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I'm listening to an item on Woman's Hour about "secret shoppers", and they were playing tiny snippets of the theme music to Are You Being Served in between the segments. Now, I know that travesty of a sitcom is shown on what seems like an hourly basis on American TV (it will always bewilder me that shows like that and Keeping Up Appearances are often shown in the US and the complete works of Chris Morris are not) but it hasn't been aired here in about twenty years so I'd forgotten how TOTALLY COOL the music is. I used to put loads of swishy, loungey vintage TV themes on compilation tapes about a decade ago, but somehow I never unearthed that one, and it's brilliant! The sleazy horns! The bored posh voice reading out lists of haberdashery items! It's so much odder than the average '70s theme tune; I can imagine Ladytron doing an electronicized cover of it now. Fantastic.


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Aug. 3rd, 2004 02:51 am (UTC)
Sod Ladytron, *I'm* now thinking of doing an electronicized cover version of it. You're right, it did actually rock.
Aug. 3rd, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)
the aybs theme song is seriously good, and i've always wanted to have a dance remix of it to put on mix cds, maybe following the futurama theme.
Aug. 3rd, 2004 08:38 am (UTC)
3rd floor, kitchenware, underwear, haircare
I hate that show but absolutely ADORE the theme song. It goes well with Prolapse's Visa for Violet and Van, I think. So awesome.
God, I need an MP3 of it!
Aug. 3rd, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC)
Re: 3rd floor, kitchenware, underwear, haircare
If you find one, let me know!
Aug. 3rd, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC)
You might want to check out a sort-of cover/re-mix/thingy of the theme by an Aussie band called Regurgitator (sometimes they show up on mp3 downloads as The Gurge). Title is the same as the show. If you can't find it anywhere, let me know - I might be able to rip a copy and put it up on my site for you. It's pretty nifty...
Aug. 4th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
There's a whole bunch of old people who love AYBS and To the Manor Born, and the like. Fortunately, PBS and BBC America are beginning to mix things up. We've got Coupling and The Office and Wire in the Blood, and MI5, and I read we're going to get the Kumar's soon. Maybe we'll get this Chris Morris person in the near future. :)
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