“In The Street” by Cheap Trick is the theme song for the tv show- That 70’s Show. I didn’t watch this show when it first aired from 1998-2006. I was in full swing mom-mode and this show just did not appeal to me. I didn’t really know anything about it. And then a few years ago, it caught my attention. I’m not even sure why but I started watching it on Netflix and I was hooked! The theme song, which I had never heard before, immediately became one of my favorites.
About the song- originally recorded by Big Star and released in 1972, it gained popularity as the theme song for That 70’s Show. Cheap Trick’s version of the song was used as the theme song beginning with the second season.
The tv show takes place in a suburb in Wisconsin in the late 1970’s, following a group of teenagers who are friends and sometimes boyfriend and girlfriend. Having grown up in the midwest in the late 70’s/early 80’s, this show grew on me rather quickly. The characters were wearing the same clothes I wore as a teenager. They reminded me of people I grew up with (including myself). The decor of the house reminded me of my childhood home. In fact, the pots and pans used were the same ones we had growing up with the orange and yellow flowers on them. There’s an orange ashtray on the coffee table that looks like the same one we had, except ours was green. I later read that they actually scoured thrift stores in search of 70’s clothing and household items to create an air of authenticity. The show feels like a step back in time and when I hear this song, through it’s association with the show, I’m transported back to those oh,so fun teenage years and the 70’s.
And in case you aren’t familiar with the show, you might recognize the actors who brought some very memorable characters to life- Topher Grace (Eric), Mila Kunis (Jackie), Ashton Kutcher (Kelso), Danny Masterson (Hyde), Laura Prepon (Donna), Wilmer Valderrama (Fez), Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty), and Kurtwood Smith (Red).
I found a fun video of the song. This was not what the opening credits of the tv show were- just a random video. I hope you enjoy my song for 51 Weeks: 51 Songs From the Past: Week 11.
It looks like fun, doesn’t it?