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Saturday, December 8, 2007

3,364 songs you can't get out of your head

In defense of "Perfect Strangers": I may be looking back at it through rose-colored glasses -- giving a show I haven't seen in years but remember as one of my childhood favorites a break purely out of nostalgia -- but you have to admit, it sure had one damn catchy theme song.

Out of all the faux-inspirational, strings-laden theme songs to seep out of the TGIF cesspool, I can remember the words only to "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now." Sure, it not only has the lyrics "on the wings of my dreams" in its chorus, but repeats it twice. And yeah, it only vaguely ties in to the story of an immigrant who goes to live with his "coursin," an aspiring journalist, in America, and engages in a series of comical mishaps. But let's not hold these things against it, or the show for that matter.

In this day and age, when TV theme songs have fallen out of vogue, it's comforting to hear these tunes of our favorite shows past. YouTube is a great resource to find not just the songs, but accompanying clips. But if all you want to do is browse, YouTube is no help.

That's where is a godsend. This massive archive of TV themes boasts a whopping 3,364 songs, listed alphabetically, and available to download. Not only can you find Rockapella's theme to the PBS game show "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?", you can also find the theme to the Fox Kids cartoon of the same name. Not only can you get the theme to "General Hospital," you can get the theme to "General Hospital" going back to 1963.

The drawback, of course, is one of sanity. With this many addictive ditties, written with the sole aim of latching onto your brain like suction cups from hell, the threat of overload calls for using the site in moderation. Imagine, for instance, listening to the themes from "Gilligan's Island," "Happy Days," "Friends," and "The Flintstones" in rapid succession. My brain hurts just thinking about it.

-- Adam Reinhard,



What would make that truly excellent is if it had the theme song to General Mathpital... (square 1, anyone?)

By Blogger Eileen, At December 10, 2007 at 4:05 PM  

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