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NYPD Cops Embrace Darth Vaderís Theme Song
New York Magazine ^ | 7/10/2013 | Dan Amira

Posted on 07/10/2013 12:42:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Tyler Sargent was out for a nighttime run in Prospect Park two weeks ago, at around 9 p.m., when he heard some familiar music in the distance. It was the "Imperial March" — also known as Darth Vader's theme song — and it was growing louder. That's when an NYPD cruiser drove by him, "blasting" the song "at a volume that surely must have drowned out any emergencies being dispatched from the Death Star," Sargent (who happens to be the former bassist for the band Clap Yours Hands Say Yeah) tells Daily Intelligencer.

"The cops were laughing like stoned high-school kids as they drove by," he added.

It turns out this wasn't an isolated incident. On March 29, also just around 9 p.m., Scott Rosann was walking his dog on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope. The TV editor tells us he heard the "Imperial March" and thought to himself, "Huh. You don't hear THAT coming out of car windows in this neighborhood very often." He was surprised to discover that the car in question was a police cruiser, its emergency lights bouncing off the nearby buildings as it headed away from him on 12th Street.

"No doubt whatsoever that that song was coming from that car," Rosann says. "No other squad cars arrived on the scene, so I was deprived of hearing the 'Raiders March' as an encore."

It's not clear whether the incidents are the work of a single pair of cops or if the practice is more widespread. We reached out to the NYPD for comment and never heard back.

Why the "Imperial March"? Maybe they use it as a pump-up song on the way to a bust, à la "Ride of the Valkyries" in Apocalypse Now:

If that's the case, though, the "Imperial March" is probably not the best choice for a police department already dealing with a reputation for abusing its power. Darth Vader, after all, spent his spare time blowing up entire planets and Force-choking to death people who displeased him. In fact, Occupiers around the country use to love to mockingly serenade police with the "Imperial March":

But maybe that's the point — taking a song that was once used as a caustic commentary on police aggression and embracing it, with pride, as their own.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: badcop; bloomberg; donutwatch; imperialmarch; newyork; newyorkcity; nyc; nypd; stormtroopers
Are they saying NYC is a wretched hive of scum and villainy?
1 posted on 07/10/2013 12:42:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

It is. And the NYPD are apparently proud of being storm troopers.


2 posted on 07/10/2013 12:45:15 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8


3 posted on 07/10/2013 12:46:46 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: nickcarraway

yet they take great umberance if they hear you playing “f* the police” or “cop killa”


4 posted on 07/10/2013 12:49:24 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: nickcarraway

Rock on, NYPD! If I was a cop, I’d do the same.


5 posted on 07/10/2013 12:49:40 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: MeganC

well, they have about the equivalent aim with their weapons as storm troopers...


6 posted on 07/10/2013 12:50:12 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: nickcarraway

I tried to convince a high school class to use the Imperial March as their graduation ceremony processional tune. They destroyed plenty in their day so it made sense to me. My suggestion, though quite popular with the kids, was over ruled by a teacher with no sense of humor.


7 posted on 07/10/2013 12:50:44 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998
by a teacher with no sense of humor

Like people on this thread?

8 posted on 07/10/2013 12:54:58 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: nickcarraway

That was the Gorbachev theme song on Rush’s radio show whenever there was a Gorbachev update. Rush would say the press had Gorbasms whenever the guy came to the U.S. Still makes me laugh.


9 posted on 07/10/2013 12:55:57 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: nickcarraway

Back in ‘68 the Miami riot, a fireman friend was a fire truck driver.
I made a cassette recording of Flight of the Valkyries for him.

He drove into the heart of the riot in Overtown blasting the music on the truck loudspeakers. They ere taking gunfire from rooftops.
(he was a Huey side gunner in Viet Nam.)

And yes he got in trouble.


10 posted on 07/10/2013 12:57:44 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: nickcarraway

11 posted on 07/10/2013 1:06:41 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: EEGator
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbWOVfY-rxU

I like this version better.

12 posted on 07/10/2013 1:15:15 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: 1rudeboy

Back in the day we used to key the mic whenever the local radio station was playing the theme from “Hill Street Blues”.

Gave the dispatchers a chuckle.

Never tried it through the PA speaker, though.


13 posted on 07/10/2013 1:15:47 PM PDT by lightman (Prosecute the heresies; pity the heretics.)
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To: lightman

Back in my day, I used to broadcast bluegrass music (once in a while) through my phone into the intercom, over a 10 acre staging area at the steel plant where I worked. My shipping manager tells me that the truckers loved it. Oh, and it was in Detroit.


14 posted on 07/10/2013 1:20:25 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

LAPD around 1974, had a guy that liked to play a cassette of the Tarzan yell on the PA speaker after midnight. Guess what part of town.


15 posted on 07/10/2013 1:28:15 PM PDT by 11x62
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To: 11x62; cripplecreek

I was (ahem) riding in the back of a Detroit patrol car back in 1987, and it had a cassette player hanging from the rearview. I only remember it because it was playing some Bruce Springsteen song about getting shot, and the cop on the passenger side was asking the driver, “do we need to listen to this?”


16 posted on 07/10/2013 1:33:45 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: absolootezer0

I hate rap. How would they feel if I were blasting “I Fought The Law”?


17 posted on 07/10/2013 1:42:25 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: nickcarraway

Turn some Redshirted Ensigns loose on them, they’d be toast. B-)


18 posted on 07/10/2013 2:14:09 PM PDT by Nowhere Man ("We have met the enemy, he is us!" - Pogo Possum - 1971)
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To: absolootezer0

Real good way of alerting any perps who may be about — oh, and of course, annoying their employ—err, civilian tax slaves.


19 posted on 07/10/2013 2:16:24 PM PDT by In Another Time... (..In another place...)
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To: mountn man

I wish it was longer.


20 posted on 07/10/2013 3:16:35 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: nickcarraway

Questions, questions. Was the song The Darth Knight? Is a Vader a Failed Invader? Is Someone With a Fever Jumping Off a Building a Lukewarm Skywalker? Who is O.B. Quiet Ken Nobby?


21 posted on 07/10/2013 4:20:33 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: nickcarraway
This should cover their entire shift.
22 posted on 07/10/2013 5:28:22 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: lightman

One of the engineers at the railroad I am at keys the mic when his phone would go off in the cab... His ringtone?

Casey Jones, by the Greatful Dead.

Always cracks me up to hear it on the base station radio... randomly while the crew is drilling the yard.


23 posted on 07/10/2013 5:33:19 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: nickcarraway

Personally I thought it be Law and Order theme song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVL0GBunw0A


24 posted on 07/10/2013 6:49:41 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

maybe “i shot the sheriff”?


25 posted on 07/11/2013 5:12:22 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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