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January 30, 2009


joe 12-pk

Thanks, Liz! I love the original all-Moog theme, and the straight-outta-Sesame Street "Funky Brass pt.2"...The Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra's interpretation sounds like Julius Fucik, of "Entry of the Gladiators" fame. But I couldn't open the TV production internship link-- my browser (Firefox) said "the protocol (ttp) isn't associated with any program." I'm guessing there's an "h" missing in the hyperlink....


Didn't Kenny G have a collection of Morning Edition theme song versions?

I used to have a really great early 80s ABC World News Tonight themesong on my computer that was funky as all hell.

Liz B.

Thanks for the heads-up, Joe 12-pk, fixed that bad link.

joe 12-pk

On repeated listen, "Funky Brass pt.2" is really more Taxi/ Rhoda/ Bob Newhart Show than it is Sesame Street...Nick At Nite territory, in other words.

Ken in Denver

Everybody, sing along:

"We're considering
all sorts of things
All sorts of things
get considered here"

What's really comical these days is the cheery flute-music lead-in to the almost-always-grim business-news segment of Morning Edition.

John Pemble

The All Things Considered old school themes are now on my iTunes and I gave a copy to Iowa Public Radio news director Jonathan Ahl and now it's in his iTunes. Synching to iPod later. Why not? Thanks for posting these. Oddly this week I am making sure I have theme music from various NPR program available with meta data so we can roll em out fast if need be. You did a good job by the way of assigning meta data to the MP3 files. Not enough people do that.


There's a terrific 1945 comedy-thriller called "Murder, He Says," about Fred McMurray as a Gallup-style pollster who's kidnapped by a family of homicidal hillbillies.

Throughout the movie there's a recurring little song which turns out to be important to the plot, with a tune that was probably made up by the movie's composer, Robert Emmet Dolan.

And that song is, just about note-for-note, the theme to "All Things Considered."

I've been waiting for years for somebody to mention one or the other so I could bring this up!...

"Murder, He Says" has never come out on DVD, and doesn't seem to get on TV either. I found a used VHS a few years ago and grabbed it. Just now, after reading the post, I yoinked the audio for the opening credits to mp3. Lemme see if I can figure out how to mail it to Liz Berg...

Ned Bodie

ATC's theme was taken from a song from a 1940's Fred McMurrey movie(with him playing the silly goof rather than the killer or the philanderer, as he sometimes does). It was in a comedy/mystery called "Murder He Said". The tune (rather the words to the tune) led Fred to the solution to the mystery.

Ned Bodie

Dammit. Woid beat me to the punch. I guess I should read all the comments before I post. But he's right. From what I can recall, it was taken note for note from that movie. I too, had been waiting for someone to notice the similarity, but had not commented on it myself. Perhaps being familiar with Fred's more obscure movies is a trait related to a natural reticence for action..along with not reading previous posts, shuffling Fred-like in a cardigan sweater,pipe in hand,in nickeled loafers.

Stoned Mellotron

check out "All Things Reconsidered" by Phish on their album Rift


To Ken in Denver's point, when ever it's rotten news, my wife and I sing the tune adding sort of a 'wah, wahhhhhh' at the end.

By posting these versions BotB again answers a musical question that no one ever asked.


they still play the saxophone version from time to time. i like it. it reminds me of eric satie's gymnopedia


these are great - really fun hearing their theme evolve from something out of clockwork orange


Indeed, those first notes are the same. The lyric you quoted isn't right, though. The Murder He Says poem is sung as:

Onors flysis
incom beesis
onchess nobbis
innob keesis

Grandma in the film declares, "To them that doesn't know the tune, sounds like the ravings of a loon!" Actually, the tune does not solve the lyric's clues at all.

Richard in PA

Great resource...I was trying to imagine what the theme used to sound like (the 1976 version) and here it is...makes me want to hear Noah Adams and Susan Stamberg yet again...

Joe Layde

I think all the related tunes are based on Robert Schumann's "Arabesque in C Major," Op. 19.

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