Television Tunes Medley-Any suggestions?

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  1. mrdavek

    mrdavek Member

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    Our band was playing out several months ago, and it was the point in the show where we were chatting with the crowd while the bass player was tring to figure out why his amp was crapping out.

    On this particular night, I starting messing around by plyaying "name that tune" and playing TV theme songs. I can't tell you how much the crowd dug it. This little "add lib" has kind of taken on a life of it's own. People who come to see us are actually requesting the "TV Show jam".

    My band wants me to work up a Television Tunes Medley as kind of a regular thing when we gig. I must admit it is kind of fun.

    I am looking for sugestions for songs you would include or enjoy hearing a Power-pop instrumental version of.

    Some of the tunes we have worked up in the medly so far are:

    The Munsters
    Woody Woodpecker
    Mission impossible (NOT the lame Limp Bizkit version)
    Barney Miller (one of the BADDEST bass lines ever)
    Green Acres
    MASH
    3 Stooges


    Any sugestions or Television Tunes that you have done?

    Thanks

    D
     
  2. jspax7

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    I was in a western swing band that played "Woody" as a break tune. Fun stuff.

    How about a theme for each set?

    James Bond, Mission Impossible,

    Peter Gunn, Barney Miller

    Woody Woodpecker, Flintstones, Looney Tunes

    Twilight Zone/X Files

    Do a sitcom medley.

    I heard some guys playing the Perry Mason theme. Very cool.

    How about the Stairway to Heaven/Gilligan's Island tune?

    My suggestion is: DVD some TV Land programs, and learn the tunes you like best.
     
  3. matt5150

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    You hit all the biggies.

    I still do a version of Woody to this day.

    Matt
     
  4. GenoBluzGtr

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    Pink Panther always gets the crowd going...

    I also like to throw in a Beverly Hillbillies intro followed by Deliverance whenever some redneck makes an ass of himself in the crowd (or if anyone ever starts making known he is drunker than everyone else!)

    And (plus 1 to jspax7) FLintstones will usually get the crowd singing along!

    One that I haven't taken time to figure out yet, but would be fun is the Andy Griffith Show theme.
     
  5. edwarddavis

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    I played in band where we did a heavy version of the Partrich family openig song , Hello world comon get happy. Sounded cool. How about the them from that old show SWAT
     
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    Quincy Jones theme to Sanford and Son aka "the Street Beater". ;) :D
     
  7. Swain

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    Andy Griffith, Barney Miller, Flintstones, Simpsons, Odd Couple, Hawaii Five-O, I Dream Of Jeannie, Three's Company, Batman. There's a couple of good ones, in there.
     
  8. scofield55

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    simpsons is ridiculous. talk about a lydian workout.
     
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    Sanford and Son
    The Jetsons
    Inspector Gadget (Hellecasters do a killer version of that!)
    Didn't Danny Gatton do Perry Mason and The Jackie Gleason Theme?
     
  10. scofield55

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    oh, and I forgot to add...the Daily Show! that theme totally rocks the house.
     
  11. jspax7

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    I can't whistle, so I transcribed the "Fishing Hole" melody for my students, and played "Name That Tune." The rhythm guitar is cool too. Play it Eldon Shamblin style.

    Pink panther is a classic! There are so many great choices.
     
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    I did some session work with a variety band that did a long, long medley of TV and movie stuff. I dug up my sheet:

    To Sir With Love
    Melancholy Serenade and Greatest Love (Jackie Gleason Show)
    I Love Lucy
    Flintstones
    Jetsons
    Goldfinger
    Sugarfoot
    Davy Crockett
    Rawhide
    Yogi Bear
    Huckleberry Hound
    Zorro Munsters
    Peter Gunn and Popeye
    Munsters


    BTW, Danny Gatton did a killer version of the Perry Mason theme.
     
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    me and a buddy do a silver spoons/who's the boss/ diffrn't strokes medley that work pretty good...we start it off with a little wonder years-like intro..not the joe cocker theme song, but just some D finger pickin and slide , then give the narration over it like " the year was 1968....i just made ou with winnie cooper.." etc, then we go right into silver spoons etc....
     
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    +1 on Hawaii Five O. Danny Gatton did a cool version of the Simpsons theme too I believe. My personal favorite when they were popular is the Beavis and Butthead theme.......

    Chris
     
  17. wombat66

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    In the 70s I was in a band that did a lot of TV songs. Mannix, Hawaii Five-O, Green Acres, Peter Gunn, Batman, and Secret Agent Man which segued into a WipeOut-Pipeline-Walk Dont Run surf medley. I know there were others but this was 30 years ago (damn swiss cheese brain). I don't watch much TV these days, but I often find myself playing along to the "Friends" re-runs that the GF watches.
     
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    Is it just me, or are the Jetsons theme and the Simpsons theme very, very similar?
    Just thinking about it now after reading this thread.....

    You gotta bust out some Seinfeld if we are talking TV themes. Its a classic :AOK
     
  19. gennation

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    Try the Family Guy. That's a mitt full of chords.
     
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    King of the Hill and the Jeffersons "Movin on Up" :)
     

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