Bill Lynch -- 'Theme To The Garry Shandling Show'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

RIP Garry Shandling. The Garry Shandling show is considered by many to be a seminal piece of self-referential postmodernism, a template of the sort of audience-aware work we take for granted today. I even knew people who wrote college papers on this thing back in the day, when we were all young and beautiful, and wrote papers about early Showtime series.

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There’s a good interview with the guy who sang this (I found out about it via this), and it includes this bit about recording this song:

Q: How did you get recruited to sing the theme to “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”?

A: I went up to this recording studio in a house in the Hollywood Hills. Joey Carbone, who wrote the song, was there. So was producer Brad Grey, who is now the head of Columbia Pictures. ... They told me here’s how it goes, here’s what we want. I go into the studio and put these headphones on and they said, “Let’s get a level.” I sang the thing, then sat there about 30 seconds waiting. Then they said, “Thank you. We’ve listened to it a couple times, and this is exactly what we wanted.” Then I walked out of the studio, stopped and turned around and said, “Excuse me, but who is Garry Shandling anyway?” They fell on the floor laughing. They thought it was hilarious I didn’t know who he was.

Good stuff.

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