News: Matt Berry Releases TV Themes Album

Matt Berry is to release an album of television themes.

Television Themes is inspired by his youth. It’s a collection of TV theme tunes that have not only influenced Berry but undergone a fascinating and unique metamorphosis under his musical stewardship, recorded on his own and with his regular band The Maypoles in his newly built studio. It includes favourites such as Are You Being Served? and Rainbow alongside lesser known themes from Picture Box and Wildtrak and those that transcend the decades, Doctor Who and Top Of The Pops…

Combining his love of music production and his passion for the ‘signature tune’, Television Themes sees Berry enhance his musical reputation following the success of  his previous releases encapsulating  Berry’s formative years as a viewer and  paired with  his boundless appetite for music –  be it  psych-folk, electronica, jazz or Prog. Genre-defying, mixed with a love of nostalgia, Matt Berry once again finds a home at the small but perfectly formed London-based independent label Acid Jazz Records. It really is a release that perfectly fits the label.

Berry says: “It’s a covers album, just an appreciation of a time when the signature tune and title sequence were both important elements within the overall theme, atmosphere and tone of a television show. I’ve always loved these now lost, rare and in some cases forgotten themes so, as with everything I do artistically, I set out to please myself and capture these gems as best as I could and make them available on vinyl, some possibly for the first time?”

It has also been reported that American cable broadcaster IFC has picked up all three seasons of Barry's C4 sitcom Toast of London and will launch them in 2019.

The full track-listing is:

Are You Being Served? (1972-1985)

The Good Life (1975-1978)

LWT (1968 – 1972)

Blankety Blank (1979 – 1990)

Top Of The Pops (1963 – 20050

Picture Box (1966-1990)

The Liver Birds (1969 – 1979)

Thames Television (1968 – 1992)

Rainbow (1972-1997)

Doctor Who (1963- present)

Wildtrak (1979-1984)

World In Action (1963-1998)

Sorry (1981 – 1988)

Open University

The album is released on October 5 through Acid Jazz Records. Pre-order signed copies here.

 

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