February 8th, 2005

Uncle Duke

Edd Kalehoff: A .ra Retrospective

Edd Kalehoff is probably not a name known to anybody but groggenspiel and even then I'm not sure if he's familiar with the fellow's name. But we're all familiar with his body of work. Edd Kalehoff is a composer you've heard before. Many times before.

He composed many short little tunes. Catchy little ditties. Some of the songs you haven't ever heard all the way through. You've probably only heard the first couple bars of some. Others you may have heard almost all the way through. But I assure you, if you've watched enough American television, you've had some of these magical melodies stuck in your head for quite some time.

The songs are all part of the musical legends that surround one particular TV show. And if you haven't yet figured out which show that is, this oughta juggle your memory. And if that doesn't, well, this sting's for you.

(The answer? Right here in this famous paraphrase: Edd Kalehoff, come on down! You're the cue composer for The Price is Right!)

The ironic part is that for all of the pieces of music he's written that are now indelibly etched into our television-watching brains, he didn't compose the most famous piece of music associated with the show. That was composed, ASCAP informs us, by Sheila Cole, staff composer at Score Productions. And in case you're really wondering why the music sounds so dated, it's because, well, it is. There have been no new music cues added to the program since 1983. Jeez-o-pete! I've got some people on my friends list younger than that! But for some reason, the show just wouldn't work without 'em.

(and now I'll let someone else point you to the fan-written lyrics for one of the pieces in here. Can you guess which one?)

EDIT: Here's a page with a whole lot more of 'em in .ra format. FaNKS GROG
Howard Beale

Once again.

Once again, newsdroids, please listen up:

The New England Patriots won Super Bowls in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
The correct way to express this is "Three championships in four years."
The incorrect way to express this is "three-peat."
I am sure Tampa Bay would be quite irked to hear that their 2003 win somehow doesn't count.


Your pal,
Spatch



PS: Oh, and "Dynasty" was a show starring John Forsythe and Joan Collins. Hope this helps.
PPS: Actually, the incorrect way to express anything is "three-peat" because it's incredibly stupid, even when appropriate.
PPPS: You knobs.