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"Meet the Flintstones", also worded as "(Meet) The Flintstones", is the theme song of the 1960s animated 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".

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1. Background

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, which may have been why it was changed in the third season.[1]

Before being adopted as the TV theme, "Meet the Flintstones" was released on the Golden Records 78 rpm children's record release Songs of the Flintstones (Golden R680, 1961), as the A-side to a version of "Rise and Shine" with lyrics. It includes verses related to Barney and Betty Rubble and to Dino that are not heard in the later TV version. The melody of "Meet the Flintstones" can also be heard as incidental music in some episodes of the first two seasons.

Starting in Season 3, Episode 3 ("Barney the Invisible"), "Meet the Flintstones" became the opening and closing credits theme. This version was recorded by a 22-piece big band conducted by Curtin and performed by the Randy Van Horne Singers. The melody is believed to have been inspired from part of the B section of the second movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 17 (The "Tempest").[2] The "Meet the Flintstones" opening was later added to the first two seasons for syndication, with "Rise and Shine" restored when the series was rereleased to syndication and, later, home video in the 1990s. The musical underscores were also credited to Curtin for the show's first five seasons; Ted Nichols took over in 1965 for the final season.[1] 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.

2. Popularity

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.[3][4]

3. Jazz Standard

Recorded in E-flat major, "Meet the Flintstones" has become a jazz standard; it conforms to the structure known as rhythm changes, a well-known kind of jazz composition. It is often played to amuse audiences as part of a medley, in what is known as "jazz humor".[5] The International Association of Jazz Record Collectors calls it "campy" and "cheek by jowl".[6] Often performed at an exhilarating pace, it is technically challenging for some. The song has been performed in the middle of a jazz medley with "It Never Entered My Mind" and "I Love Lucy".[7] In 2015, The Brian Setzer Orchestra recorded a version with Christmas-themed lyrics, "Yabba-Dabba-Yuletide", on its Christmas album Rockin’ Rudolph.

The song was featured in the sitcom Full House and its successor Fuller House.[8]

4. The B-52's Cover

The song was covered by American new wave band the B-52's, with an additional verse added, as "the B.C. 52's", a fictional band from the film The Flintstones. It was released as a single from the movie's soundtrack, peaking at number 33 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was the band's joint highest entry on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart at number three, tying with "Summer of Love" from 1986. The song was also the band's second-highest-charting single in the U.K. (the highest being "Love Shack" at number two), also peaking at number three.

4.1.Critical Reception

Larry Flick wrote in Billboard, "That's actually enduring kitsch rock act the B-52's having a field day with the theme from the classic animated series. Lifted and revamped from the soundtrack to the upcoming movie, the track pushes an insistent tribal beat, topped with snatches of cartoon music and vocal loops. Props to remixer Junior Vasquez for a valiant effort. He handles the task of turning a novelty tune into hip jam with agility. Still, the whole thing is so weird that punters may stand and listen before they begin to twirl."[9] Pan-European magazine Music & Media commented, "Yabba Dabba Doo! Temporarily renamed BC-52's, Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson make a credible Fred and Wilma on this 'remake of the cartoon's classic theme song."[10] Alan Jones of Music Week wrote, "The Flintstones movie spins off its first single, a quirky remake of the familiar theme tune by the barely incognito B52's. Great fun, in both its succinct pop edit and a stomping house remix."[11]

4.2. Track Listings

7-inch single

  1. (Meet) The Flintstones (original LP version) (Fred's edit) – 2:24
  2. (Meet) The Flintstones (Barney's edit) – 2:28

12-inch 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-inch promo

  1. (Meet) The Flintstones (Junior Sanchez's 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

4.3.Charts and Certifications

5. Jacob Collier and Other Covers

On May 1, 2016, Jacob Collier released a multitrack vocal jazz version of the song as the second single from his debut album In My Room.[26] He won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for the cover at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.[27]

That same year, parts of the melody were featured on numerous remixes and parodies of video game music. These have been uploaded to the collaborative YouTube channel SiIvaGunner.[28][29][30]

References

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  2. Julin, Don (3 August 2012). Mandolin For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 344. ISBN 978-1-119-94397-6. https://books.google.com/books?id=UtAvwxEAaJ0C&pg=PT344. 
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  5. 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. https://books.google.com/books?id=ZPeQS5kWS2oC&pg=PA54. 
  6. IAJRC Journal. International Association of Jazz Record Collectors. 1996. p. 75. https://books.google.com/books?id=xyA5AQAAIAAJ. 
  7. Grimes, Janet (March 1993). Cd Review Digest Annual: Jazz, Popular, Etc, 1992. Schwann Cd Review Digest. p. 279. ISBN 978-1-879796-09-6. https://books.google.com/books?id=aDA5AQAAIAAJ. 
  8. 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. http://www.bustle.com/articles/145020-comparing-the-fuller-house-pilot-with-full-houses-first-episode-shows-how-similar-the-spinoff-is. 
  9. Flick, Larry (May 14, 1994). "Single Reviews". Billboard: 71. https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Music/Billboard/90s/1994/BB-1994-05-14.pdf. Retrieved March 18, 2021. 
  10. "New Releases: Singles". Music & Media: 10. June 18, 1994. https://worldradiohistory.com/UK/Music-and-Media/90s/1994/MM-1994-06-18.pdf. Retrieved May 18, 2021. 
  11. Jones, Alan (July 2, 1994). "Market Preview: Mainstream – Singles". Music Week: 16. https://worldradiohistory.com/UK/Music-Week/1994/Music-Week-1994-07-02.pdf. Retrieved April 18, 2021. 
  12. Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  13. "Top 10 Sales in Europe". Music & Media 11 (35): 18. August 27, 1994. https://worldradiohistory.com/UK/Music-and-Media/90s/1994/MM-1994-08-27.pdf. Retrieved February 1, 2020. 
  14. "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles". Music & Media 11 (33): 8. August 13, 1994. https://worldradiohistory.com/UK/Music-and-Media/90s/1994/MM-1994-08-13.pdf. Retrieved February 1, 2020. 
  15. "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (02.6.–08.6. '94)" (in is). Dagblaðið Vísir. June 2, 1994. https://timarit.is/page/2627097#page/n1/mode/2up. 
  16. "Top 10 Sales in Europe". Music & Media 11 (38): 16. September 17, 1994. https://worldradiohistory.com/UK/Music-and-Media/90s/1994/MM-1994-09-17.pdf. Retrieved November 25, 2019. 
  17. Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  18. "Jaaroverzichten 1994" (in nl). Ultratop. https://www.ultratop.be/nl/annual.asp?year=1994. 
  19. "1994 in Review – Sales Charts". December 24, 1994. p. 24. https://www.americanradiohistory.com/UK/Music-and-Media/90s/1994/MM-1994-12-24.pdf. 
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  21. "Árslistinn 1994" (in is). Dagblaðið Vísir: p. 25. January 2, 1995. https://timarit.is/page/2723094#page/n15/mode/2up. 
  22. "Top 100–Jaaroverzicht van 1994". Dutch Top 40. https://www.top40.nl/bijzondere-lijsten/top-100-jaaroverzichten/1994. 
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  25. "Top 100 Singles 1994". Music Week: 9. January 14, 1995. 
  26. King, Jason (July 11, 2016). "With 'In My Room,' Jazz Phenom Jacob Collier Is Bringing Jubilation Back". https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2016/07/11/485261328/with-in-my-room-jazz-phenom-jacob-collier-is-bringing-jubilation-back. 
  27. "59th Grammy Winners: Jacob Collier". https://www.grammy.com/photos/jacob-collier. 
  28. Schreier, Jason (March 9, 2016). "This YouTube Channel Is Definitely The Best Place To Listen To Video Game Music". http://kotaku.com/this-youtube-channel-is-definitely-the-best-place-to-li-1763800607. 
  29. Morris, Tatiana (March 9, 2016). "Someone has taken the art of trolling to a new level with game theme songs". www.gamezone.com. http://www.gamezone.com/news/someone-has-taken-the-art-of-trolling-to-a-new-level-with-game-theme-songs-3434610. 
  30. McWhertor, Michael (March 9, 2016). "This might be the best video game music channel on YouTube". Polygon. http://www.polygon.com/2016/3/9/11186870/the-best-video-game-music-channel-on-youtube. 
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