It's one of the most memorable sitcom theme songs of the 1990s but what does Frasier's "Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs" actually mean? Dr. Frasier Crane first appeared during season 3 of Cheers as the new love interest of Diane, and while he was only supposed to last a few episodes, Kelsey Grammer's performance proved so popular he ended up appearing in over 200 episodes. Frasier is a pretentious, snobby but ultimately well-meaning psychiatrist and his romantic relationships often end in disaster.
John Lithgow (Pet Sematary) was famously offered the part when the role was being cast for Cheers but turned it down to focus on his film career. His loss would prove to be Grammer's gain, because when Cheers shut its doors for the final time in 1993, Frasier immediately earned his own spin-off. Frasier found the title character moving to Seattle to take a radio hosting job while reconnecting with his ex-cop father. The series was acclaimed for its superb comic writing and performances and would ultimately run for 11 seasons.
The show came to an end in 2004 with Frasier moving to a new city in hopes of making a new fresh start. Reports suggest Grammer may return for a revival series, which has yet to receive a greenlight. The show's distinctive main theme "Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs" is sung by Kelsey Grammer himself, and ranks alongside the likes of Friends "I'll Be There For You" as one of the most recognizable sitcom themes of the era.
What the lyrics actually mean is something of a mystery, however, as they don't seem to apply to the show. The mystery was solved on former Frasier and Simpsons' writer Ken Levine's blog, where he spoke with composer Bruce Miller to decode the meaning of "Tossed Salads And Scrambled Eggs." Miller's direction for the theme was to create something jazzy whilst avoiding direct references to the subject matter, including Frasier's name. He contacted musician friend Darryl Phinnesse, who suggested using "Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs," since they're both things that are mixed up, like Frasier's patients.
"Hey baby I hear the blues a-callin" is referring to the people calling his radio show to air their problems. "And maybe I seem a bit confused / Yeah maybe, but I got you pegged!" means he's also a little mixed up but he does his best to under their problems, and "But I don't know what to do with those Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs" means he's not sure what to do with the constant flood of callers.
Breaking "Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs" down like that helps give the theme a whole new meaning, and is more proof that Frasier was one of the best-written sitcoms to grace televisions.