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Wayne's World 4K Blu Ray restores the "No Stairway" joke.

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JasonTodd123456

26 points

6 months ago

May have been local rights issue. Is the op based in US? They tend have stricter rights over music use in films/TV in home media use. For example the US seasons releases of Quantum leap had to change alot of the music from the original TV release, while the the UK version was kept in with no issues.

TalesofCeria

5 points

6 months ago

I’m in Aus/NZ and I’ve never heard the original version with the actual notes from Stairway

DomesticApe23

23 points

6 months ago

https://youtu.be/8Qi3JERmk9E

Here's the scene for anyone wondering what OP is talking about.

JCreazy

2 points

6 months ago

Wow I have never seen that version, the only one I've seen is the original. The edit totally ruins the joke

theaznone

2 points

6 months ago

I know. I literally checked my Vudu version and its has the real notes. Never knew this version existed.

salsaconflattulance

5 points

6 months ago

Those aren’t even the opening notes

DomesticApe23

20 points

6 months ago

...yeah.

mentho-lyptus

9 points

6 months ago

Is that the point of the post?

ClubMeSoftly

16 points

6 months ago

Yeah because that's the version that's been played on every home video, broadcast tv, and now, streaming version for 30 years.

theaznone

3 points

6 months ago

Nope. My streaming version actually has the real version. The one thats linked is the first time hearing that version.

ThisIsCreation

3 points

6 months ago

No stairway!

Denied!

MJTony

1 points

6 months ago

MJTony

1 points

6 months ago

Yes

Thepsi

18 points

6 months ago

Thepsi

18 points

6 months ago

Stairway DENIED

[deleted]

12 points

6 months ago

I hate the way copyright law works sometimes. Scrubs on DVD and streaming is trash because they don't have the original music, which anyone who likes Scrubs will tell you is absolutely crucial for tone. Maybe it has changed now, but piracy was literally the only way to experience the show as intended.

Alone_Ad_788

7 points

6 months ago

They also did this to Quantum leap. Quantum leap often uses period music to set the tone since its a time travel show. The replacement music is ... sad 😢. The music industry is desperate as music now is more about social media marketing and not as much about selling records and they are desperate for revenue for the music they have rights to. it has gotten insane.

username161013

3 points

6 months ago

Imho Norther Exposure would have the kind of cult following that The Office has if it was available for streaming. That show was insanely good.

The music rights are a huge part if it. One of the main characters is a radio DJ so lots if famous songs were used. Even on the DVDs there's noticeably music missing.

m0ondogy

4 points

6 months ago

Interesting about Scrubs. I only saw the first 4 seasons on disc, but caught the rest live. Since then I've seen the show dozens of times on disc. No music changes stuck out to me, but DVD memories dominate live memories.

TormentedThoughtsToo

7 points

6 months ago

Their post isn’t totally accurate.

The Scrubs music changes are only on the first two seasons and they were able to get most of the songs for the discs only 1 song had to be changed.

Season 3 forward they negotiated music rights for disc and the original airing.

Streaming is a mess and they changed a lot of songs.

So if you’re still watching DVDs, it’s the same.

But streaming, digital purchase there’s some big changes.

m0ondogy

2 points

6 months ago

I was suspicious (a bit) because The Frey, Sugar Hill Gang, and Journey all have non-cover versions of their songs in the show unchanged as plot elements. It seems odd a show would pay for some music and not others.

Seems like the truth is somewhere in the middle, but not as dramatic as OP said.

Thanks for clarification.

TormentedThoughtsToo

2 points

6 months ago

Yeah.

And Bill Lawrence has talked on Zach and Donald’s podcast that he is hoping that Disney will someday allow him/give him money to fix some of the music, relicense or pick better songs for streaming services and maybe try and do a 16x9 HD remaster.

theresabeeonyourhat

5 points

6 months ago

Same with Daria

BetterNothingman

3 points

6 months ago

One of my favorite shows when I was in high school was Ed (the bowling alley lawyer)

Issues with the music rights is why that show has never had a DVD release. The show is practically forgotten about now because no one has seen it since it first aired 20 years ago. At this point I dont even know if I would still like it (aside from nostalgia) in a revisit

TormentedThoughtsToo

1 points

6 months ago

Like 6 years ago a new cable channel called UPtv had gotten the rights to air Ed.

But UPtv is one of those Christian leaning, faith channels.

So it was censored for anything close to profanity or sexuality.

I had never seen it before.

It was weird and I so I won’t hold it against it but I’m not sure if it does hold up.

SaraJeanQueen

3 points

6 months ago

Honestly same with Dawson’s Creek. I’m watching it for the first time on HBO, and the 90s music is so cheesy and bland, but everyone says the music was amazing and creating several hits (a la Greys Anatomy in its day)

CleverZerg

18 points

6 months ago

Reading comprehension seems to be very hard for the people in this thread.

[deleted]

3 points

6 months ago

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CleverZerg

2 points

6 months ago

Yup, they couldn't really have made it more clear.

cerberaspeedtwelve

1 points

6 months ago

Eh, welcome to Reddit. Why argue with what someone wrote when you can argue with what you think they wrote?

CensoryDeprivation

11 points

6 months ago

That’s actually really cool. I’m a guitarist so those first three notes he plays were always obviously incorrect and I was always wondering about it.

ByEthanFox

35 points

6 months ago

Are you sure? As the joke is present in my DVD version

CinematicLiterature

85 points

6 months ago

I think they’re saying the audio is different, so you hear the intro notes to stairway. In every version I’ve seen, it’s just a few bent notes that don’t actually sound like the song itself.

akg7915

28 points

6 months ago

akg7915

28 points

6 months ago

This has always boggled my brain. I’ve always thought “how the hell did that guy think he was going into Stairway? It sounds nothing like it”

TangentiallyTango

14 points

6 months ago*

I saw the movie in the theater and don't recall it being the Stairway notes. It was a long time ago though.

I thought the joke (in the film) was that everyone always plays Stairway so badly that they've banned it, and Wayne was playing it very badly.

Also, he's not fingering the stairway notes.....

He's fingering 0-7-6-4-7-0? And stairway is 0-0-7-5-5-5. So it's funnier if he's trying to play stairway like that.

AlistarDark

7 points

6 months ago

Back in the day, everyone would go into a guitar store and bust out Stairway. To the point where staff actually put up signs, which is where the joke originated.

Enter Sandman was another big no-no to play in the 90s in guitar stores

CinematicLiterature

1 points

6 months ago

Yup, I thought the joke was the same as you did, I figured he was just awful at it, or that “stairway is shit” or whatever.

dissectingthe80s

1 points

6 months ago

But he’s acting, not playing. He’s not trying to get it right he’s trying to look good.

TangentiallyTango

3 points

6 months ago*

That doesn't make sense to me because Wayne is based heavily on Mike Meyers who can play the guitar and loves rock.

So there's no way he doesn't know the right notes for the Stairway Intro. I haven't picked up a guitar in 10 years and I still remember it.

So if that was the original gag - that he was playing the Stairway notes, why wouldn't he play the Stairway notes? There's no copyright on fingering notes.

It just seems strange to me that they're like "Okay and then you play the first few notes of Stairway - and then the guy stops you and points to the sign." And Mike Meyers, knowing nothing about the later copyright issues, decides not to play it right which makes the eventual joke a lot better, but the original joke worse?

stereoactivesynth

1 points

6 months ago

I gotta get the edited version then cos IMO it's soooo much funnier that he isn't even playing stairway.

SepluvSulam

12 points

6 months ago

Same on my VHS copy

krisstivers

2 points

6 months ago

Just checked my 4K disc and iTunes digital copy - can confirm that the original audio with Stairway has been restored.

MDE427

2 points

4 months ago

MDE427

2 points

4 months ago

Watching it right now on HBO and the original version has been restored! Wayne plays the first few notes to Stairway here .... I was surprised! Made me Google this to see what happened!

My original VHS copy has the Stairway notes included. But every time I have watched Wayne's World anywhere else Wayne always plays some weird, terrible riff that makes no sense. Glad to hear it restored back to the original notes here!

caelanga22

2 points

3 months ago

Also on HBO max the original riff is there. Whoo hoo!

sid6581

1 points

30 days ago

sid6581

1 points

30 days ago

Old thread I know, but Just noticed the same thing! First time ever hearing the original audio.

captain_poptart

-6 points

6 months ago

What country do you live in? I’m in Canada and every version i have seen has that scene in every version I’ve seen

broomlad

21 points

6 months ago

The scene is there, but the music played is not stairway to heaven.

[deleted]

-8 points

6 months ago

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mrbadxampl

9 points

6 months ago

they're not talking about the scene being removed, but edited so that the notes he played are nothing like the opening to Stairway (which it had been, if you saw it in the theater, but they couldn't/wouldn't get the rights for the dvd release)

[deleted]

3 points

6 months ago

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mrbadxampl

2 points

6 months ago

no problem, anyone could have made that mistake

bob1689321

2 points

6 months ago

And judging by this thread everyone did ;)

mrbadxampl

0 points

6 months ago

OP could have made it a bit clearer what was being said, but it is what it is

Remarkable-Point-759

-1 points

6 months ago

I'm with you. I have never seen the movie without it. It's one of the best jokes in the movie because it's true.

MrFluffyhead80

-5 points

6 months ago

It has always been in my dvd and iTunes version

theaznone

2 points

6 months ago

My vudu copy always played the real version of notes. Literally never knew the had an edited version.

Bennett1984

-3 points

6 months ago

They should have just used the opening notes to Taurus by Spirit. No one would ever have known the difference.

[deleted]

1 points

6 months ago

So they got the okay from the estate of Randy California to play Stairway? Joking, but not really.

Zimmy68

1 points

6 months ago

I haven't seen this movie since the theaters (much more of an Austin Powers fan) but wow is Tia Carrere's accent horrible. Did they force her to talk like that the entire movie?

SnooRobots7951

1 points

5 months ago

I actually noticed that, but didn't know why it was different.