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Special Agent Oso Theme Song

special-agent-osoI have to say, I love this show!

Well, most probably because my daughter is nuts about it, and she has been watching it for most of her life—all 2 years of it! You know what though, at first that stuffed bear will get to you—with his stupidity and all—but you’ll learn to love him anyway.

What’s important is that it has a great theme song. And by great I mean something that you’ll memorize within a couple of episodes, and something you’ll be singing along with your kids. Yes, my daughter can barely speak but she can mouth the words to this theme from start to finish.

Now, while the show itself is considerably “moonlighting as a musical,” the scope of this post is limited to the opening theme only—for now, at least. Props, however, to the effort of creating a short and unique song for every episode—usually based on the title or plot.

So, the theme song is credited (lyrics) to the show’s creator Ford Riley. The vocals is courtesy of American actor and singer Joseph “Joey” Gian. Gian is known for his role in the television series Knots Landing, and for winning Star Search in 1986 (he’s currently 51 years old).

The song is commercially available on Amazon.com as a single-song download entitled “Special Agent Oso Theme”.

Might as well post a complete episode so not only can you check out the theme, but the other songs as well—and some entertainment for the bored! (Another favorite: “Three Special Steps” at 3:39)

Special Agent Oso theme song lyrics

Paw Pilot: Special alert! Special alert!
Meet Special Agent Oso, the unique stuffed bear
He’s on a special assignment, to help a kid somewhere
And with help from you, there’s nothing he can’t do
He’s oh so special (Mr. Dos: Hurry, Special Agent Oso!)
Oh, so special (Special Agent Oso: Sounds like a plan)
When he’s on the scene, he’ll do all he can
Learning brand new skills, facing danger and thrills
Special Agent Oso: It’s all part of the plan!
He’s oh so special (Paw Pilot: Hurry, Oso!)
Oh, so special (Paw Pilot: Way to go!)
Special agent (Paw Pilot: special, special, special agent, special, special agent) Oso!

There you go! By the way, Oso is voiced by Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings. Interesting.

White Collar Theme Song

wc_1Still going strong, this show.

See, the problem with this theme is people think it came from some song. Let me disappoint you this early on and say that it did not, and that there is no obscure song from which they took the excerpt from. Sorry. People who know the Australian rock scene might even argue or think that it came from a Jet song.

It does sound like something Jet would come up with. By the way, there have already been a number of different openings in the series’ 4-season run. I’ll be bold here and say that the original tunes used as backgrounds for the short openings were made by the show’s composer Jon Ehrlich. Mr. Ehrlich is known in television circles and has composed for the shows Parenthood and Party of Five among others.

Let’s start by watching two of the the real opening credits; the first one below being from the second episode of the third season, according to the one who uploaded the video.

We thank thee, YouTube user TheBurningBeast, for uploading three other (early) versions of the tunes used with each opening credit change.

If you are interested further in some of the songs used during some of the shows (commercial, non-original), this wiki has a partial list. That’s it for now.

The Fairly OddParents Theme Song

the-fairly-oddparentsYes, I have a kid now, and these are the shows that are always on rotation on the tube—24/7!

Which is why I have a lot of kiddie shows in my theme songs-to-blog list, and this is definitely on top. Why? Because aside from being one of the catchiest, it is one that is very well thought of.

Unfortunately, the scope of this post does not go beyond who the actual performers were, just the composers and some trivia. Of course, there are parts in the song that are obviously Vicky, the fairies, and Timmy, but the male and female voices behind the verses, we are not sure. Some argue that they are most definitely cast members—makes sense, but then again, no proof.

The theme song is officially entitled “The Fairly OddParents” and is credited to the show’s creator Butch Hartman, and a known American composer named Ron Jones who has written music for American Dad! and Family Guy among others.

The song was officially released as part of “The Newest Nicktoons” album, but for some strange reason they did not include the character dialogues in it. Also circulating is the unofficial commercial cover by The Hit Crew, found on some television theme compilations and as a single song download.

Now, on to the videos.

First, a clear copy of the full song:

Next, one of the few remaining (due to copyright) half-decent clips of the whole opening:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y6114dPQL4

Next, the instrumental version used in the end credits.

Below, the theme version used in the movie Abra-Catastrophe!, which they aptly entitled “Fairly Odd Primates”

There’s another version used in the Jimmy Neutron-FOP mash-up—a medley of the two themes—which we still have not found.

And now, the as-important lyrics:

The Fairly OddParents theme song lyrics

Timmy is an average kid that no one understands
Mom and dad and Vicky always giving him commands
Vicky: Bed, Twerp!
The doom and gloom up in his room
Is broken instantly
By his magic little fish
Who grant his every wish
‘Cause in reality they are his…

OddParents, Fairly OddParents!
Wanda: Wands and wings!
Cosmo: Floaty crowny things!
OddParents, Fairly OddParents!
Really mod, pea pod, buff bod, hot rod!
Timmy: Obtuse, rubber goose, green moose, guava juice!
Giant snake, birthday cake, large fries, chocolate shake!

OddParents, Fairy OddParents!
It flips your lid
When you are the kid
With Fairly OddParents!
Vicky: Yeah right!

Epic post; it’s been a while.

2 Broke Girls Theme Song

2 Broke Girl$Beth Behrs is cute!

Truth be told, I don’t think this series is gonna last long. I mean, well, it’s a different kind of funny, and it doesn’t appeal to everyone.

Now on to the theme. Although in the opening the tune seems like something randomly pieced together, it’s actually part of a real, full song. The song is called “Second Chance” and is by a Swedish band called Peter Bjorn and John.

Side note: Punctuation error or stylization, the band’s name is somewhat misleading as in reality it’s supposed to be “Peter, Bjorn, and John” — the first names of the three band members. Now, who here thought somewhere in the lines of Peter Bjorn, a solo artist, and someone named John?

The part of “Second Chance” played in the credits and in transitions—the one with the humming—is the main riff of the song and is actually the first thing you hear. That very catchy melody also landed it in the commercial of Bud Light.

“Second Chance” is part of their 2011 release and sixth album Gimme Some. No other official 2 Broke Girls-merchandise, soundtrack or otherwise, contains this song.

I guess the band’s fairly popular. This song is not their claim to fame; they are known more for the 2006 song “Young Folks” which made it in the UK Singles Chart.

Below is the song in all its glory:

Below is the short opening title sequence featuring the theme:

2 Broke Girls theme song lyrics

Not pertinent but here’s the full lyrics anyway.

When you flew out of the nest
You made a mistake
Flew all the way back
When you got back to your den
One minute too late was already wrecked

I, I
It’s a fraction of the hope but it’s hard to control
I, I get this straight

You can’t can’t count on a second chance
The second chance will never be found
You can’t can’t count on a second try
The second try will never come home

You stick to what you knew before
Don’t know what you like
Just made up your mind
The picture still hangs on the wall
From back in the day
When you had it all

I, I
It’s a fraction of the hope but it’s hard to control
I, I get this straight

You can’t can’t count on a second chance
The second chance will never be found
You can’t can’t count on a second try
The second try will never come home

I, I
It’s a fraction of the hope but it’s hard to control
I, I get this straight

You can’t can’t count on a second chance
The second chance will never be found
You can’t can’t count on a second try
The second try will never come home

Revenge Theme Song

revenge-theme-songThe plot of Revenge is very soap opera-like; in my country, it would be likened to that of a telenovela’s. Still, it has the great Madeline Stowe, the gorgeous Emily VanCamp, and a storyline good enough to spark interest and followers, and that want-to-know-what-happens-next style of delivery.

Forget about the opening theme though. The intro and credits reminds me very much of what Lost had—nearly nothing, just a chord that tries so hard to convey a feeling of mystery. But, don’t completely forget about the show’s music in general. There’s a theme there somewhere, and it makes itself known at the end. The end credits theme is actually good, albeit short, and people have already started looking for it.

Unfortunately, there are no commercial releases as of this moment. The music of Revenge—including the ending theme—is credited to a composer who goes by the name of iZLER. Yes, iZLER (pronounced “eye-zler”). iZLER is a Czech-born Englishman. I guess he’s fairly new in the composing/scoring world, although he has already been credited for some noteworthy scores—mostly of documentaries—including that of the 2010 film Repo Men. Here is the only worthwhile page with information about iZLER.

Wait, there’s more! We all know that a show is not just about original music and scoring, there are also a lot of borrowed “real” songs that are played from time to time. This page (from ABC’s official site) lists all of that. Have a look if some song tickled your fancy in any of the two seasons.

Below is the opening and closing theme, combined in a video:

Person of Interest Theme Song

POI-posterBen Linus and Jesus Christ! Jesus!

Interesting show right here, people, right? I mean, we haven’t seen a plot this unique in years. Although, I’m still on the first season and I’ve a lot of catching up to do. So many awesome shows!

You know what’s even more unique about this show and its theme song? It’s the showcase of one extraordinary man’s extraordinary talents. I’m talking about the great J. J. Abrams. We all know that this is his show (to some extent, at least), and he marked his territory further by creating the show’s (opening) theme. That’s right, surprise, surprise.

Great news for hardcore fans—an original television soundtrack has been released. The album is officially tagged Person of Interest Original Television Soundtrack: Music by Ramin Djawadi, and has had great reviews so far. By the way, there goes the secret to the rest of the show’s awesome music—Ramin Djawadi. German-born Ramin Djawadi is known for scoring the movie Iron Man, and Prison Break and Game of Thrones on television to name a few. Yes, to name a few; he’s that good!

For Person of Interest, Ramin is credited for 38 episodes so far (and counting), and out of the 21 songs in the soundtrack, 20 are his.

The opening theme is officially entitled (in the soundtrack) as “Person of Interest”. However, I previewed the tracks on the album and can’t seem to find the ending theme. Please correct me on this if you know, I may just be confused with too much information.

Below are the YouTube-uploaded music-only videos of the opening and closing themes.

Theme including real opening credits with monologue:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCVmAXjbj4k

Theme only:

Ending theme:

And oh, as a bonus, here’s the (lyrics? :)) opening monologue:

“You are being watched. The government has a secret system: a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because I built it. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror, but it sees everything. Violent crimes involving ordinary people, people like you. Crimes the government considered irrelevant. They wouldn’t act, so I decided I would. But I needed a partner, someone with the skills to intervene. Hunted by the authorities, we work in secret. You’ll never find us, but victim or perpetrator, if your number’s up, we’ll find you.”

And there you go.

Arrow Theme Song

2012–present

arrow posterArrow is a girl’s show. Okay, that may be a bit harsh, but it does appeal to a lot of women. Why? Because of all the muscles. I mean, seriously, Stephen Amell, that’s some serious meat you’re packing. Jesus. (So ladies, the photo on the left is a tribute to you.)

Even Diggle (David Ramsey) looks like he sleeps in a gym or something.

Anyway, (spit), on to the theme song. Let’s put it this way—the show has good music, no question about that, but it is not definable by its theme. In fact, after the pilot (I think), the succeeding episodes were left with a nowadays-trend of a 10-second theme. Just a quick logo flash and a short tune.

Music for the series is credited to one excellent composer by the name of Blake Neely. Mr. Neely is known in the theme song world, both in television and in film, and some of his works include: Everwood, for which he was nominated for an Emmy, Eli Stone, Dirty Sexy Money, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Last Samurai to name a few.

So, I guess that’s it. As with most shows this young, no commercial soundtrack or music release is available.

Good thing there’s this video. See below for an extended version of the theme. According to the uploader, it was taken from the pilot; from the montage where he was setting up his base (in the city). Which is why it has some background noise.

Scandal Theme Song

2012-present

Scandal (ABC)Kerry Washington. Nice.

Truth be told, Scandal only became worthwhile during its second season. Agree? Let’s just say it became a lot more interesting. Anyway, Scandal isn’t really much of a theme song show, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have good music. Besides, its chief composer is a respected musician—Chad Fischer. Who is Chad Fischer? Glad you asked. He is part of the band Lazlo Bane; their claim to fame is the theme song for Scrubs, that catchy song entitled “Superman”.

So I guess Mr. Fischer continued down the path of television music. Now working by his lonesome, he is currently credited as the composer for 12 episodes of Scandal, including the opening and closing themes.

Unfortunately, the franchise hasn’t released anything music-related, so this tune is not part of anything commercially accessible. But, thank heavens for YouTube. Below is the theme as posted by someone obsessed with opening and closing credits.

I guess that’s it for now. Will update this post when something new comes up. (Also, the plan is to post an original capture of the credits.)

Suits Theme Song

2011-present

17 months of no posting—a new record, and it’s all because of Google.

Honestly, because of the rare combination a rockin’ (semi) new show with a very rockin’ theme song, this post was hard to pass up on. Suits is that USA Network sometimes-funny legal drama starring industry veteran Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams.

TV Trivia: Gabriel Macht almost played the role of Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) in Numb3rs.

Now on to the theme song. The original song is entitled “Greenback Boogie” and is by Los Angeles-based band Ima Robot. Ima Robot has been around since the late 90s; they are categorized (genre) as “synth rock” or “dance rock.”

“Greenback Boogie” is part of their third and latest album release, Another Man’s Treasure (2010) under Werewolf Heart Records. However, the song was only part of a 4-track b-side bonus if customers purchased the album from their official site, imarobot.com. The full song is 4:58 long.

Below is the official video of “Greenback Boogie” (complete song).

Below is the 30-second opening of the show.

Suits theme song lyrics (show edit)

The song used for the intro i actually an edited version. It contains part of the first verse and the third verse going to the “greenback boogie” chorus. See below.

See the money wanna stay, for your meal
Get another piece of pie, for your wife
Everybody wanna know, how it feel
Everybody wanna see, what it’s like
I’ll even eat a bean pie, I don’t mind
Me and Missy is so very busy busy making money
Alright
All step back, I’m ’bout to dance
The greenback boogie

Downloads

  • Greenback Boogie – Ima Robot.mp3 (4:57)
  • Ima Robot – Another Man’s Treasure (album; 8 tracks)

WAIT! There’s more!

If you’re a real Suits fan, there’s one more catchy tune that you surely associate with the show. They play it mostly during the closing credits. It’s a short instrumental tune by the show’s composer Christopher Tyng. Tyng is a known television composer who has contributed to The O.C., Futurama, and Rescue Me among others. Below is the said tune.

Hot in Cleveland Theme Song

2010 – present

Ah, the great Betty White.

Hot in Cleveland is the first all-original series of the cable network TV Land; given that, they’re doing quite good—already renewed for a third season.

It has a very short, 10-second title sequence that shows nothing but a play in the show’s logo—from “LA” to “CLEVELAND” (L.A. being the setting of the leads’ backgrounds).

The song is quite catchy though, and it makes you wish it was part of a full song. However, it is not. Not officially credited (as the composer of the title tune), composers Ron Wasserman and Emerson Swinford are the only known composers of the series to date.

We have encountered Mr. Wasserman before, most notably for the theme to Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. He also goes by his aliases Aaron Waters and The Mighty RAW.

Lyrics?

Yes, well, I guess it’s nothing buy “Pa, pa, pa, pa. Pa, pa, pa, pa. Hey!”

As for the performers, no information yet.

See below for the short title sequence.