File this one under “songs with alternate lyrics.” And there’s a few different alternating lyrics. But first, this:
Veronica Mars was a terrific show, and this song was such a great match for it. The show began with a lot of backstory: Veronica used to be cool, and now she’s not. She investigates mysteries that usually lead her to the creepy, incestuous world of the wealthy elites with whom she used to spend her time. It was also just awesome and exciting, and The Dandy Warhols’ “We Used To Be Friends” is awesome, exciting, and is about how the singer and a second party, uh, used to be friends (a long time ago) and so forth. It’s great. Veronica Mars in its first and second season was fast-paced and witty and cool and smart. It also had a pretty racially diverse cast. These were the UPN years.
After its second season, UPN and the WB merged to form the CW, also knows as “the WB again.” Every UPN show that lasted the transition had its cast purged of non-white characters and adults, moving much closer to the WB’s standard of Skinny White Teens With Rich People Problems.
Its third season, the CW season, Veronica Mars CHANGED. First of all, it changed its opening:
Doesn’t this suck? This is a terrible arrangement of this song, and indeed the third season was kind of frustrating. It had its moments, but Weevil, a major Latino character, became a rarely-seen janitor, and Wallace, a major black character, kept sequestering himself in a local motel room (?) in order to get some studying done (?) to maintain his basketball scholarship (!). They were replaced by Pizz, a stupid white guy with a terrible nickname and a worse personality. The show was DIFFERENT. And Not As Good. And Veronica’s hairstyle was terrible. But in these opening credits, you can tell that, can’t you?
So here’s the alternate lyrics. The original version went:
Veronica Mars/Veronica Mars/Ve-Veronica Mars/VeRONica Mars [etc.]
At one point, my friend Mo created an alternate interpretation of the series: He wants us to view it through the eyes of Deputy Sacks, a fairly minor character. He was an occasional voice of cautious reason, and was utterly unobjectionable, but unspectacular. His alternate lyrics (some friends call the show The Deputy Sacks Variety Hour):
Deputy Sacks/Deputy Jerry Sacks/DEPuty Sacks [etc]