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1 minute ago, Khan said:

P&G should have never retired that theme.  If anything, I would have brought it back at some point, accompanied by new visuals (perhaps, the spinning globe, then a montage of clips of various people "in action" to emphasize the drama, the passion, the adventure, etc., then back to the globe, as we zoom out to show the title).

This and even the one before it were such grande theme songs. I would have thought that, at least for the last big anniversary they would have pulled out a classic theme to commemorate.

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It seems like one of the problems of using cast photos in the openings was that characters broke up, women cut their hair, actors were recast, and production had problems keeping the opening current (remember how Erica Kane had that unfortunate spikey hairdo for years on AMC?)

Also, with the huge number of floating head openings in various soaps, there were always those awkward actors who couldn't quite pull off the turn to the camera and look sexy at the same time pose (aka Holden).

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11 hours ago, TVFAN1144 said:

Hated this Star Wars type theme. I always wondered why the theme song opening with video images on the globe didn’t last long

It was too expensive !  They went cheap after that...very cheap. The last opening was heartbreaking and sad.

12 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

Can we just get Hillary Bailey Smith to host these reunions from now on?

I'm all for that!!

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4 minutes ago, Soapsuds said:

The last opening was heartbreaking and sad.

Agree.  I understand that they were restricted by budget and the need for more commercial spots, but that final opening just felt so slapdash.  Even the opening for "Lost" was more evocative, and that thing lasted all of five seconds!

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This was before my time, but I always thought this was a beautiful theme. Grande and sweeping. Someone with half an imagination should've been able to make a contemporary variation on this theme, even for the final big anniversary.

 

Technically, I was alive when this was still on air, but not quite old enough to get into soaps.

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6 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

This was before my time, but I always thought this was a beautiful theme. Grande and sweeping. Someone with half an imagination should've been able to make a contemporary variation on this theme, even for the final big anniversary.

 

Technically, I was alive when this was still on air, but not quite old enough to get into soaps.

That would have been good if they could have recreated this.  It could have been iconic 

DOOL and Y&R have been extremely successful at this using the same theme song in various recreations and have been used in different movies (Mr Mom and 9 to 5 come to mind). Although I don’t think DOOL uses those familiar 4 note opening chords anymore which I find strange 

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Sony, which produces DAYS and Y&R, knows enough not to tamper TOO much with the shows' respective, iconic themes and openings.  If only P&G had held the same reverence for their product during the Great Opening Revamp of 1981-82.

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2 minutes ago, Khan said:

Sony, which produces DAYS and Y&R, knows enough not to tamper TOO much with the shows' respective, iconic themes and openings.  If only P&G had held the same reverence for their product during the Great Opening Revamp of 1981-82.

I think even the theme song that they had in the mid 80s could have been stripped down and made into a really good theme, like the ones they did with saxophone and sometimes strings within the actual scenes. They could have alternated between theme song, and just played with tempo and meter, use of instrumentation, phrasing of notes. They didn't have to reinvent the wheel, just mold different shapes on it, see how elastic the original mold truly was.

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GH has followed suit over the last decade with its PowerPoint opening. I've binged a lot of Marland these last two years and I agree, they should never have dumped that theme - I've thought it again and again.

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Frankly, I don't even care for the minor revamp that Robert Calhoun performed on "As the World Turns On and On" when he took over the show in '84.  The original, more space-age-y version is much more provocative.

23 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

That's way too cool a theme for what ATWT had descended into in its final years.

No, I wasn't talking about using "As the World Falls Down" as the show's final theme song.  What I meant was, in the show's final episode, in its' very last moments on the air, before it faded to black for the last time, they could've had a montage of many of the show's best-ever moments, or maybe just a montage of showing all the current characters going on with their lives, with that particular song running underneath.

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5 minutes ago, Khan said:

Frankly, I don't even care for the minor revamp that Robert Calhoun performed on "As the World Turns On and On" when he took over the show in '84.  The original, more space-age-y version is much more provocative.

I liked the more revamped version Calhoun did. The previous one was just too slow for my tastes. Of course there were slight variations from 1985 to 1993. The best for me was the Fall of 1986 to the fall of 1987.

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