Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WACKY WEDNESDAY: TV Themes With a Twist


Here are a few twisted rock 'n' roll takes on some of your favorite television theme songs.

Let's start with  a reliable old  psychobilly group, Elvis Hitler, who brought Hendrix to Hooterville with this 1980s mash-up, "Green Haze.".



Iggy Pop paid tribute to songwriter Neil Hefti and Adam West in his glorious live cover of  "Batman."



I was too old to appreciate The Banana Splits Saturday morning  kiddie show in the '70s. But I'll never be too old for The Dickies' version of the theme song.



When I hear Husker Du's version of Sonny Curtis' "Love Is All Around," the theme to the Mary Tyler Moore Show, I truly believe I'm going to make it after all.



The Chicano punk band Manic Hispanic brought took Gilligan's Island to the barrio. (It's from a 1997 compilation called Show & Tell: A Stormy Remembrance Of TV Theme Songs  a fun collection of rock 'n' roll TV theme covers.)



And speaking of Gilligan's Island, here's a version that sparked a vicious lawsuit filed by led Zeppelin's lawyers that resulted in a court order requiring the band Little Roger & The Goosebumps to destroy all copies of the record.

Ironically, Robert Plant in a 2004 interview on NPR's Fresh Air said this was his favorite parody of "Stairway to Heaven." (He talks about that right around the 15 minute mark.)

To which "Little" Roger Clark replied in a 2007 interview, "Thanks for nothing, Bob. Well, I met him. He said, `Oh, I’ve always liked this record.' It was Jimmy Page and the manager that hated it. But that’s just like any business situation. `I love you, babe, but my partner’s got a problem.' "

Some copies of the original are still floating around. And Little Roger & The Goosebumps released a legal version 16 years ago,