A UK barbershop quartet has released a medley of 25 kids’ TV theme tunes. The Ashatones, a group formed at the University of Leeds in 2013, pay homage to classic theme tunes from the 1960s including Top Cat, The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo and Dastardly and Mutley, as well as 90s and contemporary tunes from the likes of Pokémon and Peppa Pig.
Arranged by Ashatones members Harry Style and Ashley Jacobs, the medley has been released as a music video, directed by Eleanor Pead. The video is now available to watch on YouTube or you can buy the track on Bandcamp, with all proceeds donated to Music for Youth, a charity aiming to provide young people with performance opportunities.
Full list of featured theme tunes:
Bear In The Big Blue House
Rosie And Jim
Fairly Odd Parents
Pinky and the Brain
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Dastardley and Mutley
Bob The Builder
The Ashatones shared a rendition of its arrangement of Baddiel and Skinner’s Three Lions: Football’s Coming Home earlier this year to celebrate the England v Italy final in the 2020 Euros.
The kids’ TV theme tune medley is also available to stream on Spotify.
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BBC Music Magazine‘s columnist Tom Service recently argued that we should take cartoon theme tunes more seriously.