ReMix: Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards 'Larry's Funky House of Lowe'
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So, Larry and I are here at Genericon, awaiting zircon's arrival for our panel this afternoon, but earlier in the week I looked up AnSo to see if he, with his overnight quality ReMix delivery service, could put something together from Leisure Suit Larry extremely quickly. Why? Well, one of the guests at this convention is none other than Al Lowe, who not only programmed the original LSL, but also wrote the music for it. We rode from the airport to our hotel last night with him, and he regaled us with tales of game development in the early days of Sierra. His panel is today as well, and we're planning on catching it and presenting this mix to him there, which should be awesome. This piece does have a legitimate claim to being one of the classic, non-Japanese game themes, as it was rearranged throughout the LSL continuum by other composers, and is damn catchy stuff. It sort of has that 70's game show/sitcom thing going on, but in a good way, and captures the swagger and panache of the series' namesake hero. Mattias writes:
""When I was being asked by Dave to arrange the Theme Song from Al Lowe's brainchild Lesiure Suit Larry I couldn't say no. I mean come on, it's Lesiure Suit Larry! The game's are still extremely enjoyable and the theme song is really the most whistleable song ever made. I'm not kidding. Whistle it!
While the original is very jazzy, and that's all well and good, I wanted to take this somewhere else. Since Al's been a music teacher and studied music for a long time I wanted to show him a musical evolution of his original piece that he, and I quote "wrote one evening out of necessity". While it's not as technical as the original (you can tell he's talented) it is however rather groovy.
This remix includes, in no particular order, the following stuff: The mandatory Rhodes solo (and this one is one of my better, almost no quantize/edit!), sliced vintage funk drums, a game sample that actually fits, clavichord shredding, 2-5-1's, ReGroove, a proper ending and a synth lead that's pretty much a tribute to the whistling syndrome you get after listening to the song.
Also, the title also cracks me up because 1. I think of Larry Oji telling people to visit his "Funky House of Love" and 2. Bad pun!"
Sweet; nice contextualizing there. The original is definitely good stuff, but Mattias has done a great job funking it up one side and down the other, particularly with a mean clavinet line that I'll admit I'm a little envious of. But wait, there's more! Excellent EP soloing, which AnSo's getting progressively better at, and warm, modulated synth leads keep the melody going strong, and the overall arrangement does a good job of stating and restating the melody, with exposition in between. Al's a great, multi-talented guy with a legendary sense of humor; hopefully he'll dig this homage we were able to prepare in time, as it will be the first time we've released a ReMix synchronized with its presentation to the composer who penned the original. However today goes, AnSo's given us another great ReMix, in this case of a theme that really deserved some TLC, from a game composer who also happens to be an iconic game designer as well. History is made!
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