In the midst of a Christmas-Fest-TV spree, I was watching Scrooged… and suddenly heard a very familiar pattern. The Bill Murray remodelling of the Christmas Carol story has an orchestral soundtrack that occasionally features a quick descending arpeggio (or scale?) over some sort of flat 5 chord, exactly like a descending line heard in the opening music of the Simpsons.
I quickly profitted from the availability of access to the all-knowing Google, typed in “simpsons music” and “scrooged music”… and hey presto, the same result… Danny Elfman (according to our other net god, Wikipedia)! And not only that, both themes were composed or at least recorded in the same year, 1989… jackpot!
Nice to know my brain can join some dots not already autojoined by the ether gods!