ReMix: Final Fantasy "Onward (The Travelin' Song)" 4:15

By Josh Whelchel, Ryan C. Connelly

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Town"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy (Nintendo, 1987, NES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2012-06-19, evaluated by djpretzel


Josh Whelchel, you so crazy:

"Final! Fantasy! Adventure! Chocobos! Towns! Travelers! Chests! After Ryan and I got together for the NiGHTS project, it was apparent we needed to do more. So we did this. There are 14 F's by the way, if anyone was counting."

As Random Encounter's only pop-joke-vocal-hip-hop-buddy-anthem track, this mix certainly sticks out, and at first I was sorta scratching my head on how it fit into the bigger picture, but by the end I was just laughing my ass off and I *MUST* say, the vocal melody here stays with you for days, even on a single listen. Josh knows pop hooks cold, he really does - for each of his mixes on the site, I find myself randomly singing/humming refrains way too often. Brandon writes:

"I asked Josh to join the project fairly late, so he didn't have much time to make a song considering his schedule. But he worked very hard between September 2010 and April 2011 to finish this amazing track. With the help of classically trained vocalist Ryan C. Connelly, they put together a modern brutal metal anthem. The brutal grunts of "Gimme F" are classic. The beats are awesome, and the dialogue between the two artists is fun and whimsical."

I'm not sure I would describe this as a "modern brutal metal anthem," but it's certainly an anthem, and it's certainly whimsical. There's a good bit of pop/urban influence, even with the more aggressive parts, almost channeling Jovette's epic contribution to Voices from way back, but then there's also the banter & witty conversational vibe. In my mind, it's not really metal, but I don't care, because it adds levity & a completely different sound to an album that's chock full o' metal to begin with. This track is almost meta-/observational, saying "yeah, y'all are rocking out some BADASS metal mixes of Final Fantasy... and that's awesome... so we're gonna sing about it." Or something. Honestly, who knows what bizarre twists & turns the neurons of Mr. Whelchel's brain take, I'm just glad he & Ryan shared the results with us.

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 12 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Black_Doom
on 2014-10-18 14:57:46

This is both very goofy and creative. Really. I hear more softer choruses like something from TV programm for the very small children. I dunno why. But hell, this too damn catchy. All kinds of bonus points for those great dialogues, Gimmie choruses and awesome almost-like-live drums. Defenitely a travelling song :)

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Crulex
on 2013-12-18 10:07:44

This is unbelievably catchy and I really liked the lightheartedness of it, even if it does have a nice change with the "Gimme F" parts. The banter in between the singing almost reminds me of RvB style jokes and the melody just stays with you. Yeah, catchy and fun and totally recommended for those with a sense of humor.

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Bahamut
on 2012-07-15 22:12:00

A happy song with cheesy nerdy lyrics, it kinda makes me smile briefly although admittedly, these types of songs are not my cup of tea for the most part. The song reminds me in some ways of this mix with some of the shifting through styles, but I like the execution in that linked mix far more largely due to the more serious nature of the arrangement.

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bobby1983
on 2012-07-02 18:18:05

This is interesting, . I have to be honest and say it always bothers me when the vocal is doing the exact same thing as the lead melody, idk thats just me. I'll have to listen to it some more. I like the everglades reference. Hayley paramore? uh, yea maybe she was sorta cool like five or six years ago. the direction her band went in was very , er teeny-boppingly-disappointing.

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Project R2K
on 2012-07-02 16:32:08

No way that's the same tenor from "Dies, Nox, et Omnia"! Ryan, you've got a great voice, bro. This is easily one of my favorite cuts from the new album. I'd love to see you two star in a music video for this and put it up on OCR's youtube channel. I can already see Josh in a durag!

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Daemos
on 2012-06-28 09:48:05

Wow, this SOOOOOOOO sounds like Fighter and Black Mage from 8-bit theater singing together.

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SuperiorX
on 2012-06-27 19:18:16

This song does not fit at all with the rest of the album, but I love it nonetheless :mrgreen: The lyrics are super-catchy and quite funny (and witty at times). Nice job!

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YoshMaster
on 2012-06-24 20:50:10

Haha I LOVE the banter parts!! The background music is at its best there and their voices are perfect, so funny and smooth :D

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Turnip
on 2012-06-21 00:55:51

Normally wouldn't post anything, but had to post how great this song is. Keep up the good work.

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GTAHater836
on 2012-06-20 01:55:24

To describe the style, all I can say is it combines voices under age 25, metal, and a few electronic elements. Whelchel was born just before 1988, and Connelly doesn't look any older, so it's no surprise.

To be honest, I think if the vocals have no tuning filters (for lack of a more appropriate term, I'm probably wrong so correct me here), then they'd go better with a guitar track not involving electronic.

This post probably makes little sense, but I can't think of better wording to describe my reactions to this track.

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Damashii!!
on 2012-06-20 01:54:24

Yeeeah boi, i'm so glad that this one got posted. this is hands down one of the hardest, gangsta tracks around. lyrical prodigies up in here.

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djpretzel
on 2012-06-19 17:21:07

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy (Nintendo, 1987, NES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Town"

Tags (10)


Genre:
Pop
Mood:
Aggressive, Goofy, Happy
Instrumentation:
Singing, Talking, Vocals: Male
Additional:
Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
Origin > Collaboration
Time > Tempo: Fast

File Information


Name:
Final_Fantasy_Onward_(The_Travelin'_Song)_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
7,491,071 bytes
MD5:
be74958eaaeeaef370980003afe63a77
Bitrate:
231Kbps
Duration:
4:15

J: Yo, Ryan, I got a favor to ask.
R: Yo, what's up?
J: We've been on the road for hours. Is there any way you could, like, sing a song or something?
R: Hmm, uh, I dunno, man. What kind of style, bro?
J: Uh, can you do, like, in the style of "Airplanes" as made famous by Hayley Williams from Paramore?
R: Oh, alright!

[Onward chrous]
Onward we'll go on our quest
And seek out comfort in the wild,
Laying down, with beer and shiny chests
Push on, oh, don't give in

Beyond the hills and streams o'er the everglades,
Lies a place, a home away from home...
Maybe someday we will get that far
We'll steal their crystals from their homes...

[Gimme chrous]
Gimme F, Gimme F, Gimme F now!
Gimme F, Gimme Final Fantasy...
Gimme F, Gimme F, Gimme F now!
Gimme some o' dat Fantasy!

Gimme F, Gimme F, Gimme F now!
Gimme F, Gimme Final Fantasy...
Gimme F, Gimme F, Gimme F now!
Gimme, shit, how many F's was that?! (too many)

I go from town to town,
Haters say I'm on the prowl
But who can blame me
These chicks straight NPC ~ Hah!

I trade them shinys for elixirs
I'd give up gil to see dem pixels
So come over here, gurl
And we'll play in 3D

R: Hey, what the hell, man?
J: What?
R: I thought we were doing, like, a nice song thing here...
J: I'm only expressing my feelings, dude!
R: You just took a shit all over my song!
J: Just doing my thing for the ladies.
R: You know there aren't even any chicks here, right?
J: I think you're forgetting Boko.
R: I'm pretty sure Chocobos don't count.
J: Haha, I would not say that.

[Onward chorus]

Traveling, like three idiots,
Our swords and spells our only tools
There you go on another side-quest
To breed an army of big birds, what the...

[Gimme chorus]

J: You know, you definitely didn't have to call Boko an idiot.
R: I don't think he can tell.
J: Trust me, he can tell. Besides, once we get a blue one, we can get a new spell!
R: How is a Smurf Chocobo going to help at all?
J: I don't know... maybe they're afraid of blue birds?
R: Maybe WHO is afraid of blue birds?
J: Aren't we after some bad guys or something?
R: I don't know, this plot is too confusing...

[Onward chorus]

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Final Fantasy: Random Encounter


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Published 2012-06-18
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