Friday, January 26, 2007

We control the horizontal, we control the vertical

In response to Smashing Telly's Top 10 TV intros of all time (where "all time" mostly equals the '70s, apparently), I give you the ones he left out:

Barney Miller. Dear Seinfeld, this is what funk bass is supposed to sound like.

The Prisoner. Mysterious Cold War spy games, a Lotus 7 at full chat and of course the classic "I am not a number, I am a free man!" exchange. Also a favourite of Iron Maiden.

The Outer Limits. I heard a live act sample this intro at a rave once. It blew my mind, maaaaaan.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The last great gasp of the "describe the show with the theme song's lyrics" school of thought. Mind you, I kind of hope they start doing that with new CSI franchises instead of just using random Who songs as-is: "He's a pinball wizard/ There has to be a twist/ A pinball wizard forensic scientiiiiist!"

4 comments:

Rake said...

I read this article out to Cindy, who is a big CSI fan. She wants to know what you listen to. Since I happen to know that changes fairly rapidly, I thought I'd ask you for a summary.

Rake

arto said...

All kindsa different stuff of late. Lots of blues, roots rock, indie rock, the odd bit of metal... It's been a while since I've heard anything new that's really grabbed me hard, though, other than Sufjan Stevens.

Melvin said...

shame the intro for Barny Miller is fron season 1, the better version is from seasion 2? or 3 on.

Rake said...

Cindy's response to that is, "At least we know who The Who is." Mine is, "Can you send me mp3's?"