It’s the summer of George! Starting on Friday July 2, fans can stream music from the iconic 90s sitcom Seinfeld for the first time outside of its original televised context. For this reason, series’ composer Jonathan Wolff referred to the 33-track album he curated as “30 years in the making” (Variety).
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Though Wolff has composed on over seventy television programs and crafted iconic theme songs for series such as Will & Grace and Caroline in the City, Seinfeld holds a special place among his other television assignments. “My music assignments on Seinfeld were eclectic,” Wolff told Deadline. “With every page of a new Seinfeld script, I’d never know what assignment was going to come my way. And that is what separated Seinfeld from a lot of the other (we’ll say more generic) series that I worked on” (Deadline).
In his curated selections for the Seinfeld soundtrack, now available to stream on all platforms, Wolff attempted to capture the eclectic nature of the series’ sound. Wolff wanted to recall both iconic moments from the series and unique musical tangents such as “Kramer’s Pimpwalk,” “Jerry the Mailman” and, of course, “George’s Answering Machine.”
Naturally, the theme song that fans, such as 30 Rock’s Kenneth Parcell, have often attempted to emulate with mouth-sounds alone will also be available to stream. In fact, multiple versions of the theme will be available as Wolff revealed that “for every [Jerry] monologue, I’d create a new recording of the Seinfeld theme to match the timings and length of that monologue” (Deadline).
Other themes from within the world of Seinfeld, such as the theme song to show about nothing, Jerry, or fictional indie-film-turned-musical, Rochelle, Rochelle, will likewise be available to stream.
As for what to do while listening to the soundtrack, Wolff suggests a barrage of increasingly silly activities in which fans can participate. When asked by Deadline, Wolff indicated that the soundtrack is naturally conducive to a Seinfeld-themed party, but also a sexy social media photo shoot ala George Costanza or a re-creation of the aforementioned iconic voicemail song.
The release of the Seinfeld soundtrack is a nice surprise gift to fans from Wolff and WaterTower Music, especially considering the series just left Hulu and will not be making its way onto Netflix until the fall. In the meantime though, fans can immerse themselves in the mindset of a heightened 90s New York with Wolff’s musical accompaniment that’s perfect for completing a mail-route or taking a trip to Monk’s Café.