Posted 2008-12-26, evaluated by djpretzel
One can only wonder whether Konami's decision to localize "Mad City" into "The Adventures of Bayou Billy" actually helped sales; I for one never really connected with or completely bought the protagonist's supposed Cajun/Creole street cred. Wiki informs me that there are uncomfortable similarities between the game's plot/original boxart and Crocodile Dundee II, which makes me cringe with unfortunate memories of Paul Hogan. One thing we can all agree on, however, is that the game's soundtrack was all sorts of badass. EGM just ran an awesome feature on Maezawa in their latest issue, and while it never became a real franchise, the game still has a place in the hearts of VGM fans as one of Konami's classics. Evil Horde's hooking us up with our first ReMix since Mazedude's classic 'Trippin' on Alligators' back in 2002. Janne writes:
"Here is my Adventures of Bayou Billy remix. About six months ago I listened to good old NES tunes and the funky guitar and the "muy caliente" chorus in Bayou Billy's soundtrack just blew me away. I needed to remix this, badly. The ending result is somewhere in the fields of 70´s latin-esque-funk/disco. I came up with this latin piano vibe and the rest followed that - hence the name "El Lagarto" which is the spanish word for lizard. The word alligator is an anglicization of el lagarto. How convenient.
The remix has two songs from the Bayou Billy soundtrack. The main vibe is from the first stage. I tried to find out what the second song is, but I couldn't get past the first stage to check it out because the game is so FREAKING DIFFICULT. But I believe it is the second stage theme."
Wiki also informed me that Bayou Billy was supposedly the only game even Captain N himself couldn't conquer; respect. In a completely irrelevant sidenote, I also ran across Bayou Billy's Homemade Soda Pop while googling. No relation. So I'm glad we're getting this one out in 2008 because it adds a last dash of flavor to an awesome year. EH has taken a completely different direction with his mixing, here, going way out on a limb with brass, wah, Latin flava aplenty, and mucho creativity in the arrangement department. Oh and a freakin' delicious, funky bass that drips fat-filled character. Awesome piano slides, inspired percussion, some of the best ensemble brass writing on OCR, and just a heapin' helpin' of pure gusto. Reminds me VERY much of Santa Esmeralda, visually of the Thurman-Liu Kill Bill showdown with an instrumental version of 'Misunderstood' playing. Towards the end the sheer number of instruments firing at the same time is almost overpowering, but that's basically the idea.
This is a badass, eye/ear-opening ReMix; Evil Horde's prior mixes are rock-solid-and-then-some, but for me this one's groundbreaking, very unique on OCR, and pushes the artist's compositional arsenal out into a whole new expanse of possibilities. It's the type of thing I absolutely love to see, I can't wait to see what else he has up his sleeves for 2009, and it's just in time for any VGM-theme NYE parties that want a hottastical latin/disco jam on their playlists. Also, RAD TIMBALE LICKS. Major props - absolutely inspired ReMix.
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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
The Adventures of Bayou Billy (Konami, 1989, NES)
Music by Hidenori Maezawa, Kyouhei Sada, Tsutomu Ogura
- "BGM A"
- Funk, Latin
- Brass, Electric Guitar
- 5,622,915 bytes
- Size: 5,622,915 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 6405a975342780dc8fe171ef415c5dec
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