Early Edition F.A.Q. - Section 8










8.1 Who composes the theme music used on Early Edition?
8.2 What other songs have been used on Early Edition?
8.3 What's with the new theme music?!?



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8.1 Who composes the theme music used on Early Edition?

The original theme music was composed by W.G. "Snuffy" Walden, with additional incidental music by W.G. Snuffy Walden, Bennett Salvay, Joseph Stanley Williams and Bill Elliott.

W.G. "Snuffy" Walden has composed the music for several dozen television programs, including The Wonder Years, I'll Fly Away, My So-Called Life, Cupid, and The West Wing. For a complete list of his composing credits, see his entry on the Internet Movie Database: http://us.imdb.com/Name?Walden,+W.G.+Snuffy

Beginning with episode 403 ("Take Me Out to the Ball Game") the theme music is an edited version of the Chambers Brothers 1968 hit tune, "Time Has Come Today."

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8.2 What other songs have been used on Early Edition?

On occasion, Early Edition has incorporated popular or classic songs into the episodes. Among those are (** denotes songs that have not been identified and/or verified by group concensus):

Episode Name Song Title, Composer/Traditional Performer/Sung By, etc.
**Blackout unknown opera music at hospital just when the generator runs out of gas
**A Bris is Just A Bris Unknown opera music that Tony plays very loudly in the kitchen
A Bris is Just A Bris "Habanera" from Bizet's "Carmen" (while Tony is at library with Abby)
A Bris is Just A Bris "I Wanna Be Around" performed by Tony Bennett
Bat Masterson "Bat Masterson" theme by B. Cordin and H. Wray
Bat Masterson "Bonanza" theme
Blowing Up Is Hard To Do "Flintstones" theme (reference made to the cartoon)
Blowing Up Is Hard To Do "Jetsons" theme (reference made to the cartoon)
Camera Shy "Them from 2001: A Space Odyssey" or Richard Strauss' introduction to "Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op 30"
The Choice "Money - That's What I Want" by Barrett Strong
**Christmas "White Christmas" by Rosemary Clooney??
Christmas "Jingle Bells" - standard
Christmas "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" - standard
Christmas "Sleigh Ride" - standard
**Christmas unknown: while Gary and Chuck at diner; teddy bear at department store; at McGinty's - Christmas song with a country western flavor; in car with Santa and Chuck
**Crumb Again Crumb "sings" a Navy marching chant: "GI Beans and GI Gravy, gee I'm glad I joined the navy."
Everybody Goes to Rick's "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" sung by the character of "Ginger"
Everybody Goes to Rick's "Someone To Watch Over Me" sung by unknown woman
Everybody Goes to Rick's "Sweet Georgia Brown" piano instrumental
Fate "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan
Fourth Carpathian "Don't Fence Me In" sung by Bernie and Carpathian brother
Fourth Carpathian "The Sabre Dance" (composer: Riimsky-Korsikov?)
Fourth Carpathian "Jeopardy" theme
Funny Valentine "When I Fall in Love" sung by Marissa
Funny Valentine "L-O-V-E Love" by Nat King Cole
Funny Valentine "You Go To My Head" by Louis Armstrong
Funny Valentine "My Girl" sung by Emmett
Funny Valentine "Strangers In The Night" sung by Patrick
Gun "Hold on Loosely" by .38 Special
**Halloween "Kind and Generous" by Natalie Merchant (??) - music at bar while Erica and Marissa talk
Halloween "Monster Mash" from Dr. Demento
Hot Time in the Old Town "Mountain Dew," a traditional Irish folk song, sung by the character of Mrs. O'Leary
Hot Time in the Old Town "The Twilight Zone" theme
Hot Time in the Old Town "Danny Boy" ("Londonderrry Air") a traditional Irish folk song sung by Marissa
**The Iceman Taketh while dancing ???
The Jury "Y.M.C.A." sung by Chuck
The Last Untouchable "I Can't Get Started With You" performed by unknown artist, possibly Bunny Berrigan
**The Last Untouchable unknown music at end - sounds like "Happy Days Are Here Again" but it's not.
Love is Blind "Rescue Me" performed by Fontella Bass
**Love is Blind Instrumental music playing while Marissa fixing dinner at her apartment -- unknown title/performer
Luck of the Irish "If Sick Is It Tea You Want" by Jimmy Moore and Pat Broaders
Luck of the Irish "Colonel Fraziers" by Jimmy Moore and Pat Broaders
**Luck of the Irish "Charlie Butler's" by Jimmy Moore and Pat Broaders (if not exactly "Charlie Butler's," then something remarkably similar)
Luck of the Irish "The Conoreel" by "Jimmy Moore and Pat Broaders"
Mel Schwartz, Bounty Hunter "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood
**Number One With a Bullet Unknown songs by Coolio
Number One With a Bullet unknown choir tunes sung by Marissa and the choir
Occasionally Amber "One Fine Day" by The Chiffons
Occasionally Amber "My Cherie Amour" by Stevie Wonder sung along to by Chuck
Occasionally Amber "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails" from "Top Hat" sung by Chuck
Occasionally Amber "Get Me To The Church On Time" sung by Chuck
Occasionally Amber "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer (?)
Performance Anxiety "What a Wonderful World" performed by Louis Armstrong
Phantom at the Opera "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot performed by unknown artist
Pinch Hitters "It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary, sung by the character of Walter Stites
Pinch Hitters "Stardust" by Glenn Miller (?)
Pinch Hitters "String of Pearls" by Glenn Miller (?)
**Pinch Hitters "The Very Thought of You" by (?) (maybe... music when Walter tells Marissa and Emmet about his wife)
Pinch Hitters "Off We Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder" or "The Army Air Corps" by ??
Play It Again, Sammo "Wild Angels" by Martina McBride
Play It Again, Sammo "Broken Wing" by Martina McBride
Redfellas "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from Handel's oratorio Solomon (during the first interior Embassy scene, right before the fire)
Redfellas "Violin Concerto No 1 op 77 (99) in A Minor: IV Burlesque: Allegro con brio" by Dmitri Shostakovich (in Yuri's cab)
**Redfellas violin music at end of episode played by Paulina and Yuri
**Romancing the Throne the Conga tune on the jukebox - unknown title/artist
**Run, Gary, Run Greek music at restaurant ???
Saint Nick "We Are Marching" performed by the Children's Choir
Saint Nick "Strawberry Fields Forever" sung in a dolphin-like way by Patrick
**Saint Nick Opera music -- unknown
Slippity-Doo-Dah "Oh Happy Day" sung by the choir
**Slippity-Doo-Dah unknown music at strip club
Take Me Out to the Ball Game "Toreador Song" from Bizet's Carmen
Take Me Out to the Ball Game "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" - instrumental
Theme (Season 4) "Time Has Come Today" by Chambers Brothers
Time "Boogie, Oogie, Oogie" performed by A Taste of Honey
Weathergirl "If I Were A Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof, sung by the character of Uncle Phil
Where or When "Where or When" performed by unknown artist
**Where or When music during flashback scenes
Wild Card "Hello, Mary Lou" sung by Gary
**Wild Card music at the Rave ??

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8.3 What's with the new theme music?!?

Although fans were quite fond of the original theme, TPTB decided it was "time" for a change. Perhaps to reflect more of the action side of Early Edition, the theme music was changed to an edited version of the Chambers Brothers 1968 hit tune, "Time Has Come Today" starting with episode 403 ("Take Me Out to the Ball Game"). Some hate it, some love it. Either way, it appears that it's here to stay.

The lyrics to the portion of "Time Has Come Today" heard in the opening are as follows:

Time has come today
Young hearts can go their way
Can't put it off another day
I don't care what others say
There are things to realize
Time has come today
Time has come today

(Note: This theme music has not been heard on the episodes airing on Fox Family Channel -- apparently the rights to the song did not transfer over along with the syndication rights)

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