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Hardcastle and McCormick Theme Song

There are two theme songs associated with Hardcastle and McCormick—“Drive” by David Morgan, and “Back to Back” by Joey Scarbury. “Drive” was used in season one; “Back to Back” was used on the first part of the second season, but was reverted back to “Drive” on the latter parts (second season) because of viewer criticism. “Drive” was then used in the third and last season of the series.

Both “Drive” and “Back to Back” were composed by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter.

Additional

Joey Scarbury who sang “Back to Back” also performed the theme from The Greatest American Hero.

The Coyote X, the car which McCormick drove, was based on the McLaren M6BGT.

“Drive” lyrics

Drive!
Push it to the floor till the engine screams.
Drive!
Drivin’ like the demon that drives your beat.

You’re on a hard road, nobody cares
If you hit the breaks.
You gotta think fast, keep it in gear,
One slip is all it takes.
You gotta keep your wheels on the straight and narrow,
If you wanna survive.

Drive!
Push it to the floor till the engine screams.
Drive!
Drivin’ like the demon that drives the beat.
Drive!

Watch & Listen to “Drive”

Watch & Listen to “Back to Back”

The Greatest American Hero Theme Song

Believe it or not

Not that many television theme songs surpass the fame of the show itself. This can be said about the theme from The Greatest American Hero, which receives airplay until present day.

The theme song, entitled “Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not),” was co-written, performed and recorded by Joey Scarbury. Record producer and composer Mike Post, along with Stephen Geyer were his co-writers.

Post and Scarburry collaborated once again in the mid 1980s to record the theme for television series Hardcastle and McCormick.

The Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not), was also played in one scene of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.

About The Greatest American Hero

The Greatest American Hero aired for three seasons from 1981 to 1983 on ABC. It starred William Katt as professor Ralph Hinkley, and revolves around his adventures after he was given a red suit from a group of aliens that gave him superhuman capabilities. The series was created by Stephen J. Cannell.

Lyrics

Look at what’s happened to me,
I can’t believe it myself.
Suddenly I’m up on top of the world,
It should’ve been somebody else.

Believe it or not,
I’m walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it’s just me.

It’s like a light of a new day,
It came from out of the blue.
Breaking me out of the spell I was in,
Making all of my wishes come true.

Believe it or not,
I’m walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it’s just me.

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