Monday, January 28, 2008

Law & Order Criminal Intent Theme – Which Do You Prefer?

This has been bugging me since Law & Order Criminal Intent started up on USA Network this season.

It’s the theme song.

Call me old fashioned, but I liked the original hard-rocking edgy theme of the earlier seasons. And this season’s “new” theme really isn’t new at all; it’s the theme from the short-lived Law & Order Trial by Jury. This “new” theme sounds a little too bombastic for me.

I have all three embedded below. Take a listen, and either comment or vote in the poll on which theme you prefer. (The poll is located on the right side column of this blog. You may have to scroll down to find it.) Don't concern yourself with who is in the clip - it's not about whether your a Goren (D'Onofrio) fan or Logan (Noth) fan. (NOTE: The poll has ended and has been removed from my blog. Of 45 voters, 66% preferred the original theme, 24% preferred the new theme, the rest liked neither - and both! Please feel free to comment if you have a strong preference.)

By the way, I like the title cards much better in this season. Even though some of the pictures are the same, they’ve added a bit of a three-dimensional quality to them.

Original Theme

“New Theme” – which is the old Trial By Jury Theme

Don’t believe me? Here’s the Trial by Jury’s Theme

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Anonymous said...

I agree with you, all of your sites are pretty sweet.

Anonymous said...

When I heard the new theme with CI I thought "ugh." I just now watched "Trial by Jury" for the first time and immediately recognized the theme was the same! I thought USA had mixed it up. I googled to see if I was right and landed on your post. Definitely prefer the NON-remixed version, and CI is my fave.

Anonymous said...

at 1st i thot it suk'd 2 but i think the jazzy style kinda growas on ya :P Law & Order CI is the best LONG LIVE VINCENT D'ONOFRIO!!!

Anonymous said...

I hate this stupid theme song. It sounds like the composer was on crack or strung out on caffeine. My husband looked forward to seeing play air guitar every time and I used to love seeing him gut laugh. Now I have to pretend to be Thomas Dolby on crack plaing the synthesizer. It is exhausting and the laugh is not the same. They really screwed our routine.

Crazy in Portland

Anonymous said...

I found your post on google, because I was looking for proof that the CI opening theme song changed. I totally agree with you; I miss the old theme song. I remember when Trial By Jury came out and I thought, "This theme is a little over the top." Imagine the horror when I heard it on CI. I always thought that CI's remix was the best.

Stacey said...

I HATE this version of the theme. It drives me nuts and makes me want to fast forward or change the channel. It grates on me. It's just horrible. Really. And it's ruining my enjoyment of the show! Especially now that I'm digging Jeff on it. BTW, luv your site.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely hate the newer version of the CI theme. I'm glad I found that someone else hated it enough to blog about it :D

bassguy said...

Horrible, this is the worst version of Mike Posts' great theme. It sounds like a bad 70's TV show.

bassguy said...

This is the only TV theme that I hit the mute button for