Theme Song Thursday: Werewolf Bar Mitzvahs And Muffin Tops

NBC’s “30 Rock” has one of those catchy theme songs that highlight the show’s quirkiness. Its music is composed by one of the show’s producers, Jeff Richmond, who’s also married to “30 Rock” creator, writer and star Tina Fey.

The show’s loosely based on Fey’s experiences as head writer of “Saturday Night Live.” It’s hilarious, it stars Alec Baldwin and if you haven’t watched it, you should.

In 2008, “30 Rock” broke the record for most Emmy nominations in a single year with 17. The next year, they outdid themselves with 22. Among them was a nod for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.


The show features seven original songs, some performed by Jane Krakowski, Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey and Jason Sudeikis. It’s not free of cover songs, but composer Richmond always adds his touch to contribute comedically. He arranged a version of The Gray Kid’s  “Oh My,” for the Source Awards episode. They do a spin on “We Are the World” with cameos from Cyndi Lauper, Nora Jones, Clay Aiken, Mary J. Blige and many more for the “Kidney Now!” episode. There’s also a remix of “Midnight Train to Georgia” with the cast alternating parts by the Pips and Gladys.

“30 Rock’s” pilot aired in 2006, and season 5 finished its run this spring. It’s a show where every element helps conjure a laugh, and the music is no exception.

“30 Rock” theme

Muffin Top

Werewolf Bar Mitvah

As a bonus, for “30 Rock’s” season 4 finale, composer Jeff Richmond turned his Emmy-nominated instrumental theme into a gospel choir arrangement. It’s pretty wonderful.

Click here to read about Tina Fey expecting baby No. 2, and here’s a link to samples from the “3o Rock” soundtrack, which was released in 2010. (Think I’m gonna spring for it.)

Theme Song Thursday is a weekly look back at memorable, not-so-influential, nostalgia-inducing theme songs by the Herald’s Melinda Lavine and Ryan Johnson. Click here to read other Theme Song Thursday posts and feel free to share!

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