator who provided a few memorable melodies to the Stamford promotion. Since assuming the composer-in-residence role full time ahead of regular contributors Rick Derringer, Jimmy Hart, and J.J. Maguire, Johnston has been the sound of WWE, penning more iconic tunes than any pop star of the past thirty years. The likes of Justin Bieber and One Direction might lay claim to however many triple-platinum albums, but can any of them say they wrote the theme tune of The Rock, Steve Austin, or The Undertaker? Baby, please: they'd kill for that.
The WWE musician's discography is ludicrously extensive. Considering it's "just" wrestling music, It's also incredibly varied, running the gamut of genres from grunge metal and hard rock to Romantic ballades and sweeping symphonies. Yes, the names might be corny ("Hart Attack", I ask you), but the music is insanely catchy. And good.
Picking just fifteen for his greatest hits was almost impossible. Send complaints to his record label.
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.