The best thing about having young kids in the house? I get to hear kids’ TV themes, often twice as hip as anything written for grownups.
And the phenomenon is not new. I remember being astonished at the time shifts and Frippesque guitar line in this when I first heard it in about 1986:
And this classic (which everyone has forgotten inspired the Simpsons theme) has always been impressive for its red-hot band. Check out those trumpets!
More recently, Andre 3000 did the whole P Funk thing (sorry, thang) in the theme for Class of 3000:
Disney has been outsourcing lately, and it’s made them appear much more current. Phineas and Ferb has Bowling For Soup adding a ska-punk flavour (sorry, flava), which is fun, and I swear the Aussie TV version is faster than this (sped up for time?):
My latest favourite combines time-shifts, Japanese pop-punk (with a ’60s retro bubblegum bridge) and silly lyrics:
Happy to hear of any others.