Pearl & Dean Theme Remixes For The Digital Age

Written by James MacGregor on . Posted in Film industry


Pearl & Dean screen advertising groupFor millions of British cinema-goers the famous "Pa-pa, pa-pa pa-pa" theme heralding the Pearl & Dean screen advertising content has been a part of the movie experience for decades. From the moment the tune breaks filmgoers know the main feature is just around the corner, after the Pearl and Dean commercial break. Now, for the 21st Century, the advertising firm has created a brand new version of the iconic Asteroid theme tune.


Pete Moore, composer of the original Peal & Dean theme "Asteroid"Original composer Pete Moore specially arranged two-minute version of the theme and recorded it at the Abbey Road studios in London with a 30-piece orchestra and two vocalists.

The theme was first recorded in 1968, lasted just 20 seconds. The latest version features a female singer for the first time, and film fans will be able to download it from the internet.

Moore said: "Many people in the UK music profession have accused me of writing music for the future, and well ahead of its time. Who'd have thought back in 1968 that we'd be re-recording the Pearl & Dean theme tune almost 40 years later for fans to download it?

"The only people who might have considered it back then were the characters in 2001: A Space Odyssey, which came out in cinemas the same year."

Pearl & Dean plans to make the track available via its website and through other download websites such as iTunes. People will be able to download the tune to their MP3 player or use it as a mobile phone ringtone.

Pearl & Dean - well known to all film loversKathryn Jacob at Pearl & Dean said: "Cinemagoers over the years have loved our theme tune, and we're now giving fans the chance to get their hands on it. The massive popularity of Asteroids and our brand is all part of cinema tradition and I'm delighted to see it's got as many fans today as it had in yesteryear."

As well as selling the theme tune on internet sites, Pearl & Dean hopes to make money in royalties from people using it in film and television documentaries.

The original Asteroid theme can be heard here.