Monday, March 23, 2009

Stuck in the Forest Maze

Keeping on par with my Mario themed entries. While searching for videos to add to my entry I found a cool fan made video. Someone was smart enough to put lyrics to Beware the Forest Mushrooms, and I must say, bravo. They did a great job with recapping the story plot, as well as capturing the overall feel of the game. I tell you one thing, it makes me want to play right now.

Friday, March 20, 2009

If you did you'd find yourself, DOING THE SAME THING TOO!!

Greetings all on this weird first day of spring. I found a hilarious cover of the Judas Priest - Breaking the Law VIDEO. It isn't a cover of the song just the video. It is all done with little kids and I must say job well done. The kid Halford cracks me up trying to mimic his dancing in the video. I give this video a 4 out of 5 laws broken for its faithfulness to the video. Take a look.

Here is the original contrast and compare!

Bonus!!! Here is MOTORHEAD'S cover of Breaking the Law. Lemmy+Priest = EPIC WIN!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Part 2 of my favorite Super Mario music is here! I hope you enjoyed yesterday's romp into NES land. Like in part 1 only original game music is counted here that means no remixes or remakes. 16 & 64 bit ho!

Super Mario World - The Evil King Koopa Hearing this reminds me of playing SMW when I was a kid and the adrenaline rush I would get upon reaching Koopa. It didn't matter if I slugged it out through the game map proper, or used the Star Road to get there the rush would always be the same. As I got further and further into the fight my heart would beat faster, I would get pins and needles, and my arms would feel like they were made out of Jell-O! Then when the pressure has reached its apex and my body can't take the rush anymore Mario let's the final mechakoopa fly, and our little mechanical friend connects with his target causing the clown ship to turn and dump out its prize. I would breathe a sigh of relief and my body would relax. Danger is over as Princess Toadstool floats down daintily to meet our hero. It may not seem like much to you but this game gave me one of my first adrenaline rush experiences at a kid and I will always be reminded of it from this song.

Super Mario Land 2: The 6 Golden Coins - Star Maze This song is one of the first songs that caused my child brain to pay attention to music and critically listen. I remember hearing it and being soothed, knowing that it was more than just a creative background track for a game. To me it was an accurate representation of the calming whimsy that outer space can offer one's imagination. Star Maze is one of the first tracks from a video game to get an emotional reaction out of me, every time. It would make me stop and think about the emotions that were flooding me at the time. I knew from the first time hearing it that it was a special track which would remain near heart for the rest of my life.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - Flower Garden This song always struck me as walking through a park on a gorgeous day in the height of spring. The structure of the song is what made this my favorite out of an amazing soundtrack. It does a great job of making you imagine a crayon drawn world revolving around critters and baby Mario.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - Beware the Forests Mushrooms This is one of my favorite games of the SNES and of ALL time. I had such a blast playing this game that I was genuinely upset when it was over. Of an amazing soundtrack it was hard to choose just one song as my all time favorite, but I knew it would be this track. To me it does a great job of conveying the feeling of wandering a forest and the mystery inside. I always, always think of a cloudy or rainy day in mid spring in 96 when I hear this. How it was a time in my life where I was on the threshold of a life changing event. ( I was about to graduate elementary school and progress to middle school where I gained more responsibility and start to become my own person.) It also helped that this was my favorite part of the game when Mario is trying to help the citizens of Rose Town. It is a bit difficult to put into words exactly how this song makes me feel and where else in time it takes me, so you will just have to give it a listen for yourself. (side note: my least favorite part of the game is trying to climb those damn vines to get to Nimbus land!)

Super Mario 64 - Dire,Dire Docks An amazing game. Nintendo hit the nail on the head in Mario's first foray into true 3D. This song is along the lines of Star Maze in the sense of how it made me feel about my emotions. Being a young teenager at the time of it's release I was able to think a bit deeper into the emotions that Dire, Dire Docks conjures up. Some of those emotions were peacefulness, love (which I was starting to learn more about from my own experiences at the time), enjoying life and everything that being an early teenager had to offer, and good times with friends. The calming phrases and soothing melodies would make me think about sitting outside on a spring or summer night and look to the horizon and think about where my life was at that particular moment. Or floating in a pool during the summer of my middle school years looking up at the sky and watching the clouds and sun dance from under the water.

That's my list! I know what you are thinking, "Wow! What a giant dork!" All I am trying to do is convey the importance that video game music has on my life and why. Hopefully, I didn't just ramble on pointlessly and was able to reach someone. Possibly, even cause someone to stop and think about where these songs take them. Also I would like to thank YouTube user SilvaGunner for their amazing collection of video game music.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's a me, Mario!

Recently I have been in a video game music kind of mood, and I decided I would make a list of my favorite tracks from the various Super Mario games. This list is original tracks only not remixes or remakes, solely original game music. Now, there is nothing wrong with the rest of the songs from the games these just happen to be my favorite songs from each. Some tracks have a particular meaning for me while others are just there. I decided to break this up into 2 parts to try and get rid of the giant list feel. In chronological order here is:

Super Mario Brothers - Overworld. This is one of those songs that can transport people back to a wonderful time of their life when everything was alright. It always reminds me of sitting at home or a family members house enjoying life, and trying to get to lvl 8-4. 9 times out of 10 if you hum this song for people they will know exactly where it is from. This song is the very definition of epic. It ALL starts here for Nintendo and Mario.

Super Mario Brothers 2 - Overworld I know that this game was originally Doki Doki Panic and that the Lost Levels are the real SMB 2, but to me this is Mario 2. The overworld music from this game is by far one of my favorite video game tracks of all time, and every remix or rehash of this song I have heard has always been amazing. Hearing this makes me think of the first time I played Mario 2. I was at my mothers friends house and her daughter was away so she let my sister and I play her NES. That is how I met the world of sub con. FYI Princess Toadstool is the best character to use, period end of story!

Super Mario Land- Chai Kingdom Mario Land will always have a special place in my heart, because when I was a kid my father and I would play this game constantly. I remember one day he picked me up from school and told me that he finally got to the Chinese Level! (at that time we had never gone that far before) I was so psyched I was flipping out in the schoolyard! The best part was he had my Game Boy in the car on pause so I can play the level! It was like Christmas in the middle of the year that day! That memory in particular is why the Chai Kingdom is my favorite track out of a superb line up of music from this game.

Super Mario Brothers 3 - Underworld This is my favorite Mario game for the NES and in the running for mine of all time. Everything about this game was amazing! This is another game where upon hearing the sounds and music will transport a person back to a magical time. I remember playing this game nonstop at my babysitters house with my sister and her grandson. Trying our hardest to all the magic whistles and the white ghost ship. Of all the tracks from this game (and they are all good!) I chose the underworld as my favorite because it takes the main theme and gives it a gritty rock groove to it. Although it is the same basic theme from SMB 1 it feels like a genuine progression. The tempo is sped up, kick ass drum track is laid down, and the theme itself has more bass to it.

That's all for part 1! Come back tomorrow for part 2 SNES and Beyond!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St Patrick Our Patron Sait of Bad Drunken Decisions

Oi! Happy St. Patty's Day to ya! To commemorate this day of drinking, eating green dyed food, and bad decisions here are a few Oirish songs I am enjoying today!

Can you say Floggy Molly???

Of all the countless covers of this song, this is my favorite so far. METALLICA!!

It's just not an Irish post without a song by Enya.

Monday, March 16, 2009


Here is a video I found of a commercial from the 80's. Mickey Mantle is telling us about the Intellivsion play cable. Being an Yankees fan and a proud former owner of an Intellivison I like this video. Also it its good filler for today while I preblog for the week.

Friday, March 13, 2009

YouTube Musings

A while ago I found this amazing video on YouTube . It combines two of my favorite things, Final Fantasy VI (my fav in the series) and Full Metal Alchemist (using my favorite of the openings!). Some guy took the time out to recreate one of the opening and endings from the anime Full Metal Alchemist and replace the characters with those from FFVI. After having watched this video over and over again all I could say was, "Damn! I wish that was a real anime!" Check it out for yourself. Side note: If anyone knows the last little song that they sing at the end please let me know it always gets stuck in my head when I watch this.