ReMix: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time 'Subterranean Kamikaze'
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Did you know that in the UK, TMNT were initially known as "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles"? They finally changed it, I believe, but still... what self-respecting kid would look up to a mutant hero? A mutant ninja, SURE - hell, any type of ninja, really - but a mutant hero just seems a little sad. But I digress; many of us enjoyed the four-player arcade version of TMNT 4, with its flamboyant, color-coded joysticks, and the SNES port used Mode7 to great, Foot Soldier-lobbing effect. It also had a fantastic, memorable soundtrack, even better than I remember most of the music from the actual cartoon being, and threw in some stage title voice samples for style points ("Big Apple.... 3AM"); basically the opposite of the mocking, infuriating samples from Bubsy.
Sixto Sounds, who's been rather ubiquitous lately, and some n00b named zircon teamed up for this rockin' and rollin' arrangement of TMNT4's 'Sewer Surfin'' track, which as it turns out this zircon guy collabed on before, with tefnek. Juan writes:
"When I was a kid and got my very own Super NES system one Christmas, my dad would take us down to the movie rental place every weekend. We would each pick one game. My sister always wanted to get Super Mario All-Stars. For me, it was usually one of two games; Street Fighter II or Turtles in M!@#$@~!n' Time. Awesome game. JAWESOME. Listening to the soundtrack now takes me back to those good ol' days. Days without worries or responsibilities. Just us kids being kids. *sigh* Anyway, the soundtrack is pretty much rocked out as it is. I just had to do the typical Sixto thing and rock it out a little more. I wanted to go all 80's hair metal on this and use some vintage guitar rock tones and synths. The guitar tones were no problem, but the synths were pretty generic. I'm no good with synths. At all. So, at the very last minute, zircon begged me to let him into the remix, so I obliged. He used his tehcno wizardry to conjure up some phat synths and whatnot. Really helped the mix, I think. Enjoy!"
The same piece also previously inspired chumble spuzz's tastefully titled 'Turd Surfers,' so clearly there's something about moist human waste floating around underground that appeals to these guys... or perhaps it's just that the original track IS pretty damn awesome. Andy writes:
"I loved the concept of this mix as soon as Sixto sent me a work in progress... after all, 80s-style hair metal fits the Turtles perfectly. I ended up programming all the synth sounds and adding some material in the form of an intro and a solo later on, but while Sixto definitely did the majority of the work (guitars, drums, arrangement), I think the addition of the over-the-top sweeps and screaming leads are the icing on the cake."
Non-sequitir: Was anyone else ever troubled that, episode after episode, April was always wearing the same yellow outfit? Did she wash that thing? No wonder she didn't mind hanging out in sewers with large tortoises. What DOESN'T smell is this mix; you might simply assume that, with Andy and Juan on board, it's a no-brainer... and you'd be right. While this tune has definitely been arranged impressively before, the glam-rock, indulgent, and generally spiffy treatment SS & Z have put together is different enough to be fresh and enjoyable enough to... enjoy. Profusely. Things intro with some nice B3 rock organ, which I haven't heard Andy or Juan use too much, but get glammier with the wall-o-synth at 0'22", channeling the Van Halen "Jump" sound just a bit. At 1'50" Juan's inner Eddie takes over with a mean lead and lets loose. 2'55" yields a surprising breakdown that, while brief, helps change up the dynamic level before the conclusion's onslaught. At 3'38" Andy enters with a synth solo... quirky patch choice: a quackish attack that sounds more fusion than glam rock, but it's brief and colorful so it's all good. The panel did look at this, but most of what they had to say was unintelligble nonsense thanks to the shenanigans of a certain JJT.
2008 seems to be the year of Sixto collabs... there's more where this came from, but Mr. Medrano has already made a huge dent with some epic collabs, and artists like Shariq and Andy really match up well, resulting in seamless, rockin' takes on classic tracks. Awesome.
- RiverSound on August 9, 2012
Oh, and this mix is awesome :)
- Grimm on September 15, 2010
The intro build is exactly as my dream remix of this would be, and the organs used throughout are beastly. It's a great balance in the mix between the show-stealing guitars and all the additional reinforcement. I especially enjoyed the solos, and Zircon's use of a synth lead that sounds suspiciously like a modernized version of the bass from Alleycat Blues is icing on the cake. Throughout, this song is just tops, and ridiculously awesome production.
The only version I can think of that might rival it is Nase's Turtle Wank, but that's a different approach with different goals. Give me either mix on any day and I'll be happy as a clam. Or a turtle.
- Level 99 on July 2, 2010
- Mirby on February 23, 2010
- Crulex on February 11, 2010
Excellent synths, guitars, pace, and even though the arrangement is pretty similar to the original, the source is tubular as well.
An awesome, awesome track.
- OA on December 1, 2009
- metalsnakejuice on May 22, 2009
42;499666 wrote: totally 80's
I don't get this though.
- LuketheXjesse on January 26, 2009
but after listening to some of Sixto and Zircon's [URL="http://www.ocremix.org/remix/OCR01723/"]other[/URL] [URL="http://www.ocremix.org/remix/OCR01702/"]collabs[/URL] it's kind of hard to compare...
Still, though, awesome job. :nicework:
- 42 on January 25, 2009
- Mr Azar on October 29, 2008
Zircons synths also are awesome, a little cheesy, but that is part of its charm 8D
Awesome, I can't wait to hear what else you guys come up with!
- WillRock on October 8, 2008
- relyanCe on August 16, 2008
zircon;437486 wrote: Thanks for all the comments folks. Also, for your listening pleasure, an amusing render that happened when I played the audio file back at a higher pitch...
LOL. That could fit well in the game, actually. Slow that down a notch and you'll get the tempo of the original track. :P
- SwordBreaker on August 8, 2008
Moguta;435880 wrote: I literally laughed out loud reading this, as I had been thinking the exact same thing, although not expressed so eloquently. ^.^
And for that reason, I was kinda dismissive of the song at first. "What, ANOTHER Sewer Surfin' mix?" But I shouldn't have been. This really is a slickly awesome track with unparalleled energy. This will literally rock your socks (and other miscellaneous articles of clothing) right off.
I wouldn't mind a hundred more Sewer Surfin' remixes. Bring 'em!
- KyleJCrb on August 8, 2008
- zircon on August 7, 2008