Don't really know how to describe it, but I'm looking for the name of style/type of background music used in "funny" cop movies/series. I need the name of it so I can do research and look at different songs for a video-editing project.

Let's say, like the one used in the first seconds of this video for example:


Or this one:


  • Do you have an example where we can hear it better? – Bebs Dec 13 '18 at 8:38
  • Tried to add another example, but it is difficult as it is mainly backgrouund music everytime. (Sorry for putting B99 again, but that's the most recent example I can remember of...) – Quentin Beuvelet Dec 14 '18 at 0:40
  • Is this a better example of what you're looking for? – Chris Sunami supports Monica Dec 14 '18 at 14:27
  • @ChrisSunami Probably not, this looks more like an action/chasing scene. I'm rather looking for dialog/trivial thing scene. AAaaah this is bugging me so much to not be able to precisely point at something – Quentin Beuvelet Dec 14 '18 at 14:35
  • you may want to look at the answers to this question: chances are it may be among them. musicfans.stackexchange.com/questions/6419/… – Angst Dec 15 '18 at 12:53

I'll defer to the previous responders on this, but to me this style is almost a pastiche of the Gotcha theme by Tom Scott. AMG lists a number of styles that Scott is known for; the best I can come up with is Sax Jazz-Funk.

Also, how would we describe the Lalo Schifrin soundtracks of "Bullit" or "Dirty Harry"?. The tv soundtracks are almost a modern take on these styles, albeit with a lighter feel.

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