ReMix: Crash Bandicoot "Hogging Molly" 2:58

By Brandon Strader, Rexy

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Arranging the music of 3 songs...

"Hog Wild ~ Whole Hog", "N. Cortex", "Title ~ Map ~ N. Sanity Beach"

Primary Game: Crash Bandicoot (Sony, 1996, PS1), music by Josh Mancell, Mark Mothersbaugh

Posted 2012-04-05, evaluated by the judges panel


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."

halc adds:

"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!

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 12 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Crulex
on 2013-06-06 11:17:48

Haha, yes! Southern Celtic Punk, it's so good here! Nothing better than a good ol'jam with Crash in a way that is reminiscent of Flogging Molly. Arrangement is very colorful and fun, and there is almost nothing I love more than a fun ReMix. I may have missed out on playing Crash Bandicoot, but at least the music is getting some good love. Nicely done you two.

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evktalo
on 2012-07-17 03:52:47

This is a damn kick-ass track. With all the fun of the musical style, this actually has kind of a dark ting to it. Really good instrumentation. The guitar is very juicy, I love the use of the slide here. There's one spot in the guitar track that doesn't sound quite as confidently played as it should - 0:55-1:02 - but that's a really minor nitpick in a great guitar track with just the right sound for the piece - I guess I somewhat disagree with Taucer there. The slide does sound really great though. The violin sounds pretty good too.

--Eino

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Nobbynob Littlun
on 2012-05-26 22:30:14

Ever since Little Sisters of Illusion I've basically just auto-downloaded everything by Rexy. I am pleased, most pleased, that this has the proper cheese I've come to expect.

Production has room for improvement

Are you mad??? You would ruin what makes this great by improving its production??? I am disappoint.

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Hum4n After All
on 2012-05-13 19:11:57

Finally some Bandicoot! Love it! Now we need some Spyro!

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J*Rod
on 2012-05-06 01:51:46

Whoa, thinking that I wouldn't hear any more of Flogging Molly after discovering Devil's Dance Floor, I was genuinely surprised that such an energetic style was brought to an adaptation of Crash Bandicoot's awesome music. Nice work!

I'll certainly have another track to listen to repeatedly. :mrgreen:

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Zidane
on 2012-04-11 19:32:23

Haha, oh my word. This is great. Compliments the raging boar memories running rabid through my mind right now. :]

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Sansato
on 2012-04-08 23:23:04

When I think of Crash Bandicoot, this is exactly the kind of thing that pops into my mind. It's Crazy, goofy, colorful...

This was just fun for me to listen to and I think it's a nice contrast to Rexy's other Crash ReMix.

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Shake
on 2012-04-07 07:05:22

Loved it when it was uploaded to DoD, love it still.

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Geoffrey Taucer
on 2012-04-06 10:49:04

Production has room for improvement - the lead guitar tone in particular really doesn't mesh with the rest of the mix at the beginning, though it sounds MUCH better when the slide starts in.

Otherwise, I love it! OCR definitely needs more bagpipe and banjo love.

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Jabadoterry
on 2012-04-05 20:57:47

I loved it, awesome mix for crash bandicoot, I loved the game, loved this even more, I still own all the original playstation copy's of the games.

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Mirby
on 2012-04-05 18:55:16

this always has been one of my favorite tracks, and not just because it's a crash one. very infectious rhythm and very enjoyable to listen to. nice work!

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djpretzel
on 2012-04-05 18:23:14

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Sources Arranged (3 Songs)


Primary Game:
Crash Bandicoot (Sony, 1996, PS1)
Music by Josh Mancell, Mark Mothersbaugh
Songs:
"Hog Wild ~ Whole Hog"
"N. Cortex"
"Title ~ Map ~ N. Sanity Beach"

Tags (6)


Genre:
Folk, Rock
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Banjo, Electric Guitar, Strings
Additional:
Time > Tempo: Fast

File Information


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Crash_Bandicoot_Hogging_Molly_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
5,766,266 bytes
MD5:
0051dbbff3ed2ec4631a93e60ae1d3a4
Bitrate:
254Kbps
Duration:
2:58

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