ReMix: Deflektor "Laser Dance" 3:44

By Chuck Dodgers

Arranging the music of one song...

"Main Theme"

Primary Game: Deflektor (Gremlin, 1988, C64), music by Ben Daglish

Posted 2000-09-30, evaluated by djpretzel

Coolo - synthy techno 80's pop always pleases cheese-mongers like myself, especially when it's done with taste and talent. Chuck Dodgers ReMix of the classic Commodore64 gem 'Deflektor' plays with melody and harmony quite nicely and is a satisfying trip down memory lane for any of you that appreciate the yesteryears of synth-pop (anyone remember Bucks Fizz? Yazz? ^^). I wholeheartedly recommend it because it's not only catchy, but Chuck manages to milk a lot out of the central melody in various ways, making it attention-worthy throughout.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2014-07-20 01:47:08
He just sent in the original song "Deflector" from the band Laserdance (which was also used in the game)!!

So this is no own created remix !!

As far as I can tell, this claim of plagiarism is unsubstantiated.

Just noting for anyone who reads this that there's been literally no documentation online about Ben Daglish's copying/plagiarizing from the band Laserdance.

Laserdance's entire catalog is listed on Discogs, and there's no song named anything similar to "Deflector".


on 2014-07-18 23:30:59

Gotta say, I like the energy and the attempt to bring in the party electronica feel to this source with the mix. It is fun to listen to, but there are points where it repeats a little too long on a section. Sorry, but I'll have to stick with the other mix of this source this time around.

dANGER boy
on 2011-12-13 19:59:06

A fun mix, no questions there! Catchy melody and beat. Not sure I'll put it on my playlist but totally worth a listen or two.

on 2011-12-13 12:22:47

Deflektor! I guess after repeated exposure to Zero Division's arrangement for this same source earlier this year, you might expect me to look towards the other one in due time. :wink:

In comparison to ZD's glam rock effort, what we have on the other hand is some kind of subtle rave, though the melody interpretation feels significantly more conservative - a riff of the theme, before going to the C-tuned and G-tuned breaks for the finish, complete with a weak fadeout for the genre. The chippy synth writing and way of manipulating the backing synths give in some life for its time of release, though these days they could be seen as that bit more minimalist. Panning and levelling is pretty good for its time as well, though personally I would've thought that lead synth string could've had more of a presence or had its attack cut to make it stick out moreso.

Basically, there's not a lot to see here if you're open for interpretation, but if you're a fan of the source and just want something that sounds fun, then I see no problem with you going for this one. I even think it sounds pretty decent too considering it's a 2000 release, so major credit there for its lasting appeal in that department :)

on 2009-10-31 11:31:29

This seems way too repetitive - nothing really different is done throughout the song, and it got boring quick.

on 2009-09-10 07:38:30

He just sent in the original song "Deflector" from the band Laserdance (which was also used in the game)!!

So this is no own created remix !!


on 2008-11-13 20:13:22

I'm head-bopping with this one. It's definately happy, in a strangely epic way. Epic-happy? Does that exist? Somehow it does here.

Unfortunately things tend to get repetative after a while. Great song to have in the background, but not something to really focus on.

Epic-happy indeed.

on 2007-02-02 19:10:21

This song is amazing! I don't know why, but I turned it on and immediately felt really happy. :D

on 2006-12-29 13:55:51

This piece is so retro, and I enjoy it infinitely more than Mr. Dodger's other contribution to site lore. This is retro done right folks.

on 2006-12-27 17:09:21

Inexplicably one of my favorite mixes on the site, this is like deep fried macaroni and cheese, hold the macaroni, and with extra cheese. I think the part that really appeals to me is the syncopated space in the bass synth, and the smooth transitions between the sections. Just a note that syncopated bass can defeat any sort of evil or win the prize in any sort of reality TV elimination show without even trying ( I would never exaggerate this for any reason).

There is also more going on besides just a verse chorus verse, with a post chorus, bridge, and then a variation on the chorus. The synths are old school but effective, and the drums aren't incredibly exciting but they do the job just fine.

Highly recommended.

on 2005-03-08 17:50:51

Laserdance? Like the awesome 80's italo dance group?

on 2005-03-07 01:54:34

This mix just makes me want to roll around places. There's got to be some flashing dance lights going on while I'm doing that too.


on 2004-11-13 09:50:56

Well, my first remix in over 3 months. Glad it was this one. Since I first heard the Deflektor tune about a year ago (slow starter) I loved the sheer catchyness of it. Glad to see the remix manages to keep the catchyness. Nice one Chuck.

on 2004-09-07 01:06:36

No one has reviewed this game in a year and a half. I really enjoyed this one. Very catchy, very fun, and quite listenable. I can't really explain it, but it's just a really fun piece.

Well, I hope you didn't wait a year and a half for that review.


on 2003-02-15 19:17:58

Sounds like something that would be on

Nice stuff going on here. Good chiptune. Variation is great until the middle, then everything from the first half seems to be used somewhere until the outro of the song which is a fadout including an unheard-from-the-other-parts-of-the-song loop. Not something I'd rush to my computer to quickly turn on in desperate need of me-inspiring music.

Chuck Dodgers...weird name...weird music selections...his bomberman one is a lot catchier and sets more of a video game style of song rather than something more professional, which this mix seems to be to me, like some 80's band who would happen to do a chiptune remix or something.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Deflektor (Gremlin, 1988, C64)
Music by Ben Daglish
"Main Theme"

Tags (10)

Dance, EDM, Electro
Happy, Quirky
Chiptune, Electronic, Synth
Time > Tempo: Fast
Time > Tempo: Moderate

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