/ TV show theme music
Just started watching S2 of "Succession" and while I quite enjoy the series I am absolutely hooked on the theme tune. Got me playing a few others on You Tube: favourites from recent shows are Westworld and The Leftovers, and from earlier, Band of Brothers.
I'm sure I've missed some good ones so..........?
Strangely enough I'm bingeing on the Gladiator soundtrack this morning. It's great but I thought there might be some techno mixes of it on YouTube and there are! They are dross though.
As an aside - the greatest TV to Techno remix around is surely Doctor Who by Orbital
For some reason the original 1980s MacGyver is insanely popular with YouTube acoustic guitar bedroom noodlers!
Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks is a thing of sublime beauty. The whole soundtrack is, actually, but you are asking only about main themes and I think it still stands up against most things. It's evocative and atmospheric but also melodious and works in isolation.
Taxi (The American one with Danny DeVito, which is Bob James' tune Angela)
Littlest Hobo (crap show great theme)
There have been two pieces of music, which I've loved and never been able to get. One was the on-ground cabin music on Pakistan International Airways domestic flights when I used to use them a lot in the early 90s; the music was traditional, very wistful and atmospheric and fitted perfectly with my feelings of poignancy and loneliness when I was on multi-week business trips, missing home but constantly inspired and astonished by what I was encountering in cities like Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar. I asked colleagues there if I could get the music and ended up with a collection of cassettes of "PIA cabin favourites" which were just a hash-up of the stuff you could hear if you plugged into the very rudimentary in-flight entertainment system.
The second was, unbelievably, the music to the Disney Cars video game, which my son used to play. It was a rolling C&W tune designed to be endlessly repeatable but it touched a nerve and although I got something similar by the same band (after a lot of searching) I never managed to download the original from the game.
There's a huge industry out there writing music for films, TV and games. BBC R3 even ran a short series recently where they played pieces written for computer games.
Out of Town
Sky at Night
World in Action
Barry Gray gets my vote, the man was a genius back in the day when TV producers could afford to use a proper orchestra for incidental music as well as the main theme. All those daft Gerry Anderson shows.
If I'm going to pick one of his, I think I'll skip the puppety ones and go with UFO. Fabulous bit of 1960's futuristic surf music.
More recent telly (and film) but sticking with the '60s musically - best old song dug up, dusted off and put back to work as a theme tune: Norma Tanega's "You're Dead"
> World in Action
> Some classics..
> Taxi (The American one with Danny DeVito, which is Bob James' tune Angela)
> Littlest Hobo (crap show great theme)
I'll throw barney Miller into the mix. required learning for Bass players of a certain age.
I'm with you on Band of Brothers, though you can hear some of the themes coming out in his earlier film scores, esp. Robin Hood.
When I was a student I rented a room in the house of a composer Patrick Gowers and his family. He'd just got a BAFTA for the score for Smiley's People and was starting work on scoring the Jeremy Brett ITV Sherlock Holmes series. My room was next to Patrick's study and the whole time I was was a student (a very long time!) my studies were accompanied by music being created. I once watched a whole Sherlock Holmes episode when it arrived, fully edited but with no music, and it made me realise just how much even a basic score adds to a tv or film watching experience!
Game of Thrones!
> Littlest Hobo (crap show great theme)
Great theme tune! Had it as my first non installed ringtone
> Sky at Night
does that count as TV theme music, given that it was borrowed from Sibelius?
Ooooh that's a good one!
Yeah love it!
Hawaiian 5 0 - the original and the remake
A couple more I've though of, largely inspired by other answers...
Snooker theme on BBC (Apparently a tune called "Drag Racer" by Doug Wood Band. No, I've never heard of them either)
Rhubarb and Custard
The Raccoons (end credits, Run With Us https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEkSzcGIfW0 )
I'd best stop now otherwise I'm going to go down a deep, deep nostalgia rabbit hole!
FRIENDS THEME SONG IS BEST FOREVER
> FRIENDS THEME SONG IS BEST FOREVER
Hmm, although on the radio this morning they played the whole "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" song, it raised a smile
Showing my age...
Z Cars (don't think I ever saw the programme - the music was the signal that it was bed time!)
and even though it's nicked from Janacek
Man in A Suitcase
and Public Eye had a cool jazz theme.
> Game of Thrones!
Was a big fan of the Honk Kong Fooey theme.
Flashing Blade has a good song as did Casey Jones from the same era.
Recently discovered the ballad of Paladin by Johnny Western which is brilliant.
The one that really got my blood up, Ski Sunday, already mentioned. But that was when they actually showed lots of skiing, the days of Klammer, Stenmark and Annemarie Moser.
I liked the old C4 Tour de France music, quite melancholic dance music. The new ITV4 TdF tune's OK, but the Giro one is appalling, so Euro kitsch it's almost good. But not quite.
It's hard to beat the Sopranos theme tune, but Narcos managed it, I think. So that's my pick, the perfect mix of desire, sophistication and death
I was expecting a link to the flashing blade!
I loved this one a bit more than Dr Who in the 70s Tomorrow's People.
Another that stuck with me again from the 70s was The Water Margin Duno why, I think because Chinese culture was en vogue and the Japanese art at the end.
Waking up as a toddler in the summer and hearing the banana splits was pure joy.
Twin Peaks - very classic
The recent Years and Years music is good too
> Ah yes, an extract from Nantucket Sleigh Ride by a group called Mountain. I once taped the album it's from; t
I'm pretty sure that the section they used for Weekend World was from the version on the live album "The Road goes Ever On".
The best TV theme tune of the 80s was, bar none, from The Equalizer, composed by Stewart Copeland.
Ski Sunday fans should get on YouTube and find the thing where someone has put it over the ski/motorbike chase from For Your Eyes Only. I don't think any editing has been done, it just HAPPENS to synch up almost perfectly.
Surprised no one has mentioned the Rockford files. I wasn't allowed to stay up and watch it as a kid, but could hear the theme tune from my room. Pretty sure that is what got me into trying to learn to play the harmonica around 30 years later.
The Fall Guy was another great theme tune - best watched with the accompanying stuntman footage.
> Howard’s Way?
Have you been listening to too much Radcliffe and Maconie on 6Music?!
Every time I bring Roquefort cheese to the table my friend starts up with
"Dah-dah--daddle-ah.......". Pretty cringeworthy.
> Every time I bring Roquefort cheese to the table my friend starts up with
> "Dah-dah--daddle-ah.......". Pretty cringeworthy.
Well it made me laugh anyway.
> Interesting as musicians to this day argue about the time signature of this tune.
Having listened to the Troggs Tape several times I 'm pretty sure Reg could have resolved the argument.
I'd never heard of this till now, googled it and it sounds amazing!!!
The south bank show (the early version)
and... True Blood (so good we bought the album)
Yup! Pretty down to earth stuff.
Black Beauty - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u5NgC4lZ8s
Robin of Sherwood - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNXMfRvEN28
Travelling man - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D1tXbmwYFs
The One Game - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-Sr8VGt09o
White horses by Jackie
> The Bill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pxOIEMODQg
> Interesting as musicians to this day argue about the time signature of this tune. And Golden Brown.
Seems like a pretty straight forward 7/4 to me, with a 3+4 feel. Pretty rad synth solo in there too. I'd forgotten how they managed to slip some jazz fusion into prime time tv in the 80s!
I have the "Mr Benn" theme as the alarm on my phone when it's time to leave the office.
Or Cagney and Lacey. One of my bass player pals at College did an arrangement of it!
Quietly waiting for someone to mention it. It’s really good
The Banana Splits
I still love the Fireball XL5 intro and song at the end and UFO is a classic, the show as well.
As a kid in the Sixties I loved the theme and titles for "This Week" which i think is Sibelius' Karelia Suite. Magnificent.
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Riding through The Glen ...
The Lone Ranger!
What about Dr Who and The Man from Uncle ?
Of course, as sometimes this is the first time people encounter the music. Otherwise you'd have to miss out The Onedin Line and The Apprentice!
Space 1999! Best credit sequence ever! Tomorrows World( uptempo bebop/birth of the school type jazz...nuts!). And lastly the gallery theme from Vision on.
Kevin Woods is now one month in to his attempt to climb all 282 Munros in a single winter season... So how's he been coping with the near constant storms?