Show And Tell - A Stormy Remembrance Of TV Theme Tunes

As that emotive Sony advert shows, television leaves a powerful legacy....

Show And Tell - A Stormy Remembrance Of TV Theme Tunes

6 / 10 As that emotive Sony advert shows, television leaves a powerful legacy. The Apollo moon landing, frozen for eternity. Generation-defining film of Kennedy's assassination. And Butt Trumpet's cover of [I]The Beverly Hillbillies[/I] theme. Ah, it gets you right [I]there[/I].







[I]There[/I], in this case, being a Draylon sofa, a bag of Doritos and a six-pack of pig adrenalin. The sound of mashed couch potato, 'Show And Tell' obeys the slacker-friendly tenet that US punk bands playing TV themes fast and loud will pass for entertainment if [I]The Dukes Of Hazzard[/I] isn't on cable that night. A fine principle, and if you aren't wearing a Dickies T-shirt and chewing Wonder Bread by the time Manic Hispanic hit [I]Gilligan's Island[/I], then you're probably adapting [I]Northanger Abbey[/I] for the BBC.







So Felix Frump go straight from [I]Cheers[/I] to paralytic vomiting, Todd Bridges, once star of [I]Diff'rent Strokes[/I], now covering its theme song, highlights the dignity plight of the child actor, while The Pink Lincolns' infantile [I]Friends [/I]napalms Central Perk to Kingdom Come.







Best is Corn'Mo's accordion-fired [I]Charles In Charge[/I], which, sung with squealing urgency by a grown man, takes on sado-masochistic undertones fully unsuspected by a generation of school children.







You really don't want to see down the back of their sofas.

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