Monday, June 29, 2009

New poll: Best 1970s sitcom theme, instrumental

Not as many good choices for instrumental sitcom themes in the 1970s. Clearly, the powerful lyricists had terrified the TV industry into submission. What ever the case, here are seven choices of instrumental sitcom themes.

Barney Miller
The Bob Newhart Show
The Odd Couple
Sanford and Son
What's Happening

I was thinking of disqualifying songs from other media, like The Odd Couple and M*A*S*H, which were taken from the movies that were made first. (For the young people, yes it's true. There was a time when a movie would get made, be a success, and producers would create a TV show based on the movie. Strange, but true!)

We think of jingle writing as a lower form of creativity, but some of these are fantastic and some are written by big stars. Sanford and Son is a Quincy Jones composition and What's Happening is the work of Henry Mancini. Those guys and other were definitely not minor leaguers.

The polls are open until next Sunday and you can vote for multiple songs. Heck, it's almost like a democracy or something!


dguzman said...

I thought this was a no-brainer and clicked on M*A*S*H; then I read about Quincy Jones and HENRY MANCINI??? Holy crap! Amazing. I can believe the Jones composition, but Mancini really wrote that annoyingly funny "What's Happening" theme song????? AMAZING!

Matty Boy said...

I love the Sanford and Son theme. One of the funkiest 70s funk pieces of music to ever worm its way onto TV.

As for Henry Mancini, he went from Peter Gunn and The Pink Pnather to this schlocky stuff. Truly amazing.

Karlacita! said...

Oh - the bass line alone is making me dance to the Barney Miller theme - what fun!

I've got Barney, Sanford & Son, MASH, and The Odd Couple!