A.'s KTLA channrl 5 used Industrial Disease for a theme for a while.I work with a guy who's a guitarist in a mariachi band in his spare time."Spanish Flea" (music by Julius Wechter) was never used as the theme music to any UK television series.The only TV show that used Spanish Flea regularly was The Dating Game in the US, which used it as it's "bachelor theme", or the music that plays when they are introducing the bachelor contestants. For the life of me, I thought "Spanish Flea" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass was used as a game show theme. I remember Spanish Flea being played on The Dating Game; but I think [b]astorian[/i] is right, that it was incidental music. I don't think "Spanish Flea" was ever the theme song of either "Newlywed Game" or "Dating Game," but I think "The Dating Game" used it as incidental music while the bachelorette made up her mind, and while the announcer described the wonderful vacation to Burbank or Inglewood that the lucky couple would get to go on.He says they refuse to play Spanish Flea when it's requested because "it's not a real Mexican song." __________________ 'Never say "no" to adventure. Otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.' -- Commander Caractacus Pott, R.
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"Spanish Flea" was also covered by Trudy Pitts on her debut album Introducing the Fabulous Trudy Pitts (1967), by the Doodletown Pipers on The Doodletown Pipers Sing-along '67 (1967) and by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley on Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Spotlight on the Moog, also recorded in 1967.
Julius Wechter himself, with his Baja Marimba Band, recorded the song on the 1971 album As Time Goes By.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra did a rendition of the song as the last track on the album "Something New: The Glenn Miller Orchestra plays the Tijuana Brass" (1966) Allan Sherman did a parody of this song on his album Togetherness (1967).
Another parodic cover version, spoofing Alpert's version, appeared on the mock Alpert tribute album Sour Cream & Other Delights by the Frivolous Five.
Danny started things off with a rendition of “The Spanish Flea,” which some of you might remember as the theme song to back in the day.