ReMix:Zillion "Inside the Roadhouse" 2:52

By djpretzel

Arranging the music of one song...

"Inside Planet"

Primary Game: Zillion (Sega , 1987, SMS), music by Tokuhiko Uwabo

Posted 2002-06-11, evaluated by djpretzel

Totally . . . pure . . . fun.

At least, that's what *I* had making this mix. In what was probably the most enjoyable mix-creation process since I busted out the falsetto Hillbilly scat in ye olde Bubble Bobble mix, I finally got around to covering what I consider to be one of the best master system themes, "Inside Planet" from Zillion by the one and only 'Bo'. Man, do I love this guy's work. This specific track has a moving bassline that really reminded me of roadhouse rock/blues, the type of thing The Doors would have done a great cover of (sans psychedelic lyrics about blue busses and crystal ships). I did throw in a spacy synth lead, but the rest is acoustic drums (unquantized, of course), a dirty electric bass, electric piano, and a double-distorted electric guitar, and stays pretty true to the genre I was shooting for, which hadn't really been covered here at OCR. Surgeon Pretzel's Warning: DEFINITELY go for the insanely high volume levels on this one, preferably on a good set of headphones. In contrast to my previous mix, there wasn't much restraint involved in this one (see guitar solo at 1'27" for example ^^ ) and it was done entirely on a Yamaha Motif, without soft synths or Nuendo. Like my previous mix, however, this stems out of a true love and nostalgia for the source material and a desire to expose more people to it - Bo's tunes might never attain the popularity of all those lovely SNES / Playstation composers, which is a shame, but I feel like I've done my part to help address that - at least for this song. Hope you enjoy, and if you've got some spare time grab an SMS emulator and try this unique game out - a very different experience.

One last thing - I'd like to dedicate this track to Cotmm, Ginnsu, Rob, Jivemaster, Orkybash, and Joe Redifer for completing the initial 600+ reviews for our new feedback system. Kudos to youdos.

Update: Brian Kosich writes in to note that Zillion the anime was actually made after the game as a marketing thing.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2021-06-12 00:14:54

Every part of this is a bop, and holds up in TWENTY TWENTY ONE!

Just the 1-minute section, which repeats at 2:15 — that lead needs to be toned down a bit to feel less grating (like, anything at all to add coolness, like a new distortion pattern effect to get something new going on). Then it'd be perfect!

on 2016-01-31 10:08:09

The lead at 0:24 is a highlight for me. It has a C64 feel to it. Also, digging the triplet rhythm.

on 2013-05-04 23:22:55

Oh man, what a beat :D

Travels enough to keep the same groove, with enough variation to keep it interesting and fun. ^_^ Definitely music to play on repeat.

on 2009-04-03 13:56:57

Great melody here- something i'd never had ever heard if not for the remix. Nice variation with the drum parts, and the mix is filled out pretty well with the different reverbs. That bass is great too, super late 70's rock. Reminds me of kiss or something.

Good stuff.

on 2008-10-14 17:18:26

Rock concert movement number two!

on 2007-12-08 12:55:37

Like it's been said before, a great, great track. A personal favourite. I've played a lot of great Master System games, unfortunately, Zillion I haven't experienced. Judging by this, it's got a great soundtrack!

Special mention to the lovely "dirty" of with the drums and guitar.


on 2007-10-05 17:10:55

Man, I'm slipping. This was another one I told djp about enjoying back in the day while visiting his house. Funny, because last weekend I was there working on some site stuff, and he started playing this arrangement downstairs on his Motif. Brought back memories of ye olden days while pondering in my head what he was playing.

The sound choices provided by the Motif are great here. And it helps to be working with such great source material. While the original had the raw materials to be pretty catchy, it didn't really have that good of an energy to me that would have struck me as great arrangement material. That's where djp proved me wrong by showing off the original's full potential.

With this ReMix though, djpretzel beefs up the sound quality but also smooths out the performance, adds some nice embellishments and really takes the original to another level from the Master System. Much like his Socket mix, you just can't go wrong with this one. It's got that hook.

on 2005-11-16 15:50:52

I'm a huge fan of the Zillion game (not the second) as well as the anime and soundtracks. I only wonder if DJPretzel has heard the vocal version of this track. It's quite funny to listen to but not nearly as good as this remix. I give major kudos for doing this track justice. And come on people, there are only like 3 or 4 tracks in the entire game. Remix them! Maybe I should put my money where my mouth is. Excellent track all around.

DJ Magotrox Brazil
on 2005-03-25 00:03:54

Well... there's no doubt that this mix is one of the best. If you don't heard it, don't lose the chance.

The Good News

The mix is a HIT. No more to say...

The Bad News

Why SMS coldn´t play this at that time... heheheh!!!

on 2005-03-13 03:19:19

One of the best mixes on this site, methinks. The shuffle groove is just awesome and the way the songs progresses, especially how the solo blends well with the rest of it, really is something to credit djpretzel for.

on 2005-03-12 15:43:42

I just love this song! Yout can listen to it over and over. Its all about the bassline. :D

on 2004-05-29 21:15:41

haha, this tune rules! I love it! :D

on 2002-10-12 14:53:35

Wow! I've been listening to this all the time, I can't get it out of my head! The "bouncy little baseline" is really catchy. Too bad there isn't many SMS remixes on the site.

on 2002-06-22 20:13:57

That "bouncy little bass line" does make the whole song. I could listen to that bass line all day long... Perfect length for the song as well.

on 2002-06-19 11:58:19
OCR00674 - Zillion 'InsideTheRoadhouse'

Dum dee dum dee dum dee.. Such a bouncy little bass line and a

wonderfulicious chippy lead line that makes me want to slap someone.

It's amazing, i can actually liten to this one with headphones, a first

for a DJP track. Cool.

I like the phrase "bouncy little bass line"...hehe

It's sooo true...but I think that's what helps complete the song...I really like it. I think it's about time they got good games with great music (such as this one) on here.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Zillion (Sega , 1987, SMS)
Music by Tokuhiko Uwabo
"Inside Planet"

Tags (12)

Chiptune,Electric Guitar,Electronic,Synth
Effects > Distortion
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Usage > Workout

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