ReMix:Super Mario Bros. "Underworld Rock" 2:37

By dimmer

Arranging the music of one song...

"Underground BGM"

Primary Game: Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo , 1985, NES), music by Koji Kondo

Posted 2002-04-20, evaluated by djpretzel

Now here's something you don't hear every day: dimmer's first submission is a very groovy alternative rock version of the classic underground music from the very first SMB, complete with extensive use of sound effects, some great rock drumming, thick & real guitar chords, and a well-chosen synth. The theme itself is very basic; dimmer has extended it by switching between segments that feature the afforementioned guitar and segments that are primarily synth / drums. Sound effects abound throughout - an eclectic mix, not sounding like much else on the site, but it definitely works. Also like the great percussion at 0'40" that adds some variety to the drums, and the intro's building wind and dying (i.e. pitch bending down) synth are quite nifty. Have to hand it to 'em, I wouldn't have necessarily thought this would work out half as well as it does here - it's not overly complex or intricate, by any means, but what's here is done well and done right. Very cool.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2022-06-23 14:46:39

Yeah definitely enjoying the 80’s rock vibes from the percussion and guitar, and the sfx breaking things up and adding a little variation was cool. I was afraid it was going to completely loop in the middle but luckily it didn’t seem to last beyond that initial bit. I could see this in a collection trailer. Nice.

on 2011-12-16 23:43:21

Not bad. This is some decent 90's sounding rock that's kind of catchy, and as gimmicky as the NES sounds are, they actually aren't as bad as they could be. They're not organic but they fit into the song. The guitar sounds are kind of vanilla and the arrangement doesn't stray too far from the source, but this is enjoyable for what it is.

on 2009-12-05 01:18:00

The intro had me worried about the quality of this track, but things kick in pretty well with guitars and drums. Unfortunately, there wasn't really anything that grabbed me here. I was waiting for a good hook in a lead guitar or something, but it never came. It feels solidly produced, but needs something more to make me want to listen again.

on 2009-09-20 05:56:42

Nice simple version of the Underworld BGM. The only actual complaint that I have is that after a while it gets a bit repetitive, but considering the length of the original (10 seconds) the final result is pretty amazing.

on 2009-03-22 16:35:49

I like this version. Its funny though, cause i was working a remix of this theme myself before i found this and it came out eerily similar.

Oh well, its still a rockin' tune and the breakdowns are catchy

on 2009-03-20 11:33:46

Not really feeling this, but it's apparent that some thought was put into making the arrangement a bit more fleshed out, with several breakdowns and some good drumwork. The guitars sounded decent, and the synth was ok, but there really wasn't a great hook for me to latch onto.

on 2009-01-26 15:22:06

This is like someone dropped Super Mario Brothers and 80's rock into a blender and this was the result.

Yet, it works and works well.

Definitely original and worth listening to.

on 2006-08-12 13:48:22

Definitely one of the most well-made remixes I have seen on the portal. The electric guitar is one of the many highlights of this piece- not mechanical sounding like in many remixes of this type, but very real (for lack of a better word). I'm surprised Dimmer hasn't done other remixes of songs here.

However, there is one pity about this great work (I apologize if this is off-topic, but I believe this is necessary), in the fact that it, like many pieces, is open to stealing. Case in point:⊂=13129

BTW, it has been confirmed that whoever submitted this submission (ur_worst_nightmare) is indeed not Dimmer, so please, if you are a member of Newgrounds, blow the whistle on this (by giving the submission an "X" rating on it).

on 2006-04-17 23:21:55

The guitar sounded so great and clear. It really was well done. My compliments to the ReMixer.

8.5/10 - Very Nice job.

on 2006-04-16 16:57:59

I've been totally blown away by this remix. It's good rock, and a fantastic remix.

In fact, it is everything a remix should be: it is a creative re-interpretation of the original theme. I don't feel like I'm listening to just another in the endless stream of Mario remixes with this one. I feel like I'm listening to a fully original, inventive song idea with tasty bits of Mario thrown in for pleasure.


Pity this is the only song submitted by dimmer. I'd download whatever else he posted without hesitation.

The H(8) of '06
on 2005-02-04 18:44:02

This song is awesome. The entire track sounds like he hired a rock band for a session and cranked out this bad boy.

LoL, Awesome remix, again! :D8)

on 2004-04-23 12:56:36

who would have thought to do a remix of smb with a rock style twist? Not me! this song is great. Nothing is wrong with it in any way. Steady drum beat keeps the song going. but when the guitars come in to help carry the song...OMG its great. Definetly reccommended. A+

on 2003-10-09 01:11:19

this is really cool!!! indeed it rocks. the heavy riffage make it even more enjoyable, and the "one-up" and "jump" and all the sounds in here make it really funny. as someone said, you cant help but to throw a smile at the "poing". sweetness.



on 2003-10-07 13:39:01

woops, yup i meant to post it for 8-bit eighties... i love underworld rock... i probably posted it here on accident because i was thinking how awesome a song UnderworldRock is when 8-bit eighties suxxors

on 2003-10-07 01:49:31

LibertyCabbage is probably referring to "8-bit Eighties", it has the underworld music mixed with that annoying cheerleader song (hey Mario you so fine, you so fine you blow my mind...).

Underworld Rocks has always been one of my favorites upon finding this site.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo , 1985, NES)
Music by Koji Kondo
"Underground BGM"

Tags (10)

Electric Guitar,Electronic,In-game FX
Arrangement > Extended Soloing
Effects > Distortion
Production > Live Instruments
Time > 4/4 Time Signature

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