Episode 281: TV Themes Special 4

This is the 281st edition of the Epileptic Gibbon podcast music show and the playlist to accompany it. You can CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD but note that the shows are large files. The show is also available to stream via Mixcloud and the Progzilla Radio Network (the show appears on Progzilla in alternate weeks). The world is looking a bit scarier at the moment what with the panic surrounding COVID-19, so I hope you are all looking after yourselves. I thought that listeners could probably do with being cheered up a bit so this latest show is another TV Themes Special. I’ve done a few of these shows before (back in 2015, 2017 & 2018) and they’ve been very well received by listeners so hopefully this will be just as popular. You’ll hear a host of TV themes, some very familiar & some more obscure, covering many of the usual genres we cover on the show and offering the usual eclectic musical mix. We have a feature album of sorts, the 1987 compilation ‘The Best of BBC TV’s Themes’, so you’ll hear three tracks from that. I can’t promise the show will keep you well, but it might help you to feel better. Below you’ll find the track list, plus weblinks from where you can find more information about each artist.

Total running time: 1 hour and 52 minutes. Downloaded file is 101.8 MB.

1. Doctor Who, Series 11 Opening Titles (0:40) – Segun Akinola (Taken from the album ‘Doctor Who: Series 11’; see www.segunakinola.com, www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/0b242939-4cc6-471d-8924-a9ed43d4457a & www.facebook.com/segunakinolacomposer/)

2. The Gonk (3:42) – Herbert Chappell (Taken from the album ‘Top Dog (A Retrospective Of Classic TV & Radio Themes 1960-1982)’; see www.wisemusicclassical.com/composer/251/Herbert-Chappell/)

3. My Family And Other Animals (2:52) – Daryl Runswick (Taken from the album The Best of BBC TV’s Themes; see www.darylrunswick.net/)

4. The Last Plimsoll (4:32) – Stackridge (Taken from the album ‘The Man In The Bowler Hat; see www.stackridge.co.uk/)

5. Star Trek: Discovery (Main Title) (1:34) – Jeff Russo (Taken from the album ‘Star Trek: Discovery (Original Series Soundtrack)’; see jeffrusso.com/)

6. Twelve (2:23) – Venetian Snares (Taken from the ‘Infolepsy EP’; see venetiansnares.bandcamp.com/album/infolepsy-ep)

7. The Incredible Hulk (Main Title) (3:20) – Randy Waldman (Taken from the album ‘Superheroes’; see www.jazzheroes.com & www.facebook.com/JazzSuperHero/)

8. Miami Vice Theme (2:28) – Jan Hammer (Taken from the album Escape From Television’; see janhammer.com/home)

9. Soul Limbo (2:22) – Booker T & The MGs (Taken from the album ‘Soul Limbo’; see bookert.com/)

10. Adiemus (3:57) – Adiemus & Karl Jenkins (Taken from the album ‘Adiemus – Songs Of Sanctuary’; see www.karljenkins.com/)

11. Wild Cats Of Kilkenny (2:49) – The Pogues (Taken from the album ‘Rum Sodomy & The Lash’; see www.pogues.com/)

12. The Flumps Theme Tune (1:11) – Paul Reade (Single; see www.discogs.com/artist/475486-Paul-Reade)

13. Blake’s Seven (4:26) – Mark Ayres (based on the original composition by Dudley Simpson) (Taken from the album ‘The No.1 Sci-Fi Album’; see www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/5943aeae-1abd-4fb4-82f7-88125d122b21 & watchingblakes7.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/dudley-simpson-and-a-bit-about-his-music-for-blakes-7/)

14. Uncle Feedle (2:00) – Sandra Kerr & John Faulkner (Taken from the album The Music From Bagpuss’; see bagpuss.bandcamp.com/album/the-music-from-bagpuss & www.sandrakerr.net/bagpuss.html & www.johnfaulkner.net/)

15. Classical Gas (3:31) – Mason Williams and Mannheim Steamroller (Taken from the album ‘Classical Gas’; www.masonwilliams-online.com/home.html & www.mannheimsteamroller.com)

16. Reflections 1 (3:24) – John Renbourn (Taken from the album ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine (The John Renbourn Anthology 1966-2005)’; see www.johnrenbourn.co.uk/)

17. Believe It or Not (3:15) – Joey Scarbury (Taken from the album ‘America’s Greatest Hero’; see www.songfacts.com/facts/joey-scarbury/believe-it-or-not)

18. Wo Ist Übergang (8:20) – Ben Frost (Taken from the album ‘DARK – Cycle 1 (Original Music From The Netflix Series)’; see benfrost.bandcamp.com)

19. Heavy Action (1:30) – TV Sounds Unlimited (Taken from the album ‘The Essential Television Soundtrack Library: British TV, Vol. 1’; see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_Action)

20. Pinball Number Count (2:44) – The Pointer Sisters (Taken from the album ‘Sesame Street: Songs From The Street, Vol. 3’; see www.facebook.com/The-Pointer-Sisters-Official-131523497289/, noteheads.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/pinball-number-count.pdf & www.sesamestreet.org)

21. The Liver Birds (3:09) – Matt Berry (Taken from the album ‘Television Themes’; see acidjazz.bigcartel.com/product/matt-berry-television-themes-signed-cd, www.themattberry.co.uk/ & www.facebook.com/mattberrymusic/)

22. Tomorrow’s World (2:59) Paul Hart (Taken from the album The Best of BBC TV’s Themes; see www.nyjo.org.uk/members/alumni/bass/paul-hart/)

23. Oxygène (Part IV) (4:13) Jean Michel Jarre (Taken from the album ‘Oxygène’; see jeanmicheljarre.com)

24. Jeeves And Wooster (1:15) Anne Dudley (Taken from the album ‘The World Of Jeeves And Wooster’; see www.annedudley.co.uk)

25. Theme And Variations 1-4 (From Paganini’s Caprice in A Minor, No. 24) (3:05) Andrew Lloyd Webber & Julian Lloyd Webber (Taken from the album ‘Variations’; see www.andrewlloydwebber.com & www.julianlloydwebber.com/)

26. Crockett’s Theme (3:34) – Jan Hammer (Taken from the album Escape From Television’; see janhammer.com/home)

27. The Life And Times Of David Lloyd George (Chi Mai) (3:35) Ennio Morricone (Taken from the album The Best of BBC TV’s Themes; see www.enniomorricone.org/ & www.facebook.com/maestroenniomorricone/)

28. Spider-Man Theme (5:08) – Randy Waldman (Taken from the album ‘Superheroes’; see www.jazzheroes.com & www.facebook.com/JazzSuperHero/)

Thanks to all the musicians who contributed and to all listeners. Send us comments if you like what you hear (or even if you don’t… feedback is so important!). If you want to keep up to date with news about the show, EppyFest, or just chat with other listeners, don’t forget that there’s a Facebook group – just search for the Eppy Gibbon Podcast Show on Facebook and request to join, plus don’t forget that we’re now part of the Progzilla Radio Network. Next time, I’ll be back with a more ‘traditional’ show, containing lots of 2020 music, and the occasional nod to the past, so I hope you’ll come back for that.

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