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More from the TV Cream Songbook

It’s time to prise apart the covers of TV Cream’s aural anthology of retouched and reimagined signature tunes.

Like before, we’ve got one completely new offering and one old favourite (favourite in the loosest sense of the word, i.e. as loose as Norris McWhirter’s grasp of the difference between the name of first woman to smoke a cigarette in public and the fastest undersea mammal).

First, a version of the Dr Who theme that we could pretend was Murray Gold’s demo for the new series, but this would fail to convince even for one milisecond by virtue of it being understated and not having a 100-strong choir wailing carnally throughout.

You can download it here.

Second, a version of the BBC’s Olympics 2008 theme tune that we did in response the lousy effort by that bloke from Gorillaz, and which restores those elements the official one sadly lacked, namely bits where the Beeb could fade in clips of competitors, crowd noises, someone speaking Chinese, and vaguely Oriental-sounding noises that sound like someone playing the black notes on a keyboard.

Once again you can download it here.




  1. televisualcabbage

    February 7, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Hey guys, how about a theme for this year’s World Cup? Would love to hear TV Cream’s take on that, especially with such crackers which have gone before from both the Beeb and ITV…

    Aztec Gold, Matador etc from ITV
    Also Nessum Dorma and America from the BBC…

    I layeth down the gauntlet towards the cream….

  2. Chris Hughes

    February 8, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Well, seeing as we’re not getting Pop Goes Bach this year, I’d like to hear TVC’s take on the proper Winter Olympics music.

    And we should definitely have The Official TV Cream World Cup Theme, following in the grand tradition of Colourbox and St Etienne.

  3. Spence

    February 9, 2010 at 6:27 am

    The BBC’s theme tune to the 1982 World Cup is surely one of the best – “Jellicle Ball” by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

    I had the 7″ single. Even the b-side was great.

  4. TV Cream

    February 9, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Indeed, you can hear (and see) the 1982 theme here…

    Of course, Lloyd-Webber also did the 1978 BBC theme, and we went off Creamup subscriber Marina Hyde a little bit when she slagged it off in the Guardian the other week. Only a little bit, mind.

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