Episode 312: TV Themes Special 5

This is the 312th edition of the Epileptic Gibbon podcast music show and the playlist to accompany it. You can CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD but note 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). Last time around, we had a playlist that mainly focused on great 2021 music, with the occasional dip into the past, but this time I’m doing another TV Themes SpecialI’ve done a few of these shows before (back in 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2020) 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 2010 compilation ‘Top Dog (A Retrospective Of Classic TV & Radio Themes 1960-1982)’, so you’ll hear three tracks from that. Below you’ll find the track list, plus weblinks from where you can find more information about each artist.

Total running time: 2 hours and 23 minutes. Downloaded file is 130.9 MB

1. Grange Hill (1:23) Alan Hawkshaw (Taken from the compilation album ‘Classic Television and Radio Themes’; see www.alanhawkshaw.com)

2. Life On Earth Begins In the Sun’s Energy (0:37) – Edward Williams (Taken from the album, ‘Life On Earth (Music from the 1979 BBC TV Series)’; see www.trunkrecords.com/releases/life_on_earth_09/life_on_earth.php)

3. Op. 34: Prelude No. 15 In D Flat Major: Allegretto (0:56) – Dmitri Shostakovich (composer), Annett Busse (performer) (Taken from the album ‘Shostakovich: 24 Preludes Op. 34 and Dances of the Dolls Op. 91b’; see www.britannica.com/biography/Dmitri-Shostakovich)

4. Secret Agent Man / James Bond Is Back (4:46) – Bruce Willis (Taken from the album ‘The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Bruce Willis’; see www.allmusic.com/album/the-return-of-bruno-mw0000192313)

5. Fruity Flutes (Farmhouse Kitchen) (2:28) – Reg Wale (Taken from the album ‘Top Dog (A Retrospective Of Classic TV & Radio Themes 1960-1982)’; see www.discogs.com/artist/529230-Reg-Wale)

6. Theme from “Magnum, P.I.” (3:27) – Mike Post Feat. Larry Carlton (Taken from the ‘Television Theme Songs’ EP; see mike-post.com/biography/)

7. Farscape Theme: Seasons 1 & 2 (2:08) – Subvision feat. Avigail Herman (Taken from the album ‘Farscape (Original Television Soundtrack / 20th Anniversary)’; see chrisnealmusic.com/)

8. Mighty Mouse Theme (5:17) – Randy Waldman (Taken from the album ‘Superheroes’; see www.jazzheroes.com & www.facebook.com/JazzSuperHero/)

9. Terry & June (2:07) – The Beatbox Saboteurs (Taken from the album ‘TV Themes’; see houseofbeauty.bandcamp.com/album/tv-themes)

10. Viva La Felicita (Theme to Mr Rossi) (4:13) – Franceo Godi (Taken from the compilation album ‘Totally Wired Series 2, Vol. 1’; see shop.tapeterecords.com/signor-rossi-music-by-franco-godi.html)

11. You’re Dead (2:23) – Norma Tanega (Taken from the album ‘Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog’; see www.discogs.com/artist/852942-Norma-Tanega)

12. World In Action (2:43) – 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/)

13. Desdemona (3:38) – The Kids from “Fame” (Taken from the album ‘The Kids from “Fame”’; see www.discogs.com/artist/632604-The-Kids-From-Fame)

14. The Goodies Theme (1:59) – The Goodies (Taken from the compilation album ‘Funky Gibbon: The Best of The Goodies’; see www.goodiesruleok.com)

15. Legion Main Title (1:28) – Jeff Russo (Taken from the album ‘Legion (Original Television Series Soundtrack)’; see jeffrusso.bandcamp.com/album/legion-original-television-series-soundtrack)

16. Silent Witness Theme (John Harle Single Mix) (4:31) – John Harle (Single; see www.johnharle.com)

17. Theme from “Hill Street Blues” (3:14) – Mike Post Feat. Larry Carlton (Taken from the ‘Television Theme Songs’ EP; see mike-post.com/biography/)

As part of the feature ‘Cats’ Corner’:

18. Henry’s Cat (0:48) – John Hyde (Taken from the album ‘Top Dog (A Retrospective Of Classic TV & Radio Themes 1960-1982)’; see www.henryscat.com)

19. Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (9:11) – Aram Khachaturian (composer), Vienna Philharmonic (Single; see www.classicfm.com/composers/khachaturian/ & www.wienerphilharmoniker.at/en/)

20. Calling You (5:22) – Jevetta Steele (Taken from the album ‘Bagdad Cafe (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)’; see www.thesteelesmusic.com/biographies/jevetta-steele)

21. Bergerac (3:00) – George Fenton (Taken from the album The Best of BBC TV’s Themes; see georgefenton.com

22. The Return Of The Saint (2:53) – The Beatbox Saboteurs (Taken from the album ‘TV Themes’; see houseofbeauty.bandcamp.com/album/tv-themes)

23. Six Million Dollar Man Theme (6:08) – Randy Waldman (Taken from the album ‘Superheroes’; see www.jazzheroes.com & www.facebook.com/JazzSuperHero/)

24. Wildtrak (2:15) – 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/)

25. A Gullimaufry of Small Mammals/Duckbilled Platypus Swimming/Desman Underwater/Pygmy or (Silky Furred) Anteater and Baby/Flying Foxes/The Several Punces (5:11) – Edward Williams (Taken from the album, ‘Life On Earth (Music from the 1979 BBC TV Series)’; see www.trunkrecords.com/releases/life_on_earth_09/life_on_earth.php)

26. Farscape Theme: Seasons 3 & 4 (1:07) – Guy Gross (Taken from the album ‘Farscape (Original Television Soundtrack / 20th Anniversary)’; see www.guygross.com)

27. Domino (Never The Twain) (2:14) – Jack Trombey (Taken from the album ‘Top Dog (A Retrospective Of Classic TV & Radio Themes 1960-1982)’; see www.turnipnet.com/llmmg/obituaries/jan_stoeckart.htm)

28. Miss Marple (2:30) – Consort (Taken from the album The Best of BBC TV’s Themes; see www.kenhoward-alanblaikley.com/)

29. Grandstand (1:13) Keith Mansfield (Taken from the compilation album ‘Classic Television and Radio Themes’; see www.discogs.com/artist/20124)

30. Be My Boogie Woogie Baby (3:05) Mr. Walkie-Talkie (Taken from the album ‘Happy Rummel Music’; see www.discogs.com/Mr-Walkie-Talkie-Happy-Rummel-Music/master/873640)

31. You’ve Got Time (3:10) Regina Spektor (Taken from the album ‘Orange Is the New Black (Music From the Original Series)’; see www.reginaspektor.com)

32. 174 Hours (8:47) – Jeff Russo (Taken from the album ‘Legion (Original Television Series Soundtrack)’; see jeffrusso.bandcamp.com/album/legion-original-television-series-soundtrack)

33. For Pete’s Sake (3:21) – Peter Tork & Shoe Suede Blues (Taken from the album ‘Cambria Hotel’; see petertork.bandcamp.com/album/cambria-hotel)

34. Suicide Is Painless (2:52) – The MASH (Taken from the compilation album ’70s 100 Hits’; see www.allmusic.com/artist/johnny-mandel-mn0000202554)

Thanks to all the musicians who contributed to this show 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. For the next show, I’ll be back with my half-term report of 2021, focusing on some of the best music that’s been released in the first half of this year, so I hope you’ll come back for that.

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