So yes, VocalClocked ReMix was, as most of you instantaneously deduced, an A1 thing. We wanted to have some fun, but it was also a pointed way of responding to the "vocal haters" that come out of the woodwork whenever a serious mix w/ vocals is posted. While I completely get & respect that there are some folks for whom instrumental music is a preferred sanctuary (especially when it comes to VGM), I'll never understand OR respect anyone's actual intolerance for ANY genre of music or aspect of instrumentation. You don't like it, we get it, 'nuff said. There are those with the audacity to make statements like "Vocals don't belong in VGM!!," or "You can't do jazz arrangements of Mega Man!!," for example. While you might not like vocals, whether or not they belong there isn't up to you, it's up to the artists. Laughably, there are even some who try to pass off as journalism (or at least semi-serious critique) what amounts to genre bias on the part of the critic. The bottom line is, never express your own personal preference as a prescription of what is natural or acceptable or universal in any way; you're walking in historically despicable footsteps when you do.
I'll get down off my soapbox now because you know I didn't just show up with words - we've got an absolutely amazing, throwback/vintage rock vocal arrangement of Wind Waker from newcomers Hot Freaks, a Minneapolis-based band that does Guided by Voices covers, among other things, making them my new favorite people. Vocalist Leo Vondracek writes:
"I always though this track could be a great single so I wrote some lyrics for it and played it indie-rock style with my band. Hope you enjoy it!"
Fittingly, this one is both on the house AND better than ever - I'm pretty much in love with the arrangement, the execution, and the overall experience, which Shariq sums up nicely:
"Dunno why this is even on the panel. Should be direct post IMO. It's got a lovely summertime vibe, like I'm out at the beach on a late afternoon with lots of friends. Great vocals! Just lovely all around."
Pieces of this reminded me of The Raconteurs (bits of 'Steady as She Goes'), GBV, and Weezer, and the lyrics are simple & perfect. Might be a carefree jam that's perfect for Spring/Summer, but I'm going to be playing this all year long, and it's the sort of surprise that makes running the site and posting mixes so rewarding. You never know what you're gonna hear, and what's gonna work, and it's a beautiful thing to still be geeking out and going fanboy after 12 years of doing this. Great, epic mix, instant classic in my book, and huge thanks to Hot Freaks for inspiring me, for one. And to all the artists out there, keep doing EXACTLY what you feel - it might not always be right for some people, and it may not even be right for OCR, but it'll always be right.
on 2015-12-10 23:02:37
Uh... Yeah, at first I didn't quite like this song, because everything seemed to sound out of place, and I didn't like the vocals in particular, but now I love the feeling of live performance and I just dig the overall summer-y vibe of this mix. And the vocals are especially lovely Great!
on 2015-12-02 22:31:41
So this was the mix that made me finally accept Vocals in remix. I implore any individuals out there who still harbor prejudices against Lyrical remixes, to see the error in their way! This mix is perfect as a ensemble live band remix and there exists very to criticize only praise. My only complaint is that the Hot Freaks seem to have gone silent in the past year, lost at sea in a tumultuous ocean that tend to consume live performance bands...but let us hope we spot their sails on the horizon, eventually.
on 2014-01-24 04:08:05
It took a while for this to grow on me, which is why I didn't review it before. Not that it wasn't good -- I always recognized that it was good, I just wasn't familiar with Wind Waker at all. I listened to this song a lot, even saw it performed live by OverClocked University and that was amazing. I played Wind Waker for the first time earlier, and when I got out into the first area and heard the song in the background, it was like hearing a cover of this remix, but more stripped down. So in a really cool way, this was the first I heard the theme, and this has become the definitive version of it for me -- I like it more than the game version, which is great as well, but when you hear something this good first, the smaller game version doesn't hold a candle to it. Really good, and quite frankly, a genius arrangement of the source. I hope to hear more!
on 2013-11-01 22:07:12
I just listened to this song for the second time, the first being right when it came out. I decided to look into it again because some people on IRC told me to listen to it. To be quite honest, I didn't like it the first time I heard it. I felt the lyrics didn't match the atmosphere created by the instruments and that something seemed kinda...off technically (even though I have no expertise in production or any type of musical talent).
Now my thoughts have changed.
The lyrics are more personally relevant to me now, almost eerily exactly how I feel at this particular moment in my life. I cried while listening and reading the lyrics because I share the same sentiment as the singer if one would interpret them in a sad way. What I see as a juxtaposition of the atmosphere of the song and the meaning of the lyrics is brilliant. It paints a picture of what could have been the singer's future and the reality of the present situation. Alternatively, I can see the singer moving forward with his life and using his memories of the girl as motivation to improve himself.
I didn't give this song enough of a chance when I first heard it. But thankfully I now see the amazing creative freedom one has to interpret the lyrics and how powerful this song can be for anyone. I highly recommend this song!
on 2013-05-16 12:56:47
The way the lyrics fit along with the music just makes for something ridiculously fun. I really just want to bop back and forth during the chorus. It's got a really good "la, la-la, la-la" feeling to it right about there, great for the warm sunny days. So damn catchy. Great ReMix.
on 2012-09-13 21:19:01
Addictive. thanks to the UK guys for playing this one at the Alcon panel the other day - I must be on at least my 10th listen by now.
on 2012-09-04 22:22:27
I just heard this remix for the first time yesterday, and wow, I am totally blown away. It's hard for me to articulate it in words.
First of all, I wasn't familiar with the source, but still instantly fell in love with the remix upon hearing it. So after playing it on repeat a few times, I listened to the source on YouTube. After hearing the source as well, I have to say that for me, this remix epitomizes what VGM rearrangement is all about. I cannot believe how much of the source was used in this song, and woven together seamlessly into a rock song. Had I heard the song on its own, I would have just thought it was an original, and not any kind of rearrangement of anything, because everything flows and fits together so naturally.
Love the style. I'm a big Weezer fan, and I see the similarity there that Dave mentioned, so I would naturally be a sucker for this style. The playing and singing sound a little loose, which makes it very organic sounding, but at the same time they are spot on. The lyrics are amazing as well.
I don't know what else to say. I seriously think everything about this song is perfect.
on 2012-07-13 20:38:05
Arrow Which reminds me, I need to start reviewing more
DragonAvenger that one please
Arrow Oh god
Arrow I don't even know what to say about that one
DragonAvenger because its SO GOOD
Arrow Other than "I've been listening to this track at least once a day since it came out"
DragonAvenger for real
Arrow Like, I can't offer any actual legit commentary or criticism
DragonAvenger there is a reason
DragonAvenger my judgement of it
Arrow All I could do in the review is just gush nonsensically
Arrow Actually, you know what?
Arrow I'll just post this convo text right in there AS a review
on 2012-06-27 03:20:14
I think it's interesting that a bunch of posts said "first wasn't sure but now love it." I feel the same way, it was an acquired taste for me and I acquired it at 2nd listen. It reminds me of Zooey Deschanel and She Him because their music for me is very summery and happy. Nice work.
on 2012-06-26 21:24:50
I put this on and sing with it to calm my 7 month old down. Totally awesome track. It reaffirms my desire to listen to all of the tracks that come out on this site, despite how I feel about the source game, because I REALLY disliked Windwaker! Great job Hot Freaks!
on 2012-05-06 03:00:33
so one of my closest friends passed away last monday; of course, no one was hit as hard as his fiancé.
thinking about the lyrics in this song made me realize that it's probably rather fitting to how his fiancé feels right now (substituting "her" for "him" to make it work, of course)
so yeah, this song is now totally dedicated to them. at least, in my eyes it is.
on 2012-04-14 23:06:02
Wow, this is one amazing vocal work!!!
I think I'm in love with that group...
But man this has a low volume...! I have to crank it up a lot...
on 2012-04-12 15:03:38
This is so beautiful!
It reminds me od the early Smashing Pumpkins somehow (which is a very good thing to me).
Thank you for sharing.
on 2012-04-09 02:57:41
this is one of the most noteworthy songs on this site
nails the style, to a capital T. and I disagree with anyone complaining about the vocals. they are perfect exactly the way they are
this song is amazing.
on 2012-04-07 07:50:27
I agree with the others who said they didn't like the vocals much in the beginning, and I also found the performance overly sloppy. But... this is just too catchy not to grow on me, just like it did on them This is one of very few ReMixes I think would pass as a "normal" song to people who don't care for ReMixes (i.e. if you're not familiar with the source, there's no hint of this being a video game song, or a remix thereof), while still keeping plenty of references to the game in the lyrics. Plus, like Emunator said, the performance itself is like a nod to the original. Nice work!
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Nintendo, 2003, GCN)
Music by Hajime Wakai, Kenta Nagata, Koji Kondo, Toru Minegishi
- "Outset Island"
- Electric Guitar, Organ, Singing, Vocals: Male
- Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
- 5,789,544 bytes
There once was a girl
I felt I'd known forever
Her name in every song
Her smile in every summer
Across the continent
We'd go on adventure
But now we are apart
But I still picture us
Living in the same house
Somewhere by the sea
It wouldn't have to be much
A place for her and me
Yeah, that'd be everything that we would ever need
And when the night winds beat upon our house
The windows shake and our power goes out
But isn't it amazing?
It's me and her
Summertime is gone
I go about my business
I would give anything
To hold her hand just one more time
I'm scared that I won't ever change
I think about her every day
I can't let go, I can't go on
I'm not OK at all
She was by my side
When I first saw the ocean
1000 miles wide
We both dipped our toes in
And stayed there for a while
Watch the sky turn red and orange, yeaaah, yeah
Later, the stars came out
There we sat in the sand
With her hand in my hand
I made ways to forget how it felt when we were alone
That could never be real
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