ReMix: Crash Bandicoot "Hogging Molly"
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- Game: Crash Bandicoot (Sony, 1996, PS1)
- ReMixer(s): Brandon Strader, Rexy
- Composer(s): Josh Mancell, Mark Mothersbaugh
- Song(s): "Hog Wild ~ Whole Hog", "N. Cortex", "Title ~ Map ~ N. Sanity Beach"
- Posted: 2012-04-05, evaluated by the judges
- Terms (BETA): banjo electric-guitar folk rock strings tempo-fast
Crash Bandicoot!! Finally! It's taken 12+ years, but Crash finally has some representation, thanks to Rexy, who is responsible for not one but TWO ReMixes of the first game's music! First up is another collab between her & Brandon Strader, with an oddly (coincidentally?) similar porcine title. This is some rip-roarin', top-tappin' hoedown roots rock, almost reminiscent of a certain Bubble Bobble mix of yore, only sans vocals and with much better instrumentation & production. Rexy says:
"Working with Brandon on 'Hogtied' for OCRemix's recent Sonic 1 project was a lot of fun, so a second encounter could be proven inevitable, hence the construction being really similar. So here we go, tackling the 'Hog Wild' stage theme in Crash 1 (and like my other Crash submission there's some light homages to the main theme and Cortex's theme hidden in there as well). Its roots were as a Celtic Punk arrangement, written in the style of Flogging Molly (hence the title), though when Brandon chipped in later with his contributions it soon got a more southern flair attached to it. I won't be surprised if the user would actually smell the raw bacon halfway through!"
I for one believe bacon to be more aromatic when cooked, but either way, good job; I picked up on more of the Southern flair than the Celtic vibe, but the energy was infectious either way. Brandon adds:
"Speaking of raw bacon, Rexy sure knows how to write parts that are a bit challenging. That lead part with all the chromatic notes was tricky to lay down because of my stupid fingers that want to land at logical places. I practiced it until I could record it without fault and the challenge was very refreshing for me. Will I do something like that again? Nope. Well, only if Rexy writes it on a future collab.. ;P Recording these songs is part of my huge evil plan to get closer to Rexy. :D"
OKAY THEN... Yeah, the chromatic stuff here is certainly fun, and adds some tension to an otherwise raucuous, carefree jaunt. Vigilante writes:
"You certainly did a rocking job with it. Very well-adapted to the instrumentation. You manage to convey a lot of energy considering so many of the instruments aren't live. I'd say my biggest gripe is that the electric guitar is a bit forward in the mix, but really this is short, sweet, to the point, and doesn't give you time to get bored."
"yeah, no additional crits here, this is just plain old fun stuff. nothing mindblowing, but plenty solid overall. keep up these collabs, you two; they've yielded some interesting results."
Agreed - in addition to covering source material that's gone untouched for ages, the genre/style here is unique, fun, and well-executed, which is more difficult when working in a folksier, rootsier style. Props to Bev & Brandon for another great collab and to Rexy in particular for making CB a home on OCR!
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