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Michael Penn
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Posted: 02 January 2018 at 7:28am | IP Logged | 1 post reply


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BARNEY MILLER changed it's theme after the first season.

Several times, actually. Season 1, then a change for Season 2, then a change for Season 3, and then a final change for Seasons 4-8. 

Season 3's version was my favorite. 

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Peter Martin
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This thread has lost its way when it begins with Robbie taking pains to say he is NOT talking about different arrangements but completely different pieces of music and just a few posts ago we have Brian O'Neill re-iterating this same point... and we still end up instead discussing the differing arrangements of Barney Miller.

I will throw Baywatch into the mix. The most famous theme song was "I'm Always Here", performed by Survivor's Jimi Jamison, but the first season has a song by Peter Cetera called "Save Me". 
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Scott Adsit
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Red Dwarf went from a grandly atmospheric, lonely, meditative piece to a rollicking, wacky sit-com intro which I always skip over.


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Peter Martin
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The genius that is Howard Goodall talking about his Red Dwarf theme: LINK
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Robbie Parry
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Yes, thank you, Brian and Peter, I was hoping to stick to shows that had completely different themes, e.g. MAGNUM, P.I.

The DR. WHO theme is recognizable despite the different arrangements. Listen to a 1963 theme, then a 1987 them, and then a 2017 theme. You can tell it's the same song. So if we can, let's try and stick totally to shows that had different themes.
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Michael Penn
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Posted: 02 January 2018 at 11:01am | IP Logged | 6 post reply


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This thread has lost its way...

JB in the second post in this thread brought up three examples of changes that were not completely different theme songs. So, I think it's fine if we all have followed our host's lead, even if it strayed immediately from the original poster.
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Brian O'Neill
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But Robbie, the Delia Derbyshire arrangement goes 'Dunna nuh-nah, Dunna nuh nah...WEE-OOO...OOO WEE OOO. The Peter Howell version goes FZEEEEWW...DARNARNAR, DARNARNAR...DOOO-DOOOO... Totally different songs...
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Eric Smearman
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The first season or so of EIGHT IS ENOUGH had an instrumental
theme song. For the rest of the run, a new song sung by series star
Grant Goodeve was used.
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Brian O'Neill
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As sappy as it sounds in retrospect, that vocal theme for EIGHT IS ENOUGH was an improvement on the instrumental, which sounded dated by the time show debuted.
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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 04 January 2018 at 9:29am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

BARNEY MILLER changed it's theme after the first season.

Several times, actually. Season 1, then a change for Season 2, then a change for Season 3, and then a final change for Seasons 4-8. 

Season 3's version was my favorite.

This seems more just different arrangements of the same tune (much how M*A*S*H did with "Suicide is Painless"...from a slow acoustic, morose tune in the early seasons to a snazzy, jazzy bumpy little nugget buy the last seasons).

That said, the Season 3 version of the Barney Miller theme is also my favorite.

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Ed Aycock
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"That Girl" had a somewhat different theme its first season, jazzed it up its second and added lyrics for the final.

"China Beach" changed its theme song for all of ONE episode, replacing "Reflections" by Diana Ross and the Supremes with a new recording of "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" featuring both Eric Burdon of "The Animals" and Katrina Leskanich of "Katrina and the Waves." 

If you were a soap watcher when they were in their prime, many themes were static for years until the 80s when they started changing. Of those still on the air, "The Bold and the Beautiful" has updated its 31-year-old original theme, "Days of Our Lives" has just barely tinkered with its iconic hourglass and theme and "The Young and the Restless, " after a brief jazzy riffed version in  the early 2000s, has reverted back to the original theme its been using since its premiere in 1973.


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