I don’t like television much. This isn’t to say that I am against the programmes that appear on it, rather I feel that it is a waste of life and energy to sit down at a certain place at a certain time to watch whatever is on. People tend to become slaves to their favourite channels’ schedules, spending countless hours programming videos and countless more in the perpetual stress of whether this was done right. At least when people worried about the gas being left on it was because you’re house was in jeopardy.
David Byrne once said that the ideal television show would be either 30 seconds or 8 hours long, and with that in mind comes this, the sublime opening sequence to Japan’s own Cowboy Bebop. The sequence is so powerful that the show wanes behind it, but that’s no bad thing. It’s possibly the best opening to a TV show ever, with the possible exception of the Pink Panther cartoons. What the show is about doesn’t really matter – this just hits you in the face and takes you with it.
Naturally there are other curios to be found when looking at such things. My favourite show theme of all time is Sam’s Bar (Where Everybody Knows Your Name) from Cheers, and was pleased to find the following video of a middle aged man doing a solo rendition on classical guitar.
No amount of talent can excuse this though.
And thus the “TV Is Shit Culture” argument comes full circle.