Monday, 15 August 2011

Why do HBO drama's have crap intro songs?

Heres a bit of an obscure post and I try not to detract from the blog's theme too much but this is an issue what needs to be dealt with, immediately.


So I am re-watching The Wire for the third time (since nothing is as perfect as it, do you blame me? Everything else seems as thin as a pancake) and I just realised; every HBO show I have watched has had an absolutely terrible theme song.. Let me give some examples.



We all know a theme tune is just something repetitive which you associate with the tv show; it also helps out the music industry (usually) and makes an act come back in popularity (CSI/TheWho anyone?) and storm the charts. Music and TV go hand in hand so why not choose something utterly brilliant; HBO don't :(.





The Sopranos 




I can't think of a think of a more annoying some with a simple message, WE GET IT, YOU WOKE UP, GOT A GUN, YOU PICKED THIS SONG BECAUSE  ITS A SHOW ABOUT MOBSTERS, THEY SHOOT GUNS, I GET IT!!.. Jesus Christ, there is absolutely no need to write a song about it.

I really do dread re-watching the sopranos just for this theme tune, it means skipping 1:30 (I skipped so much I remember it) through each episode just in case I hear more than 3 words from the vocalists mouth.

An alternative? I don't know much about Italian mobsters but the opening credits is of the main character (Antony Soprano) driving through the city up to his house and going through the door; maybe they could use this.








Six Feet Under


Seriously? A quirky middle-eastern themed-movie score? For a TV show? A TV show about a family who owns a funeral home who are completely screwed in the head?

Sounds of people spitting would suit this title sequence better; I don't care what the alternative is.








Oz


"Hey I know guys, we're going to do a gritty prison drama what tackles some of the most violent and obscene things ever seen on TV; what I want is a 1970s cop show-themed porn sound track for the opening credits"

Wheres, my, gun: I need to go after whoever thought this worked with the actual show.

A good alternative would be a really bleak score or...




Sex In The City


Yes because when I think of a show about middle aged women with big credit cards, STD's and bad dress sense I think. "Oh I know, lets do some samba style something!!!!?!"

*face...........palm*
Debbie Harry would of been so much better.





As you can tell, this makes me very angry...


Hope you enjoyed my rant!!





19 comments:

  1. I don't hate any of their picks, but I enjoyed your alternatives more, I must say. One network that gets their music right is AMC tho, for sure.

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  2. Yeah, you should be working for HBO man.

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  3. I don't watch any of these shows so I never have to hear them.

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  4. I'm a pretty big fan of all things True Blood, and think it's just about the only good opening sequences on HBO

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  5. I liked the alternatives you suggest.
    I think the same as you do with that TV shows, their intro songs are terrifying.

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  6. Hadn't noticed before, but now that I think about it...

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  7. I liked the Six Feet Under intro back in the day...

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  8. You are completely right, all of those openings do suck! O_o

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  9. agreed Tim! Trueblood is one of the only ones i have seen with a decent one!

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  10. Aw hell naw. I love The Wire's intro.
    YOU GOT TO KEEP THE DEVIL
    WAY DOWN IN DA HOLE

    You just have bad taste.

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  11. You win at life. I'm not saying their intros ever bothered me, but yours were better. Go work for HBO lol.

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  12. I can still hear that wack OZ theme in my head

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  13. Truly is a good question.

    Same answer usually, as to why anything is bad.

    It is cheaper that way.

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  14. I... I haven't seen any of these series. Well, except sex and the city

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  15. that Nas song would be great for a lot of shows. This needs to be said to the creators of the shows.

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  16. Hehe @ Shaw - I like the Tom Waits theme for The Wire (Season 2) but then again, I'd like a Tom Waits song if it was just him breathing down the mic!

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  17. Aw no way man, the Sopranos tune is quality! I think the doors tune has a similar vibe though. Good picks!

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  18. I can't stand Game of Thrones intro... it's too long

    follow me back!

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