Chuck Lorre's old career had a lot of Turtle Power
"I was a musician for 17 years before I got into television," said Lorre. "I was just a working musician, and I was trying to get a break as a songwriter. And back in the '80s I got a shot to write the music for this six episode trial run of this weird little animated thing, based on a garage comic. You know, a black-and-white little comic book. And we said 'Absolutely! We'd love to! We'll take any shot.' "
Lorre continued by mentioning the appropriately-named sixties group that got first crack at the theme. "In fact I think Flo & Eddie of the Turtles were offered it and they passed, so we took it, and turned it into something."
Shockingly enough, Lorre's contributions to TMNT went beyond the theme song. "In fact I'm on the original ... I'm the voice of the turtles on the original (episodes). I did all the voices. I sped up my voice (to play the various turtles). I said to the producer, 'You're going to replace me with the actors, right?' and he said, 'Nah, that's fine.'"
Now, I could have gone back to the hotel and looked up Lorre's IMDb profile; it's all there. But I think this was more fun. He even worked on a TMNT movie called The Turtles Awesome Easter, which was right before he started working on Roseanne. I wonder if, during those years he was getting yelled at by Roseanne Barr, Brett Butler and Cybill Shepherd, he was longing for the days when he was the voice of Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo. Maybe that's a question I'll ask him during the next press tour.