Game Grumps Remembers Old Songs

The wife and I are big fans of the Game Grumps. Through watching them we became associated with two of our favorite musical acts: Starbomb and Ninja Sex Party.

Both of the guys behind the show, Arin and Dan, are technically musicians (they are Starbomb, along with Brian – the other half of Ninja Sex Party) and because of that they talk music a lot – Dan in particular.

So on a recent episode – Katamari Forever Episode 19 to be exact – they were talking about a song that had been stuck in Dan’s mind for years. He knew it was from a game he had played as a child, but he hadn’t been able to place it in all this time. They posed the question to twitter, asking what the song was and eventually discovered what it came from. Go twitter peoples!

"Did you know I'm also on twitter?"

“Did you know I’m also on twitter?”

That got me thinking about a few songs that I hum/sing a lot. I had been humming along to the music in my head for years, but really had no idea where it came from. Three tunes in particular had a pretty constant loop in my brain, but I didn’t know if they were actually from anything.

The first one I figured out in my late teens/early twenties when I got back into retro gaming. After spending years being the Playstation generation I remembered that I was actually the 8-bit generation and got back into playing a bunch of my old NES, SNES, and Genesis games.

One of those games, of course, was Street Fighter II. I hadn’t played II in years, although I somewhat regularly played the Alpha series and III with my buddy. So there I am playing Street Fighter II, Championship Edition on the Genesis like I used to do all the time in my early years. And I come across a song that is very familiar to me.

Guile Theme

That’s right…one of the songs I had played in my head for years without remembering where it came from, was the theme song to my number-one character’s stage in Street Fighter. Replaying the game was the only way I was able to remember that one at such a young age. You see Youtube wasn’t nearly as big and popular as it is now – not ten years ago.

But a few years after that I did start to frequent Youtube more and more often, as it was becoming more mainstream. No longer was Youtube just the place to put up odd videos for your friends and family members to see. No! Now you could actually go to Youtube with a purpose…try to find something in particular.

And that thing I wanted to find was the Robocop Theme. Which I found…and then that linked to the Terminator 2 theme. Ooo, nice; what’s next? The Indiana Jones theme? Geez, it’s been years since I saw those movies, I don’t even remember what the theme song sounded like. I hadn’t watched Indiana Jones since I was like…ten or twelve, maybe?

The song starts up and realization dawns on me within seconds. This is song #2 in my head’s jukebox!

I loved all three movies as a kid! The fourth movie doesn’t exist, I like to imagine Indy had a stroke and the fourth movie is just images played in a random sequence as he dies; it’s less tragic than the actual movie.

Personally my list of best Indy movie to least best: Last Crusade, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Temple of Doom.

The last song, however, would take a bit more to scrounge itself into my consciousness. It was a mixture of both the internet and actual retro gaming. I had been watching a video on Newgrounds, which was basically Youtube before Youtube even existed. One of the parts of the video had song #3 on my mental jukebox. But it wasn’t attributed in the credits (douches!) so I wasn’t sure what it was from. I took a few cues from the video to deduce it may have been a sonic game.

So I got a few Sonic games up and rolling and started playing them through. Lo and be-goddamn-hold! The boss theme from Sonic the Hedgehog 2!

Sonic Theme

So the internet has made a lot of things easier. Like figuring out classic songs from our youths, apparently. And if you’ll notice none of them had lyrics for me to be confused about.

~RCS

Did I mention I’m on twitter?

Did I mention I'm on twitter?

Sometimes I say profound shit, too.

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Have You Ever Heard of…Peter Hollens?

Aaand it’s been a while.  I blame that on three things…

1. I was on vacation for a while.  I intended to get a bunch of work done, but really just became background vegetation in the story of my own life for a week.

2. I was doing a bunch of research and such for my latest WIP which I hope to have finished by October 25 (it is a sentimental deadline because the timing of the story would be October 25th, if it was set in the modern-day).

3. And I’ve been sick for about a week, too.  Along with my wife, who was supposed to be caring for my wussy-ass, but got even sicker than me and my corpse had to take care of her.

You can read all three of those points in simpler terms, too, if you have an issue with your attention span:

1. I’m a…

2. Lazy…

3. Douche!

What? Nine Thousand?!

Seriously, I’m surprised I had 9 views in 2012.  I’m getting near 50,000 views.  Who are you people?

Soo…I figured my last few posts before dying and disappearing from the face of the earth were about the games we’ve made (more behind the scenes stuff from Dynasty Heroes is coming; and I believed I’ve figured out my audio issue, too) and a few political things.  So today it’s going to be some nonsensical fan-girling.  Err, in my case fan-boying. If you aren’t familiar with Peter Hollens, take a little trip over to his YouTube Channel or to one of the numerous places that sell his songs so you can buy them all.  He does A Capella covers, and a few covers with other singers and instrumentalists, and even has an original song or two (Sleepwalking is one of my favorite songs of all time).  His new album is available for pre-order now.  I’m a huge fan of his.

Not like, this is on my wall with lipstick imprints kind of fan. I just listen to his music almost non-stop.

Not like, this is on my wall with lipstick imprints kind of fan. I just listen to his music almost non-stop.

Well I’m sure you also know, if you’ve followed me for any real period of time, that I am also a huge fan of the game Mount&Blade.  And I was playing one of the mods for Mount&Blade: Warband, called 1257AD.  As you can imagine it’s based in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Minor during the year 1257.  I was just screwing around and I wound up hitting the randomize button on the character face-creation screen.  I wound up with a character that looks almost disturbingly like a sour-faced version of Peter Hollens.

I have named him Sir Peter of Hollensberg.

I have named him Sir Peter of Hollensberg.

Hair color’s a little off, and his nose might be a bit too wide.  But overall I think it’s rather likeable to him.  I know he’s a gamer, too, I wonder if he’s ever played Mount&Blade?  If he has, I wonder if he’s found this particular arrangement of facial choices and played as himself?  If you’d like a side-by-side comparison, I scruffed Sir Peter up a bit…

The hardest part was trying to get him to look in the same direction, actually.

The hardest part was trying to get him to look in the same direction, actually.

And I’m sure we all remember the video he made for the cover he did of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now.

Unfortunately there aren't any sweatband items in the game.

Unfortunately there aren’t any sweatband items in the game.

Here he is in full armor, Sir Peter of Hollensberg the Earl of St. Ives!

Peter of Hollensberg

I’m not a nerd; I’m a level 12 A Capella Singer!

And here he is shirtless with his sword in his hands.

Which we all want to see!

Which we all want to see!  Err…wait, what did I just say?

So I’ve been playing as Peter Hollens, I guess.  And Sir Hollens, should you ever find this post…your digital self has a message for you…

Like as in..."Do a legit cover of Carry On My Wayward Son." I can only assume.

Like as in…”Do a legit cover of Carry On My Wayward Son.” I can only assume.

~RCS

Shorty Shorts #15: Frozen

I’m not a big fan of popular music on the radio, generally.  A handful of decent songs surrounded by a bunch of crap.  But today the wife and I had a little faith restored in radio play.  We heard Let It Go from the Disney movie Frozen.

Frozen is definitely the best Disney movie I’ve ever seen and I’ve been a fan of Idina Menzel (the woman who plays Elsa and sings Let It Got) since hearing her rendition of Defying Gravity as Elphaba from Wicked.  I figured if the song was going to be on the radio it would be the Demi Lovato version you hear during the end credits of the movie, if anything.

But no, it was Menzel’s version.  So that restored some faith in the radio for us today.

In case you’re as derpy as John Travolta and don’t know who Idina Menzel is (Adelle Dazeem, really?) here’s the video of the song:

~RCS

Shorty Shorts #5

On the local Bob FM station here I recently heard an ad for the station; one of their usual, “Bob plays everything” kind of ads.  But it started off with an unusual lead-in: The Final Fantasy VII victory theme.

I was so amazed they’d use it I didn’t even pay attention to the rest of the ad, to be honest.  But I thought it was nifty of them to use the FF7 victory theme in an ad for a radio station that centers on playing the ‘best from the 80s, 90s, two-thousands, and today!’ or whatever the hell they advertise; like I said, I missed the ad itself.

I wish there was a Video Game Music radio station.  Could you imagine that?  Snap the radio to WVGM at 99.9 FM (that’s a Final Fantasy 8 joke, by the way) and hear the Sonic the Hedgehog Boss Battle theme, followed by the Final Fantasy 7 battle theme, followed by Castelvania’s Bloody Tears, then a little ad or two, and then boom open up from the break with Chrono Trigger’s Main Theme (Corridors of Time), Mega Man 2‘s Wily Stage #1, Wild Arms’ Into the Wilderness, and before another ad we even squeeze in Tristram’s theme from the original Diablo.

There could even be special radio shows on it, just like any other radio station.  I know one of the stations on my radio dial has the, “Acoustic Hour” on from 7 to 9 Sunday morning (which is more than an hour, actually).  I know this because I used to work around that time on Sunday mornings and it was the bright point of my morning.

We could have the 8-Bit hour, the Lyrics hour, the Boss hour, the RPG hour, and the Orchestra hour.

-8-Bit Hour: Tunes from the NES era for an hour; Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, Ducktales, etc.

-Lyrics Hour: All game songs with lyrics, you could start it off with a Still Alive feature (first Portal‘s version then Mirror’s Edge‘s version).

-Boss Hour: All Boss themes; Dr. Robotnik, M. Bison, the Contra Hard Corps boss theme and of course Metal Gear Solid 3‘s theme for The Boss.

-RPG Hour: All songs from RPGs (which often have the biggest music budgets), Eyes on Me, Jecht’s Battle, One-Winged Angel, Star Ocean 2‘s Kamikaze theme, down to Lufia II‘s second battle theme.

-Orchestra Hour: It would be all Orchestra remakes of songs from numerous games.  Orchestra versions of Phoenix Wright’s Tonosaman theme, Metal Gear Solid‘s theme, maybe even orchestral remakes of older games like Bloody Tears and Mega Man 3’s title theme.

I’d listen to the station constantly, I’ll tell you that.

~RCS

Terry Crews Old Spice Interactive Video

Has anyone else seen the Terry Crews video for Old Spice where he’s hooked up to a bunch of electrodes and uses his muscle contractions to control a bunch of instruments?

You haven’t?  Well you’re about to!  After he plays his instruments you can press the different keys on the keyboard to control his actions.  You can even hit the space bar to activate a recording feature to record your ensuing craziness.

Have some fun and if you really want to get interactive, leave a comment with your stuff or a link to it.

For those who don’t know who Terry Crews if…he used to play football, NFL-style.  Then he got way cooler and became an actor.  He’s been in White Chicks, The Expendables (and he’s in the sequel as well), and the Get Smart remake with Steve Carrell (which I personally actually enjoyed).

~RCS

Here’s just something to show some of the sillier things you can do with the keyboard inputs…

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