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Main Title,[1] usually referred to as "Rock the Dragon", is the theme song heard for the Funimation/Saban dub of Dragon Ball Z episodes 1-53, as well as for the original Funimation in-house dub of episodes 54-92. The song appeared on the 1997 album Dragon Ball Z: Original USA Television Soundtrack. It is also heard in the opening credits for the North American version of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai.

The opening sequence featured scenes from Dead Zone, The World's Strongest, The Tree of Might, and the Saiyan Saga.

Background

Composition and musical style

On Dragon Ball Z: Original USA Television Soundtrack, the composers are listed as being Shuki Levy (the head of Saban Entertainment's music department) and Haim Saban, under the alias Kussa Mahehi. The original dub of Dragon Ball Z's first two seasons, which ran in syndication between September 1996 and May 1998, also listed Levy and Mahehi as the composers in the end credits.

An uncredited Jeremy Sweet sang the song. He is well known for creating various Power Rangers theme songs for Saban in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Many believe that Ron Wasserman, who did the first Power Rangers theme in 1993, was also involved with the song in an uncredited capacity. However, in recent years Wasserman has denied this, stating that he only did the background music for Funimation and Saban's edited dub of the first two Dragon Ball Z seasons.

Unlike the previous pop-based Japanese and international openings, the song drew from a more aggressive punk/metal sound. When asked about "Rock the Dragon" in an 1996 Animerica Magazine interview, FUNimation said, "It was done in Los Angeles [By Saban] and it's a very distinctive sound".[2]

History

It was the first opening song used in any English dub of Dragon Ball Z. Funimation continued using the song in 1999, a year after they stopped working with Saban and Ocean Productions as dubbing partners for Dragon Ball Z. It would eventually be replaced by Bruce Faulconer's own composed theme for Dragon Ball Z starting on the Garlic JR saga.

On peer-to-peer music sharing sites, the song is often falsely credited to the nu-metal group Linkin Park. Additionally, even after Funimation started doing their own dub version and music, this song remained for the Captain Ginyu and Freiza sagas and the credits were switched from mostly Ocean/Saban cast and crew to just Funimation crew, which includes the new voice actors for that dub.

The 2013 Ocean dub box set Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon Edition was named after the song.

Lyrics

[Intro]
Dragon Ball Z!

Dragon Ball Z!

[Verse 1]
Dragon, Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Dragon Ball Z!
Dragon, Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Come get me!

Dragon, Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Dragon Ball Z!
Dragon, Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Come get me!

Dragon, Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Dragon Ball Z!
Dragon, Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Come! A-come get me!

[Hook - instrumental]
Dragon Ball Z!

[Verse 2]
Dragon, Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Dragon Ball Z!
Dragon, Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Come get me!

Dragon, Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Dragon Ball Z!
Dragon, Dragon! Rock the Dragon! Come! A-come get me!

[Hook - instrumental]

[Outro]
Dragon Ball Z!

Dragon Ball Z!

Dragon Ball Z!
Dragon Ball Z!

[3]

Trivia

  • When Funimation and Saban's Season 2 Namek Saga dub began airing in syndication in September 1997, a 10 second intro was created, which preceded "Rock the Dragon". It featured the dub's narrator, Doc Harris, shouting "Stand by for Dragon Ball Z, Coming Next!", along with music by Ron Wasserman. The 10 second intro wasn't included on the Pioneer/Funimation North American home video release of the Saban dub. However, it was included on Madman Entertainment's region 4 release for Australia/Oceania.
  • A Hindi-language version of this song is used as the opening for the Hindi dub.
  • The theme for the AB Groupe produced Ocean dub of episodes 108 to 276 recycled a substantial amount of footage from this opening.
  • Ian James Corlett (Goku's original English voice actor) can be heard doing two power up screams for scenes from The World's Strongest in this opening. When the film was eventually dubbed into English in 1998, Corlett had been replaced by Peter Kelamis as Goku.
  • Despite the Tree of Might footage of Gohan turning into a Great Ape being used in the opening, Turles' hands that holds Gohan's face weren't digitally painted out, unlike in the actual airing.

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