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Jack TV Theme Song

This is for the Philippine cable network, Jack TV; this is the one played almost every commercial and in between shows.

Man, this is just a fun theme song. Actually, I don’t know if its that good or they just play the crap out of it everyday, but, it’s catchy for sure. I’ve been contemplating on writing about this for sometime now, with all the crap that has been happening to this site, plus I didn’t think someone would actually upload it on YouTube.

But lo and behold, the composer has an online presence.

Let’s get to it. The theme, or for this matter, the “station ID” for Jack TV, was written by Filipino musician and producer Reev Robledo. He has a YouTube channel and an official site.

To tell you the truth, this is the first time I’ve heard of him—even though I consider myself quite learned in the local music industry (so I guess I’m really not). As it turns out, he has written a number of local television scores, including, among others, the themes for ABS-CBN’s Krusada, GMA’s Mel & Jay and i-Witness, and TV5’s Balitaang Tapat. Quite impressive.

Well, what else? Oh, here’s what he looks like for those interested.

So, without further ado, here’s the very catchy Jack TV theme.

Don’t Forget the Lyrics! Theme Song

2007–present

This is the one played by the band at the very beginning—when Wayne Brady is introduced by the announcer.

The tune is actually very short (in the show) as it is just a riff played over and over—but a memorable one at that. It is because it is a popular song by the band The Doobie Brothers, entitled “China Grove.” The song is over 40 years old; it was part of their 1973 album The Captain and Me.

In Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, of course it is played by the band led by Rickey Minor. We all know who Rickey Minor is, right? American Idol, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, etc.

First let’s listen to the original recording of “China Grove.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMX0ad8sfRw

Now the part where it is played in the show. (And maybe watch a little En Vogue at that.)

Oh, the “China Grove” was once featured as a song choice in the game. Very inside joke-y.

Dawson’s Creek Theme Song

1998–2003

How could I have forgotten about this when I have the CD! Oops, actually it’s my sister’s.

Anyway, this is a very known and obvious theme song so let’s just get it over and done with.

The song is “I Don’t Want to Wait” by American artist Paula Cole. If you are not a nineties kid, she also sang the very-popular “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” song (wait, that was a 90s song as well).

Anyway, both songs were from her 1996 release This Fire (which my sister also has). As previously linked, “I Don’t Want to Wait” is of course also part of the official soundtrack—Songs From Dawson’s Creek.

I guess it’s also relevant to note that there were two Dawson’s Creek soundtracks released. Songs From Dawson’s Creek Volume 2 included songs like “Crazy For This Girl” by Evan and Jaron and “If I Am” by Nine Days among others, but “I Don’t Want to Wait” was already dropped.

Wait! Internationally, Jan Arden’s “Run Like Mad” was used for the opening song in season one. The same song was also used in some DVD versions of seasons 3-6. However, it wasn’t included in any of the soundtracks.

Below is the original opening sequence (“I Don’t Want to Wait”) taken from season one.

Dawson’s Creek Theme Song lyrics (“I Don’t Want to Wait”)

Show edit.

I don’t want to wait
For our lives to be over
I want to know right now
What will it be
I don’t want to wait
For our lives to be over
Will it be yes or will it be
Sorry

So open up your morning light
And say a little prayer for right
You know that if we are to stay alive
And see the love in every eye

Below is the Jan Arden, “Run Like Mad” opening.

Dawson’s Creek Theme Song lyrics (“Run Like Mad”)

My heart is in my hands
My head is in the clouds
My feet have left the ground
My life is turning around and round.
Every voice inside my head is telling me to run like mad
Oh bows and arrows
Stars and sunsets
Hey hey hey yeah
Hey hey hey yeah
Every heartbeat every kiss just
Makes me wonder what all this is
Suits of armor
Hearts and arrows
Hey hey hey yeah

VeggieTales Theme Song

Also, “veggie tales theme song”

VeggieTales is originally a direct-to-video computer animated series that was later on featured by the Qubo children’s programming block seen in NBC, Telemundo, and Ion Television networks among others.

The theme song was written by Kurt Heinecke and Lisa Vischer. It is of course sung by the characters, primarily by Bob the Tomato—voiced by VeggieTales co-creator Phil Vischer, and Larry the Cucumber—voiced by Mike Nawrocki, another co-creator.

The song is commercially released in VeggieTunes: Songs From The Hit Video Series VeggieTales—the official soundtrack of the show.

Below is the original, long theme song and opening sequence of the series.

And below is when it was semi-shortened.

VeggieTales theme song lyrics

If you like to talk to tomatoes
If a squash can make you smile
If you like to waltz with potatoes
Up and down the produce aisle…
Have we got a show for you!
VeggieTales, VeggieTales, VeggieTales, VeggieTales,
VeggieTales, VeggieTales, VeggieTales, VeggieTales!
Broccoli! Celery! Gotta be
VeggieTales!
Lima beans! Collard greens! Peachy keen!
VeggieTales!
Cauliflower! Sweet and sour! Half and hour!
VeggieTales!
There’s never-ever-ever-ever-ever been a show like VeggieTales!
There’s never-ever-ever-ever-ever been a show like VeggieTales!
It’s time for VeggieTales!

Malcolm in the Middle Theme Song

2000–2006

Frankie Muniz is a man now.

Alright, here goes. The theme song for Malcolm in the Middle was written and recorded by the American rock band They Might Be Giants. It is entitled “Boss of Me”.

You might know They Might Be Giants for—what I consider their most popular song—”Doctor Worm”.

“Boss of Me” was written specifically for the show, and was only released as part of the original soundtrack of the series, Music from Malcolm in the Middle.

Also, because of this song, the band won their first Grammy Award in 1992, for the category Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

The band also performed almost all of the original scoring for the first two seasons of the series.

Below is the original intro for the show featuring the theme song. (Ripped from Spanish TV. Contains dubs in the end and a weird anime clip.)

Malcolm in the Middle theme song lyrics (show edit)

Yes, no, maybe
I don’t know
Can you repeat the question?

You’re not the boss of me now
You’re not the boss of me now
You’re not the boss of me now, and you’re not so big
You’re not the boss of me now
You’re not the boss of me now
You’re not the boss of me now, and you’re not so big

Life is unfair

The Defenders Theme Song

2010

Let’s see how long this show will last. Well, at least it has got some stars (fallen?) in it—Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell. The show is about two defense attorneys from Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s supposed to be funny, wait, correction, it is supposed to be a comedy-drama—so anytime you find it unfunny, that is the drama side of things.

The show has a 10-second opening sequence set on catchy tune that starts out as a jazz shuffle. Not much information about it except that (currently) 4 episodes of original music is credited to Jeff Cardoni.

So anyway, see below for said sequence.

Jeff Hardy Theme Song

Jeff Hardy, the wrestler, has used a number of entrance songs throughout his career. However, possibly the most noted and associated theme song to his name is the instrumental “Loaded” by Zack Tempest.

Below is said theme song.

Agree? Of course. Naturally, “Loaded” was also used by The Hardy Boyz. He used this song when WWE was still WWF from 1999 to 2003, and from 2006 to 2008.

Other entrance songs

In 2003 Ring of Honor, he used Marilyn Manson’s “Tourniquet.”

Possibly considered his “new” theme song is the one performed by his band Peroxwhy?gen (that’s no typo).  The song is entitled “Modest” and yes, that’s Jeff singing. The song is also considered by many as Jeff Hardy’s TNA theme song. He used this in TNA from 2004 to 2006 and 2010. He also used remixes of this song. See below for “Modest.”

Then on his return to WWE from 2008 to 2009, he used “No More Words” by the band Endeverafter. Below is said song.

As for other songs, he also used “Another” again by his band Peroxwhy?gen, and “Immortal,” which he specifically uses when teaming with, of course, Immortal.

Circus Theme Song

Alright, so in this blog, we’re not limited to television shows and movies. What we’re going to tackle in this post is the theme song to, well, circuses. Circus—as in clowns, rodeos, flying trapezes. Yes, I believe circuses have theme songs. It’s not official however (how can it be), but the whole world recognizes it.

The theme song in question is called “Entrance of the Gladiators” (sometimes also credited as “Entry of the Gladiators”). It was composed in 1897 by Czech composer Julius Fučík. He also was a conductor of military bands, which is probably why the song is a known military march (type of composition).

Now listen to the song and tell me clowns do not come to mind.

Manny Pacquiao Theme Song

Yes, believe it or not, Manny Pacquiao—as in possibly the world’s greatest boxer—has a theme song. The pound for pound king recently collaborated with a Filipino-Scottish rock band called Rag Rag and Filipina Madonna Decena of Britain’s Got Talent Fame to come up with an official theme song.

The song is entitled “Fighting Pride (Pacquiao’s Theme).” It was officially released worldwide for digital download by Authentik Artists on September 14.

I guess no more “Eye of the Tiger” as-entrance-song from now on for his fights (I wonder how many he has left.)

Manny Pacquiao theme song lyrics

Manny: Deliver me from this fight, to honor you and my country

He stays a humble guy
From Sarangani Mindanao
His passion is in the ring

He never talks trash
Speaks through his mighty hand
He will dispose off anyone

Approach Roach to coach
(He’s got the heart of gold)
The rise of the greatest champ
(Rising Manny is our champ)

The crowd they’re going wild
They love his exciting fights

Chorus:
Pacquiao! Number one pound for pound
(Pacquiao!) Faster than the speed of light
(Pacquiao!) You’re gonna fear for your life

Pacquiao! Filipino fighting pride
(Pacquiao!) Power punch when he strikes
(Pacquiao!) Knocks you out to terminate

Rap:
La Cucaracha that created dinamita
All the legends in the ring have lost a big problema
De La Hoya, threw in the towel
So he better change his name to golden girl the Mexicana
Understand that Filipino number 1
Pacman the one, will be the only one,
Smash you to the ground, taking all the crown.
Pound for pound!, round for round!,

No wonder Erik, Morales got knocked out
Marco Antonio Barrera got knocked out
Ricky Hatton can’t believe he got knocked out
He was messin’ with the best, he went down like the rest

Repeat Chorus x2:

Outro:
Side to side southpaw
Kamao ng Filipino (Trans: Fist of the Philippines)

Guitar solo to ending

Listen

P.S. Yes, I’m a Filipino.

Perry the Platypus Theme Song

I don’t think I have a category for this

Technically, Perry the Platypus, or Agent P, is a character from Phineas and Ferb. Why he has his own theme song, well, simple—because he’s cool. The theme song, tentatively entitled “Perry,” was played in the episode One Good Scare Ought to Do It! in 2008. If it was played in some other episode, I wouldn’t know. Go ask your kid.

The song was performed by by Randy Crenshaw and Laura Dickinson. It was written by Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, the creators of Phineas and Ferb.

Perry the Platypus theme song lyrics

Perry!
He’s a semi-aquatic, egg-laying mammal of action!
He’s a furry little flatfoot, that will never flinch from afraid!
He’s got more than just mad skills,
he’s got a beaver tail and a bill!
And the women swoon whenever they hear him say
(Platypus Noises)
He’s Perry!
Perry The Platypus! (You can call him Agent P)
Perry! (I said you can call him Agent P)
Agent P!

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