Meet the Flintstones

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"Meet the Flintstones", also worded as "(Meet) The Flintstones", is the theme song from the 1960s television series The Flintstones. Composed in 1961 by Hoyt Curtin, Joseph Barbera and William Hanna, it is one of the most popular and best known of all theme songs, with its catchy lyrics; "Flintstones, meet the Flintstones, they're the modern Stone Age family".[1][2]

Background[edit]

The opening and closing credits theme during the first two seasons was called "Rise and Shine", a lively instrumental underscore accompanying Fred on his drive home from work, the tune resembled "The Bugs Bunny Overture (This Is It!)", the theme song of The Bugs Bunny Show, also airing on ABC at the time, and may have been the reason the theme was changed in the third season.[3]

Starting in Season 3, Episode 3 ("Barney the Invisible"), the opening and closing credits theme was the familiar vocal "Meet the Flintstones", this version was recorded with a 22-piece jazz band, and a five-voice singing group called the Skip Jacks. The melody is believed to have been inspired from part of the 'B' section of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 17 (The "Tempest"), Movement 2, composed in 1801/02, and reharmonized.[4] The "Meet the Flintstones" opening was later added to the first two seasons for syndication, the musical underscores were credited to Hoyt Curtin for the show's first five seasons; Ted Nichols took over in 1965 for the final season.[3] During the show's final season, "Open Up Your Heart (And Let the Sunshine In)", performed by Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, in a clip from that season's first episode, was used as alternate close music.

Popularity[edit]

In 2010, a PRS for Music survey of 2,000 adults in the UK found that the "Meet the Flintstones" theme tune was the most recognised children's TV theme, ahead of those for Top Cat and Postman Pat.[1][5] Recorded in the key of E-flat major, it has since become a jazz standard; in addition, harmonically it conforms to the structure known as rhythm changes, a well known kind of composition for jazz musicians. It is often played for the amusement of audiences as part of a medley, forming what is referred to as "jazz humor",[6] the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors refer to it as "campy" and "cheek by jowl".[7] Often performed at an exhilarating pace, it is technically challenging for some, and ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, has recommended performing the piece on piano as a "refreshing" alternative to classical music,[8] the song has been performed in the middle of a jazz medley with "It Never Entered My Mind" and "I Love Lucy".[9] In 2015, The Brian Setzer Orchestra recorded a version with Christmas-themed lyrics entitled "Yabba-Dabba-Yuletide" on his Christmas album Rockin’ Rudolph.

The theme song was featured in the sitcom Full House and its successor Fuller House.[10]

The B-52's Cover[edit]

"(Meet) The Flintstones"
Meet the Flintstones.jpg
Single by The B.C. 52's
from the album The Flintstones soundtrack
Released May 14, 1994
Format 7", CD
Genre Rock
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Hoyt Curtin, Joseph Barbera and William Hanna.
Producer(s) Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland
The B-52's singles chronology
"Hot Pants Explosion"
(1993)
"(Meet) The Flintstones"
(1994)
"Debbie"
(1998)
"Hot Pants Explosion"
(1993)
"(Meet) The Flintstones"
(1994)
"Debbie"
(1998)

"(Meet) The Flintstones" is a song by The B.C. 52's, a fictional band from the film The Flintstones. The fictional band was made up of the then-lineup of music group The B-52's, and released as a single from the soundtrack of The Flintstones, the song is a cover version of the series' theme song, with an extra verse added.

The single peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the band's highest entry on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart at number 3 (tying with "Summer of Love" from 1986). The song was also the band's second highest charting single in the United Kingdom (the highest being "Love Shack" at number 2), also peaking at number 3.

Track listing[edit]

7" Single
  1. (Meet) The Flintstones (Original LP Version) (Fred's Edit) - 2:24
  2. (Meet) The Flintstones (Barney's Edit) - 2:28
12" Maxi
  1. (Meet) The Flintstones (Space Cowboy Mix 1) - 6:55
  2. (Meet) The Flintstones (Space Cowboy Mix 2) - 6:55
  3. (Meet) The Flintstones (Instrumental) - 6:55
12" Promo
  1. (Meet) The Flintstones (Quarry Mix) - 8:00
  2. (Meet) The Flintstones (Bam Bam Tribal Beat) - 4:59
  3. (Meet) The Flintstones (Bedrock Dub) - 8:36
  4. (Meet) The Flintstones (Rock Charleston Dub) - 5:19

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 11
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[11] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 5
New Zealand (RIANZ) 15
Norway (VG-lista) 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 18
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 12
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 33
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 3


Other Covers[edit]

On May 1, 2016 Jacob Collier released his multitrack mostly-a cappella, partly-melodica jazz vocal cover version of the theme song as the 2nd single from his In My Room album;[12] in 2017 this track was awarded a Grammy in the category Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals.[13]

In addition, the tune of the theme has been featured in numerous video game music parodies on the SiIvaGunner (the third letter is an uppercase i and not a lowercase L) YouTube channel.[14][15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Flintstones The Most Recognisable Kids' TV Theme". PRS for Music. August 9, 2010. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ Shay, Jack Edward (25 June 2012). Bygone Binghamton. AuthorHouse. p. 283. ISBN 9781467065061. 
  3. ^ a b Doll, Pancho (2 June 1994). "REEL LIFE / FILM & VIDEO FILE : Music Helped 'Flintstones' on Way to Fame : In 1960, Hoyt Curtin created the lively theme for the Stone Age family. The show's producers say it may be the most frequently broadcast song on TV". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Julin, Don (3 August 2012). Mandolin For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 344. ISBN 978-1-119-94397-6. 
  5. ^ "The Flintstones: in tune with the kids". London: The Guardian. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Ake, David Andrew; Garrett, Charles Hiroshi; Goldmark, Daniel (2012). Jazz/not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries. University of California Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-520-27103-6. 
  7. ^ IAJRC Journal. International Association of Jazz Record Collectors. 1996. p. 75. 
  8. ^ "Piano delight". ABRSM. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Grimes, Janet (March 1993). Cd Review Digest Annual: Jazz, Popular, Etc, 1992. Schwann Cd Review Digest. p. 279. ISBN 978-1-879796-09-6. 
  10. ^ Urquhart-White, Alania (March 8, 2016). "Comparing The 'Fuller House' Pilot With 'Full House's First Episode Shows How Similar The Spinoff Is". www.bustle.com. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  11. ^ Belgian peak Archived 2012-04-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ King, Jason (July 11, 2016). "With 'In My Room,' Jazz Phenom Jacob Collier Is Bringing Jubilation Back". Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  13. ^ "59th Grammy Winners: Jacob Collier". Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  14. ^ Schreier, Jason (March 9, 2016). "This YouTube Channel Is Definitely The Best Place To Listen To Video Game Music". Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  15. ^ Morris, Tatiana (March 9, 2016). "Someone has taken the art of trolling to a new level with game theme songs". www.gamezone.com. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  16. ^ McWhertor, Michael (March 9, 2016). "This might be the best video game music channel on YouTube". Polygon. Archived from the original on March 31, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016.