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A One-Shot 'Mad Men' Theme Song Mash-Up (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 13th 2010 1:40PM
For those of you who love mash-ups but hate technology, this video is for you!

A new project on YouTube, Videos Recorded Live, produced a live, one-shot mash-up of RJD2′s 'A Beautiful Mine' (aka the 'Mad Men's' theme song) and 'Nature Boy' by Nat King Cole. There are no cuts, over-dubs, lip-syncing or auto-tuning. It is simply a big band and Brian Williams' daughter Allison Williams.

The composer of 'Mad Men's' theme RJD2 is a predominant electronica artist, a genre that Don Draper would no doubt furrow his strong brow at.

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Green Day will perform Simpsons theme for movie soundtrack

by Adam Finley, posted May 31st 2007 5:40PM

simpsonsIf you want to get your grubby little hands on the soundtrack for The Simpsons movie, you'll have a few options from which to choose.

First, you can pick up the single of Green Day's version of The Simpsons theme, which will come out on July 24, three days before the movie opens on July 27. Green Day also appears in the movie.

You can then buy the full soundtrack through Fox Music's digital music service, or snatch up one of 25,000 soundtracks available in "pink donut" packaging from big box stores like Circuit City, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. The "pink donut" cases were created by Extreme Music.

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Funny videos: Paul, Will, MacGyver and a Human Giant - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 5th 2007 8:02AM

GoebelHello, everyone. Are you enjoying your Saturday? That's great. Here's some funny videos I found:

First of all, our own Paul Goebel is doing a series of funny vlogs for NBC's DotComedy as The Remote Controller. He's already predicted the demise of FOX's Drive before anyone else. Will he use his Nostradamus-like skills to make even more chilling predictions? Who knows?

Have you been watching Human Giant on MTV? You should, it's a damn funny show. Check out this sketch of one of the most intense job interview you'll ever witness. It'll make you "put on your marshmallow pants and hit the boo-hoo button."

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How the old Doctor Who theme was composed - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 31st 2007 9:03AM

synthesizerI'm one of those people who needs a creative outlet or I start to go insane. When I'm not pounding out posts about TV on this blog, I'm usually writing something else, or drawing, or playing around with my four-track recorder. My love of music and the creative process attracted me to the video below, which runs about eight minutes and gives a rather detailed account of how the theme to the old Doctor Who series was both composed and performed. I have never seen a single episode of any incarnation of Doctor Who, but that really doesn't matter, I was just fascinated by how all this equipment, most of which is now completely obsolete, was used to create the futuristic theme for the show.

If you're a Doctor Who fan, check it out. If you're a fan of electronic music, check it out. If you're neither of those things, then I have nothing for you. Try checking back later.

[via Brad Sucks]

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Rock with Frylock

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 5th 2007 1:02PM

athfWhile you're in the process of preparing yourself both physically and mentally for the release of The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters on April 13, make sure you snatch up the soundtrack, which comes out on April 10. I haven't purchased the soundtrack for an animated movie since The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, but I may have to get my greasy hands on this one. It'll feature a brand new version of the ATHF theme from Schooly D, not to mention tracks by The Hold Steady, Mastodon, Killer Mike, and Nine Pound Hammer (the band behind the 12 Oz Mouse theme). The CD will also feature sound bites from the movie and skits.

While this is Adult Swim and Williams Street first foray into animated movies, they've been collaborating with underground musicians for some time now. Check out this page for a bunch of downloadable audio goodness.

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Are TV theme songs finally dead?

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 19th 2006 3:42PM
ER cast
For twelve seasons, ER used some of the most memorable and intense theme music heard during the last decade or so; it started soft, then pulsated to a climax that matched the frantic pace of a big-city emergency room and of the show itself. And the climax was usually punctuated visually, either by Eriq LaSalle's Benton punching the air after a surgery or Laura Innes' Weaver bursting through the door with her cane.

But for season thirteen? It's gone. We've got the cold open, a title card with generic music, and then a commercial. The credits are shown over the first act. It's the most glaring example of a trend that's been going on since the late '90s. Erin Carlson of the AP is the latest person to write about the death of the theme song. The article cites all the same reasons cited for years: an increase of commercials, a desire from networks and show-runners to keep people's attention, etc., etc.

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Gilligans Island pilot theme song - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Oct 18th 2006 11:34AM
gilligan's islandThere are a lot of great things about the internet, and unearthing crazy stuff like this is one of them. I've heard a few different versions of the Gilligan's Island theme song over the years, including The Sweaty Nipples singing the song to the music of Greenday's Longview.

Of all of them though, this one is the worst. Telling you it is the worst is probably not the best way to sell you on the video, but it's one of those 'so bad you have to see it' things. Whoever decided to redo the theme song was about as right as anyone has ever been in television. Take a look for yourself, the video is after the jump.

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Nickelodeon's Halloween marathon for all ages

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 10th 2006 8:09AM

catsratchIf your kids are looking for an alternative to Cartoon Network's Halloween marathons, Nickelodeon is offering a bunch of Halloween-themed episodes at the end of this month for every age group from the Nick Jr set to young teens. Kids can catch spooky episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants; Catscratch; Fairly OddParents; Mr. Meaty; The X's; Danny Phantom; The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius; Hey, Arnold; Kappa Mikey; Rugrats; The Amanda Show; Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide; Unfabulous and Zoey 101.

The little tykes will also be able to catch episodes of Blue's Clues, Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans, Wow! Wow! Wubzy, LazyTown and Wonder Pets. Hey, kids gotta have something to watch while they're shoveling all that candy into their mouths.

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Veronica Mars theme remix - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Sep 28th 2006 9:41AM
Veronica Mars openIt's something that happens fairly often, and I never understand the reasoning behind it. A show is motoring right along and then a new season starts and someone has decided to redo the theme song. I remember it happening on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and That 70's Show, and I'm sure many others. Now, with season three, Veronica Mars has joined the club. For those scoring at home, season three was also when they made the change for Buffy.

The Dandy Warhols song, "We Used To Be Friends", is still the theme song, but now it's been remixed into a stripped down, more ethereal track. It's not bad, but it's not better either. Personally, I prefer the original. Watch the new open after the jump and let us know what you think.

[ thanks Wilhem ]

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NBC turns to Pink for football anthem

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 31st 2006 9:58AM
pinkNBC made the interesting choice of pop star Pink to create the network's anthem for Sunday night football. The song is called Waiting All Day for Sunday Night and it's described as "a re-worked version of Joan Jett's I Hate Myself for Loving You. It premieres before NFL football debuts on NBC on Sept. 10.

NBC released a statement explaining why it chose Pink, "because she is a tremendous talent with a crossover appeal that makes her relevant to all segments of our audience." As for Pink? She's just a big fan of football.

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Teardrops fall on House and Prison Break

by Adam Finley, posted May 5th 2006 1:04PM
HouseIf you're a fan of both House and Prison Break, you might have noticed something during the final scene of Prison Break on Monday night. It seems they used the song "Teardrop" by Massive Attack over a montage. That's really no big deal, but "Teardrop" just also happens to be the opening theme to House. FOX claims that using the same song on two if its programs was merely a coincidence, and that the music supervisor had no idea it was the theme to House, as well. Frankly, I think the people who work on FOX's programs are just getting lazy. I swear I was watching The War at Home the other night and during one touching scene they actually played the theme from The Facts of Life. Actually, I'm kidding, I would never watch The War at Home.

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Gilligan's stairway to heaven

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 16th 2006 1:44PM
gilligan's islandI found this song via my Web chum Brad. Mixing Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven with the theme to Gilligan's Island makes the show seem EPIC, you know? Now that I've heard this new (improved?) version of the theme I no longer think of it as a quirky show about a group of zany castaways. Now I think of it as an epic struggle raging in one man's soul as he battles demons on an island unstuck from the fabric of space and time. Also, it's too bad they couldn't stretch the theme to match Stairway's eight minute-plus runtime. That would give you plenty of time to grab a snack before the show started.

 

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