Interesting show right here, people, right? I mean, we haven’t seen a plot this unique in years. Although, I’m still on the first season and I’ve a lot of catching up to do. So many awesome shows!
You know what’s even more unique about this show and its theme song? It’s the showcase of one extraordinary man’s extraordinary talents. I’m talking about the great J. J. Abrams. We all know that this is his show (to some extent, at least), and he marked his territory further by creating the show’s (opening) theme. That’s right, surprise, surprise.
So, what do you think? Premiere was shown just last Sunday so I guess it’s too early to judge. But expectations are definitely high for this one.
Good thing about HBO though is they know just how to promote their originals “just right.” Like the video below for example—uploaded by the official HBO channel—which is one of the first results you get when you search.
It does not get more official than this. Below is the opening sequence (and theme song) of Game of Thrones.
Series original music was tasked to Ramin Djawadi, composer extraordinaire. Although just to be careful—and because our only concern is the opening theme—I still have not found a reference that credits him for the main titles (yes, it’s possible it might be a different composer), but I’ve written enough about theme songs to bet that he composed the titles as well.
Here we go. The main theme song for Prison Break was composed by German-born Ramin Djawadi. On this blog we know him for his work on the FlashForward theme song, but he may well be more known for scoring the film Iron Man. Mr. Djawadi is the lone composer for the series, which means everything you heard during its run was composed by him (incidental music).
The theme song was also nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in 2005 but lost to the theme from Masters of Horror.
The franchise was able to release two official soundtracks. The first, released August 2007, included scores from seasons 1 and 2. The first song in the disc is the theme song, credited as “Main Titles” and lasts 2:30. Below is the full version found in the soundtrack.
The second original television soundtrack included scores for seasons 3 and 4. It included a 35-second version of the theme song credited as “Main Titles Season 3”. Below is the exact track found in the disc.
In 2006, Fox Music released a Ferry Corsten remix of the theme, entitled “Prison Break Theme (Ferry Corsten Breakout Mix)”. I am not sure if this track is part of an album or compilation though. Below is said remix.
What else? Right, theme songs for releases in other countries. Let me just present this in a linked-list format.
This is about ABC’s FlashForward—the one where everyone simultaneously lose consciousness for 2 minutes and 17 seconds—as research tells me there was a Disney show in the 90s called Flash Forward (with a space between “flash” and “forward”). More on that on another post.
So, FlashForward is kind of cool, but rumor has it that it won’t live to see another season. “Net talk” says that its theme song is Adam Lambert’s “Mad World.” It is in fact, the one used in promotions.
It has however, a very short opening sequence, where for about 5 seconds, they “flash” the show’s main logo backed by some sort of futuristic bit of music. Series original music is credited to a certain Ramin Djawadi, an Iranian composer, who is also credited for his work on Prison Break and Clash of the Titans.