Covers of TV Theme Songs
The CD Exchange is alive and well. This year, skjam
took matters into his hands. The rules are... open. Anyone can pick a theme for their mix CD, and skjam
will act as an apa OE and distribute to anyone not going to Convergence.
So I decided to resurrect one of my favorite Shockwave Radio Theater recurring shows: Folk Songs for Yuppies: TV Theme Songs
. And not just the themes (which, circa 1985 were nifty to play all by themselves) but covers
of tv theme songs. I may retire the "Folk Songs For Yuppies" tag, as that, too, seems passé. I don't really have a name yet. In any event, here is the current playlist. I'll probably tinker with it a little before the final burn. If you have any suggestions or other comments that will make this better, please let me know.comments in italics
1. Theme From The Addams Family
Frank Sinatra (Joey Gaynor) 2:50The Vic Mizzy lyrics sung ala "New York, New York" in Sinatra style
2. Gilligan's Island/Stairway
Little Roger and the Goosebumps 3:20Still one of my favorite parodies
3. Scooby Doo Theme
Tonic Sol-fa 2:05A faithful a cappella adaption
4. I Love Lucy Desi Arnaz
1:53He wrote the song, and sings it with the lyrics
5. Money For Nothing/Beverly Hlllbillies
Weird Al Yankovic 3:07
6. The Monkees
Benzedrine Monks Of Santo Domonica 3:05Plainsong...
7. The Monkees
Ray Stevens 3:12...oom pah
8. William Tell Overture
Brave Combo 3:38Polka
9. Hawaii 5-0 theme
Sammy Davis Jr. 2:08With lyrics
10. Song of a Six Million Dollar Man
The Nick Atoms 2:12To "The Son of a Preacher Man"
11. John Mellencamp's "Theme from 24"
Paul & Storm 1:44Not an actual theme, since "24" didn't have one, but show details to "Jack and Diane"
12. Spiderman tv theme
The Ramones 2:07
13. Making Our Dreams Come True (Theme From "Laverne And Shirley")
Those Darn Accordions 2:02
14. Pokemon theme
in Hungarian 1:03Brian Westley found this one (and a few others) on April Winchell's site, now gone
15. Mighty Mouse
Allen Toussaint Orchestra 2:02A surprisingly faithful version
16. The Woody Woodpecker Song
Danny Kaye 2:12
Michael Jackson (Jerrett Michaels) 2:43Done to "Billy Jean" ala Jackson
Johnny Cash 2:20Sung on the pilot episode, iirc
19. Lost In Space
The Nick Atoms 1:51The good, second, theme, done punk
20. Growing Pains
a cappella 1:00Another from the April Winchell site, and I don't know the artist
21. Theme From Rocky and Bullwinkle
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic 1:29These guys, especially Erik Lindgren, are really weird
22. George Of The Jungle
Weird Al Yankovic 1:05I almost don't include this as a cover, since it's so faithful to the original
23. Who Let The Frog Out
the great Luke Ski 3:09Not really a cover, but does have some of the Muppet opening
24. The Fishin' Hole
Fred Penner 2:54An older song was used as the Theme to "The Andy Griffith Show", and here it is with the lyrics
25. RIP Don Knott
s Paul & Storm 0:28The above theme, done as a dirge on Knott's passing
26. Yakety Sax
Richie Cole 2:11A version of the "Benny Hill Show" theme done by one of the writers
27. My Heart Would Be A Fireball
1:09The music over the closing, not the theme, but I love it
28. Theme From "Star Trek"
Nichelle Nichols 3:33Roddenberry wrote lyrics to the theme, so he could get royalties. Here, Uhura sings them
29. Who Is The Doctor?
The Nick Atoms 3:00The theme, done punk
30. Little League
Space Negros 1:16Another bit of Erik Lindgren weirdness; not really a theme, but "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" which is close enough
31. Gizzards, Scrapple, And Tripe
The New Duncan Imperials 3:02The "Flipper" theme with new words
Allen Toussaint Orchestra 1:55A faithful version
33. Theme From "The Avengers"
Laurie Johnson Orchestra 2:20This isn't so much a cover as a redone version for CD
34. The Green Hornet
Allen Toussaint Orchestra 2:28Nice version of "Flight of the Bumblebees"
The Ringling Sisters 1:05Spoken word, not even remotely a theme song but I love this cut. I found this CD is a cheapo bin many years ago. When I pick up an unknown CD at semi-random, it's a crapshoot whether I find anything of value. Still, some of my favorite obscure songs were acquired in this manner