Thursday, April 29, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks: TV Scores/Theme Songs


For the 17th week of 2021 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We return to the world of television in the TV scores and theme songs as it help makes a show with some songs being memorable with some not so much. Here are my three picks:

1. Married… with Children

If anyone here doesn’t think this is one of the best TV shows ever made. I will fucking destroy you. Honestly, I love this fucking show and who better to lead the show off than the Chairman of the Board in Frank Sinatra and the song Love and Marriage as it plays into the despair in the life of a lady shoe salesman in Al Bundy who is married to a lazy wife who wears tacky clothes and does nothing but watch Oprah and the home shopping network and takes all of his money with two kids who hates his guts as well as a neighbor with chicken legs who was married to a yuppie who later leaves her realizing the yuppie life sucks and then be replaced by an aging pretty-boy who joins Al in all sorts of shenanigans.

2. The Sopranos

The greatest TV show ever made. Featuring a theme song by Alabama 3 in Woke Up This Morning, it is a theme that plays into the dangerous life that Tony Soprano and his family live in as Tony is a mob boss from Jersey that is also dealing with issues of his own. He would talk about it through a therapist while also coping with his home life, his criminal life, and the people around him. Ran for six seasons yet it always delivered and remains one of the most beloved shows ever.

3. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

If there’s one composer in film and television that has been delivering solid work as of late and is taking the next step into being a great. It’s Henry Jackman as he’s been consistent in the music he’s created as his work for this TV show is unique as it does borrow his own work in the 2 Captain America films he had scored yet he infuses it with blues and soul for some of the themes he created. Notably the Louisiana Hero theme as it plays into the identity of Sam Wilson who is known as the Falcon yet would take on a much bigger identity. Jackman’s score definitely brings a lot of thrills as well as knowing when to set a mood as it is a reason for the show’s success.

© thevoid99 2021


Brittani Burnham said...

Great picks! I watched all of The Sopranos for the first time last year so that song is very fresh in my mind.

Sonia Cerca said...

I have no intention of watching The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as I haven't read very good reviews but that music is great.

Birgit said...

I don’t know the last song but I do want to see “The falcon and the winter Soldier. The Soapranos is an excellent song and I do love the series but not sure how often I will go back to rewatch it. Married, With Children is classic!!

Katy said...

Cool picks! Married with Children is a great theme. It's funny how Frank crooned so many wondrous romantic songs, and yet he couldn't sound more disinterested for the theme. It fits. I still have to watch The Sopranos. And, nice inclusion of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Henry did a good job incorporating melodies from The Winter Soldier/Civil War, and new songs for Sam's arc.

Sara said...

Yessss with FATWS! I used to watch Married with Children all the time. It's so weird to see it now because I am so used to Ed O'Neill on Modern Family. The theme song would get stuck in my head all the time though.