leave your inhibitions at the door
As you read this, we are currently relocating Hedonist Headquarters from our small, quaint shanty to a slightly larger quaint shanty. Let me summarize how we feel about the whole process – moving SUCKS. Sure it’s nice to have a fresh start, but all the packing and deciding what stays, gets moved, or gets donated (either to a charity or dumpster) is really exhausting. Then there’s the actual schlepping. We hired movers, but it’s still hell.
As always, music has helped me keep my sanity and fueled our late night packing. One song that kept going through my mind was one of the greatest television theme songs of all time:
It got me thinking whether there are really good theme songs currently on television. Admittedly, I don’t watch a whole lot of TV, but it’s easy enough to see that the current theme song landscape is a pretty sad state of affairs. Usually, all you get is an instrumental track over a montage of images from the show. But there are many shows that don’t even have that. Two of the greatest shows in recent history were Lost and 24. There was no music at all – just the show logo on the screen. Even Glee, a show that’s all about music, only has a 3-second jingle.
Going back a little further, I can think of a few shows that had actual songs with vocals. Gilmore Girls used Carole King’s “Where You Lead” and Party of Five featured the BoDeans’ “Closer to Free.” And who can forget this one:
But I doubt those songs were written specifically for the show. And they could’ve been used on any other sitcom and no one could tell the difference. It used to be that theme songs gave you background into what the show’s about. Like this:
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.
The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.
– from Gilligan’s Island
or how about this one:
… Till the one day when the lady met this fellow
And they knew it was much more than a hunch,
That this group would somehow form a family.
That’s the way we all became the Brady Bunch.
– from The Brady Bunch (duh)
Now, it’s nothing… I understand that it costs money to pay someone to write it and perform it, plus the whole hassle of royalties. But that’s nothing compared to what’s being spent these days on actors’ salaries, sets, and special effects. I think that a great theme song will help a show get popular and get in syndication. At very least, the song will go viral and people will be interested in what the show is. But what do I know, I’m just a food and drink blogger.
Here are some of my favorite old-school theme songs:
Welcome Back, Kotter
old school tv
Chico and the Man
What were some of your favorite theme songs? Are there any really good theme songs out now that I don’t know about?
(Cover photo of Love Boat Theme from fontsinuse.com)