Matt Berry - Television Themes (Vinyl)

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Television Themes is the seventh studio album by English comedian and musician Matt Berry, released in October 2018 under Acid Jazz Records. The album includes Berry's reworked versions of television theme tunes from the 1960s to the 1980s, including the likes of such TV classics as 'The Good Life', 'Are You Being Served', Blankety Blank', 'Doctor Who' & 'Top Of The Pops'.

Born in May 2, 1974, Bromham, Bedfordshire, England, Matt Berry is an actor and musician best known for his roles on the British sitcoms The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Along with Rich Fulcher, he created and starred in the cult comedy series Snuff Box, which featured songs written and composed by Berry. He also wrote the 2004 parody rock opera AD/BC for BBC Three. As well as an actor, Matt also has a very colourful musical career and has released over 5 albums, most of which through the label 'Acid Jazz'. The majority of his music is self composed, but every now and then, he has input from his band, 'The Maypoles', who also perform live on Matt's concerts. His most famous song is 'Take My Hand', as used in 'Snuff Box' during the Elton John sketch, and in 'Toast Of London', as the main theme. His theme to 'Snuff Box' was also featured very briefly in the blockbuster movie 'Dredd' and was covered by the American R&B artist 'Geno Washington'. Berry's music style varies from progressive rock, to experimental folk, all tied together with an electronic feel, with various reoccurring melodies in some songs. His inspiration comes from musicians such as 'Jean-Michel Jarre' and 'Vangelis', who he played as a cameo on 'Shooting Stars'.


In the week that we mourn the death of Geoffrey Hayes from Rainbow, it’s fitting that Matt Berry, the star of Toast of London, The IT Crowd and other modern comedy classics, has released an album of beloved theme tunes from 1970s Britain.

Rainbow is on there, of course, with Berry adding poetic visions of “green from the rivers, gold from the cornfields”, while highlights elsewhere include a funky take on Are You Being Served? (“First floor, telephones, gents’ ready-made suits, shirts, ties, hats, underwear and shoes, going up”) and a space-age Top of the Pops. It’s an exercise in pure nostalgia and great fun with it. 

By: Aceedjas

Are You Being Served
The Good Life
London Weekend Television
Blankety Blank
Top Of The Pops
Picture Box
The Liver Birds

Thames Television
Doctor Who
World In Action
Open University

Front cover shows artist as Matt Berry, rear cover shows Matt Berry & The Maypoles, labels show Matt Berry & The Maypoles.

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Acid Jazz Records
Copyright (c) – Acid Jazz Records
Copyright (c) – Matt Berry 
Licensed To – Acid Jazz
Mastered At – Rimshot Studio, Kent
Pressed By – GZ Media – 176952E