14 March 2012

Episode 72: Funk Music

Brent and Rob funk things up on Episode 72 with a genre focus on 8-bit and 16-bit era funk music from video games.  These tracks are not just funky, these tracks are funk.  So turn up the volume and get down!  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit! - Jim Wallace, Steve Melillo - Dialogue - Imagineering Inc./Absolute Entertainment - SNES - 1994

ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron - John Baker - Mellow Groove - Johnson Voorsanger Productions/Sega - Genesis - 1994

Maniac Mansion - Dave Govett - Michael - Jaleco/LucasArts - NES - 1990

Syvalion - Hayato Matsuo, Koichi Sugiyama (advisor) - A Little Harder - Toshiba/Taito - Super Famicom - 1992

ToeJam & Earl - John Baker - Funkotronic Beat - Sega - Genesis - 1991

Hourai Gakuen no Bouken! The Adventure of Hourai High School: Tenkousei Scramble - Hitoshi Sakimoto - Dungeon - J-Wing/Dynamite - Super Famicom - 1996

EarthBound - Hirokazu Tanaka - Battle Against a Weird Opponent - Nintendo - SNES - 1995

Altered Beast - Tohru Nakabayashi, Kazuhiko Nagai (arr.) - Game Over, Name Entry - Sega - Genesis - 1989

ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron - John Baker - Funk Down Under - Johnson Voorsanger Productions/Sega - Genesis - 1994

Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu - Kazuhiko Uehara,Tomoya Tomita, Nobuyuki Akena - Tunnel Passage - Konami - Super Famicom - 1993

Star Fox - Hajime Hirasawa - Fortuna - Nintendo - SNES - 1993

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure - Katsuhiko Suzuki - Stage 2: Magical Town - Treasure/Sega - Genesis - 1993

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 - Miyoko Takaoka - Marble Garden Zone 1 - Sega - Genesis - 1994


  1. Hitoshi Sakimoto "Dungeon" is totally awesome!

    I like when you guys drop the various sound channels in the player and listen to just the sine or just the drums and bass or whatever

    re: Altered Beast "game over"; I sampled this (the isolated drums) in 2001 for a production i was working on!

  2. I agree with Rag. That track be tite, yo.

    The Earthbound track reminds me of early Mouse On Mars.

    We were listening to Ganbare Goemon Gaiden 2 for Famicom at work a few days ago. For some reason there's Castlevanis music on the soundtrack and we couldn't find any info as to why, other than that they're both Konami games.

    A, Get the funk out my house, motherfunker!

    1. Probably the reason for the Castlevania music is because it seems as though the Ganbare Goemon games have parts where you can visit the arcade and play video games (Konami games, of course). In Legend of the Mystical Ninja you can play Gradius, and in Ganbare Goemon 2 for Super Famicom, you can play Xexex. So I imagine in Ganbare Goemon 2 for Famicom, you can play Castlevania.

    2. That would make sense, I'm thinking about downloading this game & checking it out. The soundtrack is really really big, I think there are something like 77 actual music tracks.

      Speaking of big soundtracks, after the episode where you played the Lone Ranger track, I listened to that soundtrack & it was really really awesome. I'm gonna need to pick that game up.

  3. Glad to see EarthBound represented here. It really needs a lot more love on the podcast, at least to this point in the archives since I'm going through them in order.