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Magnum, P.I.’s theme song – CliqueClack Flashback

Not everyone can be too young to remember the 'Magnum, P.I.' theme song. It's one of the '80s greats and sets my heart a-beating.

It’s true I have a bit of an obsession with Magnum, P.I. And why not? When it originally aired, I was young enough that Tom Selleck and his short shorts became one of my first official crushes (that Shawn Cassidy with his new-fangled long hair was so yesterday), yet I was also old enough to recognize a great show when I saw it. I loved the relationship between the friends, the banter between Magnum and Higgins, the doberman chases and the cases of the week … and the theme song.

The driving beat added some urgency, the strings lightened it up and it all combined together to set the perfect mood for what Magnum, P.I. was about. Much like the Indiana Jones theme song (incidentally, because of Magnum, P.I., Selleck was unable to play Indiana Jones and the role instead went to Harrison Ford), my heart skips a beat when I hear it … then it starts to beat faster.

That Mike Post — is there any show he didn’t compose for in the ’80s? With the help of Pete Carpenter, I think they’ve got them all covered, and with style; I love that team.

I surveyed the CliqueClack writing staff to gather their fond memories of the Magnum, P.I. theme song into a post. I tell ya, those young uns are worthless when it comes to spreading the ’80s love. I can’t even count on my husband to offer something. I don’t know what he was doing with his time in the early ’80s, but he — gasp — didn’t even watch Magnum, P.I. Not normal, right? If you’re not yet convinced, he didn’t watch Cheers either. Feel free to berate him in the comments. [I had better things to do than watch TV then…. Er, did I just say that? -K]

Thank goodness for Brett, who’s old enough and cool enough to love the Magnum, P.I. theme song so much that he made it his ringtone. That’s what I’m talking about.

What about you? Any fond — or otherwise — feelings for the Magnum, P.I. theme song? If you’re too young to remember it, take a listen:

Photo Credit: CBS

3 Responses to “Magnum, P.I.’s theme song – CliqueClack Flashback”

April 21, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Whitney Matheson mentioned that the Emmys would get rid of the Theme Song category and guess which TV show I thought about this morning round about 9am…

Yup. Magnum P.I.

Also because I think Tom Sellek as Richard on Friends was another actor who made me forget his previous role…

Creepy :-)

Or maybe not. Too many hints in that direction in the last two days :-)

April 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM

I was never interested in Magnum, P.I. when it was on–I was a little young to appreciate it. But I did and do love the theme music. Reminds me, in spirit, of “Hawaii 5-0″, another legendary TV theme (which was before my time).

It’s sad that these great TV themes are vanishing so fast. Who over the age of 30 hasn’t found common ground with someone over the lyrics to “The Brady Bunch” or the “Twilight Zone” theme? What do younger people know? Crappy sitcoms from the 90s? Disney Channel stuff?

April 23, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Everyone loved the Magnum, P.I. theme song growing up, but Hawaii 5-0‘s was brilliant and unforgettable. The image of the camera zooming in on Jack Lord, with perfect hair, atop the Ilikai Hotel was indelible.

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