On the Song Exploder podcast, host Hrishikesh Hirway talks to musicians who take apart their songs and, piece by piece, tell the stories of how they were made. Listen below.
BoJack Horseman is an animated comedy on Netflix about a washed up ’90s sitcom star who’s trying to figure out his life and career without drowning in self-loathing and existential despair. It won the 2016 Critics Choice award for best animated series. The theme song for the show was created by Patrick Carney, who is one half of the Black Keys, and his uncle, Ralph Carney, a multi-instrumentalist who has worked artists like Tom Waits, St. Vincent, the B-52s, and others. The pair have (obviously) been related for their whole lives, but their musical partnership dates back to at least 2008, when Patrick made a MySpace page to put up his collaborations with his uncle. But the track wasn’t originally written as the show’s theme–it was just something that Patrick and Ralph made without knowing what it was for. In this episode, the two break down how the song was created, and how it grew from a long-distance collaboration to become a TV theme song.
Buy the full version of the BoJack Horseman Main Title Theme on iTunes.
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