See, the problem with this theme is people think it came from some song. Let me disappoint you this early on and say that it did not, and that there is no obscure song from which they took the excerpt from. Sorry. People who know the Australian rock scene might even argue or think that it came from a Jet song.
It does sound like something Jet would come up with. By the way, there have already been a number of different openings in the series’ 4-season run. I’ll be bold here and say that the original tunes used as backgrounds for the short openings were made by the show’s composer Jon Ehrlich. Mr. Ehrlich is known in television circles and has composed for the shows Parenthood and Party of Five among others.
I have blogged about this, but, the theme song from House M.D. is such an important entity in the world of theme songs. It fits and suits the show very, very well, and is an integral part of its character; not to mention, the song rocks.
The theme song is “Teardrop” by Massive Attack, a British music production duo. Since Massive Attack is composed of two guys, and, if you’ve heard the full version of “Teardrop,” you’d probably be wondering, “who’s the girl singing?” That would be Elizabeth Fraser of the Scottish band, The Cocteau Twins. “Teardrop” came from the Massive Attack’s album Mezzanine.
In some countries (where House M.D. is sydicated), due to rights and licensing issues, “Teardrop” is not used as theme opening theme (bummer). Instead, original music composed by Jon Ehrlich (not commercially available) is used. Jon Ehrlich is part of the the team who creates original music for the series.