ReMix: Rad Racer II 'Fire in the Tires'
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So yes, as it turns out, our actual 2011 album lineup does NOT include Pong, Oregon Trail, Cho Aniki, or most if not all of the other titles highlighted in the wonderful video by Mr. Bronx Rican & the many talented artists, staff and otherwise, who pitched in. The real lineup DOES include some fantastic games like the first Sonic, NiGHTS, Wild Arms, and more, so don't get too disgruntled.
It's a bit late in coming, but I'd like to give a big congrats & warm welcome to our two new workshop moderators, Stevo "Level99" Bortz & William "WillRock" Harby, who'll be assisting in providing feedback & guidance on works-in-progress! While workshop moderators have already been playing a big part in the feedback process, their role should also be expanding this year to include more responsibilities as we refine integration of unofficial mixes into our database, so it's great to have their considerable talents on board! To celebrate, we've got a mix from each to post, starting with this Rad Racer II arrangement from Stevo.
I was always an OutRun guy myself, viewing Rad Racer as basically a ripoff of Sega by Square, although not as flagrant as the blatant Space Harrier knock-off "3D World Runner". Regardless, tunes were good, and composed by none other than Nobuo Uematsu himself (!!), who ALSO did World Runner. Crazy; I'm definitely glad he went on to work on (far) more original IP, but it's still neat to hear these older pieces. Stevo writes... at length:
"Rad Racer 2 was probably the first GOOD racing game that I experienced in my whole life. The first racing game I had was Race America, and which incidentally was my first experience with both gamer's thumb and a child's uncontrollable impulse to throw a controller through the screen. Good times...wait, I was supposed to be talking about Rad Racer 2!
The game only had two main songs: Gum Ball Crash and Coast to Coast. The music in the game is, weirdly enough, from Nobuo Uematsu. Indeed, there was a time when Square made racing games. After my recent ReMix of the Gran Turismo track, I decided to go back to my racing roots and do this song some rocking justice.
It's driving rock, with some surf and some 50's rock influence thrown in. I really don't have much else to say besides that: This is how I imagined the song in my head updated from 8-bit to live instruments with some fun wankery thrown in. It was more difficult for me to find a balance between source and new material so as to make it a ReMix as opposed to a cover, but I think it ended up alright."
I think so, too. First good racing game I played was probably Pole Position, way back on the 2600, which I guess makes me old. Good energy & a mix of different guitar-based genre influences make for some driving tunage that's upbeat & carefree, like racing around the country in an expensive car SHOULD be. Solid, clean + crunchy production, and there's even a synth solo in there... Spring's just getting started, but Summer will be here before you know it, and this is PERFECT rock-out mixage for fun in the sun!
A little short, but that's alright. I think the mixing could be a little better here, but that's minor.
I think I'm just happy that someone decided to cover songs from my childhood, and Stevo did a good job here.
- Bahamut on January 30, 2013
- Crulex on December 17, 2011
So it's basically theme-theme-original-theme in terms of structure; a safe one, but it works well for radio. The solos over the top at 1:05 were also classy, and both of these managed to give more warmth to the track's substance; we rarely associate Stevo with synth solos for that matter too, and while the one that was incorporated felt more subtle, it did indeed feel poppy and appropriate. Even the original writing starting at the 2 minute mark managed to dive more into Ste's racing desire with some well-attented building before going into the last riff of the theme
I give particular attention towards the drum writing here; the production may still leave a bit to be desired especially with some of the loud claps coming in during the B sections of the themes, but the amount of attention paid to the notation and the fills have shown that he knows how to bring excitement into the fray for these racing type mixes.
All in all, a fun track covering a more obscure game. It may be safe, but we couldn't really expect much more from such an upbeat source, and Stevo managed to handle it with the right appropriate attention. Nice work :)
- Rexy on December 17, 2011
Nice guitar sound (particularly around 2:45). Solos (both synth and guitar) are nice, and the claps are a very cool addition.
- Martin Penwald on June 13, 2011
- Brandon Strader on April 5, 2011
Now if you would excuse me, I need to bang my head a bit :)
- luhny on April 5, 2011
- halc on April 4, 2011
- Mirby on April 4, 2011
- Gario on April 3, 2011
Finally it gets its fully-instrumental justice. Well done.
- Thrull on April 3, 2011
Stevo, in retaliation made this mix iirc, to show me who was boss.
So yeah... Awesome mix stevo... may the war continue *shakes fist*
- WillRock on April 3, 2011
- djpretzel on April 3, 2011