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The A-Team, 80’s TV theme song reborn.

The A-Team, 80’s TV theme song reborn. (photo)

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Anyone who watched TV in the ’80’s likely recognizes “The A-Team” theme song when they hear it. If they were kids at the time, they probably know it by heart. Maybe that only applies to boys, but I for one knew it so well I could whistle, hum or da da dum it from start to finish. It was so catchy, so much more rock and roll than other theme songs. Good for accompanying a day running outside playing with toy (but totally realistic) guns or for breaking out the G.I.Joes with the crew after school.

Composers Mike Post and Pete Carpenter put that rollicking patriotic jam together somewhere between scoring “Riptide,” one of the lesser theme songs of the decade and “Magnum, P.I.,” clearly one of the better.

The bigscreen “The A-Team” due out in June has Alan Silvestri on board as composer which seems an odd choice given today’s trends. Silvestri’s best known scores, all those 1980’s classics from “Back to the Future” to “Romancing the Stone,” as warm and cozy as they are, sound a bit like elevator music now. But Silvestri who once composed the weepie “Forest Gump” theme, also scored some action flicks (i.e. auditory bullshit) like “Van Helsing” and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” more recently.

First snippets of the score sound serviceable with little bits of the old time Post/Carpenter theme sprinkled in. Trailer music isn’t always representative of the film score, but in this case it most likely is.The latest one runs for two and a half minutes, and is indeed scored. Just over half way (at about 1:30) the obligatory hardguy rock takes over and ruins it, but there’s also a slick little nod to the original when BA whistles it to himself. Cute.

Good to see the come-from-nowhere “District 9” star, Sharlto Copley in something new, seen here as ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock. Feast the original, one tough 80’s TV intro:

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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