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#1 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:17 PM

As I was starting this thread, the suggestion box showed this one, but I guess it's too old to resurrect:

http://www.dbstalk.c...p?t=2495&page=2

Anyway, as WKRP was coming on, I began to remember some of the old ones. Among those that are running again:

Remington Steele
Newhart
Adam-12
Dragnet
The Virginian
Hawaii Five-0


Some others that come to mind:

Welcome Back Kotter
Gilligan's Island
The Addams Family
I Spy
Mission Impossible
Miami Vice

And sooooooooo many others that anybody over 40 can probably hum or sing.

With today's 'time is money' compression thinking, many shows don't really have opening themes any more. Those that do are much shorter than the old days.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:22 PM

First one that came to mind for me was Cagney & Lacy......

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:24 PM

Mike Post themes like Doogie Howser come to mind for me, as well as Airwolf.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:26 PM

St. Elsewhere

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (Stacy Keach version)
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:37 PM

SWAT & Emergency both come immediately to mind.

Branded and Dennis the Menace if we want to go back even further.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:48 PM

Reading the title of the thread, the first theme that came to mind was "The Brady Bunch" ... and then Gilligan's Island, etc. Most of the themes were stories that explained the premise of the show. The first modern wordy theme that comes to mind is The Big Bang Theory. Not explaining the premise of the show but it does set the mood. Craig Ferguson has a nice theme song - "you can always sleep through work tomorrow".

Some of the current shows don't have themes "Whitney" seems to have a chord as the opening theme (similar to modern movies that have no credits at the beginning). That wakes another nostalgia ... do you remember when movies started with credits - the title, producers and a list of stars and ended with "the end" and nothing else? Most modern movies reverse that.

There are also TV shows that have themes with words where they never or only rarely share the lyric. The theme for Chuck has decent lyrics.

Back in the old days there were themes with no lyrics ... and fortunately one theme where they didn't sing the lyrics:

Beyond - The rim of the star-light
My love - Is wand'ring in star-flight
I know - He'll find in star-clustered reaches
Love, - Strange love a star woman teaches.
I know - His journey ends never
His star trek - Will go on forever.
But tell him -While he wanders his starry sea
Remember, remember me.



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

Hill Street Blues -- classic Mike Post

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:11 PM

Another show that used the movie theme music but never sang the lyrics was the M.A.S.H. theme Suicide Is Painless.

Through early morning fog i see visions of the things to be
The pains that are withheld for me i realize and i can see . . .
That suicide is painless it brings on many changes
And i can take or leave it if i please.

I try to find a way to make all our little joys relate
Without that ever-present hate but now i know that it’s too late,

And . . .that suicide is painless it brings on many changes
And i can take or leave it if i please.

The game of life is hard to play. i’m gonna lose it anyway.

The losing card i’ll someday lay so this is all i have to say.

That suicide is painless it brings on many changes
And i can take or leave it if i please.

The only way to win is cheat and lay it down before i’m beat,

And to another give my seat for that’s the only painless feat.

That suicide is painless it brings on many changes
And i can take or leave it if i please.

The sword of time will pierce our skins it doesn’t hurt when it begins

But as it works its way on in the pain grows stronger . . . watch it grin, but . . .
That suicide is painless it brings on many changes
And i can take or leave it if i please.

A brave man once requested me to answer questions that are key
'is it to be or not to be' and i replied 'oh why ask me?'
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:19 PM

And sooooooooo many others that anybody over 40 can probably hum or sing.

I'll be over 40 next week. ;)

All of the ones listed here.

And:

Bionic Woman
Cannon
CHiPs
Police Story
Police Woman
Six Million Dollar Man
Streets of San Francisco

There are many more I can't think of right now. I think theres a website somewhere that has them all available.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:49 PM

Just two good ole boy's.....

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:52 PM

Just two good ole boy's.....


Perhaps you mean "Just'a good ole boys"?

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:53 PM

HR Pufnstuf (sang it with my kids just two weeks ago).

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:54 PM

With today's 'time is money' compression thinking, many shows don't really have opening themes any more. Those that do are much shorter than the old days.


The funny thing is that I wouldn't know whether they do or not, as I almost always zip through them anyway.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:04 AM

The classic themes like Archie and Edith singing "Those were the Days"....

It is different today. But before you write off today's theme music, stop and listen to:
But the really neat one is for Blue Bloods - "Reagan's Theme" by Rob Simonsen who says:

This was a fun little bit to do. Always challenging to try to say something musical that feels somewhat complete in 19 seconds. But it gave me a chance to give a nod to some of the classic tv themes that I heard growing up.

He's right, it does feel that way.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:02 AM

I have a pair of CD's released by TeeVee Toons titled "Television's Greatest Hits" and "Television's Greatest Hits volume II". Each disc contains 65 themes from a variety of TV shows. Very nostalgic.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:16 AM

Nobody can touch these two Leonard Rosenman gems:

"The Defenders"
"Ben Casey"

Both incredible works of art. Leonard scored films like "East of Eden" and "Rebel Without a Cause" and was James Dean's roommate for a time. I met him for lunch one day and got to thank him for those immortal themes, wonderful man.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:07 AM

The mention of 'Cannon' above reminded me of 'Mannix'

'Get Smart'

'Combat!'
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:12 AM

Just two good ole boy's.....

Perhaps you mean "Just'a good ole boys"?

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Never meanin' no harm,
Beats all you've never saw, been in trouble with the law
since the day they was born.

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Flat'nin' the hills.
Someday the mountain might get 'em,
but the law never will.

Makin' their way, The only way they know how,
That's just a little bit more than the law will allow.

Just the good ol' boys,
Wouldn't change if they could,
Fightin' the system like a true modern day Robin Hood.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:49 AM

Let's not forget the one of the most recognizable TV Themes. The original Dallas! Da, da da, da.. dadadada, da da da da daaaaaaa. :) Watching Dallas use to be a family affair. Though, at the time, I didn't realize JR use to have a Genie :D

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:47 AM

[I]Just the good ol' boys,
Never meanin' no harm,
Beats all you've never saw, been in trouble with the law
since the day they was born....


Guess it depends on the website:


Just'a good ol' boys
Never meanin' no harm.
Beats all you never saw
Been in trouble with the law
Since the day they was born..

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