Readers will associate BBC’s Formula 1 coverage with Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain. Dum, dum dum dum dum…. more recently, Sky’s coverage of Formula 1 can be associated with Alistair Griffin’s song entitled Just Drive. ITV went through various iterations from Jamiroquai to Lift Me Up by Moby. But what will Channel 4 choose, if anything, as their signature Formula 1 theme?
Now, I will be honest and say that my music tastes are not varied, so any suggestions will be left that to you guys in the comments section below. But, it is worth a look back at Channel 4’s past theme tunes for some inspiration as to where the channel and Whisper Films may head.
If we are talking Channel 4, sport and theme tunes then the above video is a fantastic place to start. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…) by Lou Bega was Channel 4’s cricket theme throughout their duration of their coverage from 1999 to 2005. Want to know how popular that song was when it aired during their coverage? It went straight to number one! You cannot get a better plaudit than that off the people watching your coverage, that they feel connected to the product that they are tuning in for.
Channel 4’s racing theme has undergone many iterations. The above version helps encapsulate the grand nature of horse racing with footage of both the horse racing and the celebrities that turn up week in, week out.
Other themes that have been created and aired on Channel 4 include the cult hit Football Italia in the 1990s and their American Football intro. In terms of Formula 1, Channel 4’s signature tune needs to be fast paced, it needs to get hearts racing. It needs to reflect the tone of the coverage and the race that viewers are about to watch. Having a slow, dreary theme is not the way to start motor racing coverage, but based on the above I’m confident Channel 4 will deliver. Some of BBC’s MotoGP themes captured the fast paced aspect perfectly. Hysteria by Muse and Begging You by The Stone Roses were good themes for motor racing coverage, in my opinion.
Like I said at the start of the piece, I am not great with music, so this is more a case of over to you. What song would you like to see become Channel 4’s signature Formula 1 theme? Or, will their coverage have a generically created theme (like ITV did with Jamiroquai in 1997)?
As always, your thoughts and suggestions are welcome in the comments below.
Update on January 23rd, 2016 – All the suggestions so far can be found in this playlist over on YouTube.