The Simpsons - Green Day
Everyone loves The Simpsons, but US pop-punk types Green Day decided they loved it so much they’d have a bash at the theme tune. Features a saxophone solo by Bleeding Gums Murphy. (It doesn’t.)
Suicide is Painless (Theme From M*A*S*H) – Manic Street Preachers
The theme from US Korean War sitcom M*A*S*H is not all that cheery, as the title suggests, and its lyrics are weirdly in-keeping with the Manics’ style. Their version is fairly guitary, until the extended wig-out at the end when it gets VERY guitary.
Spider-Man – The Ramones
If it’s short and can reasonably be played very fast indeed, it can probably be repurposed as a Ramones song. Here the boys ran through the opening theme from the 1960s animated series, keeping it down to an uncomplicated two minutes, leaving them enough time to record another three or four albums in the morning of studio time they had booked.
I Could Be So Good For You – the Bluetones
Write the feem toon, sing the feem toon, etc: Dennis Waterman’s take on his show Minder’s theme goes down in TV history among the greats, and evergreen Britpoppers The Bluetones, in typically jaunty throwaway style, have included it in their live sets a few times.
Batman - The Jam
It’s not a massive challenge for professional musicians to play the old “dinner dinner dinner dinner” riff over and over and sing “Batman!” every now and then, but it seemed to keep The Jam happy enough, so who are we to argue?
Spongebob SquarePants – Newton Faulkner
No, seriously. Ginger axe-merchant Faulkner is fond of this one, and happily responds to audience requests for it. It shows a sense of humour not found everywhere in the singer-songwriter field: you can’t imagine Van Morrison playing this quite so cheerily.
Mission Impossible - Pantera
Big of hair and big of riff, Pantera had this stab at the Mission: Impossible theme, in which they totally shredded. Yes, that’s a thing people say.
X-Men – Powerglove
Powerglove are a metal covers band who mainly knock out versions of video game and TV themes. They seem preoccupied with Saturday morning kids’ cartoons from the eighties, which is just fine by us.
The Munsters – Rob Zombie
Here was a theme just crying out for the metal cover treatment, and God/Satan bless Rob Zombie for wheeling it out at this concert while a giant devil stalked around the stage.
Gummi Bears – Alicia Keys
OK, as you’d expect it’s not very guitary. Fine, it doesn’t contain any guitars. But it is Alicia Keys having made the decision, presumably when sober, to sing “Gummi bears, bouncing here and there and everywhere” at an actual concert where people had paid to see her, which you’ve got to admit is nuts enough to make you curious.
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