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U.K. artists remake 'Cheers' theme song with an LGBT twist

K Anderson and friend Rosered take a different approach to a beloved television theme song.
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British singer and songwriter K Anderson has put a new spin on an old favorite.

The TV theme song “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” opened up the show “Cheers” from 1982 to 1993. It would also become a number one pop song sung by Gary Portnoy in both the U.K and the United States, earning a Grammy nomination in 1983.

Anderson and his friend Rosered decided to cover the tune, but with a twist.

“Cheers” used the song to represent friendship and acceptance, playing over visuals of vintage bar room scenes as the opening credits flourished on and off the screen.

Anderson was struck by the imagery and not only wanted to cover the song, but also change the now famous images that accompanied it.  

“When I was recording this song,” Anderson says, “ it struck me that the lyrics, and especially the line ‘you want to go where people know, people are all the same’ could be describing the safety and solace found by outsiders in a gay bar.”

He says he went digging for old photos of gay bars, clubs and parties in order to re-imagine the opening sequence of the show, and it wasn’t easy.

“There are not that many old photos out there of people in gay bars (unless they are rioting out the front!), and especially few from the UK,” he said. “So, what you find in this video is what I hope is a neat collection of photos through time, from Berlin and Paris in the 1930s, to the Mattachine Society, to Stonewall, to the disco craze of the 1970s.”

The singer also said that he was excited to share his new version earlier in June, but with the attack on the Pulse Nightclub and news about Brexit bringing everybody down, he decided to wait, "...the world continued to feel as though it was falling apart, and I didn’t feel much like sharing…"

However on July 15, he decided to post it on YouTube. 

One thing you will notice is that Anderson changed the tempo of the song from an uplifting ode of fraternization, to a slower, more eerie harmony.

SDGLN asked him why he wanted to slow down the melody.

“I'm just naturally drawn to the melancholy!” he said. “I heard it in my head as an atmospheric piece, and that's where I went to when putting it together. Then, the video just happened naturally after that as a complement to the sound.”

Anderson and Rosered would like to remind people that LGBT history should not be something invisibly bookmarked. 

"In a world filled with memes and squashing big issues into 140 characters," they said, "It’s important to remember what has come before, what we are truly fighting for, and that we all need a place to just be."