Jem (TV Series) - Music

Music

The inclusion of music videos in Jem was a result of the success and popularity of MTV at the time which began airing four years prior. The placement of the songs throughout each episode was done to complement the story and the use of music videos in the show was considered "radical" for the time. The show contains a total of 187 music videos with 151 unique songs.

List of Jem songs
Song title Performer(s)
A Father Should be Ba Nee
Abracadabra The Misfits
Ahead of the Game The Misfits
All Across This Country Jem and the Holograms
All in the Style The Stingers
All's Right With the World Jem and the Holograms
Alone Again Laura
Are You Feeling Alright The Stingers
Aztec Enchantment Jem and the Holograms
Back in Shape Jem and the Holograms
Bad Influence Jem and the Holograms and The Misfits
Beat This Jem and the Holograms
Believe in Yourself Jem and the Holograms
Believe/Don't Believe Jem and the Holograms and The Stingers
Between Me and You Jem and the Holograms
Broadway Magic Jem and the Holograms
Can't Get My Love Together Jem and the Holograms
Click/Clash Jem and the Holograms and The Misfits
Come on In, the Water's Fine Jem and the Holograms
Congratulations The Misfits
Dear Diary Jem and the Holograms
Deception Jem and the Holograms
Designing Woman The Misfits
Destiny The Stingers
Don't Look Now The Misfits
Everybody Wears a Mask Jem and the Holograms
Falling in Love With a Stranger Jem and the Holograms
Family is... Jem and the Holograms
First Love Jem and the Holograms
Flowers in My Hair Jem and the Holograms
Free and Easy The Misfits
Freedom Jem and the Holograms
Friend or Stranger Jem and the Holograms
Gettin' Down to Business Jem and the Holograms
Gimme a Gimmick The Misfits
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! The Misfits
Glitter 'N Gold Jem and the Holograms
Happy Ever After Jem and the Holograms
Here Comes Trouble Jem and the Holograms
Hollywood Jem Jem and the Holograms
How Does it Feel The Misfits
How You Play the Game Jem and the Holograms
I Am a Giant The Misfits
I Believe in Happy Endings Jem and the Holograms
I Can See Me Ashley
I Got My Eye on You Jem and the Holograms
I Like Your Style The Misfits
I Love a Scandal The Misfits
I'm Comin' From Behind Jem and the Holograms
I'm Gonna Change Roxy
I'm Gonna Hunt You Down The Misfits
I'm Okay Kimber and Stormer
I'm Takin' a Train Jem and the Holograms
Imagine Me Jem and the Holograms
In the Land of the Midnight Sun Jem and the Holograms
It Could be You Jem and the Holograms
It Depends on the Mood I'm in Jem and the Holograms
It Takes A lot (To Survive) The Misfits
It's a Hard, Hard Life The Stingers
It's Fun to be Scared Jem and the Holograms
It's Workin' Out/It's Doin' Me in Jem and the Holograms and The Misfits
Jack, Take a Hike The Misfits
Jam All Night Long Jem and the Holograms
Jazz Has Jem and the Holograms
Jealousy Jem and the Holograms
KJEM Jem and the Holograms
Let Me Be The Stingers
Let Me Go Jem and the Holograms and The Beast
Let Me Take You to the Mardi Gras Jem and the Holograms
Let the Music Play Jem and the Holograms
Let's Blow This Town The Misfits
Let's Not Forget the Past Jem and the Holograms
Like a Dream Jem and the Holograms
Listen Up The Misfits
Look Inside Yourself Jem and the Holograms
Love is Doin' it to Me Jem and the Holograms
Love is Here Jem and the Holograms
Love Unites Us Jem and the Holograms
Love Will Show the Way Jem and the Holograms
Love's Not Easy Jem and the Holograms
Lovesick The Misfits
Makin' Mischief The Misfits
Midsummer Night's Madness Jem and the Holograms
Mind Games The Stingers
Music and Danse Jem and the Holograms
Music is Magic Jem and the Holograms
Nightmare Jem and the Holograms
Now Jem and the Holograms, The Misfits, and The Stingers
One of Those Days Jem and the Holograms
Only the Beginning Jem and the Holograms
Open a Book Jem and the Holograms
Our Love Makes You Beautiful Jem and the Holograms
Outta My Way The Misfits
People Who Care Jem and the Holograms
Perfect Match The Stingers
Puttin' it All Together Jem and the Holograms
Queen of Rock and Roll The Misfits
Rock and Roll is Forever Jem and the Holograms
Rockin' Down Through Time Jem and the Holograms
Runnin' Like the Wind Jem and the Holograms
Safe and Sound Jem and the Holograms
Set Your Sails Jem and the Holograms
Shangri-La Jem and the Holograms
Share a Litle Bit of Yourself Jem and the Holograms and The Misfits
She Makes an Impression Jem and the Holograms
She's Got the Power Jem and the Holograms
Show Me the Way Jem and the Holograms
Something is Missing in My Life Jem and the Holograms
Star Spangled Fantasy The Misfits
Starlight Jacqui Benton
Stingers Theme The Stingers
Straight From the Heart Jem and the Holograms
Surprise! Surprise! The Misfits
Take it or Leave it The Stingers
Take the Time Jem and the Holograms
Takes Work Jem and the Holograms
Takin' it All The Misfits
The Last Laugh Jem and the Holograms
The Real Me Jem and the Holograms
There Ain't Nobody Better The Misfits
There's a Melody Playin' Jem and the Holograms
This is Farewell Jem and the Holograms, The Misfits, and The Stingers
Time is Runnin' Out Jem and the Holograms
To the Rescue Jem and the Holograms
Tomorrow is My Wedding Day Jem and the Holograms
Too Close (For Comfort) Jem and the Holograms
Too Much Jem and the Holograms
Top of the Charts The Misfits
Trapped! The Misfits
Truly Outrageous Jem and the Holograms
Twilight in Paris Jem and the Holograms
Under My Spell The Stingers
Universal Appeal The Misfits
We Can Change it Jem and the Holograms
We Can Make a Difference Jem and the Holograms
Welcome to the Jungle The Misfits
We're Making it Happen Jem and the Holograms
We're Off and Runnin' The Misfits
We're the Misfits in Hawaii The Misfits
We're Up/You're Down Jem and the Holograms and The Misfits
When It's Only Me and the Music Jem and the Holograms
Who is He Kissing? Jem and the Holograms
Who is She, Anyway? The Misfits
Winning is Everything The Misfits
You Already Know Jem and the Holograms
You Can't Catch Me The Misfits
You Gotta Be Fast The Misfits
You May be a Star Krissie
You Oughta See the View From Here The Misfits
You'll Never Win My Love Jem and the Holograms
You're Always in My Heart Jem and the Holograms

The show's format called for three fully produced songs for the featured music videos in each episode. Lyrics for the show's featured songs were written by Barry Harman. The theme song JEM – Truly, Truly, Truly Outrageous was the opening and closing theme for the show until late 1987, when Bryant's second theme, JEM GIRLS became the show's opening theme for the majority of episodes and JEM – Truly, Truly, Truly Outrageous was kept as the show's permanent closing theme. Music videos featured an "in-your-face" style that was directed at the viewer or the more traditional style. The music videos paralled the style of rock videos found on MTV at the time featuring fast editing, a quick pace, and special effects.

A music video featured in the show. A music video that deviates from the normal action in the show.

Ellen Bernfeld, performing as Pizzazz, Britta Phillips, performing as Jem, and Gordon Grody, performing as Riot, the lead singer of the Stingers, along with Diva Gray, Florence Warner and Angela Capelli were the voices of the pop, funk and punk electronica productions, supported by Britta Phillips's father, pianist Peter Phillips, and by guitarist Steve Bill, bassist Tom Barney and set drummer and electronic drum programmer Tom Oldakowski. Anne Bryant, who chose the singers and musicians, created a pure young pop sound for Jem and the Holograms supported by acoustic instruments. The sound for The Misfits was crafted as strictly electronic other than the addition of guitars and an occasional sax solo when the character of Jetta was introduced into the Misfits. This was done to create an identifiable punk electronica style in stark contrast to their rival singing groups. In season three, Bryant introduced the slower, smooth, sexy/funky groove for the third group that entered the show, the Stingers.

No official Jem "Soundtrack" was ever released; however, many of the songs from the first season were released on cassette with dolls or play-sets.

List of cassette releases

Love Is Here(included in the Video Madness playset of the same name)

  1. "Jem Theme"
  2. "Love Is Here"
  3. "Can't Get My Love Together"

Show Me The Way(included in the Video Madness playset of the same name)

  1. "Jem Theme"
  2. "Show Me The Way" (TV edit)
  3. "People Who Care"

It's Workin' Out(included in the Video Madness playset of the same name)

  1. "Jem Theme"
  2. "It's Workin' Out/It's Doing Me In" Jem and the Holograms/ The Misfits
  3. "We Can Change It"

Welcome To The Jungle(included in the Video Madness playset of the same name)

  1. "Jem Theme"
  2. "Welcome To The Jungle" – The Misfits
  3. "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" – The Misfits

Kimber(included with the Kimber doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Only the Beginning" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "Twilight in Paris" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Kimber Second Edition(included with the Kimber Second Edition doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Can't Get My Love Together" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "Love's Not Easy" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Aja(included with the Aja doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Like a Dream" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "She's Got the Power" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Aja Second Edition(included with the Aja Second Edition doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Something Is Missing" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "Share A Little Bit" – Jem and the Holograms/The Misfits

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Shana(included with the Shana doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Gettin' Down to Business" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "Too Close" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Shana Second Edition(included with the Shana Second Edition doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Broadway Magic" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "It All Depends On the Mood" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Raya(included with the Raya doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Love Unites Us" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "There's a Melody Playin'" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Pizzazz(included with the Pizzazz doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Outta My Way" – The Misfits
  3. "Makin' Mischief" – The Misfits

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Roxy(included with the Roxy doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Click/Clash" – Jem and the Holograms/The Misfits
  3. "Takin' It All" – The Misfits

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Stormer(included with the Stormer doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Winning Is Everything" – The Misfits
  3. "Music Is Magic" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Jetta(included with the Jetta doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Who Is She Anyway?" – The Misfits
  3. "Designing Women" – The Misfits

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Clash(included with the Clash doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "I Am a Giant" – The Misfits
  3. "You Oughta See The View From Here" – The Misfits

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Rio(included with the Rio doll)

  1. "Jem Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Deception" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "I Got My Eye on You" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Synergy(included with the Synergy doll)

  1. "JEM Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Friend or Stranger" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "We Can Change It" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Video(included with the Video doll)

  1. "JEM Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Come On In" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "She Makes An Impression" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Danse(included with the Danse doll)

  1. "JEM Theme" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Running Like The Wind" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "When It's Only Me" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Flash 'N Sizzle Jem/Jerrica(included with Flash 'N Sizzle Jem/Jerrica doll)

  1. "Glitter 'N Gold" (commercial version) – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Time Is Running Out" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "Set Your Sails" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Glitter 'N Gold Jem/Jerrica(included with Glitter 'N Gold Jem/Jerrica doll)

  1. "Glitter 'N Gold" (commercial version) – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Depends on the Mood I'm In" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "Love is Here" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Glitter 'N Gold Rio(included with Glitter 'N Gold Rio doll)

  1. "Glitter 'N Gold" (commercial version) – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "People Who Care" – Jem and the Holograms
  3. "Puttin' It All Together" – Jem and the Holograms

(instrumental versions of songs on side B)

Glitter 'N Gold(Second year mail-in offer)

  1. "Glitter 'N Gold" (extended TV version)
  2. "Back 'N Shape" (extended version)
  3. "Jem Theme" (extended version)

Jem and Friends Dream Tour(mail-in offer for Glitter 'N Gold Jem/Jerrica or Glitter 'N Gold Rio dolls)

  1. "How You Play the Game" – Jem and the Holograms
  2. "Doctor, Doctor" – The Thompson Twins
  3. "One Things Leads to Another" – The Fixx
  4. "Rock 'N Roll Forever" – Jem and the Holograms
  5. "Crush on You" – The Jets
  6. "The Kid is Hot Tonight" – Loverboy
  7. "Walkin' on Sunshine" – Katrina and the Waves
  8. "Electric Avenue" – Eddy Grant
  9. "Rosanna" – Toto
  10. "Cool it Now" – The New Edition
  11. "Glitter 'N Gold" – Jem and the Holograms

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