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Wondering if anyone knows about the jazz songs that the original Super Mario sound track was based on. I believe 1-1 was a big band song or something like that. I very clearly recall the invincibility tune being taken from a bossa nova song (whose melody was eventually incorporated into the SMW2 invincibility theme). Also the underworld theme was taken from an 80s jazz funk song. I can't remember where I found any of this information but it would be greatly appreciated, as well as an opportunity to discuss videogame music's inspiration.

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I think I remember something like this.... If I recall correctly it wasn't the exact song, but a very similar sound-alike, which happens quite often. I do know that they originally wanted to use an already established song for the original Zelda overworld though, so there may still be something to this.

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All surf rock is derived from Dick Dale.

Yeah, mostly true (I'd say Link Wray was also a progenitor of the instrumental rock sound which became surf), but I'd like to try establishing more stark similarities in this thread, rather than stylistic ones.

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