It started with the sound of 12 hands clapping. After the Friends cast became a hit, so did their theme song, ”I’ll Be There for You” by the Rembrandts. Well, TV history may be repeating itself. The just-renewed Party of Five’s theme song, ”Closer to Free,” by the BoDeans, is suddenly all over the radio (New York City’s Z-100 gets more than 400 requests per week, making it one of the station’s top 10 most requested songs), and a video for the song has just been completed. But this, says Party coexecutive producer Ken Topolsky, is where the two shows go their separate ways. ”The whole point was to make it not like the Friends video,” he says. ”We didn’t want to do anything that would make the band look goofy and violate the characters.” So instead of Scott Wolf on bass and Matthew Fox on drums, the unFriendly clip, which just debuted on MTV, features Wolf, Fox, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert sitting at a table in the Salinger family restaurant while BoDeans Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann sing and play their guitars in the background.
Despite joining Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart, this TV theme song, according to coexecutive producer Chris Keyser, isn’t likely to be played to death. ”It’s not like we’re a well-known show,” says Keyser. ”But it is nice to be able to be in my car and hear it.”