ReMix:Batman "Music of Funk" 4:16

By Stephen Kennedy

Arranging the music of one song...

"Stage 1: GOTHAM CITY ~ Stage 5: Cathedral"

Primary Game: Batman (Sunsoft , 1989, NES), music by Naoki Kodaka, Nobuyuki Hara

Posted 2000-12-25, evaluated by djpretzel

This was submitted by Mustin on behalf of Stephen Kennedy, who's the man behind the "Project Majestic Mix" thing over at KFSS studios (check the site link). It's REALLY good, but Stephen nevertheless wants to emphasize that it's old and he could do a lot better now - how modest :) This is from the original BATMAN for NES, which had an excellent original soundtrack that was very complex, almost in a castlevania vein. Stephen has taken one of the leve themes and made it into techno, with some funk shouts going on big time, like 'party people' and 'move your feet to the beats' or something like that. Nevermind, the point is that it's really good, very kickin', and you should grab it as it's also our first Batman ReMix and many people have been requestin' this for a LOOOONNNNGGG while. Thanks also go to Mustin for convincing Stephen to let us post it :)



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2021-10-05 19:16:13

Still slaps two decades later. Can't help but dance in my seat while I'm working.

on 2009-10-09 22:42:44

Great tune which just keeps you dancing.

on 2009-10-06 06:53:44

Now this kicks ass, the voices i love while the feel of the source is just awesome.

on 2009-09-25 14:39:02

Such is the energy in this mix that I picture Batman hastily running through the streets of Gotham at night. The perennially rolling, bubbling bass only changes up during the Stage 1 iterations, while the strobe light-ish lead sounds like it's trying to be everywhere at once. A variety of thrusts keep the mix from stagnating, including the shots at 0:34 and 2:12, the encouraging "Do you feel all right?" "Yeah!" exchange, and the goofy "(you can do it) dill and beets" shout-outs.

Yes, he's the goddamn Music of Funk.

on 2009-04-03 04:04:15

I totally have to credit listening to this mix to searching the word "Funk" and leaving iTunes on shuffle.

This mix is a lot of fun. It brings back fond memories of downloading video game remixes on dial-up and hoping that the last 10 minutes weren't a total waste of my internet connection (fond memories of the 90's). Needless to say, this one wouldn't be a waste. It's got a neat dance beat going and some classic synths running over them with a couple samples filling in. Having listened to hundreds of 80's dance songs (due to cheap tapes found at garage sales), this piece is also a pretty iconic representation of them.

I don't believe this song would pass the judges any more, but I genuinely enjoy it.

Mr Azar
on 2008-10-30 06:42:17

An excellent mix.

on 2008-09-29 12:33:04

This sounds way dated years and years later, but it retains some charm, and has a lot of canned vocal callouts. The source is good at least.

What really makes this song historical is that it's Larry's first ever review!

Sorry, not my favorite mix. :-(

on 2007-06-22 21:34:58

It's funky, but it's almost exactly the same as the source, bar the admittedly sweet vocals. And it just cuts off at the end. And I'm not too fond of the lead, either...

So overall, meh.

on 2007-03-09 06:23:24

this is by far the best re-mix i've ever heard from any game

just awesome! well done

on 2007-01-20 00:40:22

I don't totally recognize the theme, probably cuz I'm a nub. But its still real good, no discrepancies here.

on 2007-01-16 20:02:44

Ya know? I may have been on crack. I mean, I don't particularly care for the tune. And I did play the original Batman. But, man, what is typed above is pretty harsh.

L. Adam Bell
on 2006-04-15 19:57:38

One of my favorites NES-era tunes, the Batman first-level theme is one I wish would be remixed more often. That being said, I think Stephen did a great job of putting this together and making it his own creation.


0:00 - Nice, easily-progressive intro.

0:33 - Nice "Dance!" vocal hit, taking us into the main melody.

0:48 - Our main melody. Such an amazing musical wonder it is. It's really cool how much the NES could do with music.

1:40 - "Move your feet" lyrical transition--keeps it very dancey-sounding. Very well-placed with the beat.

2:13 - Reprising our main melody. No surprises this time around, just a straight shot of Dark Knight goodness.

4:16 - The beat falls straight out without any real ending.

Some people may not like the addition of vocals at all, as they do give it sort of a dance-club feel to it, but that may very well be what Stephen was going for, so I roll with it. My only real complaint would be that there is no true ending, the beat just sort of drops and keeps on going, and then it's suddenly over. I would have thought maybe a cape sound effect or, I'm no musical expert. Anyway, a good early effort by Mr. Kennedy, definitely worth the listen if you liked the Batman game at all.

My iTunes rating: ****/*****

on 2006-02-28 12:34:12

I gotta say that I arrived at OCRemix with a list in my mind of game songs I hoped had been remixed. This was one of them. I enjoy this remix, I personally think that putting lyrics into it kind of modified the feel in a way that didn't work for me. But from an objective point of view, it is an awesome mix. good bass, good momentum, good for driving and the morning push ups. Kudos!!!

on 2006-02-26 03:22:23

whoever posted above me was on some serious crack, and has probably never even played the original batman game.

I've had the actual nes cartridge of batman, and this brings me right back to when i played it as a kid. Sounds very familiar, except different parts of the music have been highlited/changed.

I like it.

This has unexpectedly sounded awesome as soon as i heard it. I love the sped-up version of the main theme in the background, and it works perfectly in a techno-ish sense.

The entire track sounds wicked...though it could of worked without the voices, but even then, they still do work and they don't sound too bad because they're in the right places.

Very well done.

on 2005-10-10 19:00:39

I deleted the track before it could replay. I didn't enjoy listening to it at all. Too much bass, not the best choice in synths, drumming that doesn't seem to make much sense, cheesy vocal samples, too much repetition, tonal imbalance, seemingly emotionless. Even for a dance song, it didn't appeal to me. It seems to me that little time went into this track.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Batman (Sunsoft , 1989, NES)
Music by Naoki Kodaka,Nobuyuki Hara
"Stage 1: GOTHAM CITY ~ Stage 5: Cathedral"

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Sound FX,Synth
Time > Tempo: Fast

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