The soundtrack to 'Misfits of Science' is a very rocking mix of classic songs and contemporary 80's music, along with a totally cool original score & incidental music that perfectly matches and enhances all the scenes.
NOTES: This information was collected by listening to the episodes, and all lyrics are as heard in the episode.
Music By Episode:
Arthur Barrow on the score:
Check out the Q&A with him.
—via emails 2011
Steve Schiff on the theme song:
"I co-wrote the theme song for Misfits of Science. It was sung by Karen Lawrence who was the lead singer of a band I was lead guitarist for called 1994. After 1994 broke up circa 1980, I went on to write music for film and tv including the Misfits of Science theme. At the time I asked Karen to do the vocal and she was kind enough to agree."
—Imdb message board 2007
Basil Poledouris on the score:
"The movie was about technology, it's also about people who are very human. They relate to those things like this guy who was frozen. The whole idea of a misfit, taking in a person who is shunned by society, appeals to me. Misfits are outcasts. And those are people who generally tend to be interesting in society. That score was bizarre and comedic. The film was rooted in technology so, for that reason, we used electronic instruments and a kind of calypso, Caribbean rhythm which gives a holiday feeling."
—Soundtrack, June 1989
"Pilot films are a strange animal. They have to do a lot; a pilot has to play off all the characters, set the style of the production, define the situations, the nature of the confrontation. I think they almost have to do too much work. They have to have a plot, and they have to be entertaining as an entity into themselves.
That's an awful lot to ask for a two-hour film. I don't know what the solution is, but I think pilots are very difficult things to write. You know it's much easier to write the third show, because now you're familiar with the characters. But just imagine trying to write the first one and do so much. It has to do much more than a movie, because it has to set up a situation, which by definition has to continue. There have to be sequels. I think I scored three shows, the pilot and two other episodes.
I've always used synthesizers. A lot of scores before Misfits had a lot of synthesizers added in, but only as an extra instrument. And outside of the experimental films I did very early on in my career, which were all electronic, Misfits was one of the first completely electronic scores I had done in years."
—Soundtrack, September 1989
Those Misfits, Misfits of Science, hah hah
Those wild and crazy scientific guys
— I love 'em
Yeah, those Misfits...
Zap me with your misfit science
Shoot me full of ecstasy
I need a hit from this excitement
In my wildest fantasy
I can feel it!
Feels like science, straight from my heart
Ooh, like science, straight from the heart
Ooh-ooh, feels like science, straight from my heart
Class assignment, oh-no-ohohohoh
Science is over
Theme music by:
Theme lyrics by:
Jazz intro by:
80's vocals by:
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of songs used and referenced
in 'Misfits of Science'.