Adam F. Goldberg, creator of ABC's new comedy The Goldbergs, thinks that television shows are missing something from the past: theme songs.
At one time, television shows would have an opening track that would sometimes last longer than a minute. The tune would sometimes be more memorable than the show. Many shows now showcase opening credits with a short burst of instrumental music, lasting no longer than 18 seconds. Not one of The CW's new shows feature a theme song, according to TV Guide.
Goldberg believes his new show, set in the 1980's, needed a theme to capture the essence of the that time period. He added that showrunners are no longer able to spare the time to include a long theme song.
"The '80s was the Golden Age of theme songs. From Golden Girls to The Facts of Life to Silver Spoons, people sometimes remember the theme songs more than they remember the show," he said. "There were fewer commercials then, and more time for content of the show. Our comedies are only 21 minutes long now, and that's not a lot of time. For me, I always look forward to a theme song."
Goldberg enlisted the Chicago-based group I Fight Dragons to make the theme song for The Goldbergs. The creator found the group on Kickstarter after they had just launched a campaign. Goldberg thought their music was perfect for his new show.
"It has a really retro sound. The band seemed like a perfect match for my show, set in the same time period."
Using the 25-year-old Nintendo video game console, I Fight Dragons uses "chip tuning" sampling audio in its music for the comedic series.
The next episode of The Goldbergs airs Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Be sure to keep checking back for more of the latest info on this series.
Below is a trailer for the upcoming episode.