ReMix: Tecmo Bowl "Touchdown Hoedown"

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! While obviously a US tradition first and foremost, ain't nothin' wrong with giving thanks once in awhile, no matter who you are and where you live. For me, personally, I'm thankful that artists, fans, and staff alike continue to make OCR a rewarding, awesome site to run, among other things. Family, friends, food... the letter "F" has a virtual monopoly on the things we hold most sacred & are most thankful for. In America, for a lot of folks, especially on Thanksgiving, that list includes Football. No, not the kind the vast, overwhelming majority of the world plays - that's soccer, of course, and it begins with an "S" in these parts. No, I'm talking about four quarters of helmet-crushing, bone-cracking goodness, with trick plays, hail mary passes, and inane color commentary. For me, it's not a question of liking or disliking the sport (especially since I'm a Redskins fan...) - it's woven into the fabric of tradition, one more element that makes a more complete whole. And so what better day to post this ReMix from Vurez, which turns the music from NES classic Tecmo Bowl into an Appalachian jam, replete with banjo riffs and infectiously rural energies. Judge OA channels his inner prospector, Stinky Pete:

"Well Tar-nation, it's a right good hootenanny all up in these parts! Performances are great, and the arrangement is pretty expansive. The style is just right for a good ol' boy like me, I reckon. YEE HAW. Ok, I can't think of anything else, but seriously, this mix is excellent, and really brings the track to life in a unique and compelling way. The transitions and flow are great, and the production sounds awesome. Overall a super win, IMO."

Let the above quotation serve as sad lesson & grave warning to any other Minnesotans trying to emulate Southern affects ;) Don really is talented & ambitious when it comes to trying different genres and employing varied instrumentation, and this is certainly one of the harder types of music to really "nail" with samples. Nevertheless, it sounds great, and has appreciably more verisimilitude than my own rodeo (minus the super-authentic yodeling/gibberish) from days of yore. Vinnie's decidedly less exciting comments summed it up well:

"Haha, very fun. It's great seeing underrepresented styles and underrepresented games getting love. The arrangement and the sequencing makes up for some slight mixing problems you acknowledged."

It's really the sequencing & articulation that make or break ethnic instrumentation; no matter how good a sample library may be, if you employ an instrument in a fashion that is at odds with its intended usage, results are either going to be eccentric (possibly good) or incompetent (also known as "bad"), and this is where Don always shines - using effective samples effectively. If this mix played every time the Redskins scored a touchdown or won a game... well, it'd be awesome, I just wouldn't hear it often enough. Plenty to be thankful for this year, but right now I'll just thank Vurez for adding some unique charm & flavor to the holiday with this mix!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2012-09-24 14:49:39

Hehe, this brings back good memories of both the game and DJP's old track. Good ol' country boy track that just puts a smile on my face, especially the clapping parts. Damn, it's things like this that make me want to go yee-haw! Super fun, sounds great and is just a thrill to listen to. Awesome.

Guifrog
on 2012-09-16 22:22:50

LMAO²! It feels like...

"ALRITE EVERYONE, chickens, pigs, cows and oxes, let's all hold our hands and wings so we can form a circle and dance! La la la"

...this!

Csyzr
on 2010-12-22 08:19:13

i had to LMAO at this one. friggin tecmo bowl...... good take on this classic. it fits quite well

Martin Penwald
on 2010-12-14 12:49:11

As a European, I pretty much never get to hear music like this, so it is a very welcome change of pace for me. I can listen to it over and over again, simply because I'm hardly ever exposed to something like it and thus can't grow tired of this genre.

The remix in hand is an all-around fun piece of music. Perfect for when you feel the need to be cheered up.

DragonAvenger
on 2010-12-08 23:24:28

This one brought a smile to my face when I judged it, and it still does now. Great idea for source adaption, and just super fun to listen to. We need more artists to think outside the box more like this.

docnano
on 2010-12-06 09:02:30

This one really grew on me. The acoustic bluegrass sound is really hard to achieve with samples, but you did a great job. For the most part, the different instruments play off each other very well. The fiddle sample is not terrific, but you really made it sing with the slides and doubling. The mandolin sounds too much like a Greek bouzouki, but that's a hard one to duplicate. And I'm jealous of your banjo sound, I couldn't find a very good one. :-)

Nice work! We're getting a little closer to some "serious folk" music on OCR, hillbilly jokes notwithstanding. :-D

Bahamut
on 2010-12-06 02:28:10

I missed this one for some reason - this is a pretty fun song, and I think djp pretty much sums it up.

:lol: at the Redskins reference there!

WillRock
on 2010-12-05 17:02:22

Well this is probably one of the most fun remixes on the site. Reminds me of DJPs infamous Hillbilly Rodeo.

Infectious, well produced, and a pretty sweet arrangement to boot.

To put things into Perspective... Banjos, Violins and a Cowbell. How can anyone NOT like this remix.

Otakatt
on 2010-12-05 02:42:14

O Remix, Where Are Thou?

Considering the source and the fact it has 'Hoedown' in the title, this wasn't something I planned to really give a listen, despite being a fan of Vurez. I'm a terrible person, I know. But I heard it, I believe on Kyle's show, which has prompted me to come back and give it a proper listen.

I like that it's a fun remix, and it reminds me that Vurez is just pure talent. I've heard him make many remixes in a rather large variety of styles and no matter what style he chooses it sounds authentic to me, this mix included.

It's not something I'm going to listen to a lot, admittedly, not for a lack of quality or anything of the like, but the genre just isn't my thing. I'd still recommend people give it a chance, because like 42 said, it's a really fun mix and the world needs more fun.

OA
on 2010-12-05 01:31:49

This mix is so infectiously fun, you have to smile while listening. The sequencing is sick as well, i seriously am having trouble telling what is real or not.

Love it a lot! :-)

42
on 2010-12-04 23:45:04

In one camp at OCR, you have you're serious power ballads, sweeping orchestral arrangements, or emotional solo arrangements. In the other camp, you have things like these; the stuff which you just have to listen to and laugh, stuff you can't really take seriously.

This is just plain fun, hilarity, and stuff the world needs more of. Stuff that just reminds you to not take yourself too seriously. This should definitely belong in everyone's playlist.

just wait til you hear his Tetris (Korobeiniki) mix.

:lmassoff: Heck yes, I can't wait for that, especially if it's like this one.

SubNormal J3
on 2010-11-26 03:02:13

Haha. Very fitting title. Good work.

Lint
on 2010-11-25 12:11:08

I feel like somebody should play this at a hoedown to see if anybody notices. Though it couldn't be any old rural hoedown, cause out in rural Minnesota/Dakotas they don't play it quite like this. And yes, if this was played when the Redskins won or scored touchdowns it wouldn't be played very often, maybe if it was whenever the Titans scored?

That aside, I think it's cool that Vurez adapted the song to this form. It definitely has a great dance vibe and cool instrumentation (I wish it had more harmonica). It is now trapped behind a genre that I find difficult to tolerate for more than an evening a month at most. VERY effective use of the tools at hand though, as the banjo/violin combo goes quite underrepresented these days. Also clapping (or whatever tool was used to emulate clapping).

Souliarc
on 2010-11-25 11:42:20

Vurez... he's the man. He's fooled me with his sequencing prowess many a time. I can't say this is one of my favorites, but that could be due to me living in KY and being overexposed to folk, country, bluegrass whatever music my whole life. Regardless, you gotta recognize his versatility and production. And if this one ruffled your feathers, just wait til you hear his Tetris (Korobeiniki) mix. Damn son!

If had to critique, I'd say the bass is a bit inarticulate. I'd also say that the bass isn't too prominent in this style of music anyway with it's up/down melody and rhythm. And the percussion sounded a bit too MIDI'ish, especially the snare, but the arrangement of them was excellent.

djpretzel
on 2010-11-25 11:12:36

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