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Friends opening credit sequence (Image: NBC)

If Ross were a katana-wielding rock star, or if Phoebe had gone up against a bunch of coke-slinging ninjas, then Friends definitely would have been “Must See TV.” At least, that’s the impression that’s made by this mashup by Bo Swidersky, which takes a song from so-bad-it’s-great masterpiece Miami Connection and puts it over the opening credits of the ’90s sitcom. The dulcet tones of Dragon Sound’s “Friends” plays almost perfectly over the opening sequence while the gang from Friends gallivants in and around a fountain. It seems fated the two would work so well, going beyond just the basic lyrics of the power of friendship, as the cuts and movements of the cast of the NBC hit show syncs up very well with the awkward song about being friends to the end.

For added pleasure, Swidersky also plays the show’s original theme, The Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You,” over a montage of clips from Miami Connection… and that works really well too! It seems obvious in retrospect, but the mashup proves that someone had to conceive of it first, and Swidersky was the intrepid editor to do so. Hopefully this is only the beginning of a shared universe between the best tae kwon do class/rock band/gang of orphans and the denizens of Central Perk; why not get Gunther in there to track down his father or give Y.K. Kim a surly capuchin monkey to take care of?


Friends/Dragon Sound from Bo Swidersky on Vimeo.

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