ReMix: Street Fighter II: The World Warrior 'Sexxy Thai Guy'

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Thai GuyStreet Fighter II: The World Warrior

SEXXY... an EP by They Might be Giants, and now another in a trio of Bad Dudes mixes being posted here on OCR; this one's from the (in)famous EP Thai Guy, in which BD put together several variations on Sagat's theme... for the children to enjoy. Mr. Mustin writes:

"This is my addition to the Thai Guy project from the Bad Dudes. As noted in the ongoing story of the ID3_v2 tags, when Sagat puts Sade into his CD player, this arrangement was inspired by that artist (for whatever reason). Had some fun playing guitar and my six string bass on this one."

<gratuitous>This is no ordinary Sagat... he's a smooth operator.</gratuitous> While Tim gave us the slyer side of this fly Thai guy, Mustin's emphasizing the more intimate, personal aspect of his character. Behind the scar... behind the eye patch... behind the thirst for revenge and the savage Tiger Knees, Sagat's just as human as the next man, and he needs Tiger Lovin'. So mote it be: par for the course, Mustin's cooked up another hot groove, introing with a baby-makin' EP bed for the aforementioned six string bass, which wastes no time getting jiggy. The melody here is more of a cousin to the source than a sibling, following the rhythm but dancing outside the intervals; the bassline is considerably closer, and helps anchor things from becoming nigh-unrecognizable. It might be Mustin's most liberal arrangement, which is perhaps an aspect of its context amongst other Sagat mixes on the album, but it's clever and legit and lives up to its moniker as well. Recorded acoustic elements help immensely in pieces like this, and Mustin's been great at integrating them to produce deeper textures and sonic variation. This sort of reminds me of 'Serenity' in that sense, as I feel it had similar strengths. If both had any weakness to speak of, it's that they're more stateful, groove-oriented pieces than narrative journeys, but really that's totally appropriate, and more an aspect of listener genre preference than anything else. Thai Guy was one of those concepts that sounded goofy on paper, but which the Bad Dudes inarguably made work; both 'Sly' and 'Sexxy' are evidence of that, but check out Sagat's many other facets for even more spicy Thai flava.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
WesternZypher
on 2010-12-19 14:50:48
Smoothest uppercut ever.
OA
on 2008-12-18 13:03:12
everything sounds like it should on this one. The extended bass vamp really had me anticipating the beats, and they fit in perfectly. Great mood to this one, it's languid and smooth, and the performances are great. I love the counterpoint and live performances make this great.
Excellent work all around. :-D
Mtlbro
on 2008-12-10 11:08:54
Cool bass solo, and I dig the bells(?) and how they play off the guitar work.

Groovy baby
Martin Penwald
on 2008-11-23 05:02:54
What a strange little mix this is. The first few times I listened to it, I thought that it is way too liberal. But before I knew it, I would wake up in the morning, humming the tune to myself.
Other than that, the overall smoothness of the song is wonderful, and it's definitely going on my jazzy/chill-out remix playlist.
It took some time to grow on me, but now all I can say is "Well done, and thank you".
Salluz
on 2008-11-15 22:16:07
Unique, man, and not of any mystique, crazy, avant-garde bullshit I expect to hear on the radio on the daily. Everything was mellow, proportional, catchy... The mix held (no, increased) it's ability to be both deep and pleasurable.
Blue Magic
on 2008-11-13 10:47:16
The first 10 times I listen to this mix, I could not figure out the source tune to save my life. Its really buried down under all of that smooth sexxyness. Then I read the title and thought about what country the characters are from in the game, and was like, :shock::oops:
Love this one and I'd like to hear more.
Palpable
on 2008-11-13 10:12:34
Nice take on the theme, man. Keeps a lot of the groove of the original, while messing with the melody. Very chill. I really like those panning delay effects you've got on the guitar too.
Mustin
on 2008-11-13 10:11:22
Fight! Fight! Fight!
[maniacal laughter]
Fight for me! Fight for my love!
[maniacal laughter ensues]
Liontamer
on 2008-11-13 01:38:09
Oooook, you and Mustin can duke it out. I've already laid out why this is more than fine. Your ears are broken. :lol:
SnappleMan
on 2008-11-13 00:51:51
Liontamer;474396 wrote: Nah, the original is used more than half the time: melody, countermelody and bassline.
:39-1:13 - bassline
1:14.5-1:32 - melody, bassline
1:32-1:49 - melody, bassline, countermelody
1:49-1:57 - bassline
2:34-2:51 - bassline, countermelody
2:51-3:08 - melody, bassline
3:09-3:26 - countermelody
3:26-3:36 - liberal melody
3:40-3:46 - liberal melody
There was also the very light sustained string in the background, starting at 1:14, mimicking the sustained string in the original.
The irony of Mustin getting this criticism after he's done it to other tracks here isn't lost on me. :lol:

Sorry, timestamps don't make your text true. This is way below 50/50 in terms of preserving the original.
DJMetal
on 2008-11-12 14:37:40
I had to back and listen to the original for this one. I'm not all that familiar with Sagat's music, but having reviews both the mix and the source material, I love what you've done here Mustin. It is, like everyone says, extremely funky. A solid mix, and in my top five "Songs I could listen to for hours on repeat without killing someone". Good Job.
JJT
on 2008-11-12 02:38:52
SnappleMan;474357 wrote: But the arrangement doesn't meet the 50/50 rule OCR seems to hold so dear.

Not every judge adheres to the 50/50 thing. I sure didn't. Yeah, yeah, offtopic.
Liontamer
on 2008-11-12 00:33:52
SnappleMan;474357 wrote: But the arrangement doesn't meet the 50/50 rule OCR seems to hold so dear.

Nah, the original is used more than half the time: melody, countermelody and bassline.
:39-1:13 - bassline
1:14.5-1:32 - melody, bassline
1:32-1:49 - melody, bassline, countermelody
1:49-1:57 - bassline
2:34-2:51 - bassline, countermelody
2:51-3:08 - melody, bassline
3:09-3:26 - countermelody
3:26-3:36 - liberal melody
3:40-3:46 - liberal melody
There was also the very light sustained string in the background, starting at 1:14, mimicking the sustained string in the original.
The irony of Mustin getting this criticism after he's done it to other tracks here isn't lost on me. :lol:
SnappleMan
on 2008-11-11 22:14:43
Great chill song, but doesn't do it for me in terms of arrangement. All the elements that made the original so great are gone, replaced by a completely different song that slightly follows the originals bassline. In terms of production it's good, I would have taken care to keep the low mids of the guitars under control, but otherwise good. But the arrangement doesn't meet the 50/50 rule OCR seems to hold so dear.
Mazedude
on 2008-11-11 13:23:27
Mustin wins. Again.