Posted 2008-11-08, evaluated by djpretzel
Because of the recent election fever, I can't help but think of Karl Rove when I read this mix title, which is instead a reference to Full Metal Jacket, as popularized by eloquent songsmiths 2 Live Crew in their classic 'Me So Horny'... more info than you wanted, perhaps, but now you're informed. I've been a little absent lately, preparing for Anna's birthday and watching a looonnngggg campaign season finally culminate in the decisive election of Barack Obama.
I'd be remiss in not saying that I think this was a great moment for our country, and being so close to DC and seeing the machinations of the federal government up close and personal, I'm excited to see what comes next. I don't think anyone can live up to the expectations President-Elect Obama has set for himself, but if he even lives up to half of them, it'll be something. This was the first presidential election in which I voted for the winner, and the first time my home state of Virginia voted for a Democrat since LBJ. Change isn't always good, and there's definitely merit to conservatism of a fiscal nature, but I can't help feeling like we're slowly moving forward as a whole towards a more socially inclusive state, that young voters and the Internet are finally becoming more politically relevant, and that the status quo is finally shifting...
But enough of that... as administrator, I try to stay off the soapbox as much as possible, as this site is about VGM first and foremost, but I allow myself some leeway for historic events like these. Speaking of history, the Bad Dudes have been making quite a bit of it in 2008, releasing albums arranging Super Dodge Ball, Sagat's theme, and their latest opus from Symphony of the Night. That's a busy year, and they've been good about making sure some of those tracks end up here on OC ReMix. So, back to the music... this is Dhsu's entry on No Balls, No Glory, and it's smoov. Two different types of EP intro things out, with slick snapping, a nice obtrusive kick, and thick bass. The chorus/main motif at 0'44" employs a stereotypical "Asian" pentatonic riff but jazzes it up a bit, even moreso when it's later coupled with syncopated plucks circa 1'28", which is followed by some organ soloing over legato erhu. It's a seamless mix of hip-hop, jazz, and Asian elements, with the pentatonic cheese factor completely handled by smooth production and spotless arrangement. It's also far more like Morse and po! than anything David's done prior. The artist writes:
"This track surprised a lot of people (including me) because as you'll notice, it's not a piano solo. In fact, I didn't perform anything at all. The main reason for this is that I had no actual access to a piano. Add to that fact that Mustin also wanted something different this time, and I just said "Sorry guys, can't do it" and Kaijin took over. But then kwakfest happened...I sequenced my first song in years and realized it wasn't that bad. So I fired up Anvil Studio and went to work.
By this time Kaijin was pretty much finished with his track, but I just wanted to give Mustin a basic idea of what I would have done, based on a concept I got from the ingenious reworking of Chun Li's theme in Street Fighter Alpha 2. But then he was like "Finish this, we'll make it an alternate track." So I worked out the chorus, the main part of the verse, and a couple solos (which were very time-consuming but satisfying to write) and sent Mustin the MIDI, which he then proceeded to perform and pimp out to produce what you hear today. Also somewhere in the process he also decided to bump Kaijin's track to the alternates in favor of my last-minute entry which I felt kinda bad about but Kaijin was cool so I'm cool WE'RE ALL COOL."
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Super Dodge Ball (CSG Imagesoft, 1989, NES)
Music by Kazuo Sawa
- "Vs. Team China"
- Hip Hop, Jazz
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- Size: 4,119,552 bytes
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