TV Theme Song Stumper
January 12, 2012 10:07 AM   Subscribe

I'm trying to find a TV show theme song via a vague recollection of the song that might not even be correct.

Here's what I know:

1. I think it was a BBC show, but maybe not.
2. There was a woman singing, possibly two or more in harmony. The vocals sounded vaguely ABBA-ish, if that makes sense.
3. I remember the line "They don't care about us."
4. Sitting bewildered next to my girlfriend while she enjoyed the "Absolutely Fabulous" reunion show is what jogged my memory of it.

Google isn't much help because "they don't care about us" keeps returning links for Michael Jackson.
posted by emelenjr to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Tracey Ullman (or Kirsty MacColl's) They Don't Know About Us? I don't think it was ever a theme song but it's...theme song-y. And it's so (marvellously) kitschy that it almost sounds like a French & Saunders parody of a pop song.
posted by bcwinters at 10:12 AM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]

bcwinters - it was used as the theme song for Tracey Ullman's show Tracey Takes On for a few years.
posted by cecic at 10:15 AM on January 12, 2012

Oh, definitely, Tracey Ullman used it in her TV shows.
posted by tyllwin at 10:16 AM on January 12, 2012

Response by poster: Got it in one! Wow.

I had the lyric wrong, but I knew it was a female vocalist and at least some tangential British connection, if not BBC.

Thanks, bcwinters. Well done.
posted by emelenjr at 10:16 AM on January 12, 2012

I think about that song almost every day so I'm just glad my brain's playlist was useful for once.
posted by bcwinters at 10:18 AM on January 12, 2012

Maybe also informing the Absolutely Fabulous association: Kirsty MacColl was a recurring musical guest on one of the early series of French & Saunders.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 11:01 AM on January 12, 2012

It's a Kirsty MacColl song that Ullman covered. Kirsty MacColl was amazing, and you should check out everything she's ever done.

Also, just for the record, there is a link between Absolutely Fabulous and Tracy Takes On: Girls On Top* -- essentially a female answer to The Young Ones starring Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax, and Tracy Ullman. It can get grating at times (less so in the second series, after Tracy took off), but it contains my absolute favourite incarnation of Jennifer Saunders.
posted by Sys Rq at 11:03 AM on January 12, 2012

Seconding Sys Rq. Kirsty was a treasure.
posted by shallowcenter at 11:25 AM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]

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