ReMix: Super Mario Bros. "8-bit Eighties"

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Starla gets a little goofy in this hardcore-80's ReMix of SMB . . . remember the days of glam rock hair, sunglasses at night, when Michael Jackson was human and Madonna wore hundreds of multi-colored bracelets on one arm? Them were the days. Hey, at least the 80's were conspicuous! People are gonna look back on the 90's with blank stares, whereas the 80's has a million icons and cheesy memorabilia. But about the mix . . . it's actually musically viable, with some good thick synth and a groovy beat, but the killer is starla's 80's-style "talking vocals" ala the B-52s or any number of uber-camp synth-pop outfits. If you're allergic to polyester, Gary Numan, or Neon stay away, but for a little "decade of ME" bliss, step into the parlor. It's radical.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
42
on 2010-12-04 21:27:50

Finally! We have the lyrics to this! Yay!

But this is totally rad and bombin' mad cool, yo!

I really like the influences from Hey, Mickey, and how the sources are layered with the minimal techno beats plus Starla's vocals. It just works well. There's also just a cute charming kitsch value to it all, especially in the 80's teen girl-esque pining over Mario in the lyrics. While I definitely wouldn't describe this as serious, it doesn't really need to be. It's just pure, happy-go-lucky fun times.

MixMasterMario
on 2010-08-22 09:43:45

Mario doing the Moonwalk!!! :lmassoff:

http://mariomoon.ytmnd.com/

Steven McFly Jr
on 2010-04-17 01:43:24

Hellz yeah! hahaha! time to bust out the orange vest, blue jeans, MJ BAD t-shirt my record player! LOL!

4.5 stars !!!

Crulex
on 2010-04-03 10:48:28

Haha! Oh, this is great. I almost lost it when I heard "Oh Mario you're so fine". Man, that brought a smile to my face. 80's is where it was, is and always will be at, and now even Mario can show it.

metalsnakejuice
on 2009-11-06 07:21:23

I love this. A good interpretation of the theme.

Marmiduke
on 2009-08-29 10:30:30

This is one of those mixes where if certain elements of it were done really well, it wouldn't be half as good. The fact that everything (except the arrangement) is just a little bit shit is actually quite charming and often introspective in a way.

Can we view the lyrics as an almost illiterate schoolgirl's infatuation with a videogame character, or is it more a satire on the degredation of youth and society in the face of technological change and virtual escapism? I like the latter perspective.

While I think the vocals are nothing special, it sounds like that is in most part due to how far back they were, and also because this isn't a regular singing piece. injury has a much better showcase of her vocal talents in other mixes.

The arrangement on a very known, very simple theme was really well handled, surprisingly well handled in light of the lack of effort to be wholly serious in other aspects of the mix. But like I said, the camp value of this is worth more to me if it tried to be better than it could have been. It's an interesting ride through Madonna-esque territory.

evktalo
on 2009-01-10 11:37:34

Another mix discovered thanks to the "missing lyrics" thread, hehe. I'm enjoying this a lot. I find those vocals *great*. Very well used effects on them. They're a bit too buried in the mix. I think overall the mixing is lacking - the sounds don't mesh and sound mostly "straight from the can", and especially the bass instruments sound "all over the place". It's not too bad, just quite unpolished.

Many of the sound choices are pretty good in themselves, the harsh snare percussion for instance (a bit too harsh on the ears), and the 80s keyboard that first comes in at 00:08. I also like the figure that it plays. Other arranging is good as well, and supports the chosen genre/style well. I'm not sure if the structure/pacing is the best, it's a bit on the long side for instance.

Also, this piece reminds me of Yellow Magic Orchestra, which is always a plus! Even with it's flaws It's a keeper.

--Eino

Streets of Rage bum
on 2008-08-22 16:28:48

Way to go retro Mario! haha, i got such good laugh outta this mix, a wave of 80's-ness just rushed into my head, and ya know what? it felt damn good.

Every aspect of the mix just kept bringin back 80s cheese, right down to that common synthesized sound that when u hear while watchin a movie...u don't even need to guess when it was made...

Great mix, does what it sets out to do, and the title/track can't get anymore appropriate then that!

OA
on 2008-01-11 11:54:03

"He's such a gentleman" :

Hilarious lyrics and a pretty accurate arrangement, the only part that didn't strike me as being true to the 80's was the double-time section, but it worked with the song. I really liked the 1-1 snippets as counterpoint, nice touch.

I thought the vocals were a little too far back in the mix in some areas, and too prominent in others, but the effects applied were sufficiently 80's for me.

Not something i'd listen to frequently, but it was super enthusiastic and cheeky, and it made me smile. :-)

lady zelda
on 2006-03-03 01:25:29

This is well done. I'm not too sure if I'm too fond of the talking, but it's catchy and brings back the old school feel. On that note, I think I'll listen to it more and I'll come to apprecite the 80s more, haha. (Never was too fond of that period...)

djheartbreak831
on 2006-03-02 18:53:50

lol, when i first heard this, i thought of big hair and 80s synths. then when i heard Starla talk i was like, wow... lol, she has that cute voice, but it makes a big impact in a song. u cant take ur mind off it. at least for me. it really brought me back to the sounds of the 80s pop. lol, hilarious but also a great song.

benevolensaurus
on 2005-01-02 04:46:11

Hah... nice.

zdude255
on 2004-06-26 11:39:07

I too found this hilarious. Its a very nice remix and it truely captures the essence of 80's music. (Although the good of this is debatable)

Great song, its worth checking out.

MonkeyHead79
on 2004-01-20 14:24:16

Definitely a nice mix, and probably my favourite variation on the underground theme. A very bass-biased piece which had me bopping my head... The only things I find bothersome about it are the super-echoey female audio clips, and a fairly abrupt ending. 8.7/10.

nodspaw51
on 2003-12-19 13:50:26

I like the general idea of this song, but the bass was too much. It was a god job at a theme that lots of people try. One of the betters of this theme. Good job!