The F-Word theme tune and others

Since a load of people seem to come to my blog to find out the theme tunes to popular TV programs and adverts, I thought I’d post an entry with the most common ones:

  • The F-Word (Gordon Ramsay’s food show): The F-Word by Babybird
    iTunes: The F-Word
  • The Orange ad with the couple dancing: 1/1 from Ambient 1: Music for Airports by Brian Eno
    iTunes: 1/1; Amazon.co.uk: Ambient 1: Music for Airports
  • T-Mobile: Ooh la la from Supernature by Goldfrapp
    iTunes: Ooh la la; Amazon.co.uk: Supernature
  • House, MD: in the UK, no one special; in the US, an instrumental version of Teardrop, from Mezzanine by Massive Attack
    iTunes: Teardrop; Amazon.co.uk: Mezzanine

Hope that’s helpful!

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Why no Teardrop for House?

What’s the theme tune to House? A simple question, you might think, but it has two answers. In the US and Canada, it’s Teardrop by Massive Attack (also available in the iTunes Music Store). Yet in the UK and Australia, to name but two overseas markets, the theme is an original piece, written by theme composers.

Why? I imagine licensing issues are the heart of the problem, but did Massive Attack refuse to license their music outside North America or did they simply ask for too much?

I’ll try to find out…