Favourite guitar based theme tunes to TV shows/films.

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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 3544
    Bonanza.

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  • NeillNeill Frets: 858
    I'm surprised no-one has mentioned The Sweeeeenaaaay yet...



    And of course it wouldn't be the same without the Thames TV intro.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11689



    Neill said:
    I'EricTheWeary said:
    Neill said:
    This is another of my favourites - from the TV show "Angels".



    There's a few versions of the tune on YT but this is the version I remember.

    If we talk about old TV shows in the Weary household that was very much a favourite of MrsTheWeary. She's a Brummy nurse ( probably a trainee at the time)and that was about nurses in Birmingham so she could relate. I used to watch it a bit and once saw a bunch of the cast walking around the Mander shopping centre in Wolverhampton which seemed quite exciting at the time. 

    One of the cast was Pauline Quirke who had hosted her own show ( bear with) Pauline's Quirkes which had a resident band Flintlock. As well as featuring comedian Sarah Pascoe's future dad on vocals they used to do a little play on song at the start of the show which just about fits the category here... ( FF to 33 seconds)….    

       

    Derek Pascoe went on to become a well respected jazz saxophonist did he not?  No indication of that destiny in the TV clip, but you can see the resemblance to his more famous daughter.

    That show must have been a Thames TV only thing, I don't remember it at all.  There were definitely some advantages to living in the North back then..
    I remember it in the West Midlands ( on ATV). 

    Nitefly said:
    Bonanza.

    I was going to say that but the instrument on the original is so plinky plonky that I wasn’t 100% sure it is guitar. 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10190
    Derek Pascoe went on to become a well respected jazz saxophonist did he not?  No indication of that destiny in the TV clip, but you can see the resemblance to his more famous daughter.

    That show must have been a Thames TV only thing, I don't remember it at all.  There were definitely some advantages to living in the North back then..
    I remember it in the West Midlands ( on ATV). 

    We had it on HTV Wales too.  Maybe it was only the North which didn't show it!
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 858
    Philly_Q said:
    Derek Pascoe went on to become a well respected jazz saxophonist did he not?  No indication of that destiny in the TV clip, but you can see the resemblance to his more famous daughter.

    That show must have been a Thames TV only thing, I don't remember it at all.  There were definitely some advantages to living in the North back then..
    I remember it in the West Midlands ( on ATV). 

    We had it on HTV Wales too.  Maybe it was only the North which didn't show it!
    Maybe YTV did show it and I have just erased it from my memory...
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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 6894
    The correct answer is, of course, Paris Texas closely followed by Dead Man (the Jim Jarmusch one that is).
    I play guitar because I enjoy it rather than because I’m any good at it
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11689
    Neill said:
    Philly_Q said:
    Derek Pascoe went on to become a well respected jazz saxophonist did he not?  No indication of that destiny in the TV clip, but you can see the resemblance to his more famous daughter.

    That show must have been a Thames TV only thing, I don't remember it at all.  There were definitely some advantages to living in the North back then..
    I remember it in the West Midlands ( on ATV). 

    We had it on HTV Wales too.  Maybe it was only the North which didn't show it!
    Maybe YTV did show it and I have just erased it from my memory...
    I think there was only one series in 1976 so I’m surprised anyone remembers it but it always stuck in my memory for some reason. Maybe it was the novelty of a drummer speaking ( IIRC he turned up later in The Tomorrow People). 
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10190
    Neill said:
    Philly_Q said:
    Derek Pascoe went on to become a well respected jazz saxophonist did he not?  No indication of that destiny in the TV clip, but you can see the resemblance to his more famous daughter.

    That show must have been a Thames TV only thing, I don't remember it at all.  There were definitely some advantages to living in the North back then..
    I remember it in the West Midlands ( on ATV). 

    We had it on HTV Wales too.  Maybe it was only the North which didn't show it!
    Maybe YTV did show it and I have just erased it from my memory...
    I think there was only one series in 1976 so I’m surprised anyone remembers it but it always stuck in my memory for some reason. Maybe it was the novelty of a drummer speaking ( IIRC he turned up later in The Tomorrow People). 
    I think I remember it  for two reasons:
    • The novelty of someone so young having her own series, it seemed so unusual.  Still does.
    • The Flintlock connection.  I'd have had no idea who they were, except my sister used to buy a magazine called "Oh Boy" which seemed to feature them constantly - she always said she didn't like them but I think that's why we ended up with Pauline's Quirkes on every week.  And then Mike Holoway was on The Tomorrow People.
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 2571
    What about the guitar part for blackadder or ren and stimpy?
    Yep. Ren and Stimpy for me too

    https://youtu.be/OHPmI8x72Rk

    I forgot how good it was 

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • HaychHaych Frets: 2255
    Hardcastle and McCormick?

    I'll be glad when the winter comes and it starts to warm up a bit.

    Bit of trading feedback here.

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  • proggyproggy Frets: 3904

    As far as cartoons go, Jamie and the magic torch had pretty cool music.

    And psychedelic art.

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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 5438
    Redlester said:

    Roobarb and Custard has the nastiest fuzz tone ever and is a great tune. 


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    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11689
    Jalapeno said:
    Redlester said:

    Roobarb and Custard has the nastiest fuzz tone ever and is a great tune. 


    This (WISd)

    I did sort of learn it once and was fairly sure from my googling that it isn't a guitar, it's a Moog synth through pedals. Written by Johnny Hawksworth who did all sorts of interesting things

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Hawksworth


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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 10190
    Jalapeno said:
    Redlester said:

    Roobarb and Custard has the nastiest fuzz tone ever and is a great tune. 


    This (WISd)

    I did sort of learn it once and was fairly sure from my googling that it isn't a guitar, it's a Moog synth through pedals. Written by Johnny Hawksworth who did all sorts of interesting things

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Hawksworth

    I'm going to be really pedantic and say the show was called Roobarb, not Roobarb and Custard.

    I've been saying that for 45 years but since 95% of the people who remember the show at all think it was Roobarb and Custard, I feel like I've become wrong due to the illusory truth effect....
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  • randellarandella Frets: 2784
    I found out recently that Drag Racer - the snooker theme - was a bit of library music written by a Canadian who had no idea what snooker was. It's quite a funny story.

    Speaking of library music, no love for Alan Hawkshaw yet?



    Not a TV theme, but he also wrote this (not-really-guitar-based-either) stone-cold classic which has been sampled a few times:



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  • NeillNeill Frets: 858
    Nope - original themes only please.
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  • AlexCAlexC Frets: 2390
    I’ve got an album which is the OST to Frankie’s House by Jeff Beck and Jed Lieber (Jerry Lieber’s son, I believe). Never seen the original mini-series, which was about a War Photographer in Vietnam, but the music’s great.
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  • randellarandella Frets: 2784
    Neill said:
    I'm surprised no-one has mentioned The Sweeeeenaaaay yet...


    And of course it wouldn't be the same without the Thames TV intro.
    "Who the hell are you?"
    "We're the Sweeney son, and we haven't had any dinner."

    Not just the theme, but the incidental music was generally brilliant too.
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 858
    randella said:
    I found out recently that Drag Racer - the snooker theme - was a bit of library music written by a Canadian who had no idea what snooker was. It's quite a funny story.

    Speaking of library music, no love for Alan Hawkshaw yet?



    Not a TV theme, but he also wrote this (not-really-guitar-based-either) stone-cold classic which has been sampled a few times:



    I suppose going by my original post library music shouldn't qualify as outside the "dedicated compositions" criteria.  But it's hard to know sometimes.

    What I was trying (and failing) to avoid was existing well known rocks songs/tunes that have simply been cut and pasted into film and TV shows - there are legions of them and it's not very interesting.
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  • randellarandella Frets: 2784
    edited April 16
    Neill said:
    I suppose going by my original post library music shouldn't qualify as outside the "dedicated compositions" criteria.  But it's hard to know sometimes.

    What I was trying (and failing) to avoid was existing well known rocks songs/tunes that have simply been cut and pasted into film and TV shows - there are legions of them and it's not very interesting.
    It's murky because you get the feeling a lot of TV themes work this way - someone finds a tune in a library. Unless you're Dennis Waterman and your contract stipulates that you sing the theme .

    Films are a little different I guess, bigger budgets and higher profiles (various Bond themes by a different artist every time).

    Have we had Henry Mancini yet? Pretty sure the Pink Panther theme was a one-off for the film. Possibly Peter Gunn too...?

    Struggling to think of guitars specifically though. This is hard!
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11689
    Philly_Q said:
    Jalapeno said:
    Redlester said:

    Roobarb and Custard has the nastiest fuzz tone ever and is a great tune. 


    This (WISd)

    I did sort of learn it once and was fairly sure from my googling that it isn't a guitar, it's a Moog synth through pedals. Written by Johnny Hawksworth who did all sorts of interesting things

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Hawksworth

    I'm going to be really pedantic and say the show was called Roobarb, not Roobarb and Custard.

    I've been saying that for 45 years but since 95% of the people who remember the show at all think it was Roobarb and Custard, I feel like I've become wrong due to the illusory truth effect....
    Although the later follow up series was Roobarb and Custard Too. Which is neither but maybe some justification for calling it Roobarb and Custard? 
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  • 545454545454 Frets: 138
    What about the guitar part for blackadder or ren and stimpy?
    +1 for Ren & Stimpy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHPmI8x72Rk
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 858
    Philly_Q said:
    Jalapeno said:
    Redlester said:

    Roobarb and Custard has the nastiest fuzz tone ever and is a great tune. 


    This (WISd)

    I did sort of learn it once and was fairly sure from my googling that it isn't a guitar, it's a Moog synth through pedals. Written by Johnny Hawksworth who did all sorts of interesting things

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Hawksworth

    I'm going to be really pedantic and say the show was called Roobarb, not Roobarb and Custard.

    I've been saying that for 45 years but since 95% of the people who remember the show at all think it was Roobarb and Custard, I feel like I've become wrong due to the illusory truth effect....
    I know how you feel.  I'm sick of reminding people that "Emmerdale" was originally titled "Emmerdale Farm".  So when I remark that, for example, Lesley Manville used to be in Emmerdale Farm, I mean she used to be in EMMERDALE FARM, not "Emmerdale". 

         


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  • randellarandella Frets: 2784
    edited April 16
    Ooh ooh got one!

    Mike Judge wrote it apparently, as well as the programme in which he did all the voices. Quite the Dave Grohl work ethic.



    EDIT - and it was mentioned on page one. Never mind. I'm out. :)
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11689
    randella said:
    I found out recently that Drag Racer - the snooker theme - was a bit of library music written by a Canadian who had no idea what snooker was. It's quite a funny story.

    Speaking of library music, no love for Alan Hawkshaw yet?



    Not a TV theme, but he also wrote this (not-really-guitar-based-either) stone-cold classic which has been sampled a few times:



    The Grange Hill theme also used for the TV show Give Us A Clue for a while. I don't know if being used for two shows is unique but it is unusual. 

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  • NeillNeill Frets: 858

    The Grange Hill theme also used for the TV show Give Us A Clue for a while. I don't know if being used for two shows is unique but it is unusual. 

    Ah, that would be the show featuring "mime master" Lionel Blair.


    Who could forget the relish in his eyes as he got stuck into Howard's End..

    Or when he received Free Willy from Michael Parkinson..
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