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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 28 July 2003 11:02 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Different Strokes" ... can there be a better TV theme song in history? the words are inane, but it's the soaring soul vocal that gets me.

"Now, the world don't move to the beat of just one drum,
What might be right for you, may not be right for some.
A man is born, he's a man of means.
Then along come two, they got nothing but their jeans.

But they got, Diff'rent Strokes.
It takes, Diff'rent Strokes.
It takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world."

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posted 29 July 2003 03:37 AM      Profile for West Coast Lefty     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"What you talkin' 'bout Wizard?" That was a good theme song. What a curse on the cast though - Todd Bridges and Dana Plato went to jail IIRC, Gary Coleman had all sorts of legal disputes with his family...any dirt on Mr. Drummond?

But the best soul/gospel TV theme song has to be "The Jeffersons" (forgive the lyric errors below - can somebody on babble give us the full correct lyrics and as a bonus, who sang the theme song?)

"Moving up to the big leagues
Gettin' our turn at bat
Some sweet things, for you and me honey,
Ain't nothing wrong with that.

'Cause we're moving on up, to the East Side
To a deluxe apartment in the sky
Yes, we're moving on up, moving on up
We finally got our piece of the pie!!!"

I never really got into that show but the song has stayed with me all this time. Now, for a cool theme song AND an incredible TV sitcom...

"Baby, did you ever wonder
Wonder whatever became of me?
I'm living on the air in Cincinnati
Cincinnati - WKRP

Got kinda tired of packing and unpacking
Town to town, up and down the dial
Baby you and me were never meant to be
Just maybe think of me once in a while

I'm at WKRP in Cincinnati..."

What a show! Great writing and acting, super cast of characters ("Dr. Johnny Fever" "Herb Tarlek" "Les Nessman"), pretty subversive themes for the late '70s and early '80s, and of course, Loni Anderson and Jan Smithers definitely helped me get through puberty along with countless other teenage boys

PLUS, remember the closing WKRP theme song, i.e. the hard rock tune with the screaming lyrics? I spent hours as a kid trying to figure out what they were saying, with no success, and finally learned just recently from another web site that there were NO WORDS to the song, the singer was just screaming gibberish but it sounded great! How cool is that?

As you can tell, I was one of those "raised by TV" kids, but I'm all grown up now...honest

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posted 29 July 2003 04:30 AM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
These, of course, just have to be here:

quote:
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.

The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The Minnow would be lost, the Minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan
The Skipper too,
The millionaire and his wife,
The movie star
The professor and Mary Ann,
Here on Gilligan's Isle.


AND...

quote:
Here's the story of a lovely lady
Who was bringing up three very lovely girls.
All of them had hair of gold, like their mother,
The youngest one in curls.

Here's the story, of a man named Brady,
Who was busy with three boys of his own,
They were four men, living all together,
Yet they were all alone.

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.
The Brady Bunch, the Brady Bunch
That's the way we all became the Brady Bunch.


Two of the worst fuggin' shows in the history of creation, but is there anybody who can't sing along to their theme songs by heart?

PS: just for you, Lefty:

quote:
Fish don't fry in the kitchen;
Beans don't burn on the grill.
Took a whole lotta tryin'
Just to get up that hill.
Now we're up in the big leagues
Gettin' our turn at bat.
As long as we live, it's you and me baby
There ain't nothin wrong with that.

Well we're movin' on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin' on up
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.


- performed by Jeff Barry and Ja'net Dubois


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skdadl
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posted 29 July 2003 09:58 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Rollin' rollin' rollin'
Though the streams are swollen
Keep them dogies rollin'
Rawhide!

Drat. Where is oldgoat when I really need him? The Rawhide theme was definitely one of the greats, but I can never remember all the words or how many Rollin's to put in where.

Henry Mancini's theme for Peter Gunn -- brilliant.

The theme for John Cassavetes' show, Johnny Staccato. We were still getting real, if slightly commercialized, jazz in our TV themes in the early sixties.


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posted 29 July 2003 10:48 AM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There is but ONE theme song from the sixties, in fact both my sons have been sung to sleep with it since I don't know any lullabies:

In fact the lyrics were:
"[Baby's name], he's a baby,man
Does whatever a baby can.
Drinks his milk, takes a dump
Sucks a bottle dry, like a pump..."

quote:
Spider-man, Spider-man
Does whatever a spider can
Spins a web, any size
Catches thieves, just like flies
Look out! Here comes the Spider-man!

Is he strong? Listen, bud!
He's got radioactive blood
Can he swing from a thread?
Take a look overhead
Hey there, there goes the Spider-man!

In the chill of night, at the scene of a crime
Like a streak of light, he arrives just in time

Spider-man, Spider-man
Friendly neighborhood Spider-man
Wealth and fame, he's ignored
Action is his reward

To him, life is a great big gang-up
Wherever there's a hang-up
You'll find the Spider-man!



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skdadl
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posted 29 July 2003 10:57 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Humph. That must be after my time. Humph.

Heretic!


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posted 29 July 2003 11:17 AM      Profile for kuba walda        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
nah nah nah nah BATMAN
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Mandos
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posted 29 July 2003 11:19 AM      Profile for Mandos   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Transformers!
More than meets the eye!
The Transformers!
Robots in disguise!

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posted 29 July 2003 11:44 AM      Profile for rob.leblanc     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just the good ol' boys,
Never meanin' no harm,
Beats all you've ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born.
Straight'nin' the curve,
Flat'nin' the hills.
Someday the moutain 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 good ol' boys,
Wouldn't change if they could,
Fightin' the system like a true modern day Robin Hood.

Always a good song.......


Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day,
And suddenly make it all seem worth-while?
Well it's you girl and you should know it,
With each glance and every little movement,
You've shown it.
Love is all around no need to waste it.
You can have the time,
Why don't you take it?
You're gonna make it after all
You're gonna make it after all
*throws hat up in the air and freezes*

or something in my lifetime.....

Somethin' strange....in the neighbourhood,
Who you gonna call?
GHOSTBUSTERS! daDAdada

Somethin' weird...and it don't look good,
Who you gonna call?
GHOSTBUSTERS!

And due to memory loss and political incorrectness, I shall refrain from singing the theme to "Peewee's Playhouse"

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skdadl
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posted 29 July 2003 11:46 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Get your kicks
On Route Sixty-six.

Seventy-seven
Sunset Strip (snap snap)
Seventy-seven
Sunset Strip

(to be supplemented by : )

Kookie, Kookie,
Lend me your comb!

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'lance
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posted 29 July 2003 11:46 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Rollin' rollin' rollin'
Though the streams are swollen
Keep them dogies rollin'
Rawhide!

"Rain, wind and weather
Hell bent for leather
Wishin' my gal was by side...

My heart's calculatin'
My true love will be waitin'
Waitin' at the end of my line..."

Of course this was (ahem!) before my time. I know the lyrics only courtesy of the Blues Brothers...


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skdadl
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posted 29 July 2003 11:49 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ah. Google gave me the Dead Kennedys.

I do not think the original was done by a group called the Dead Kennedys. I think it would have been hard to form a group called the Dead Kennedys in the sixties and expect to live long. Even in Canada.


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'lance
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posted 29 July 2003 11:51 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, just so, skdadl. Especially as their best-known song was "Too Drunk to Fuck."
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posted 29 July 2003 11:54 AM      Profile for Secret Agent Style        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by 'lance:
Well, just so, skdadl. Especially as their best-known song was "Too Drunk to Fuck."

I'd say their best-known song is Holiday in Cambodia, followed by Nazi Punks Fuck Off.

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'lance
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posted 29 July 2003 11:59 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, OK -- best-known among fans, maybe. Perhaps I should have said "most notorious among people who know only the name of the band."
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skdadl
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posted 29 July 2003 11:59 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

I had this completely non-media period in the seventies. I see now how much I missed.


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'lance
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posted 29 July 2003 12:02 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Actually you could have been a media junkie in the 70s and still have missed the Dead Kennedys. (Or let's say the 80s, as their first album came out in 1980). For obvious reasons, they never got any radio airplay, outside of maybe campus radio.
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posted 29 July 2003 12:05 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, well, by the eighties I was respectable.
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posted 29 July 2003 12:24 PM      Profile for Scout     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was partial to California Über Alles. I can remember writing the DK logo all over my Kettle Creek pencil case which I had bleached.
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'lance
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posted 29 July 2003 12:26 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I really liked the Jello/Disposable Heroes version of that song.

Which, come to think of it, I no longer have. I lent my copy to a summer student at work, and he never returned it, the little bugger.


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posted 29 July 2003 12:29 PM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
There's a voice that keeps on calling me
Down the road is where I'll always be

Every stop I make, I'll make a new friend
Can't stay for long, just turn around and I'm gone again.

Maybe tomorrow, I'll want settle down,
Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

Down this road, that never seems to end,
Where new adventure, lies just around the bend.

So if you want to join me for a while
Just grab your hat, come travel light - that's hobo style.

Maybe tomorrow, I'll want settle down,
Until tomorrow, the whole world is my home.

So if you want to join me for a while
Just grab your hat, come travel light
That's hobo style.

Maybe tomorrow, I'll want settle down,
Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.




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posted 29 July 2003 12:56 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
a friend's girlfriend grew up in the village where "the littlest hobo" was filmed.

i was so shocked: they had about 8-9 dogs that played the role!

i wonder if they had stunt hobos.

and the singer of the "LH" theme song, he had to get inside the head of the dog, to sing as if he was just moving on ... man, what an artist.

that spiderman theme song rocks too. it's that "listen bud/radioactive blood" rhyme.

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posted 29 July 2003 01:10 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
i was so shocked: they had about 8-9 dogs that played the role!

Well, of course they did! Recall, if you will, the plots:

1. LH comes across a hand grenade left carelessly in his master's laundry hamper; recpgnising it instantaneously, and noting that the firing pin has been dislodged, he takes it in his teeth, runs to a quarry, and tosses it to the bottom: JUST IN TIME! He returns to be fussed over admiringly by the whole nuclear family.

2. LH finds an evil-looking man hiding in the barn
of his master's condo. He notes that the man has an Icelandic slogan tatoooed on his arm, and recalls the latest All-Points Bulletin about an Icelandic robber who has escaped from Kingston Pen. Racing to the copshop, he conveys the precise message to officer Doright, who says:
"I think he knows where the Icelandic bandit is holed, up, Chris!" The bandit is retaken into custody. There is general approbation bestowed on LH.

3. A deafmute hospital-ridden child wants only to meet his favorite sports hero before he dies, but is unable to convey his wish to his elders. LH looks into his eyes, pants, and JUST KNOWS what is required. HE races to the ballpark, makes telepathic contact with the player, who accompanies LH back to the hospital just in time.
While the player is consoling the child, LH becomes aware, from his medical contacts, that a cure for the illness has been devised, but is not yet on the market. He attends at the home of the physician who discovered the cure, and slips out the back window with the remedy. After saving the boy, he returns to admit his theft, but the doctor is convinced it was done for good purpose, and declines to press charges. Everyone pats the dog...fade out.

Now, my question is this: How could ONE dog be able to do all those things? You think it is easy maybe?


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posted 29 July 2003 01:35 PM      Profile for NP   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In the realm of purely musical themes, I think the Dallas theme song has no rivals.
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posted 29 July 2003 01:44 PM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Nuh-uh. Danger Bay.
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Alix
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posted 29 July 2003 02:36 PM      Profile for Alix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gee, I amazed at how much I missed out on by not having a TV until I was 16!

It's like those "You know you're a child of the eighties if...." emails I've gotten and almost nothing strikes an emotional chord.


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posted 29 July 2003 03:07 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Gee, I amazed at how much I missed out on by not having a TV until I was 16!

A variation on that theme: we didn't get cable TV till I was 15 (nor a colour set, incidentally, till I was 18 -- frugality, not poverty, was responsible for both, together with a lack of interest on the part of the parental units). So it was all local, i.e. Ottawa and area, channels for us -- 2 1/2 in English (reception on one was sketchy, though then again Global was pretty sketchy in those days), one in French.

At least Global, bless them, carried SCTV. Though absent any US channels, some of the SCTV references passed me in both lanes.


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posted 29 July 2003 03:18 PM      Profile for Alix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Cable is an even more recent experience for me! I finally had cable for the first time a little over a year ago. So there was a good period of bingeing there for a while, but now the novelty has (mostly) worn off.

My father remains staunchly opposed to getting cable, although the disappearance of Blue Jays games from the two channels they get is starting to wear him down.

I used to hate not having a TV when I was younger, but now I'm very glad my parents made that decision.


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posted 29 July 2003 03:21 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My wince-o-meter has been in the red zone pretty much this whole thread.
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posted 29 July 2003 03:26 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ah, c'mon, r_r, how can you not love the "Littlest Hobo" theme?

quote:
that spiderman theme song rocks too. it's that "listen bud/radioactive blood" rhyme.

It's musically pretty solid, too. Last year, when the Spiderman movie came out, I heard on CBC Radio a Charles Mingus tune which supposedly inspired the old TV theme music. So it has a pedigree.

Even though I was a solid Spiderman fan as a kid, I wasn't much interested in seeing the movie -- especially as rasmus_raven panned it. That aside, such interest as I'd had waned when I learned they didn't use the TV theme song, even as a joke somewhere.

Besides, some guy from Nickleback was involved in the soundtrack.


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posted 29 July 2003 03:27 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Excuse me, speaking as someone who was in an episode of the Littlest Hobo, I can tell you there were only five dogs.
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quote:
That aside, such interest as I'd had waned when I learned they didn't use the TV theme song, even as a joke somewhere.

Wait a second, they do use the Spiderman theme song in the movie, albeit briefly. A busker sings it at a subway entrance.


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posted 29 July 2003 03:33 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh.

Well I still don't think I'll bother renting it or anything. Brief shots I saw of the CGI animation didn't look that impressive, any more than stills from Hulk have. Like a lot of movie fans, effects that look like effects rub me the wrong way, somehow.


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posted 29 July 2003 03:35 PM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
that spiderman theme song rocks too. it's that "listen bud/radioactive blood" rhyme.

It's musically pretty solid, too. Last year, when the Spiderman movie came out, I heard on CBC Radio a Charles Mingus tune which supposedly inspired the old TV theme music. So it has a pedigree.


There were some great grooves as Spidey swung hand over hand from invisible rafters, the same piece of hallucinogenic scenery passing by again and again until a flourish of brass heralded a *wait for it*... Scene Change With Breathless Voiceover!!!

On the big budget episodes the characters' mouths would move!


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posted 29 July 2003 03:39 PM      Profile for Alix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I certainly didn't find any of the effects jarring, and I really liked Spider-Man. There's a shot at the very end of the movie that my partner swears comes directly from one of the Steve Ditko comic books, with Peter walking away from a group of people around a gravestone.

And I liked the Hulk too, except that the movie theatre we saw it in had the bulb turned down. My partner wasn't as thrilled with it. He thought there should have been more Hulk smashing.

But then, I'm a huge nerd.


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posted 29 July 2003 03:45 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
On the big budget episodes the characters' mouths would move!

Oh man. Watching that cartoon these days really sets off my wince-o-meter. The animation seemed to improve with time, but not much.

My favourite part was when the production company used plots, backgrounds, and villains in both Spider-Man and Rocket Robin Hood.

"Climb the Stairway of Mystery... cross the Threshold of Reality... and enter the Realm of Dimentia [Dementia?] Five!!!"

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posted 29 July 2003 03:49 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The theme song to "Sanford & Son" is a minor jazz classic. I've actually heard it on CJRT a few times. Fans of King of the Hill will recognise the theme because Sanford & Son is Dale's favourite tv show and while the name of the show is never mentioned the theme song plays whenever Dale's watching TV such as in the "bounty hunter" episode.
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As the credits roll on the Spiderman movie, the Ramones version of TV's Spiderman theme plays in the background, for a time. That makes the movie worthwhile, IMHO. But, of course, I will always be a geek, so my opinion is biased.
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posted 29 July 2003 03:57 PM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
"Climb the Stairway of Mystery... cross the Threshold of Reality... and enter the Realm of Dimentia [Dementia?] Five!!!"

Hey! That was my favourite RRH episode! I should never have watched RRH as an adult! I had to buy a new wince-o-meter after that. 'course I had thought that it was animation, silly moi.
I like the little electric guitar riff in the new Spiderman theme.

The movie's OK (for real torture, watch the 1977 version. Woody Allen's more buff than the guy they had playing Spidey!), but I have a high tolerance for cheesy special effects. Ray Harryhausen rules!

Edited to add:

From the 1970's:

Barney Miller Theme, oh yeah, baby!!!!

and the classic:

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Boy the way Glen Miller played, songs that made the hit parade, guys like us we had it made, those were the days, and you know where you were then, girls were girls and men were men, mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again, didn't need no welfare states everybody pulled his weight, gee our old Lasalle ran great, those were the days!"

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Delia Derbyshire died recently. She was the main force behind the BBC Radiophonic Workshop that was responsible for a number of the more techy BBC theme songs (Derbyshire herself originated the Doctor Who theme as well as the sound effect for the TARDIS dematerialising).
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posted 29 July 2003 05:17 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Och, weel. If we're gwanna do the Britcoms and, even better, the Britmysteries ...

Excuse moi while I call up my evil Napster download of Barrington Pheloung's theme for the Morse mysteries -- ah, there it goes, dit dit dot, dit dit dot ...

Has anyone else ever heard that the violin Morse code was altered for each episode, to spell out the name of the villain?

It is such a splendid piece of music. *transcendent smiley*


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Then there's the Sherlock Holmes theme which I believe is actually from a Shostokovich piece.
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The theme for P.D. James's Adam Dalgleish series runs a close second, of course.

And then there was the wonderful Glasgow forensic-investigators mystery, name of hero/actor escaping moi at the moment -- their theme was unbeatable: great singer (again, no name, which drives me bananas) delivered "Cry Me a River" in raw contralto, while camera swept up a nighttime twinkling Clydeside. Stunning.


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posted 29 July 2003 05:27 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Excuse moi while I call up my evil Napster download of Barrington Pheloung's theme for the Morse mysteries -- ah, there it goes, dit dit dot, dit dit dot ...

Has anyone else ever heard that the violin Morse code was altered for each episode, to spell out the name of the villain?

It is such a splendid piece of music. *transcendent smiley*


I love Morse. I still haven't seen the last-ever episode, and mean to rent it one day.

Did you see, skdadl, a British series called The Glass, starring John Thaw? It just ran Sunday nights on Bravo or something -- two one-hour episodes per Sunday for three weeks. Wonderful, devastating stuff. Also the first time I'd seen Thaw play anyone other than a copper.


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oxford must be an ultra-violent place with all those murders that morse and lewis have to solve.

those dementia five episodes of spiderman were very weird to a child of 9. doorknobs turning into hands that pull him uncontrollably into a different dimension? the only thing more scary would be spock with a goatee.

i'm glad someone mentioned dr. who. from the biographies in the papers at the time, she was a true TV sound pioneer.


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oxford must be an ultra-violent place with all those murders that morse and lewis have to solve.

I Read Somewhere(tm) that someone had calculated the murder rate in whatever sleepy little rustic area Miss Marple lives in to be higher than that of [insert violent city of choice here].


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