ReMix: Street Fighter II: The World Warrior 'The Ken Song'
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Though it will sadly never be as ubiquitous or widely accepted into our collective consciousness as The Thong Song, newcomer Joe Darwish's take on Ken's previously-unmixed-on-OCR theme from Street Fighter 2 is a knock-down, drag-out, kickass first mix, a complete rock overhaul with original lyrics and pretty polished vocals, with lots of doubling, harmony, attention to panning. A clean crisp sound - not quite as metal/edgy as Game Over's sound, more of a Top 40/alterna/Foo Fighters bent, with more straightedge vocals. Joe's done a fantastic job of building a vocal line over the original melody, mixing up guitar textures, acoustic drumming, and achieving an overall balanced sound. Now, let's talk a sec about the lyrics - I think they're great, personally - they certainly work for me - but I also find the line "realise your ken" hilarious. I talked with Joe and he said the lyrics were perhaps cheesy but not intended as humorous, so I just consider this an unintended benefit. Let me clarify that, in case it's vague: though I find portions amusing, I LOVE these lyrics, and the cheese factor only adds to my enjoyment of the mix. This has a Star Salzman quality of being VERY catchy and quintessentially listenable and appealing. Perhaps not as elaborate, definitely not as risky, but that "radio" factor is there. I am so... damn.... glad that our first posted Ken mix covers the theme so thoroughly and in such a rock-out, embarassing head-banging + air-guitaring fashion. Articulation, technique, vocal processing, singing, drumming - all come together perfectly. Layering the background vocals over the lead at the end was the clear choice for building out the conclusion. I was gonna mix this theme, but this is almost everything I'd want in an arrangement; I'm not saying I don't think other talented mixers can cover it differently in the future in a way I'd still dig, but I don't personally feel like I'd listen to anything I myself came up with as much as Joe's coverage. Rock fans and Street Fighter 2 fans absolutely, under penalty of death, must download this mix. The venerated group of Ryu mixes is now joined by a blond-haired, American rival in red, and the world just got a little bit cooler in the process. Realise your Ken!
- MindWanderer on September 7, 2012
[i]It's been a long and winding road.
Gotta love it, breaking people's bones.[/i]
Perfection in a vocal game mix? ;) :D A favoured tribute for Ken, that's for sure! n_n
- Fun on August 11, 2012
- Crulex on December 30, 2010
after so many years the ken song still lives on ! never thought it would have this kind of reaction. thanks for listening...
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REALIZE YOUR (or You're) KEN
- jdproject on May 13, 2010
- OA on December 7, 2009
Then I read the lyrics. And I lol'ed.
The Orichalcon;52357 wrote: That's one thing cleared with jd. It's meant to be "realise you're Ken." Just a little bit of poor grammar entering the lyrics. ;)
May we continue to realize our Ken regardless. And twice on weekends.
This song is iconic. If you have a playlist, let alone a computer, that this isn't on, then you are wrong. It's one solid rock track, and no matter how you hear the lyrics the whole thing is f-ing awesome.
So... how's that Ryu Song coming along, eh jd?
- K.B. on December 2, 2009
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- Sayishere on June 17, 2008
I'll never be thankful enaugh.
Keep up the good work, Ryu and Guile themes would be appreciated too though... ;)
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- seriousken on April 2, 2006