I was a musician once upon a time and have always had a special appreciation for instrumental music,mostly progressive rock,but there is a subgenre of music that gets overlooked a lot...themesongs.
I think part of the reason is we only get about 1 and a half minutes and then the show starts...or a commercial blares in.But if you ever get to hear the extended versions,some of them are incredible.It dosnt hurt if just hearing the first few note conjures up warm fuzzies from the past or lets you know something good is about to happen.
Some of my favorites are...
Voyage to the bottom of the sea...moody,dramatic and really fit the show.
Space 1999...wow,mega jumping bass,pseudo porn track guitar alternating with blaring horns and strings...too freakin' cool.
Mission Impossible...inyer face bassline,jazzy flute,big horns...KAT cool man.
Monty Pythons flying circus...wth!?...this is some countries national anthem,they played it every morning while my flight marched by in the morning(EARLY in the morning) while I was in bootcamp.We got in trouble EVERY morning for laughing as we went by...guess the DI wasnt a PBS viewer.
Peter Gunn...many a stripper twirled her tassles to this one...its just plain raunchy.
Red Dwarf...hard to picture this song with a scifi show...til you know the story about Lister's plans for life after the space corp."goldfish shoals nibbling at my toes"
Lost in Space...spectacular John Williams.There were 2 of them and both were great.
Dr. Who...weeeeiiiiiiiirrrrrrrd man.
Buck Rogers in the 25th century...show was silly but the theme was terrific.(WILMA DEARING! oh my!)SouthPark did a hilarious take on the whole opening montage with Cartman...you gotta see it if you were even a minor Buck Rogers fan.
James Bond...the main theme is truly iconic and 2 of the movie title themes were among my favs...You only live twice,and Tomorrow never dies.
So what are some of you favorites?
a free place to hear some...quality fair but I bet you could find much better...mine are from cd's. http://www.televisiontunes.com/index.php
Fast became a modern classic by the Master Quincy Jones Keila!
Go deeper into this great composer's past work, your ears'll love you for it.
But a fast tid-bit. Quincy Jones when to junior high school with Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee!
My all-time fave....The Persuaders ...
I have that one...not familiar with the others.
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Here ya go, I.R.
Sandbaggers (MI5 I think): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSCmoSHlTwg
Star Cops: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8wDsrwV_k0
Don't forget "Mr. Lucky" and "Peter Gunn"
now let me go waaaaay back,
Howdy Doody (Tra-ra-ra-boom-di-a)
I Love Lucy
Burns and Allen (George M. Cohan's "Love Nest")
Dinah Shore (see the USA in your Chevrolet)
to name a few.
Can anyone here name any other composers who's music has meant as much to modern television and movies along with these legends?
If you can, add them to this list:
(Not in any order of importance or awards, this is just a humble opinion)
Too many movie soundtracks/scores that I love, to list here. I listen to Cinemagic on XM radio.
77 sunset strip
I dream of jeanie
the incredible hulk series with bill bixbie
and the aussie show "seachange"
Cool link! I had the soundtrack of "Days of Wine and Roses" when I was little, but didn't remember who composed it. I was also always partial to the music from "Fidler on the Roof", another of his compositions, as I just found out from your link. Lots of interesting info there. Thanks!
Theme from Twin Peaks - Angelo Baladamenti... heard it earlier and still a very haunting piece.
Simon and Simon plus it is from San Diego, though so was Hunter too.
Answer: Henry Mancini....
Conan The Barbarian http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZY2mRG5mzg
Fistful of Dollars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILB0yIn6jBg
the Imperial March from Star Wars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8
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