Thread: my tv theme cover band (still an infant)

    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    Hey look, forums!

    I've been using this site for the past couple months and never noticed this section. Hello, people! o/

    so anyway, I think some of you might be interested in my band!

    This is the best idea I ever had. I've spent the last 4 months figuring out theme songs from the 80's and 90's (I was born in 1984) and simplifying them into punk rock guitar chords. I've actually learned a thing or two from these songs, once you deconstruct them you realize most are incredibly interesting and complicated. They transform PERFECTLY into 30 second knots of energy, I'll tell you that much.

    We just had our first practice a few days ago, and tore through Chip N Dale, Reading Rainbow, and Alvin and The Chipmunks. I have a list of 20+ that I know how to play. So, does anyone have any suggestions? Oh yeah, and if you live in SoCal, we should be playing shows before summer.


    Alvin And The Chipmonks
    Care Bears
    Chip n Dale's Rescue Rangers
    Darkwing Duck
    Doug
    Eureeka's Castle
    Family Matters
    Fraggle Rock
    Full House
    Garfield And Friends
    Gumby
    Gummi Bears
    Hey Dude
    Muppet Babies
    My Little Pony
    Rainbow Bright
    Reading Rainbow
    Sailor Moon
    Step By Step
    Sweet Valley High
    Talespin
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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    welcome to the forums!

    i hafta say, what you're doing sounds sooooo f**king cool!!! if you're able to upload a video or two so that those of us who live too far away can enjoy your music, let us know.
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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    I live in SoMaryland, so I too will not be attending your shows, but it sounds like a neat idea. You should try to get something going with retrojunk.com to help spread the word amongst fellow nostalgia-addicts. I'm envisioning retrojunk.com stickers on guitars.
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    oh hell yeah! I will put a retrojunk sticker on my bass, and leave it on there for as long as the band lives. baby, i shoot rock bullets.

    i'm glad you marylanders like the idea. Aside from a random song now and again, I'm surprised nobody has done this. Darkwing Duck is a lot of fun, we yell "LETS! GET! DANGEROUS!" instead of a weird deep voice. weird deep voices are't punk rock. See what I'm saying? With this minor flavor changes, Darkwing Duck sounds like it was originally a punk rock song!

    Gummi Bears is my favorite, hands down. It has the most likeable chorus I've ever heard in my life. In any song.

    But Fraggle Rock is the most fun to PLAY. it's like a cross between the 70's and A.D.D.

    We switched the first half of Full House to 4/4 time. We switch to the original time signature (6/ at the first "Everywhere you look, Everywhere you go.."

    In Step By Step, we turned the strings at the end into a half-time rockout. COMPLETELY EPIC.

    we should have something recorded within a couple weeks.

    OH! And a resounding thanks to anyone involved with this site! It's been my main and only resource in this project. I would think of any show, search here and BAM! Immediate access to multiple versions of the song + lyrics.

    The very first time I thought of this Idea was for Gummi Bears. This was the only site with the version I wanted, and within an hour I'd looked up + figured out 5 songs.

    Also, I've run out of ideas. Anyone want to reccommend a good theme? Maybe something I missed, because I never saw the show. Reccommend anything not on the list.

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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    OH! And a resounding thanks to anyone involved with this site! It's been my main and only resource in this project. I would think of any show, search here and BAM! Immediate access to multiple versions of the song + lyrics.

    The very first time I thought of this Idea was for Gummi Bears. This was the only site with the version I wanted, and within an hour I'd looked up + figured out 5 songs.

    Also, I've run out of ideas. Anyone want to reccommend a good theme? Maybe something I missed, because I never saw the show. Reccommend anything not on the list.
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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    Charles in Charge man... its insane stalker music. Listen to the lyrics. Intense.
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    The theme song for the original Power Rangers had a pretty kickass guitar tune. I think that could be a potential crowd pleaser if you got an electric guitar. Oh and I see you got Doug on there but dont forget the Beets too. Some other good ones if you're thinking strictly guitar here.: Ren and Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, X-Men the Animated Series, and the original TMNT theme. There was also an episode of Animaniacs where the theme was played by guitar, sounded pretty good too.
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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    Buffy The Vampire Slayer?i duno that just poped in to my head as a theam song that sounded cool
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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    i don't know, i like that he's covering themes that don't already "rock", know what i mean? of course they could make the original "power rangers" theme more punk rock, but it wouldn't be as much of a challenge for the group, or as much of a thrill for the audience when they hear, like, the punk rock version of the "duck tales" theme. just my opinion, though.
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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    uh...cool...buffy the vampire slayer and power rangers...NOT.

    So do you have to get permission to reinvent copy written theme songs? I was in a band and we used to do stuff like that sometimes, but we were strictly underground. We would do the A-team and Conan the barbarian theme. We played mostly something called "fast-core". What your doing sounds pretty cool though.
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    Actually, my friend is a drummer in the band The OuttaTunes in Madison Wisconsin that does that exact thing! And they actually have got quite a following there!

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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    ok , lol? i was just thinking of an upbeat show intro, not nessesarily "cool"
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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    Quote by mika85
    i don't know, i like that he's covering themes that don't already "rock", know what i mean? of course they could make the original "power rangers" theme more punk rock, but it wouldn't be as much of a challenge for the group, or as much of a thrill for the audience when they hear, like, the punk rock version of the "duck tales" theme. just my opinion, though.


    You hit it right on the button. I've developed classifications for the songs, to help me decide when/if to cover them.

    First, we have the really really obvious ones. Like Power Rangers and Transformers and Sweet Valley High. They're already full of loud distorted guitars, and are very easy to figure out. but then again, there really isn't anything creative to do because the original timbre fits the mold. These aren't bad songs, and we will cover them, but not just yet (some exceptions).

    On the other end of the spectrum there are impossible songs. Things like The Tick... how would you even begin to make that punk rock??? It's not impossible really, just an insane challenge. If we tackled these first, we would make zero progress... so I'm saving them for later. It'll be rewarding.

    Third we have the songs that will NEVER work. Like the Andy Griffith show. I absolutely love the song, but it's way too bouncy and twangy for punk rock. I tried but couldn't work it out. And Fresh Prince, I couldn't do anything to it. There's only one root note for the whole song!!!

    And finally we have the songs that are not punk rock, but translate easily. I have always believed that a "good" song should work in any genre. Take the Beatles for instance... i could make a number of versions of Sgt. Pepper, all drastically different and tasteful. The best here is Full House and Gummi Bears.


    The ultimate goal here is to take a song, and with minor cosmetic changes make it sound like it was ALWAYS punk rock. It takes a gentle hand and a lot of thought.

    Anyway, these aren't rules just guidelines. I find that it helps me build a catalog much faster.


    outtatoons?? that looks awesome! I'm happy to see other people are doing this, but i hope we're the first in LA. otherwise what's the point?
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    • 13 years 8 months ago
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    What a neat idea! I live in Florida now, so I wont be able to come around. If you make any recordings, be sure to upload them or something. Does your band have a MySpace?

    Anyhoo, these go back a little further than the 80s, but I'm thinking of really recognizable theme songs like Three's Company, Laverne and Shirley, or Mary Tyler Moore.
    Up where thse smoke is all billowed and curled
    'Tween pavement and stars is the chimney sweep world
    When there's hardly no day, nor hardly no night
    There's things half in shadow and halfway in light
    On the rooftops of London--coo, what a sight!
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    • 13 years 3 months ago
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    What about The Dick Van Dyke Show, American Bandstand, That Girl, Rhoda, The Mary Tyler Moore Shoe, Happy Days, Growing Pains, and Small Wonder.

    I could probably think of more.
    • 13 years 1 month ago
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    This idea has been done before. A band called "Hill Valley Preservation Society" from Atlanta did it for 3 years beginning in 2002.

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