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November 22, 2012 7:52 AM   Subscribe

Alicia Keys covers The Gummi Bears theme.
posted by nadawi (36 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
It's not too late to add this to the list of things I'm thankful for, is it?
posted by greenland at 7:56 AM on November 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


I didn't expect this to tickle me so.
posted by Evstar at 8:03 AM on November 22, 2012


Swedish Dance REMIX
Trance Remix
Metal Cover
Dubstep Bear
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:12 AM on November 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Jimmy Fallon's ability to make people not take themselves so seriously is astonishing.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:15 AM on November 22, 2012 [6 favorites]


That was incredible.
posted by brina at 8:19 AM on November 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


This was so weird because the other day I was watching Youtube medleys of 90's cartoon themes and then I've had the Gummi Bears theme in my head since then. When she started singing last night and I was trying to figure out what song she was singing and I thought "It sounds like Gummi Bears but she wouldn't be singing that..." but then it was.


cool story bro
posted by bleep at 8:22 AM on November 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


That was great.
posted by graventy at 8:29 AM on November 22, 2012


Ha! That was sweet. *groooaaaannnnn*

I want to love Alicia Keys, I really do. But her singing always sounds so flat to me that it sometimes hurts.
posted by miss_kitty_fantastico at 8:41 AM on November 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


She almost lost it at one point but kept her composure. But the amount of time it took the audience to catch on was the best part of all.
posted by tommasz at 8:58 AM on November 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


yeah she's definitely pitchy. what i don't understand is they don't even autotune that out of the records.

still, 80s cartoon theme and alicia keys are soft spots so... props for the song selection ms keys.
posted by twist my arm at 9:08 AM on November 22, 2012


Gummi Bears have their own theme song? What other candies have theme songs? Do Blue Whales has a sea shanty devoted to them?
posted by asnider at 9:20 AM on November 22, 2012


On preview, I totally remember watching that show as a kid. The theme was familiar, but until I watched the original in the second video, I couldn't figure out why. Then I saw the cartoon and remembered: "Yeah, I watched this." I remember absolutely nothing about the show, though.
posted by asnider at 9:25 AM on November 22, 2012


Do you think that pitchiness is intentional? There definitely are some singers and instrumentalists that push the tones one way or the other to create tension- I mean really subtly, not so far as to be singing on a "12th" tone. I wish I had some examples at hand. I'm not familiar enough with Keys enough to know though.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 9:49 AM on November 22, 2012


Mei's lost sandal, I've often wondered whether that was a R&B / Soul convention, to sit very low on the notes. Certainly I've heard artists push notes to great effect (Ray Charles does it a bit in this duet). I tend to think of Keys as a good vocalist (esp. compared to her pop-music contemporaries), so she may well be doing it on purpose. Her pitchiness became really apparent (and grating) to me after I heard some mashups using her songs, and sadly I can't NOT hear it anymore, try as I might.
posted by miss_kitty_fantastico at 10:42 AM on November 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thank you internet.
posted by k8t at 10:52 AM on November 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


My inner eight-year-old just had an aneurism of joy.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 12:06 PM on November 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


(But seriously, I used to watch the Disney Afternoom every day when I got home from school, clicking the manual knob through the channels to TV38. All I need now is an orchestra performing the Gargoyles theme.)
posted by Narrative Priorities at 12:10 PM on November 22, 2012 [5 favorites]


Metafilter: an aneurism of joy.
posted by liza at 2:20 PM on November 22, 2012


I used to watch the Disney Afternoom every day when I got home from school

What?! Disney Afternoon was only on Saturdays in my city. And now you're telling me that I could have been watching it on a daily basis?!
posted by asnider at 3:20 PM on November 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


This theme song and the WKRP one are both locked in my subconscious. I sometimes find myself singing them.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 3:32 PM on November 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


What?! Disney Afternoon was only on Saturdays in my city. And now you're telling me that I could have been watching it on a daily basis?!

Oh jeez, yeah. Back when I was a kind anyway, which....well, I was born in 1981, so that gives you a sense of the time frame. I actually got pretty crazy about never missing it, as I was obsessed with trying to see certain reruns, or to catch when they cycled back to early episodes so I could start a given series from the beginning.

The shows changed over the years, but off the top of my head I remember the lineup including (at one point or another): Duck Tales, Gummi Bears, Tail Spin, Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers, Goof Troup, Darkwing Duck, Marsupilami and Gargoyles. I think it was usually about a two hour block every weekday around when kids would be getting home.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 5:15 PM on November 22, 2012


Here I was forgetting Gummi Bears existed as an animated series and now it's all "well yes this delighted me as a child and shaped me morally" but revisiting the work I'm contemplating hard questions like was their underground transit network left for them by an ancient civilization (their wooden swords suggest they are a crude and simple bear-people with little aptitude for transit) and if so how did said civilization meet its end. And it's like, yes, I could google "gummi bears lore" but if I do that where does it stop?
posted by passerby at 8:11 PM on November 22, 2012 [6 favorites]


I would like to know why she did this. Even though I love both Gummi Bears and Alicia Keys, the connection of the two insists on making no cognitive sense. Please help, Alicia.
posted by Catchfire at 8:13 PM on November 22, 2012


I could google "gummi bears lore" but if I do that where does it stop?

I simultaneously hope that every crappy cartoon I watched as a kid has a deep and rich backstory and also that I never find any of it.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:15 PM on November 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


There's a cartoon about this?

Gummi bears are for eating. Stop playing with your food!
posted by CynicalKnight at 8:42 PM on November 22, 2012


Oh jeez, yeah. Back when I was a kind anyway, which....well, I was born in 1981, so that gives you a sense of the time frame.

I was born in '83, so we're looking at pretty much the same time frame.
posted by asnider at 9:42 PM on November 22, 2012


Oh man, I loved the Gummi Bears cartoon (couldn't stand the actual candy though...). Can't listen to this right now, but definitely saving this for my bedtime entertainment!
posted by Alnedra at 2:25 AM on November 23, 2012


I was born in '76. I felt that I was too old to watch Gummi bears and hoped no one ever found out because the show made me so happy.
posted by Mick at 6:17 AM on November 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


'75 here, Mick. And ditto.

Ditto also to sevenyearlurk.

And Rock Steady, I agree, and also think Mr. Fallon's ability to set up acts for internet gold is also impressive. "Alicia Keys performs the theme from Gummi Bears," is a sentence tailor made to get clicked on and proliferate.

The nerd singularity has arrived, I think. That entire bit was a pop culture reference, and I think as a cultural reference point distinguishes our present modernity from the past. Dinah Washington did at least one song that could be called novelty: "Long John Blues," but she wrote it--great performers (and Alicia Keys certainly occupies the role of Great Performer in our culture right now) have certainly done funny novelty songs and performances, but I doubt you could find many examples from that are less than 15 years old of a performer doing an entire television theme song from their childhood to connect with the childhood of the audience.

I wouldn't mind it as a trend, though, as so many of these songs are stuck in my head.

Suggestions for other performers:

"Great Space Coaster"

"Turkey Television"

"Danger Mouse"


"Animaniacs," of course, has already been covered.
posted by oneironaut at 6:59 AM on November 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


She did that song because Jimmy asked her to sing it, she had never even seen the show. That kind of made it seemed hollow; it also felt hollow to me when she was singing that, before she said that.
posted by bleep at 6:32 PM on November 23, 2012


Passerby: the gummi civilization sailed to the new world. The remaining gummis were caretakers.
posted by percor at 8:16 PM on November 24, 2012


Dangermouse would make such a great cover. As would Duck Tales.
posted by percor at 8:18 PM on November 24, 2012


"Turkey Television"

There appears to be only one surviving copy of that theme song on the internet. It's from a YouTube video, and the beginning bit is cut off. oneironaut's link has that same bit cut off, so whoever uploaded it to televisiontunes.com probably ripped it from there.

It's a shame the show is so obscure now. So much of a shame that I actually did a FPP on it back in March. Alas, to my knowledge there is still no news of a turkey revival.
posted by JHarris at 2:08 AM on November 25, 2012


(And that show used to be EVERYWHERE on Nick. And now it's nearly vanished. Sad.)
posted by JHarris at 2:09 AM on November 25, 2012


I remember the GB show but I don't think I ever watched a single episode. I only liked the theme song, which I still sing on a daily basis (although with altered lyrics, depending on what I'm doing).
posted by DU at 5:40 AM on December 3, 2012


Yeah well, a few months ago The Doors reunited to sing the theme from Reading Rainbow.
posted by wobh at 10:03 AM on December 5, 2012


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