The VLA's song "When I am Though With You" is the theme song for the FX original series "Damages". Would you like the lyrics?
Severe Tire Damage (album)
Crystal King (band)
Severe Tire Damage is a primarily live album by They Might Be Giants, released in 1998. It also features a few studio tracks, including a new single ("Doctor Worm").
The live cuts, some recorded at soundchecks without any audience, feature at least one track from every album since their debut, which include a few old fan favorites that have been reworked since the duo adopted a full backing band. Songs like "She's an Angel", from their debut, They Might Be Giants and "Birdhouse in Your Soul", from their major label debut, Flood, are treated to multiple guitars and a horn section. Conversely, the song "Meet James Ensor" originally appeared on their first full band effort, John Henry (1994) and surfaces here in a bare-bones rendition, with only vocals and an accordion.
Besides the aforementioned lack of an audience on several tracks, some tracks have also undergone studio "retooling" - most notably, "Ana Ng," which appeared in its untampered form (with an uncropped intro and heavily distorted voice saying, "I don't want the world...") on the 1994 promo-only release "Live!! New York City." In truth, this 'live album' is not particularly representative of a live TMBG show, failing to show the on-stage improvisation, humor, and audience participation that are characteristic of a They Might Be Giants concert.
A condensed version of this album was released as Live, which featured 10 of the 24 tracks listed here.
All songs by They Might Be Giants unless otherwise noted. Tracks 18 - 24 are hidden tracks.
Crystal King is a Japanese pop rock and kayōkyoku band. They gained commercial success with their debut single "Daitokai" which sold 1.5 million copies, and are remembered in Japan for their performance of the first theme songs of Fist of the North Star: "Ai o Torimodose!!" and "Yuria... Eien ni".
Originally consisting of vocalists Monsieur Yoshisaki and Masayuki Tanaka, guitarist Michio Yamashita , pianist Kimiharu Namakura , keyboardist Hiromi Imakiire , drummer Ken Kanefuku , and bassist Hidetoshi Nomoto , the band broke up in 1995 and beginning in 2004, Yoshisaki began performing as Crystal King as a solo project. Tanaka began his own solo career, severely damaging his voice in 1989. The rest of the band performs as Cross Road , reuniting with Tanaka on occasion.
Secret Agent Man (song)
Theme music is a piece that is often written specifically for a radio program, television program, video game or movie, and usually played during the intro, during title sequence and/or ending credits. If it is accompanied by lyrics, most often associated with the show, it is a theme song.
The phrase theme song or signature tune may also be used to refer to a song that has become especially associated with a particular performer or dignitary; often used as they make an entrance.
The purpose of a theme song is often similar to that of a leitmotif.
The purpose of the music is to establish a mood for the show and to provide an audible cue that a particular show is beginning, which was especially useful in the early days of radio (See also interval signal). In some cases, including The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Land of the Lost, The Nanny and The Beverly Hillbillies the lyrics of the theme song provide some necessary exposition for people unfamiliar with the show.
In addition, some theme music uses orchestra scores or original music set mood for the show, such as the Batman: The Animated Series theme song, which was drawn from the theme for the filmBatman1989 created by Danny Elfman and sets the mood for the cartoon. Another example is Ron Grainer's theme music for Doctor Who. Other shows use remixes or covers of older songs, such as the theme song of Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994-1998), which featured a reworked cover of the theme song from the classic Spider-Man cartoon from the 1960s. The song was performed by Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry.
Theme music has been a feature of the majority of television programs since the medium's inception, as it was for the ancestral radio shows that provided their inspiration. Programs have used theme music in a large variety of styles, sometimes adapted from existing tunes, and with some composed specifically for the purpose. A few have been released commercially and become popular hits; examples include the title theme from Rawhide, performed and recorded by popular singer Frankie Laine; the theme to Happy Days (from 1974-84), performed by Pratt & McClain (in Top 5, 1976); the theme to Laverne & Shirley, performed by Cyndi Grecco (#25, 1976); the theme to Friends, "I'll Be There For You", which was a hit for The Rembrandts; the theme from S.W.A.T., which was a hit for Rhythm Heritage, the theme song from Pokemon, which is a long time hit for Jason Paige, and the theme song from Drake & Josh, which was a hit for Drake Bell. Jan Hammer had a major hit with the theme from Miami Vice in the 1980s. " (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)Dr. KildareTheme From ", recorded by Richard Chamberlain, the star of the television series, was in 1962 a top 10 hit in the U.S. and a top 20 hit in the UK.
Other themes, like the music for The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives, and Coronation Street have become iconic mostly due to the shows' respective longevities. Unlike others, these serials have not strayed from the original theme mix much, if at all, allowing them to be known by multiple generations of television viewers.
In the United Kingdom, iconic sports shows have such strong associations with their theme music that the sports themselves are synonymous with the theme tunes, such as football (Match of the Day theme), cricket (Booker T. & the M.G.'s, "Soul Limbo"), motor racing (Roger Barsotti's Motor Sport and the bassline from Fleetwood Mac's The Chain), tennis (Keith Mansfield's Light and Tuneful), snooker (Drag Racer by the Doug Wood Band), and skiing (Pop Goes Bach, the theme to Ski Sunday). Themes in the United States that have become associated with a sport include Johnny Pearson's "Heavy Action" (used for many years as an intro to Monday Night Football), "Roundball Rock" (composed by John Tesh as the theme for the NBA on NBC during the 1990s and early 2000s), "Bugler's Dream" (used in ABC and NBC's coverage of the Olympics) and the theme to ESPN's nightly sports highlight show, SportsCenter. A notable theme that was once associated with a sport, but because of its popularity, spread network-wide was the NFL on Fox theme, which is now used for MLB on Fox and NASCAR on Fox broadcasts, and is regarded as the network's single theme by October 2010.
Most television shows have specific, melodic theme music, even if just a few notes (such as the clip of music that fades in and out in the title sequence for Lost, or the pulsing sound of helicopter blades in the theme music for Airwolf). One exception is 60 Minutes, which features only the ticking hand of a Heuer stopwatch. Another recent exception is Body of Proof which has no theme song, and barely even has a title sequence.
Also notable is the Law & Order series, which started out with one theme song for Law & Order, and remixed it for its four spinoffs (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Trial by Jury and Law & Order: LA). The related shows Crime and Punishment, New York Undercover. Arrest & Trial and Stars Earn Stripes also aired with a remix of the theme.][
Also CSI: NY uses the first strophe of "Baba O'Riley" for its opening sequence, but with a remixed version of the instrumental track.][
Radio programs with notable theme music include Just a Minute, which uses a high-speed rendition of the Minute Waltz by Frédéric Chopin; The Archers, which has Barwick Green; Desert Island Discs which has By the Sleepy Lagoon, and The Rush Limbaugh Show, which uses the instrumental from "My City Was Gone."
In talk radio, a different theme song is often used to introduce each segment, and the music (usually popular music of some sort) will often relate to the topic being discussed. John Batchelor is noted for his use of highly dramatic orchestral scores leading in and out of each segment of his weekly show.
Many video games feature a theme song that is distinctive to the series. A popular one to date is the Prelude Theme from the SeriesFinal Fantasy, which is played on most, if not all, of the title screens of the original games, most notably Final Fantasy I to Final Fantasy IV. The newer ones also feature the theme, albeit usually modernized, and played during the ending credits.
Music of Cowboy Bebop
"Secret Agent Man" is a song written by Steve Barri and P. F. Sloan. The most famous recording of the song was made by Johnny Rivers for the opening titles of the American broadcast of the British spy series Danger Man, which aired in the U.S. as "Secret Agent" from 1964 to 1966. The song itself peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song evokes secret agents both musically (making use of a memorable guitar riff written by Chuck Day and inspired by Monty Norman's James Bond theme) and through its lyrics (which describe the dangerous life of a secret agent). In an unusual situation, due to the format of the series, the show's original British theme song, an instrumental entitled "High Wire", was actually retained as it was played over the episode credits following the "Secret Agent" titles. The lyric "They've given you a number and taken away your name," referring to the numerical code names given to secret agents, as in 007 for James Bond. When it was originally recorded by Rivers, it merely had one verse and one chorus. Later, after the song began to gain in popularity, Rivers recorded it live, with two more verses, and the chorus repeated twice more. The "live" version was recorded in 1966 at the Whisky A Go Go, but not released until after a few studio production touchups were done shortly after.
Mel Tormé had a minor contemporary hit with a cover in 1966, the same year Rivers released the song.
In 1974, the song was recorded by Devo and again in 1979 on the Duty Now for the Future album with a jerky, heavily modified arrangement and significantly altered lyrics (sung by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh). The 1974 recording was featured as a music video in Devo's independent short film, In The Beginning Was The End: The Truth About De-Evolution. The song was a favorite of Devo fans, entering the setlist in 1977 and remaining until 1980 (and returned to the band's setlist in 2006). This Devo cover was in turn covered by the Japanese band Polysics in the 2000s.
A Spanish version, "Hombre Secreto", recorded by The Plugz, features on the soundtrack to the film Repo Man. "Secret Agent Man" was also covered by Bruce Willis on his album The Return of Bruno. The song opened with the sounds of a car door being opened and closed, footsteps, and a single gunshot. The original Johnny Rivers version of the song was used in the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery as a nod to Danger Man. In 1978, Detroit MI-area punk-styled band Cinecyde recorded an aggressive but authentic cover version for their Black Vinyl Threat EP on Tremor Records, a recording later collected on their CD You Live A Lie You're Gonna Die.
The band Blotto recorded a live version of the song in the mid-1980s, which was eventually released on their Then More Than Ever album in 1999.
Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for the episode "The Chipmunk Who Bugged Me" from their TV series.
The song was illegally used as the ending credits song on a NES pirate game in 1991.
In 1995, this song was played by Blues Traveler in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, in a version which was faster than the original. In 2000, an updated version, recorded by Supreme Beings of Leisure, was used for the opening credits of the UPN series Secret Agent Man. This led to some media coverage erroneously calling the series a remake of Danger Man/Secret Agent. This is one of the few songs that has been used for the opening credits of more than one unrelated series.
Performance artist Laurie Anderson quoted the opening lines of the song in the title track of her 1982 album Big Science. In fact, she misquoted them, altering 'There's a man...' to 'Here's a man...' and 'To everyone he meets he stays a stranger' to 'Everywhere he goes he stays a stranger'.
The 1987 Exidy game "CrackShot" features the original version's opening riff (actual digitized sound) as background music for the "Police Alley" minigames.
This song was also covered by The Toasters and included on the 1996 album Hard Band for Dead.
The theme song to the cartoon Teen Titans, performed by Puffy AmiYumi, uses similar chords to "Secret Agent Man" -- minus the chorus—with different lyrics appropriate to the Teen Titans.
The song was played at the end of Bowfinger, in the film-within-a-film where Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) plays a secret agent/action hero much like John Drake or James Bond, with Jiff Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) playing his partner. When they are attacked by a group of ninjas, the songs segues into a cover version of "Kung Fu Fighting".
In 2000, the song was featured on the soundtrack to the film The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. A new edition of the sheet music for the song featured a cover showing the characters from the film. The soundtrack for the film was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, which famously covered the song.
In a U.S. commercial for the video game Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland, this song is featured, with lyrics changed to fit with Kirby.
It has also been covered by surf punk pioneers, Agent Orange in 1984 on the When You Least Expect It EP. Heavy metal band Cirith Ungol covered the song on their Servants of Chaos compilation. The Pagans, a punk band from Cleveland, covered the song live and it appears as the B-side of the "Dead End America" 7" as well as on the "Live Road Kill" compilation.
The theme song for TUFF Puppy and Special Agent Oso are parodies version of this song.
The song has been adapted by Walmart for use in a previous TV commercial with the lyrics changed to "He's the rollback man."
In Phineas and Ferb, Perry the Platypus has his own version of this song.
On February 23, 2000, a Japanese cover by Secret Agent (including members such as Higashiyama Noriyuki, Nishikido Ryo, and other Johnny's Juniors) was released.
Mexican band Psychotic Aztecs recorded a Spanish cover as "Agente Secreto" on their album Santa Sangre.
The cast of The Secret Life of the American Teenager has made a music video of this song with Allen Evangelista as the titular "agent".
The song has been covered by Rachael MacFarlane on her 2012 debut album Hayley Sings. The album's title refers to MacFarlane's character Hayley Smith on her brother Seth's show American Dad!, the daughter of the shows titular character Stan Smith, a secret agent for the CIA.
Brave New World (TV series)
The Cowboy Bebop anime series was accompanied by a number of soundtrack albums composed by Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts, a diverse band Kanno formed specifically to create the music for the series, with a principal focus in jazz. The recordings were an international effort with many names attached, including that of recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder.
"Tank!" is the opening song for the popular anime series Cowboy Bebop. The song, written by Yoko Kanno and performed by the Seatbelts, has an extensive alto saxophone solo played by Masato Honda, as well as a fill part at the end. The song is a big band jazz piece in a Latin infused hard bop style with a rhythm portion that combines a double bass and bongo drums.
"Tank!" is primarily an instrumental piece, though it does feature some spoken male vocals (provided by long-time collaborator with Kanno, Tim Jensen) in the introductory portion of the song, thematically jazz in style. The vocal portion provides a lead-in to the instrumental portion, and its final lyrics, "I think it's time to blow this scene. Get everybody and the stuff together. Ok, three, two, one let's jam," signal the beginning bursts of the majority, purely instrumental end of the song.
It has been featured on the soundtracks to the series and as the original opening theme it is somewhat iconic, one of several popular pieces which are still closely associated with the Bebop series. It has also been occasionally used as background music for some international commercials, such as a preview for My Own Worst Enemy.
A piano cover of "Tank!" appears on GAME, the debut charity album of Piano Squall.
"The Real Folk Blues" is the first ending theme for Cowboy Bebop. The song was performed by the Seatbelts, featuring vocals by Mai Yamane. The song was composed and arranged by Yoko Kanno, with lyrics by Yuho Iwasato. The track appears on the series-related album Cowboy Bebop Vitaminless . The song is one of few songs in the series to be sung in Japanese.
The song is not used for the end credits in "Jupiter Jazz, Pt. II" and the finale "The Real Folk Blues". However, an alternate version of the song entitled "See You Space Cowboy..." plays during the final episode as the prelude to the climax. It appears on the Cowboy Bebop: Blue album as a bonus track.
Cowboy Bebop is the first album created for the series, and the most easily categorized in terms of genre, as an outlet for many of the trademark bebop tracks. It begins with the show's theme song, Tank!. The track Bad Dog No Biscuits opens with a cover of the Tom Waits composition Midtown before diverting wildly in its interpretation.
The album received a 5/5 rating from Allmusic.
Cowboy Bebop Vitaminless is the first mini-album. It features the end credits theme from the series, The Real Folk Blues.
Like many other commonly revisited motifs in the soundtracks, the track Spy is an alternative approach to You Make Me Cool, which appears on the No Disc album.
Cowboy Bebop No Disc is the second soundtrack album, which shows off a demanding stylistic variety unseen in its predecessor, incorporating bluegrassy banjo, heavy metal, Japanese pop, lounge, swing, chorale, and scat-singing among other styles, as well as the usual blues and jazz pieces.
Cowboy Bebop Blue is the third soundtrack album, featuring many vocal pieces, including a setting of the Ave Maria text, performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Anthony Inglis.
It was released on May 1, 1999. Regarding the album, Allmusic wrote, "Of the more than ten discs released in conjunction with Cowboy Bebop, Blue is undoubtedly the best, representing the widest variety of genres."
Cowboy Bepop Ask DNA is a maxi single released in 2001, an accompaniment to Cowboy Bebop Future Blues. It consists of a few highlights from Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, including the title theme, "Ask DNA", a song which is more pop-oriented than anything else performed by the band.
Cowboy Bebop Future Blues is the main soundtrack from Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. It explores additional styles even further, such as country-western and Arabic music.
The song 3.14 features Aoi Tada reciting the first 53 digits of pi to a tune. However, toward the end, she appears to say 751582 when the actual sequence is 7510582—easily rectified without disturbing the rhythm of the song. It is unknown whether she made a mistake or merely breathed out the 0 inaudibly.][
Cowboy Bebop Tank! THE! BEST! compiles previously-released material, mostly vocal pieces, with three all-new songs written for the 2005 game, featuring the vocals of Ilaria Graziano. The first pressing of the CD included a bonus sticker. These songs were the last new material released by The Seatbelts.
Cowboy Bebop Remixes: Music for Freelance is a collection of songs remixed by popular American and British DJ's, including many from the popular Ninja Tune label. Mr. Scruff spoke to British magazine Impact of his remix of Cat Blues, telling Andrez Bergen that he chose it "as it was a great, old sounding tune, simple with loads of personality. The parts were so well recorded that it was a pleasure to remix! I chopped it up into a kind of stuttering drumbox jazz wobbler."
The premise of the album is that the CD is a recording of a pirate radio station, and each song is humorously introduced by the DJ, in English. These tracks are called the "Radio Free Mars Talks". They are credited as follows:
Cowgirl Ed is a limited edition Mini-CD. This single came packaged with the first pressing of Future Blues and is currently out of print.
The Cowboy Bebop Boxed Set includes four regular size CDs, one bonus Mini CD, and a 52 page booklet (in Japanese). The booklet includes interesting trivia, track listing, interviews, and lyrics. Disks 1, 2 and 3 contain new and previously released tracks from the series, performed by the Seatbelts. Disk 4 contains live tracks from the Seatbelts on tour, as well as some unreleased movie tracks. The dialogue tracks are not songs, rather, they are vocal samples taken directly from the Japanese version of the series. It was released on June 21, 2002, and is now out of production.
The boxed set received an enthusiastic 4/5 review from Allmusic, citing its eclectic blend of genres and an appeal going beyond anime fans to "any adventurous listener", but also mentioned that the spoken dialogue tracks detracted from its accessibility.
The scripts for the dialogue tracks are credited to Shinichiro Watanabe and Dai Sato and the translation was done by Agnes S. Kaku.
Tracks in bold are exclusive to this boxed set.
Accompanying the release of the Cowboy Bebop Remixes: Music for Freelance album and the Ask DNA Maxi-Single were two EP's released on 12" vinyl containing a selection of material from the aforementioned albums. Both EP's came in plain white jackets with printed graphics on the record label and played at 33⅓ rpm. Both albums were released independently with Remixes using the catalog number BEBOP 001 and Ask DNA using BEBOP 002.
The first EP, simply dubbed Remixes and released in 1999 contains 5 tracks taken from the Music for Freelance CD. Around the label there are trademarks for Sunrise and Victor Entertainment, followed by a line that reads DJ Promo Only Not For Resale. It is not known how many copies were produced. The track list for the EP is below;
The second EP, dubbed Ask DNA and released in 2001 contains all 5 tracks from the Ask DNA Maxi Single. This EP was released through the Cowboy Bebop Japanese Fanclub as promotional material in limited quantities. It came in a plain white jacket with a sticker on the outside containing the Seatbelts logo and an advertisement for the CD release of Ask DNA. The track list for the EP is below;
This Life (Theme from Sons of Anarchy)
Brave New World was an ABC TV mini-series aired in 1999, about the possibilities in the 21st century.
They Might Be Giants contributed music to the show.
Television in the United States
"This Life" is the theme song for the FX television series Sons of Anarchy, written by singer-songwriter Curtis Stigers, Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner, producer Bob Thiele Jr. and show creator Kurt Sutter while it was performed by Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers.
Musician Dave Kushner, of Velvet Revolver, began collaborating with friend and producer Bob Thiele Jr. on the main theme song and end credit theme for the FX television series Sons of Anarchy. Kushner originally wrote the riff with Shooter Jennings in mind before using it for the theme. Thiele then contacted Curtis Stigers to write lyrics and sing the theme, who recorded the song at Cunningham Audio Production in Boise, Idaho. Show creator Kurt Sutter also cowrote the lyrics to the song. When speaking about why he cowrote the theme for the show, Kushner stated that:
An Irish-themed version of the song was used for several episodes in season 3 (those in which SAMCRO members were present in Belfast, Northern Ireland).
"This Life" received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in 2009, but lost out to the theme for the PBS television series Great Performances. Commenting on the nomination, Kushner stated that he was "honored to be recognized by and to receive this nomination from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences." The following year, they received an ASCAP Award for the theme.
The song was released in September 2008 on the Sons of Anarchy: North Country - EP, which featured music from the television show by Anvil, Franky Perez and Audra Mae, via iTunes. It is also available in the album Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1–4.
Fox Entertainment Group
Television is one of the major mass media of the United States. Household ownership is 96.7% and the majority of households have more than one. Its peak was the 1996-1997 season with 98.4% ownership.  As a whole, the television networks of the United States are the largest and most syndicated in the world.
As of August 2013, there are approximately 114,200,000 American households with television.
Fox Entertainment Group, Inc is an American entertainment industry company that owns film studios and terrestrial, cable, and direct-broadcast satellite television properties. Fox Entertainment Group is wholly owned and controlled by the American media conglomerate 21st Century Fox, which is chaired and part owned by the Australian-American Rupert Murdoch, since the company acquired all the stock of Fox. The transaction was completed on March 12, 2005. The division was part of the renamed 21st Century Fox after it had spun off its publishing divisions into the newly formed "New" News Corporation in 2013 as part of a corporate re-organization.
It is named after William Fox, born Wilhelm Fried, who created the original Fox Film Corporation. Jim Gianopulos is currently the chairman of Fox Entertainment Group, a position he shared with Tom Rothman until 2012.
In journalism, a human interest story is a feature story that discusses a person or people in an emotional way. It presents people and their problems, concerns, or achievements in a way that brings about interest, sympathy or motivation in the reader or viewer.
Human interest stories may be "the story behind the story" about an event, organization, or otherwise faceless historical happening, such as about the life of an individual soldier during wartime, an interview with a survivor of a natural disaster, a random act of kindness or profile of someone known for a career achievement.