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You’re Dead To Us…Wacky and Explicitly Descriptive TV Theme Songs

In which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation of culture, or merely the fickle nature of fads.  Like most people who have taste and are also pretentious, I loathe The Big Bang Theory. There’s so much innovative comedy going right now, so much breathtaking work—30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Veep, Girls, Family Tree, Arrested Development—and yet this show with the broad characters and the easy jokes and the braying laugh track is the most popular comedy on TV, by far, is The Big Bang Theory. Even two-hour blocks of repeats on cable bring in more viewers than Parks and Recreation. In my city, reruns come on after The Simpsons every night. Whenever my son and I watch that, he always wants to stay on for the first few minutes of The Big Bang Theory. I was worried he actually liked the show (but at least he’s seven – what’s your excuse, AMERICA?). He doesn’t. He just really likes the theme …

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Greatest Un-Hits: Peter Bjorn and John’s “Second Chance” (2011)

Peter Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks” is the most indie rock indie rock song of all time. They’ve got all the checklist items covered: odd band name, maudlin lyrics about youth, catchy hook, sleepy melody, whistling,  and twee lady guest vocalist. When advertisers try to market to “hipsters,” they are thinking of this song and the people who like this song. This song smells like Williamsburg. Which is precisely why it became such a big hit, hitting in 2006 at a time when Brooklyn-flavored indie rock was starting to get a lot of mainstream attention as the Next Big Thing or The Music Of Our TImes. In the way that “Anarchy in the UK” was a representative of all punk, or “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was all of grunge, “Young Folks” is the larger world’s introduction to hipsters and their native song. The band is so associated with hipsters that the big network media machine knew enough to use one of Peter Bjorn and John’s songs as the theme song/incidental music for a show about …

TV on DVD: “Cougar Town: The Complete First Season”

When Cougar Town first started airing last fall, you could tell that one of the men behind it was Bill Lawrence, creator of Scrubs (Lawrence co-created Cougar Town with Kevin Biegel). The quick edits, snappy music cues, the manic style of acting, and the overall banter between the actors felt like his medical dramedy had picked up and moved to Florida, only the lead character was much more attractive and much less annoying than Zach Braff had become by the end of Scrubs run. Courteney Cox made a welcome return to television, yet the show didn’t know exactly what to do with her, as you can see when you watch the early episodes on the Complete First Season DVD. I hate writing that an actress as gifted as Cox seemed to be falling back into the comforts of the role that made her famous (Monica on Friends, as if you didn’t know), but it certainly feels that way at times during the first disc. However, at some point during the second disc of episodes, mid …