I couldn’t resist arranging this tune for the ukulele. Having suffered through a few debilitating bouts of Neighbours addiction, I knew the tune embarrassingly well. For those of you in the developed world who don’t know, Neighbours is a low quality Australian soap full of questionable storylines, over acting and unnecessary bikinis.
The tune was written by, theme tune legend, Tony Hatch – also responsible for such classics as the Emmerdale Farm and Sportsnight. It has undergone a number of changes (you can read a frighteningly indepth history of the Neighbours theme tune here) which have always failed to bring it up to date – check out the most recent monstrosity.
The tune is so nostalgic that it’s impossible to modernise but so strong that it’s impossible to replace. That’s why my version is based on the old school theme tune. There are plenty of old-time, sentimental chords in this song for you to get your teeth into. If 80’s schlock ever comes back into fashion, this tune will be a goldmine.
Apologies to Americans who have no idea what this post was about. I’ve got the Gilligan’s Island theme coming up for you people.