ReMix:Mega Man 2 "When You See the Flash Man, Duck and Cover" 4:01

By Star Salzman

Arranging the music of one song...

"Flash Man Stage"

Primary Game: Mega Man 2 (Capcom , 1988, NES), music by Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi

Posted 2004-06-02, evaluated by djpretzel

...We now return to your regularly scheduled programming. Perhaps I shouldn't even try to take vacations - my recent hiatus from OCR led me to the beach for a single day, during which a seagull relieved itself upon my arm and I lost my only pair of glasses washing off the goo in the Atlantic Ocean. $260 and four hours later I could again see, but I'm about ready to get my eyes lasered and start an international association dedicated to the extinction of seagulls. At any rate, our new design has been live for over a week, people have had a chance to adjust to it a bit more, and we've made a couple small changes/additions here and there and will continue to do so. Meanwhile, back to the music - Mr. Salzman's last mix was a magnum opus, classic on every level. To expect every mix he makes to be as consistently singular would be unrealistic; however, this coverage of the oft-tread Mega Man 2 Flashman territory does add something new to the fraternity of mixes the original has inspired, and is still very kickin' and worthy of your love. Starting off with a funky-phat synth bass, the beat and familiar melody drop right away, so you wonder where Star's gonna take things for the rest of the four minutes. At 0'45" he pulls an orchestral string break that illustrates the type of direction the mix is headed - lots of melodic variation, including a soaring synth solo and timpani-laden symphonic original bit. At 3'23" Mr.Salzman pulls an interesting little stunt with another symphonic break that does a nice changeup before the quick organ slide conclusion. There's some well-placed modulation on the ends of notes in the synth lead lines and the mixing is on par with SS' other efforts, i.e. rock solid. Think of this as a synth-hero arrangement of Mega Man 2 that happened to invite the Warsaw Philharmonic along to the party, or something of that nature, and you'll have the right idea. You've heard some dern good quality mixes of Flash Man in different genres, with wailing guitars and electrified beats, but Star's submission is different, perhaps a little more audacious at times, and goes new places with the material. When you see the Flash Man, Duck and Cover.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2017-05-11 16:58:25

This one has aged very nicely. Cool, unique spin on Flash Man's theme with a lot of the trademark @StarBLaSt synths and funk he's great at. Wish it went in a more varied direction at around 2:50 when it retread the verse, but it was a creative interpretation to begin with, so it can bear the repetition. Nice changeup to the strings around 3:20; that's what I'm talking about. I hope Star hasn't stopped making music entirely. His personal site's only had one track added since 2010, and I know he's had to have come up with some many great ideas since then.

on 2009-06-03 12:17:55

Jammin track, with a great selection of instruments, and some great interpretation of the melody. Organ sounds awesome, as do the strings.

Overall quality all around. Highly recommended.

on 2009-01-11 22:11:36


ok, so the intro is slightly questionable, going for a funky vibe I guess, but then the mix rounds out.

Kinda groovy, kinda orchestral, kinda adventure movie soundtrack. Like Bach meets disco meets Indiana Jones soundtrack, except it totally isn't like that. :

wow, it's kinda hard trying to label this mix.

imho, it's too liberal. I checked this against the source and don't really think there's enough source tune in there.

on 2005-11-18 02:44:37

Oh crap, I love this synth, and the violins that does their thing with it. At least I think it´s violins.

As the name implies, this would be a track with ass-kicking techno rave, but it´s not. This is more of a philharmonic techno soundtrack suitable more when Flash is showing of his skillz on the dancefloor. It´s too calm to not be a chasing battle theme, but dude, that´s not the problem. Or to be prescise, there are no problems, this is a great remix that I don´t hesitate to download. Star, you rule at this.

And now, just t-

Bummerdude, DUCK!


Quack, quack
on 2005-08-26 00:06:26

Nice progression, awesome vibe.

Cool Flashman RMX.

on 2005-08-23 12:40:52

Now that is one hot ass Mega Man song.... dats all :D

Keep makin em'!

Chandra Alex Radford
on 2005-03-14 01:22:05

Two thumbs and two toes up!

Am I the only one who noticed the Neon Genesis Evangelion "Decisive Battle" theme from 1:45 to 2:35? You mixed it into the Mega Man music so well that it fit naturally :)

on 2005-02-23 08:29:15

I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this sooner. Like all Star Salzman remixes, this thing just oozes, nay, reeks quality. The drums are awesome, but the opening is what really gets me. It sounds so synthetic, yet so right at the same time. And then it gets reintroduced later on. Awesome stuff.

Star Salzman j00

on 2004-08-04 04:56:13

This song is great, probably the best Flash Man mix on the site. It is very unique piece that is permanently on my list, next to Pillars of Salt and Dreams Come True.

RimFrost the Tourianist
on 2004-07-22 15:00:55

By far the most bombastic of all the Flash Man remixes ive heard , theres quite many been made ..Star Salzman is the one for Mega Man music.

on 2004-07-22 10:05:06

Holy crap..... I'm considering re-burning my megaman remix MP3 CD just for this song...... Love the tympani and the strings! It starts to sound almost like something you'd hear in a James Bond game or something..... KUDOS!!!! 8)

Kxo Krazoa 6
on 2004-07-16 23:08:30

Freaken fanstastic! The bass at the beginning is sooooo cool! Awesome beats, awesome strings, awesome everything! (Man I'd really like to know how you did that sound at the beginning)

on 2004-06-28 16:35:46
8O WOW!!! THIS SONG ROCKS MY WORLD!!!!! The best of the best of these Flashman mixes! And the thing that makes this song so Awesome is that Intro/bass IT"S SO AWESOME! it is surly my favorite of all time!! :D
on 2004-06-28 13:54:38

VERY NICE INTRO. I loved that intro too much for words.

on 2004-06-28 09:40:43


This song's making me happy. It's not the best remix I ever heard, but it is a good one. One problem's coming, the Flash Theme is going to be OVERMIXED :twisted: . That's not good, but this songs O.K., more than O.K. :D

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Primary Game:
Mega Man 2 (Capcom , 1988, NES)
Music by Manami Matsumae,Takashi Tateishi
"Flash Man Stage"

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