Tag Archives: Showtime

Masters of Horror Theme Song

2005-2007

This is for the Showtime original series.

I got a little curious when I saw (and was not familiar with) the Emmy Award-winning theme from the year Prison Break was nominated.

So anyway, here goes. The theme song for Masters of Horror was composed by Edward Shearmur, a sought-after British composer who scored for commercially-successful films such as Cruel Intentions, Charlie’s Angels, and K-PAX among others.

As previously stated, the theme song won the 2005 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.

After much research, I can say with confidence that the song is not part of any commercial release. This also means it is not officially titled so we can generalize it as the “Theme from Masters of Horror” or something to that effect. What’s weird though, is that the franchise released two official soundtracks—Volume I and Volume II. The soundtracks contain nothing but heavy metal and rock songs from semi-popular and popular bands. Sucks. What about the theme?

Anyway, below is the official opening sequence featuring the Edward Shearmur song.

Stargate SG-1 Theme Song

1997–2007

What an epic show.

Yesterday I discussed the theme from Stargate Atlantis, and I mentioned something about Joel Goldsmith not being the one who composed the main title theme. Although that remains a fact, information regarding the title theme song is somewhat confusing and all over the place. But, I did my best, and to sum up as simply as possible, below is the final verdict.

The Stargate SG-1 theme song was arranged by Joel Goldsmith. It is a compilation of the various scores composer David Arnold did for the original Stargate movie. And, as for the end title theme, that is a definite Joel Goldsmith original. There.

David Arnold is an English composer who scored five James Bond films and Independence Day (film) among others.

An official soundtrack is definitely available. A search will lead you to various versions and releases, but those are essentially one and the same. The soundtrack includes the opening and closing themes—first and last songs respectively.

Preview the soundtrack on Amazon.com.

As with Atlantis, all opening title versions are available in YouTube. However, below, from season 9, is the only embeddable video (jerks). After follows the end credits theme taken from the soundtrack.

End credits theme.

Watch all the official intro sequences from YouTube.

Episodes Theme Song

2011

I just hope Matt LeBlanc’s and Matthew Perry’s new shows work out—I’m a fan of all things Friends.

Anyway, as made semi-obvious above, Episodes is Matt LeBlanc’s new show. It is about a British husband-and-wife writing team who end up in Hollywood. It also airs almost concurrently in Britain (BBC Two) and in the U.S. (Shotwitme).

Below is its opening credits.

Theme song sounds nice. As this is a very new show, not much information is available so I’ll just resort to good ol’ IMDb. Ze “Db” credits composer Mark Thomas for series original music, so maybe the opening tune is his as well.

Will update this post once more information surface.

Shameless Theme Song

2011

This is primarily for the new U.S. television series on Showtime, and partially for the British series—for which the American series is based upon.

Anyway, William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, nice.

The opening theme song for Shameless is entitled “The Luck You Got”. It is by the Detroit, Michigan-based band The High Strung. The High Strung has been around (I guess) since the 90s, but what struck me is their discography—they released 12 albums from 2000 to 2010. Talk about hard-working.

“The Luck You Got” is originally from their 2006-release Moxie Bravo.

Below is the full version of “The Luck You Got”.

Then a live version so you can put faces to the instruments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nktM9cKL8E

And below, the original opening sequence of Shameless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq74VrP30ak

I believe the same song is used in the closing credits.

Below are the complete lyrics to the song.

Shameless theme song lyrics

Think of all the luck you got
Know that it’s not for naught
You were beaming once before
But it’s not like that anymore

Count all the moods you’ve known
Know they’re not stuck in stone
You were patient once before
But it’s not like that anymore

What is this down side
That you speak of
What is this feeling
You’re so sure of

Round up the friends you got
Know that they’re not for naught
You were willing once before
But it’s not like that anymore

The time that you would never trade
Is equal to the effort made
You were simple once before
But it’s not like that anymore

What is this down side
That you speak of
What is this feeling
You’re so sure of

What is this down side
That you speak of
What is this feeling
You’re so sure of

Of course we won’t leave the Easterners behind. Shameless (the original, British, Channel 4), has a narration-style opening, so the theme song is not as definitive. It’s simply background music, and was composed by Englishman Murray Gold.

Below is an opening taken from season series (yes, that’s the Brit way) two. (The show is now currently on series 8.)

I was going to post the opening narration (like I normally do) but I’m having the hardest time understanding the thick accent.

Downloads

  • The Luck You Got – The High Strung.mp3 (2:48)
  • Moxie Bravo (2007) by The High Strung (album; 16 tracks)

The Big C Theme Song

2010-present

Kind of reminds me of the opening to Royal Pains.

The opening theme song for The Big C, the Showtime original series starring Laura Linney, is by the band the Leftover Cuties. Nice name. The song is entitled “Game Called Life” and is part of their 2006-release of the same name (an EP).

The band, I think, is fairly new, and are based in Venice, California.  Their sound has been described as “Billie Holiday playing ukulele under a palm-thatched hut in 1930’s Waikiki.” Now that’s unique.

Below, and to see for certain if the Leftover Cuties are indeed, cuties,  is the full version and official video of “Game Called Life”.

And the complete lyrics:

It’s so hard to turn your life over
Step out of your comfort zone
It’s so hard to choose one direction
When your future is unknown

Is this some kind of a joke, will someone wake me up soon?
And tell me this was just a game we played, called life.

Are we, are we all really slaves?
By the hands of ourselves
Did I really make all of those mistakes?
Am I really getting older?
Then why do I feel so lost?

Is this some kind of a joke, will someone wake me up soon?
And tell me this was just a game we played, called life.

And at the end of the road, is there someone waiting?
Do I get a medal for surviving this long?

Is this some kind of a joke, will someone wake me up soon?
And tell me this was just a game we played, called life.

Is this some kind of a joke, will someone wake me up soon?
And tell me this was just a game we played, called life.

And finally, the official opening sequence for The Big C.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3TZgpyGqsA

The Big C theme song lyrics

Well as you can see, the edited lyrics are just lines 1, 2, 5 and 6 starting from the top.

Nurse Jackie Theme Song

2009-present

From Mrs. Soprano to Nurse Jackie.

Theme theme song to Nurse Jackie is an award-winning one. In fact, it is the latest winner (2010) of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music. And it beat some excellent songs at that—the themes from Human Target, Justified, Legend of the Seeker, and Warehouse 13.

The theme song was composed by Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin, and is credited as “Nurse Jackie Main Title” in the official season one soundtrack.

Actually, not only does it have a cool theme song, it has an excellently-directed opening video sequence as well. The video below was actually uploaded by the director, Steve Fuller.

The Tudors Theme Song

The theme song for The Tudors was composed by Trevor Morris, a Canadian composer whose road to success started by working as an assistant to Hans Zimmer. In 2007, he (and his work for this song) won the most coveted award for television themes—the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.

His other works include music for games including SimCity Societies, Need for Speed: Carbon and films such as The Hills Have Eyes 2.

There is an official soundtrack for The Tudors called The Tudors: Music From The Showtime Original Series, released by Varese Sarabande (record label, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group) in 2007. It of course includes the theme song, which is simply listed as “Tudors Main Title Theme” in the cd.

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United States of Tara Theme Song

The theme song from United States of Tara was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music last year (2009). It was composed by Tim DeLaughter—former frontman of Tripping Daisy and currently for The Polyphonic Scene. I believe the theme song is untitled, or rather, simply referred to as “United States of Tara Theme.”

United States of Tara theme song lyrics

Open up the sky this mess is getting high
It’s windy and our family needs a ride
I know we’ll be just fine when we learn to love the ride
I know we’ll be fine when we learn to love the ride
I know we’ll be just fine when we learn to love the ride

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Weeds Theme Song

The theme song from Weeds (gotta love that show!) is entitled, as the first line suggests, “Little Boxes.” It was written and performed by the late American blues/folk singer, Malvina Reynolds. In the first season, Malvina’s original recording was used. In the second and third seasons, a number of artists including (among others) Linkin Park, Engelbert Humperdinck, Elvis Costello, Billy Bob Thornton, Death Cab for Cutie and Joan Baez were commissioned to use previously recorded versions or create special versions for the show.

“Little Boxes” ridicules the development of the “suburbs” and its (then) rising conformist values.

Weeds, from the Showtime network, is now currently on its sixth season.

Lyrics (full version)

Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky
Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes, all the same
There’s a pink one and a green one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same

And the people in the houses
All went to the university
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same
And there’s doctors and lawyers
And business executives
And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same

And they all play on the golf course
And drink their Martinis dry
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same

And the boys go into business
And marry, and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same
There’s a pink one and a green one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same

Listen (Malvina Reynolds’ original recording)