Saturday, January 21, 2012

Two Magical Moments from The Drew Carey Show

For a couple of seasons, The Drew Carey Show was one of the best sitcoms on TV. For a brief time, there was a lot of imagination, especially in the show's use of music. Here are two sequences that show how. In both of them, the choreography is fantastic. Carey is clearly a music fan, and these two dance numbers show it:

Here is An intro they used for the show for a couple of seasons. The song used, "Five O'Clock World," was a hit for The Vogues back in the '60s and was a pitch-perfect way to set up the show, which was mainly about the absurdities of office life.

Eventually they switched to a different, less effective opening set to "Cleveland Rocks" by a band called The Presidents of the United States of America. It was more provincial, but not nearly as fun as the old opening. Speaking as a TV watching expert, if I made a top ten list of the show openings ever made, this would be near the top.

Click here to go to the show clip (via YouTube).

Here is another dance sequence that's set to Tower of Power's "What Is Hip?" that the cast used to zip through six decades of American music:

Click here to go to this show clip (via YouTube). NOTE: Unfortunately, the sound isn't quite synced to the picture, but you can still get the gist of what's going on.

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