"California Dreams" theme song ... the original Wildfox?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

California Dreams TV show theme song
I was recently watching one of my favorite televisions as a child, "Saved By The Bell," and while looking for Jimmy Fallon reunion clips, I stumbled upon the less-eulogized "California Dreams." I remember when I was about eight years old, I ordered through the Scholastic Book Sale catalog a "biography" of the cast of both "Saved By The Bell" and "California Dreams." What I took away from the book was: Mark-Paul Gosselaar shared the same birthday as my mother (as does Justin Bieber, for the record), and Tiffani Amber Thiessen played Kelly Kapowski and Kelly Packard played Tiffani Smith. I was convinced that this was too coincidental to be a coincidence. (I mean, Tiffany with an "i"?)

I was never a huge fan of "California Dreams," despite the fact that it was a grown-up version of my all-time favorite show as a child, "Kids, Incorporated." Though "California Dreams" started airing in 1992, I don't think I started watching it (even then only in passing) until I was in middle school, when it aired in reruns on Sunday afternoons.

Still, I wanted to see what Tiffani and Tony looked like now (or in 2010), so I clicked on the Jimmy Fallon reunion video, and I (re)discovered the best theme song of all time. I mean, it's almost wasteful to have used this song on a less-than-60-second opening.

Just those opening bars with its electric guitar and choral hums ... California. Drop the hand drum into it and that classic '90s wood block sound, and you have a dreamy song that just screams California. I don't know how they did it, or why they didn't try to sell it to someone (I guess there were no female pop singers who could pull it off in 1992). But Wildfox seems to have picked up where the songwriter(s) left off and capitalized on it big time. I mean, check out the lyrics to the "California Dreams" theme song:

surf dudes with attitudes
(kinda groovy)
laid-back mood
sky above, sand below
(good vibrations)
feelin' mellow

won't give it up
don't wanna stop

(don't wake me up)
don't wake me up if I'm dreamin'
(California dreams)
just let me lay here in the sun
until my dream is done

palm trees, ocean breeze
(let's go cruisin')
you and me
salt air, sun-bleached hair
(and the summer)
take me there

won't let it go
want more and more

Yeah, I'm having a sweatshirt made while we speak. (And we'll nix the part where Tony sings about tough times in the neighborhood, because Wildfox knows no bad times.)

All jokes aside, now I want to go back and watch all of the episodes and relive that carefree Saturday morning carefree, "laid-back mood" I had as a kid. Even if it didn't happen with this particular show the first time around.

Here's the music video set to the theme song ...

Photo: fanpop.com

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