ReMix: Mega Man 3 'Magnet Man Goes West'

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This is just crazyfunstuff, that's all there is to it. Mr. Cabrera has taken the Magnet Man theme and turned it into a sugar-sweet dance track with some excellent, shufflin' snares, a great kitschy guitar lead that actually often sounds a bit more Hawaiian than it does "Western" but rocks out with the heavy melodic emphasis, harmony, and pitch bend magic. This is a bit more flagrantly "happy" than Dan's other pieces. Not that they're macabre in any sense of the word, it's just that this is pretty flamboyant and jolly work, with roots, conscious or not, in the synth-pop factions of Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, New Order and the like. I'm definitely into what Dan's doing with his recent submissions, blending non-synth instruments like banjo and guitar into an otherwise electro-mix and making that work. Sometimes that sort of transplantation will just end up sounding out of place, but with this and his previous mix, he's blended such timbres in seamlessly. There's a bit of repetition in the five or so minutes this ReMix consumes, but some of that is addition/subtraction overtop what is a sturdy enough percussive groove to hold interest and energy. This is definitely the type of piece that gets in your head and stays there... which sorta sucks as far as timing goes, because I need to write a take-home essay for a final tomorrow, and I know as I write about the subtle intricacies of how Tolstoy deals with notions of democracy when compared with Sand and Stendhal, I'm gonna stop writing mid-sentence and start humming this. I blame Dan. At any rate, I think this mix captures something about the happy-go-lucky, melodycore nature of Capcom's NES tunage in general, esp. for the Mega Man games. Recommended.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
rfgiusti
on 2013-02-14 07:17:55
This is one of my favourites! And to think I first heard it several years ago... many mixes get "old" after you listen to it several times, and you start favouring new mixes... not this one, though!
Mirby
on 2010-05-04 15:49:40
It is a nice track... WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HIM?!?!?
OA
on 2010-05-04 15:45:28
Fun stuff, I've had this cheerful piece on my playlist for years and years, and I don't see it going anywhere any time soon. :-)
I like how there is an extended drum break near the end of the song, it really isn't in a hurry to go anywhere (must be that laid back west coast attitude ;-), and then like a beautiful sunset (that sets in the west, of course), it gradually fades away.
Nice synths, a good beat, and a catchy and upbeat theme make this a great track.
joetheatheist
on 2010-03-18 04:07:38
I'm not sure why, but for some reason whenever I listen to this song it conjures up mental images of Southern California; especially the city of Bakersfield. I have no idea why. Great song, though. It gets stuck in my head sometimes which is perfectly fine with me.
Platonist
on 2008-09-29 20:01:59
another great Disco Dan piece
and even if this one and (the all famous) Triforce Majeure were posted so far back i still can't stop listening to them.. iPod, winamp, foobar .. they're everywhere ^^
Clumsy.
on 2007-02-11 09:09:04
Hmm, I made a comment about clipping before, and I really don't know what I was talking about ... maybe something wrong with my speakers then. It was a while back.
Anyhow, I had to re-DL pretty much everything, and came across this again. Oh man, it's so happy. I love it; it's one of the best. ^_^
Steve1
on 2006-02-25 16:27:27
I listened to this a while ago and didn't like it enough to download it, but I did this time around. The "lighter" sounding instruments sounded a bit strange with the "heavier" beat in the background, but it's no biggie after a couple of listens. You probably could have gone without quite so many pitch bends with the guitar-like thing, though. Those can get irritating in mass quantity. Overall, good job.
meccaneer
on 2005-10-02 15:03:37
I'm a sucker for MegaMan remixes since MegaMan is the.... man... I do really enjoy listening to this tune but, to criticize:
1. There isn't much depth. The sound field is not filled and thus not as exciting as it could be. There are some strings but, not until the very end.
2. It sounds more Hawaiian than anything. I suppose Hawaii is west...
3. Dance has been done. Change the beat up or shorten the song's length.
4. There hasn't much changed from the original.
Bummer
on 2005-09-23 13:14:15
Good to know that Discodude is capable of something with a more positive feeling, this mix really proves it. I just can´t figure out why he want to go west, what´s wrong with north? :?
BobTheDog
on 2004-12-10 23:47:56
Magnet Man's theme is probably my favorite piece of MM music. The stuff you've done to it is perfect. Great job :D
jordex
on 2004-11-22 18:36:44
This is probally my favourite Mega Man mix outa all of them! Nice one dd!!
Flare4War
on 2004-07-15 03:02:20
Clumsy. wrote: I like this piece, but the quality of it really gets on my nerves ... there is so much clipping :? it should've at least been dusted off before being posted on OCR. My 2 cents.
Rock on Disco Dan.

You must listen to your music too loud alot or something. I listen to this remix on a regular basis and I can assure, there is no clipping.
Seriously, this is Disco Dan we're talking about. You really think he'd submit a low quality mix. I think you'd lost your bloody mind.
No offense. :)
Flare4War
on 2004-07-15 02:57:04
Yep....this is still one of the greatest ever.
zircon
on 2004-07-14 15:28:35
Clumsy. wrote: I like this piece, but the quality of it really gets on my nerves ... there is so much clipping :? it should've at least been dusted off before being posted on OCR. My 2 cents.
Rock on Disco Dan.

There is no clipping. I've listened to this with three different sound systems (mp3 player and two computers) with headphones, earplugs, and speakers, and I simply didn't hear any. It's probably you :D
Royal Sovereign
on 2004-07-14 14:30:40
Positively brilliant! Sparkling with a dancable, deleriously happy beat, this remix can be truly called something brought from the Twentieth to the Twenty-First century, while still exuding that coy innocent sweetness found only in the Mega Man series.
It should be said that one the most enigmatic songs out of Mega Man 3 is Magnet Man's stage. The stage itself is break-your-controller hard, and features a villian that is both mad-looking and just plain mad (like when he uses his magnetism ability -- :twisted: )It comes as a surprise, therefore, that the music for the stage is so giddily happy.
Disco Dan's superb remix for this song comes as a surprise as well. Instead of merely taking the original song and filtering it through another medium, he comes out with a tune that actually enhances the way the original feels.