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This Theme Just Doesn’t Sound Right


The titles for the remake of Hawaii 5-0 have been released (via The Hollywood Reporter), and while it’s good that they tip their hat to the big wave and the big balcony shot of the hero, this arrangement of the theme song just doesn’t really sound right. I know they have to make it sound contemporary, but it doesn’t even sound contemporary; it just sounds kind of cheesy. There’s got to be a way to re-arrange the tune while still having some sweep and flair. The problem isn’t with modernizing or shortening, the problem is more that it sounds like they really wished this was some other type of theme. It comes off like that “dark” arrangement of “We Used to Be Friends” from the last season of Veronica Mars.

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The last attempt at a remake, the 1997 pilot that didn’t sell, featured a more traditional arrangement, maybe too traditional.

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This Theme Just Doesn’t Sound Right

  1. It sounds like it needs more guts and sound closer to the original

  2. Mercifully short. However, i proclaim that there's no version but the original that would suit my ears; amazing how both opening credits hit a number of the tried-and-true montages that were made popular by the original — certainly hawaii has changed some in the past 40 years…

  3. I heartily endorse any reboot that replaces Gary Busey with Grace Park.

  4. It's not bad; I think it's bettter than that 1997 which, I agree, is a little too traditional. Sounds like a carbon-copy of the original, with very minor tweaks here and there. If you're doing a re-boot of a show, the theme should be reminiscent of the original, but changed enough so that it stands out on its own. With this 1997 version, if somebody heard it from the other room, I could see them thinking the original was on.