What with the sound and fury of yesterday's Oscars nominations, you may have missed the fact that another big awards show is set to actually take the stage this weekend. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards airs this Sunday on NBC, and even though there'll probably be more self-congratulatory Foreign Press Association moments than usual thanks to the round number anniversary, this year promises to be a good one: Comedy dream team Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting, and they've already drawn up a drinking game... involving meat!
But before all that, we will be treated to the Golden Globes Opening Theme Song, a string-drenched, sweeping affair that -- be honest! -- may raise a goose bump or two. It's easy to think of awards show theme songs as somehow existing since the beginning of time, but someone actually writes them. In the exclusive video below, the composer of this year's opener, the popular Japanese musician Yoshiki Hayashi, explains how he combined classical and rock elements to capture the show's "hearty" vibe.
Aficionados know Yoshiki, as he's called, as the leader of the heavy metal band X Japan, and pioneer of a flashy, Bowievian dress style embraced by Japanese rock stars, called visual kei. Yoshiki is also apparently something of a polymath: in this composition, which debuted at the 2012 Golden Globes, he reportedly plays the drums, guitar, bass and piano.
The Foreign Press Association is betting on that rock star cache to raise the profile of a typically sidelined genre. Yoshiki's theme song will be released worldwide as a full-length single in 111 countries on January 15, with all proceeds going to charity.
Tell us: have you found your new winter jam?
The Golden Globes air Sunday, January 13 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on NBC.