There's just one problem with watching these shows when you were around to see them the first time. You realize after a few episodes that there's something really, really off about the music.
"I don't remember the music on Melrose Place being this bad." (Actual words I thought to myself just last week.)
A little research tells you there's a reason these shows have horrid music. When these shows aired the first time, the networks paid big bucks for the rights to some of the hottest songs on the radio at the time. Fast forward to the day they're putting together the DVD and, guess what? Nobody wants to pony up a million bucks or whatever for the rights to the original Dawson's Creek theme song.
Yes, you read that right. The Paula Cole song that everyone who was alive in 1998 still firmly associates with that show has now been switched from the above song to this:
When the show was streaming on Netflix (it's gone now), that opening theme bugged the mess out of me with every single episode. It was just all kinds of wrong. Interestingly, though, when the opening credits were shot, the producers planned to use Alanis Morissette's Hand in My Pocket, but apparently the rights were a little too pricey. Just a bit of trivia for you! Run Like Mad was recorded to replace it but at the last minute, they switched it with the Paula Cole song. The decades-long theme song drama is detailed in this 2012 article.
Fans were also apparently outraged that Dawson's Creek also replaced another landmark song. Does anyone remember the scene where Kiss the Rain was played? The music has been replaced on the DVD, but the original scene was on YouTube.
One of the worst cases of music replacement I've seen is on MTV's The Real World, which streams on Hulu Plus. I rewatched the first few seasons for nostalgia sake and...wow. You don't even know what the original music was. You just know it couldn't possibly have been as bad as what you're hearing!
Although can anything be worse than watching the scene where Brenda breaks up with Dylan on Beverly Hills 90210 without hearing this song? Yes, they replaced R.E.M.'s Losing My Religion. This scene (song included) was the summer of 1991 for anyone who was reasonably young at that time!
Do you ever binge watch TV shows from your childhood? Have you ever noticed the music was different?