Barney Miller theme song

bud7h4

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The keyboard on some versions comes in on "one" with the drums, but on other versions it's early. Season 3 in particular, I thought it was on the "4 and" of the bass guitar 16th notes, but I realized it always felt slightly later than that. I think it's actually on the last 32nd note triplet before the "one". Pretty thoughtful writing for just a tv show theme.

 
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Smoke

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There are a few different versions of the M*A*S*H theme song. All are good, but the ones from the early 80's are best, IIRC. Don't forget that there's an intro and an outro (is that a word?) In any case, IIRC, the 1983 version is best. Check 'em out and report back.
 

pgm554

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Mike Altman wrote the lyrics to the theme when he was just 14.
Man ,contemplating suicide at the age is something I'll never get.
 

NouveauCliche

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The keyboard on some versions comes in on "one" with the drums, but on other versions it's early. I thought it was on the "4 and" of the bass guitar 16th notes, but I realized it always felt slightly later than that. I think it's actually on the last 32nd note triplet before the "one". Pretty thoughtful writing for just a tv show theme.

You say "just a tb show theme" like that isn't some of the most intentional and profitable avenues for song writing that exist haha.
 

bud7h4

Silver Member
You say "just a tv show theme" like that isn't some of the most intentional and profitable avenues for song writing that exist haha.
I know it's important for it to be catchy and memorable, but making the decision to come in on the last 32nd note triplet 😮 ? That seems like it was for the pure enjoyment and gratification of the songwriter and musicians, which is very cool. It's like an "Easter egg".
 
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toddbishop

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God knows how many thousands of hours I watched of those shows. The MASH theme just amazing because the orchestration changes every couple of bars-- I haven't analyzed it, but every time I hear it I catch something new.

The old People's Court theme isn't great music, but the drumming is really great.
 

RickP

Gold Member
I recall seeing an interview with a Detective from NYPD and he was asked what television show was the most accurate depiction of police life and he said without hesitation “ Barney Miller”.

now back to the topic at hand - we used to play this chart in Stage band - so much fun to play .
 

Super Phil

Senior Member
The theme from Barney Miller straight up rocks!
Rockford Files and Night Court come to mind right away as good ones also.
 
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