Thicke on Thicke: Alan Thicke Talks About His Son Robin Thicke
I liked it right away. It's an earworm, that bass and those vocal licks stick with you right off the bat. I was as impressed with the track as I was with the video. It's good that there's so many mash-ups of it. I don't know if it was by design, but it's good that they did something that was so visually simple enough and straightforward enough that it could be reproduced and copied by those choosing to parody it. Consequently there are dozens of them out there, everything from "Growing Pains" to Bill Clinton to the transexual version to the Houston Rockets cheerleaders.
You have a long history of making music as well. Are there any plans this holiday season for Robin to cover your 2008 Christmas song "Bailout Santa"?
I apologize for that one. I have a few that I need to apologize for over my checkered career. No plans to do an entire Bailout Santa Christmas album. I did that as a joke, a favor to some friends in Seattle who were very ambitious to put something online.
Do you have any plans for future music yourself?
You know, I don't. I still write a bit of music on demand, but I don't spend my spare time cranking stuff out on spec. I have a song on Robin's album called "Ain't No Hat 4 That," so I'm proud he included me, and I did a musical called Queen For a Day that's on its way to Broadway, and they were nice enough to invite me to write a few new songs for that. If anybody's interested, I'm happy to do what I can.
You've also made a lot of iconic television show themes over the years, such as The Facts of Life and What's Happening.
Yeah! A lot of that stuff is available on technology that wasn't around back then, like ringtones. So college kids get into bets about who can remember the most vintage theme song lyrics and before you know it, I'm getting $1.75 from a ringtone purchase. It's crazy where that stuff pops up nowadays.
For which TV show would "Blurred Lines" be an ideal theme song?
Gee, I don't know. It might have worked on Modern Family which seeks to re-establish the family genre and new forms of nuclear families. So Modern Family could have been called Blurred Lines. I have a new show called The Thicke of Things, and we're trying to blur the lines between reality and sitcom. We're starting with our real-life characters and adding sitcom elements, as if you saw a real family popped into a sitcom. We're having fun with that, we're doing fourteen episodes, and we'll see how people like it. We're putting our ass out there and trying something different in the same way Larry David has mixed real life with his plot lines. He's raised the bar and given us all something to aspire to.