What are you watching?

I wanted to be a bigger person and not put a Television in my room. My brother rolled his eyes. Mocks me every time I takeover his television. Still not putting a TV in my bedroom, but not stopping from watching TV either. (who watches TV on TV anymore anyways! right?)

I wouldn’t know how to talk to you if you said you didn’t grow up watching TV. Flop show, Circus, Small Wonder, Dekh bhai Dekh, Doogie Howser, Seinfeld are a few shows I remember loving. Now I love watching HBO Girls. Thats about it. And sometimes Comedy Nights with Kapil. And youtube clips of Conan. TV shows have an awesome power to form identity in our brain. Certain scenes, jokes, characters, personalities become an association point for our real life. The clothes the characters wear, the sets they perform on, and most definitely the music that plays on the show never leaves our noggin.

Which TV show theme songs formed the best memories for you? I can easily recall the theme songs of all the above mentioned. OK- atleast the ones with lyrics I can. I am sure its not just me. And I am sure you can come up with a much better list of TV shows. So I asked Kartik to contribute here and name his top 5 TV show theme songs with reasons why. Here they are:

{In Kartik Mahajan’s words} :-

>> Teardrop – Massive attack (House)

 One of the most profound opening sequences on television, the now cancelled show (House), had graphics in the background that corresponded to every character. In fact the lat name ‘David Shore’ is pops up on the image of a human head. The music fits with the title sequence seamlessly and also has a eerie sort of tone that sets the pace for the slow but chaotic happenings of the show.

>> Bad things – Jace Everett (True Blood)

One of the baddest rawest shows on TV, True Blood has a set of cult die hard fans and then everyone else that has found a way to look at it out of context. A show about a town full of rednecks n hillibillies living alongside vampires, demons, fairies and ghouls and their everyday lives, the title track howls brilliantly. I wanna do bad things to you….

>> Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs – Kelsey Grammar (Frasier)

Easy to sing along with, sung by the lead star and a degree of sophistication that was last seen on TV… never. Frasier has always had a massive following and the opening sequence tune can be recognised no matter where in the song you hear it from.

>> Suicide is Painless  – Johnny Manddel & Mike Altman ( M*A*S*H)

One of the greatest shows on TV ever (M*A*S*H). Albeit a bit dark and sprinkled with a generous dose of black comedy, the title track became as popular as the show. The lyrics were written by a fourteen year old in a few minutes and for years, half the world hummed them while walking around whether or not they knew anything about the Korean War.

>> Star Trek Theme (Original TV series) – Alexander Courage 

William Shatner. The original. The first man to go where no man has been before and first man to truly command the Starship Enterprise. This show changed everything for sci-fi on TV. In a matter of years it eclipsed every other attempt at sci-fi that anyone else was trying or had ever tried. The title sequence was another utterly recongnisable tune with words written to overlay the music in the most calm but profound manner. The opening track really was the calm before the storm. 

Kartik Mahajan is a new friend whom I love to debate with. About everything and anything. He is also a writer, a smart person, fashion enthusiast, and a Radio Jockey. Though he might win every argument, he did ask me to write here that he loves my blog. No he didn’t, but he cant argue with what I write here. I can see him getting mad reading this shit right about now. 

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