Saturday, September 18, 2004

Popular Ditty Turns 40

The most popular song at US sporting events, the theme to the Addams Family, turns 40 this year along with the TV debut of the show itself. The show, based on the macabre New Yorker cartoons by Charles Addams, first aired in 1964. Its catchy and well-known theme was composed and performed by Vic Mizzy. According to Mizzy, the now-famous snapping was improvised when he first performed it for the studio as they didn't have any instruments.

Mizzy is also responsible for the theme song found in Sam Raimi's Spiderman. The score to the movie, of course, is done by Danny Elfman. Elfman himself is no stranger to the spotlight. He was the frontman for Oingo Boingo (who did "Weird Science" for the movie of the same name) and has composed, in addition to Spiderman I and II, the themes to: The Simpsons, The Hulk, Dick Tracy, Men in Black, and almost every Tim Burton movie.

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