Why do British TV shows have such rubbish theme tunes ? ? ? In Japan there is a link between the TV companies and the record companies and top artists make great tracks for TV themes. In the UK it seemed that TV themes were really just an after thought and written in the ten minutes between drinking a beer and going to the toilet by some geezer that happened to learn to read music in elementary school.
I have to admit here that the “guess JD’s favorite TV show” week on RR was one of the most traumatic moments of my life ! ! ! I nominated dozens fo great artists playing great songs . . .and what made the list . . . The @#$%^&&&%$ Egg Race ! ! !
However in Japan, just recently the trend of using established stars like YUI, Miwa, or Scandal has changed to using some indie bands with long history playiing jazz or soul seem to be coming into fashion. This is something I really like as it is giving great publicity to some great bands that have been playing in clubs and making records for a long time but have never really had musch mainstream exposure.
So I have share two of them.
So what is current in TV themes in the west, and have things improved since JD was a kid ? ? ?
Personally I think not . . . .
So this is your opportunity to prove me wrong.
There is a very popular TV drama just now about adultery and affaires and although I do not actually like it, as I have a really problem with this types of topics and really do not like them at all, the theme track is really great.
The ending theme of this drama is a great cover of a 1960’s track “Like Strangers” by Katsuko Kanai. ( Why are British dramas so cheap they have the same opening ending theme ? ? ? )
The other is Riverside Dectective Agency and it is about a detective agency next to the Sumida River in Tokyo. It is about the eccentric people that work there and thier strange clients and cases. The theme is Neon Sign Stomp by Ego Wrappin’
Here is the version by Hito Yu ft Soil and Pimp Sessions. Which is the ending theme for the drama Hirugao.
Hitoto Yo – Tanin no Kankei feat. SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS
And here is :
Neon Sign Stomp by Ego Wrappin’
So what musically worthwhile theme tracks are there now for TV shows in your country ? ? ?