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Episode 6: Action/Adventure TV Theme Songs

We are back with a new episode of the Return to the ’80s podcast!!
In this episode, Robert and Paul welcome guest host Jim Vilk (@JimVilk). Do you get frustrated when you are listening to a radio station that plays ’80s music, and they always play the same song over and over for a particular artist, when you know they have other great music? Well, Return to the ’80s has a brand new segment called ‘Listen to This, Not That.’ First up…Rick Springfield.

Also, 2016 continues to wreak havoc on us, as we have 3 deaths to talk about this week.

There is a brand new Remember That Song, as well as ’80s Trivia. Then we talk about the awesome, upcoming ’80s Crossover event. This month, several ’80s blogs and podcasts will be discussing our favorite ’80s Christmas presents. Jim, Robert, and Paul talk about our favorite presents that we either received, gave, or wanted but never got.
Finally, we get into our main topic – ’80s Action/Adventure Television Theme Songs.

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– Introducing guest Jim Vilk (@JimVilk)

– Return to the ’80s is now on iTunes, Stitcher, and anywhere else you get your podcasts from.

Listen to This, Not That

Listen to This

Not That

Deaths of the Week

Margaret Whitton (November 30, 1949 – December 4, 2016)

John Glenn (July 18,1921 – December 8, 2016)



Joseph Mascolo aka. Stefano DiMera (March 13, 1929 – December 8, 2016)

Remember That Song

Last song
Here we stand / Worlds apart, hearts broken in two / Sleepless nights / Losing ground, I’m reaching for you

“Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) by Journey

Winner: Kurt Torster

New Song
Neon lights, a Nobel Prize / When a mirror speaks, the reflection lies / You don’t have to follow me / Only you can set me free

If you know the answer, email us at returnto80s@gmail.com, and enter Remember That Song in the subject line.

80s Trivia

Last Question
What color did the ghosts have to be for Pac Man to eat them?

Answer: Blue

Winner: Kurt Torster

New Question: What colors were on the original Rubik’s cube?

If you know the answer, email us at returnto80s@gmail.com, and enter Trivia in the subject line.

80s Crossover Event – Christmas Gifts


80’s Reboot Overdrive is hosting another ’80s Crossover Event. This time, we are talking about our favorite Christmas gifts. It can be a gift that was given, received, or most wanted and not received. Participants include the following:
80s Reboot Overdrive (@80sReboot)
Rediscover the 80s (@RD80s)
Realweegiemidget (@realweegiemidge)
Killer Kitsch (@killer_kitsch)

Main Topic – Action/Adventure Theme Songs

The Fall Guy (Jim)

The Dukes of Hazzard (Robert)

Hardcastle and McCormick (Paul)
Seasons 1 and 3 (“Drive”)
Season 2 (“Back to Back”)

Magnum P.I. (All)
Alternate theme
Main theme

Simon & Simon (Jim)
Alternate opening

Main opening

Closing credits (with lyrics)

CHiPs (Robert)

Voyagers! (Paul)

The A-Team (All)

Matt Houston (Jim)

Call to Glory (Robert)

The Greatest American Hero (Paul)

Miami Vice (All)

Next Episode: Year in Review/Top 10 Songs of 1980

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Remember That Song: 10/17/16

Can you name the artist and song:

You crave attention, you can never say “no”
Throw your affections anyway the wind blows

Last Song: “Charles in Charge”

Great job Brent (@jonbrent13)

New boy in the neighborhood
Lives downstairs and it’s understood
He’s there just to take good care of me
Like he’s one of the family

There are two versions of this song.

Here is the first season’s theme, which was with the Pembroke family

And here are the following seasons, which was with the Powells

And if you would like to hear us discuss this and other theme songs, check out the latest Return to the ’80s Podcast episode:

Growing Pains – Introduction and Theme Song

Show me that smile again. (Show me that smile)
Don’t waste another minute on your cryin’.
We’re nowhere near the end (nowhere near)
The best is ready to begin.
Oooohhh. As long as we got each other
We got the world spinnin’ right in our hands.
Baby you and me, we gotta be
The luckiest dreamers who never quit dreamin’.
As long as we keep on givin’
we can take anything that comes our way
Baby, rain or shine, all the time
We got each other Sharin’ the laughter and love

The ’80s was a great time for family sitcoms. We had Diff’rent Strokes, Happy Days, The Cosby Show, Who’s the Boss, and Family Ties, just to name a few. Growing Pains was always one of my favorites.

Growing Pains ran on ABC from September 1985 to April 1992. When the show started, it was about a family of five, the Seavers, who lived on Long Island, New York. Jason Seaver was the father, a psychiatrist, who had his practice at home.

Maggie, his wife, was a journalist who worked for the Long Island newspaper in the first three seasons of the sitcom. She got a job as the news anchor for channel 19 news and worked there through the middle of the 5th season when she decided to stay at home. Jason moved his practice out of the house to an office. During the last seasons, she worked at home writing a consumer awareness column for the local newspaper.
Maggie and Jason raised four children:
The oldest was troublemaker/smartass, yet charming Mike. Mike played by Kirk Cameron. He helped the ratings for Growing Pains shoot sky high, and became a regular face on the cover of teen magazines.

The second oldest was Carol. She was basically the opposite of Mike – a straight “A” student who was socially awkard at school. She was played by Tracey Gold, who is sisters with Benson’s Missy Gold.

Next was Ben, played by Jeremy Miller. In the beginning of the show’s run, Ben was quite the con artist. As the show went on, he was more naive – but still a smartass like his older brother.

The youngest, Chrissy, wasn’t born until the 4th season and suddenly “grew up” from being a toddler to a five year old between the 5th and 6th seasons. The older Chrissy was played by Ashley Johnson.

And if “jumping the shark” wasn’t enough by adding Chrissy to the family, the show jumped over a pool of sharks in its final season by having the Seavers take in a homeless boy – Luke Brower. Well, if they were going to take the show down, they were going to try to do it in style. Luke was played by future movie superstar Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Theme Song

Before the 2000’s many television shows had great theme songs. Some theme songs were better than the shows themselves. The Growing Pains theme was always one of my favorites. The name of the song is “As Long as We’ve Got Each Other,” and was written by John Bettis and Steve Dorff. There were different versions of the song through the years.

For season 1, B.J. Thomas sang the theme solo. Most of the opening song featured various works of art (similar to the opening of Cheers), closing with a shot of the cast, which goes from black-and-white to color.

For season 2,3 and 5, Jennifer Warnes joined B.J. Thomas to make the song a duet. Season 4 featured Dusty Springfield instead of Warnes. Instead of artwork, scenes from some of the episodes were shown along with pictures of each cast member growing up:

Season 4:

For season 6, the song was sung a cappella by the group Rockapella (Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego?). The photos of the cast members were still shown. But instead of show clips, a current photo of the cast member was shown.

And for the 7th (and final) season, it is no longer a cappella, and Leonardo DiCaprio is now in the credits.