If you were watching Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the other night, you might have been rather taken aback and amused by special musical guest Alicia Keys’ choice of song. Instead of performing one of her hits, she broke out a cover of the theme song to 1980s Disney TV series Adventures of the Gummi Bears. The bizarre spectacle got us thinking about some of the other covers of TV themes that have surfaced over the years — surprisingly enough, there aren’t that many to choose from, especially once you set aside the inexplicable ’90s/’00s trend of dire punk bands doing self-consciously goofy TV covers for reasons only they can explain. Still, there have been some to buck the trend, so here’s a New Found Glory-less roundup of famous bands doing TV theme songs for your listening pleasure. Did we miss any?
Alicia Keys — “Theme from Adventures of the Gummi Bears“
Proof that pretty much anything can be transformed into an overwrought ballad if you emote sufficiently and sing plenty of notes per syllable. But seriously, this has its charms — we particularly like the bit where she gets to “Gummi bears” and the crowd start clapping as if they’ve only just realized what they’re hearing (which may well be the case.)