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Main Title,[1] usually referred to as "Rock the Dragon", is the theme song heard for the original Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Z from episode 1-92. . 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 and the end credits of Dragon Ball Z, the composers are listed as being Shuki Levy (the head of Saban Entertainment's music department) and Haim Saban, under the alias Kussa Mahchi. An uncredited Ron Wasserman composed the song in 1996, with Jeremy Sweet (also not credited) providing the vocals. Both are well known for creating various Power Rangers theme songs from the 1990s and 2000s.

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

The song was the first opening song used by Funimation. It would soon be replaced by 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

  • 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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