Essentials: Wampire

WampireIn short, Essentials allows artists to put down their instruments and divulge about a specific topic, giving fans and the like the opportunity to connect with their interests and inspirations. It’s just unlike any other print list feature, we’re totally okay with things getting weird, candid and uncensored. For its debut, we connected with WAMPIRE’s Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps (see above) post-tour so they could name off their Favourite Television Theme Songs.

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“Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” (1980)

ROCKY TINDER: My absolute favourite television theme song of all time is hands down Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. For a while I would put this show on every night before bed and at some point, I just started falling asleep before the credits even finished.


“Fishing With John” (1991)

TINDER: One of my other favourites is the theme from the show Fishing With John. It’s very much in the same vein as the Cosmos theme. Quiet and pretty, except there is a breath-y man singing along in a voice that you can’t help but giggle to. Also it is just a fantastic show (Editor’s Note: Willem Dafoe once made an appearance).


“The X-Files” (1993-2002)

TINDER: Who doesn’t love The X-Files theme song? It’s gotta’ be one of the spookiest medleys of all time. As a child it would send shivers down my spine.


“COPS” (1989-Present)

TINDER: Ah shit, the COPS one is pretty fantastic too! Almost forgot about that!


“Knight Rider” (1982-1986)

ERIC PHIPPS: Only thing I would want to add to this is the beauty of this Italo-disco theme. Hasselhoff rules in this ladies man/crime fighter role, and the theme really sets the tone for his vigilance and braun. The pseudo Bond approach of this series is fantastic. If you haven’t watched at least five episodes of Knight Rider in a row then you haven’t lived. There’s one where a sexy woman invites Hasselhoff back to her loft in order to hypnotize him with European disco and then steal his new age automobile – and we wonder why Germans still love the Hoff to death?


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