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This Week’s Cool Stuff: 80s Kids TV Theme Tunes

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So, it’s Monday. 20% in the bag. But it’s still only Monday and that kind of sucks. Therefore, I’m going to hit you with some nostaglia to remind you of the days when you didn’t have to worry about presentations, politics and earning a living.

This could be some sort of mental illness and symptomatic of a deeper problem, but over the last few weeks, I’ve found 80 Kids TV Theme Tunes going round in my head, completely against my own volition. But hey, some of these tunes are pretty awesome, so by the power of YouTube, I thought I’d share some with you. The quality isn’t great on some of these, but it’s good enough to give you a warmfuzzy glow.

The Poddington Peas

Sing along if you know the words

Pigeon Street

If only pigeons were more like this and less like rats with wings. Love the incredibly British singing.

Shoe People

I’m sure I remember this theme tune being a lot faster, but seriously, who comes up with this stuff? Talking shoes? I get that there are some really creative people in the world, but there are also people on hallucinogens.

Mysterious Cities of Gold

Now this is what I call a theme tune. My brother still loves this. It’s well written, it had a lovely melody and it suits the visuals too. Awesome.

Jamie and the Magic Torch

I don’t personally remember this, but people are always banging on about it when kids cartoon themes are mentioned. I think this was before my time. Sounds like a euphemism, but whatever.

[youtube=http://youtu.be/KeMMow_Itqw]

Potsworth & Company

I always thought this was called something else, like Dream Zone or something, but this was definitely the programme I is thinking of. Love the jazz outro…

[youtube=http://youtu.be/iZS3WdRFQc4]

Dungeons & Dragons

I had a boyfriend at uni that I bought the box set of this for. We smoked weed and watched cartoons. How times have changed. I’m not sure this is actually a great theme, but it was a bit of a cult show, right?

[youtube=http://youtu.be/mfif5DiGMYc]

Bananaman

“This is 29 Acacia Avenue…” Is it slightly wrong that I kind of fancy Bananaman? Not as a school boy, but, you know, after the transformation. I think it’s that manly chin.

[youtube=http://youtu.be/lbPxRAeClJA]

Duck Tales

I would happily have this as a running track on my iPod. You’re dancing along with this a little bit, aren’t you? Don’t lie, come on now, this is awesome!

[youtube=http://youtu.be/nwH1taatvyM]

Kissyfur

I barely remember this, but I do, so I’m including it. It’s just a really happy theme.

[youtube=http://youtu.be/tZY6tO97qj0]

Sharky & George

I think this was originally French or something. I loved this docu-drama of life under the ocean waves. Educational and entertaining. Though is it me or is the key for the chorus slightly off?

[youtube=http://youtu.be/_FkI69t9eIY]

Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers

Another one that will get stuck in your head. Forgotten how well they build the tune. Love it!

[youtube=http://youtu.be/wfxIa-643zI]

Chipmunks

Simon and Theodore walking down the stairs with those top hats. I remember it so well.

[youtube=http://youtu.be/-iHZpaaVnSk]

Pugwall

And proving that the Aussies can make awesome 80s theme tunes too, it’s Peter Unwin George Wall. I remember way too much about this show, like his girlfriend Jenny, his sister who he called Marmaloid, his buddy called Stringbean, another that was also in Neighbours and I invariably fancied, and I think he called his mum Supes too!

[youtube=http://youtu.be/e7YueVrn_u0]

Have I missed any out? I know I have and I can feel a follow up post coming already.

What are your favourites? I hope I have you humming these this week and that this nostalgia brings a smile to your face.

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  • Jill Darby August 8, 2011, 9:47 pm

    Gosh! The number of Saturday mornings I spent watching those cartoons. Could have had an extra 5 years of ‘real life’. Where’s Masters of the University?

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  • Rebecca September 20, 2011, 6:50 pm

    Oh my, I’d forgotten all about the Chipmunks! You’ve put a huge smile on my face Jo – thank you!

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