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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Byew! Byew! Byew! or Why Does One Theme Song Click While Another Falls Flat? by Neil Shurley
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 3:01 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

I agree with you concerning the musical impact of "Logan's Run". The other series you mentioned haven't aged well because they were designed for kids, especially "The Fantastic Journey" which was anachronistic in terms of achievement--it's done with the means of a late 1960's "Star Trek" episode. Too bad you omitted to add the 1975 series "The Invisible Man", starring David McCallum whose pilot was decent, even by today's standards.

"The Invisible Man" (1975
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L4H5JlPf1M

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 5:18 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

I agree with you concerning the musical impact of "Logan's Run". The other series you mentioned haven't aged well because they were designed for kids, especially "The Fantastic Journey" which was anachronistic in terms of achievement--it's done with the means of a late 1960's "Star Trek" episode. Too bad you omitted to add the 1975 series "The Invisible Man", starring David McCallum whose pilot was decent, even by today's standards.

"The Invisible Man" (1975
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L4H5JlPf1M


I was gonna do Invisible Man and forgot! Thanks for reminding me. I'll add it. Looking forward to hearing the music...

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


Obviously this is a coincidence but The Invisible Man theme sounds like Schindler's List! Is that Mancini? imdb was vague.

Lukas

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Obviously this is a coincidence but The Invisible Man theme sounds like Schindler's List! Is that Mancini? imdb was vague.

Lukas


I had the same thoughts!
I found this info:

Open Theme 1: "Invisible Man Main Title"
[This was also the Main Title for the Pilot -- a 1975 Made-For-TV movie]

Composer: Richard Clements (ASCAP)

1978 Publisher: Duchess Music Corp. (BMI)

2001 Publisher: Duchess Music Corporation (BMI)
c/o Hawaii Music Corp.
of Los Angeles, CA

Copyright Date:
Renewal Date:

Recordings:


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Close Theme 2: "The Invisible Man (Theme fr T V Series)"
[ASCAP title variations...
aka: "The Invisible Man Theme";
aka: "The Invisible Man"]

Composer: Henry Nicola Mancini (ASCAP)

1978 Publisher: Leeds Music Corp. (ASCAP)

2001 Publisher: Universal-On Backstreet Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
c/o Universal Music Publishing Group
of Los Angeles, CA


 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   cushinglee   (Member)

Oh God, Man from Atlantis. When I was a kid I used to try to swim like him. I must have looked ridiculous.

I remember working at committing those themes to memory becasue I knew the shows wouldn't last and would never be rerun and I'd never hear them again. Didn't count on YouTube ... or FSM for that matter.

I can hum the theme to the William Shatner-Doug McLure series Barbary Coast, too, if anyone's interested.

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Oh God, Man from Atlantis. When I was a kid I used to try to swim like him. I must have looked ridiculous.

I remember working at committing those themes to memory becasue I knew the shows wouldn't last and would never be rerun and I'd never hear them again. Didn't count on YouTube ... or FSM for that matter.

I can hum the theme to the William Shatner-Doug McLure series Barbary Coast, too, if anyone's interested.


Barbary Coast! I watched about two episodes solely for Shatner, but I'm pretty sure it was on opposite something I actually liked.

Meanwhile, I kind of enjoyed the Invisible Man theme. It's got a little bit of the catchiness to it, undoubtedly due to Mancini's inability to write a melody that's not somehow memorable.

And Man From Atlantis -- yes, I, too, sadly swam that way in the pool all summer and later embarrassed myself in front of a cute girl because of it. Ugh. But I still love the tune played at the end of the first pilot during the section when Mark has left Elizabeth on the beach and then starts recalling his adventures, only to turn around and say "I have not yet learned enough." That one section, that melody, is my one and only remaining Holy Grail. I want it and, now that we've lost Karlin, I fear I shall never have it.

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Harnell's INCREDIBLE HULK theme with the urgent piano intro still gets me, to say nothing of that eternally-haunting "Lonely Man" theme!

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Harnell's INCREDIBLE HULK theme with the urgent piano intro still gets me, to say nothing of that eternally-haunting "Lonely Man" theme!

Lonely Man theme is one of the greatest TV melodies of all time.

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Harnell's INCREDIBLE HULK theme with the urgent piano intro still gets me, to say nothing of that eternally-haunting "Lonely Man" theme!

Lonely Man theme is one of the greatest TV melodies of all time.


Yes, it said everything that the David Banner character was feeling, even if Bill Bixby hadn't already done the outstanding job that he did with that role. Bixby's David Banner succeeded in making a rather dull comic book character human and feeling, and Joe Harnell's themes were perfectly synched with that.

Oh, and Lou Ferigno's Hulk throwing a grizzly bear across a lake was cool, too! wink

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 3:06 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

I can hum the theme to the William Shatner-Doug McLure series Barbary Coast, too, if anyone's interested.

Never got much into MAN FROM ATLANTIS and FANTASTIC JOURNEY, but I remember loving BARBARY COAST. I recall it being a good show (don't know if I'd think that now, since I was in grade school at the time) and enjoying Shatner's disguises. I was disappointed when it was canceled, and durned if I don't remember that catchy theme, too! That's a show I wish they'd put on DVD, to see if it holds up to my vague memories of it ...

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Listen to this sweet funky music with "Wonder Woman":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGwxxrGTLUA&NR=1

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   cushinglee   (Member)

I can hum the theme to the William Shatner-Doug McLure series Barbary Coast, too, if anyone's interested.

Never got much into MAN FROM ATLANTIS and FANTASTIC JOURNEY, but I remember loving BARBARY COAST. I recall it being a good show (don't know if I'd think that now, since I was in grade school at the time) and enjoying Shatner's disguises. I was disappointed when it was canceled, and durned if I don't remember that catchy theme, too! That's a show I wish they'd put on DVD, to see if it holds up to my vague memories of it ...


Barbary Coast and Invisible Man were up against each other on Monday nights, as I recall, so I was torn. Rhoda kicked both their asses off the air in any case!

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

I can hum the theme to the William Shatner-Doug McLure series Barbary Coast, too, if anyone's interested.

Never got much into MAN FROM ATLANTIS and FANTASTIC JOURNEY, but I remember loving BARBARY COAST. I recall it being a good show (don't know if I'd think that now, since I was in grade school at the time) and enjoying Shatner's disguises. I was disappointed when it was canceled, and durned if I don't remember that catchy theme, too! That's a show I wish they'd put on DVD, to see if it holds up to my vague memories of it ...


Barbary Coast and Invisible Man were up against each other on Monday nights, as I recall, so I was torn. Rhoda kicked both their asses off the air in any case!


That must have been it. I loved the Shat, but invisible trumps old west & disguises.

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 5:12 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Like the author of this blog post, the LOGAN'S RUN TV soundtrack is one of my very favorite FSM releases. A careful listen to the whole CD explains why Rosenthal's theme "clicks": though a snappy uptempo opening for the titles, the theme works beautifully in just about any tempo and arrangement. Each of the composers represented on the album was able to incorporate the theme easily into whatever approach he was taking to the scoring of the episode. (Those composers include Jeff Alexander, Bruce Broughton and Jerrold Immel, and there's not a bad track on the CD.) It's an amazing theme. Whatever the shortcomings of the series which led to its early demise, music was not among them. Love this album!

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

And Man From Atlantis....I still love the tune played at the end of the first pilot during the section when Mark has left Elizabeth on the beach and then starts recalling his adventures, only to turn around and say "I have not yet learned enough." That one section, that melody, is my one and only remaining Holy Grail. I want it and, now that we've lost Karlin, I fear I shall never have it.

You and me both. I treasured my audio tapes of those epiodes for a long time. Now it's been so long since I've played them, I'm afraid to see if they still work. What if they get eaten by the cassette player?

The MFA melody you're talking about was re-used in several episodes as the title character's personal theme.

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2009 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Harnell's INCREDIBLE HULK theme with the urgent piano intro still gets me, to say nothing of that eternally-haunting "Lonely Man" theme!

Lonely Man theme is one of the greatest TV melodies of all time.


THE FILM MUSIC OF JOE HARNELL is a 2-CD set with that show's music, undreamed-of fantastic stuff (to me) from THE BIONIC WOMAN, and several other titles.

 
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