Yesterday’s discussion of musicals and musical theatre left me with philosophical thoughts in my head, along with the echoing strains of Christian and Satine’s love theme (though, to be honest, that’s been stuck there since we recorded ‘Zach On Film’ Tuesday night.)  As earworms go, though, it’s better than the week and a half I spent with the Bonanza theme Shawshanking its way through my gray matter.  Themes seem to be a dying breed these days, as more and more shows give up on the opening in favor of more advertising space or something, but they still have the power to thrill.  A recent attempt to introduce a friend to the world of Super Sentai wasn’t exactly the screaming success I had hoped for, but damned if she didn’t enjoy singing the “Let’s go!  Let’s Gokaiger!” bit of the theme song.  Walk up to anyone in the know and say “Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state” and you’re likely to start yourself a sing-along, which both makes me happy and begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) knows that people say we Monkee around, but we’re too busy singin’ to put anybody down, asking: What’s your favorite theme tune in pop culture history?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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15 Comments

  1. SmarkingOut Adam
    June 14, 2013 at 11:40 am — Reply

    Even though I’m not a huge fan of the show (I enjoyed it, but am not constantly clamoring for its return), the theme to Firefly is often running through my head. Also, songs from both Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog and the first season of Flight of the Conchords are big favorites that get a lot of iPod playtime.

    • Rob
      June 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm — Reply

      Sing it with me now “Take my love take me land take me where I cannot stand…”

      • dante_marx
        June 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm — Reply

        Firefly is in my top five.

  2. RAM_evilspaceknight
    June 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    Ulysees 31, Stingray, Space 1999, Defenders of the Earth, Duck Tales and Cheers

    • June 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm — Reply

      “Duck Tales” – aWOOoooo

  3. Chris
    June 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    Transformers or course!

  4. Rob
    June 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    I like an orchestral score something with a bit of grandeur like Battlestar Galactica (original) or Game of Thrones.

  5. Gary
    June 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm — Reply

    Vader’s march

  6. Lee Goldberg
    June 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm — Reply

    Philistine from No More Heroes 2

  7. Ron
    June 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm — Reply
  8. B.V.K.
    June 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm — Reply

    Glass Shattered for Stone Cold Steve Austin. When you heard the glass shatter you knew business was about to pick up in the Attitude era.

  9. June 15, 2013 at 12:58 am — Reply

    Not sure if it counts since it is an occasional alternate ending theme, but “Girls in Trouble” from Dekaranger is one that I can’t seem to get out of my head. My goddaughter and I end up randomly starting to sing it all the time.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjw5jRCcfMg

    If my avatar isn’t obvious enough, both the Japanese and American themes for “Digimon Tamers” (Digimon season 3 in the US)
    Japanese – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se-2l5A2wu4
    English – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNPQU_HTPmw

    The opening theme to “Highlander: The Series” (“Princes of the Universe” by Queen).

    I could list so many more themes I like (Buffy, Firefly, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, etc) but I think those will do for now.

  10. Dave
    June 17, 2013 at 7:59 am — Reply

    It’s a toss-up between the themes to “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch.” You have to love a Sherwood Schwartz joint for recapping the entire show concept in the opening credits for new viewers.

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