NES / Rock Music Similarities [PART 2]

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NES / Rock Music Similarities [PART 2]

Post by Jedi QuestMaster » Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:38 pm

I'm doing another one of these, so I'm reviving this thread. Go here for Part 2, otherwise look at this page to see what was already suggested.

Here's what I have so far: NES / Rock Similarities - Part 2


Part 2 is done! https://youtu.be/L8DaOUnpWS4

Do some NES games remind you of classic rock songs?

Or vice versa?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haU2_lAfT1c

I realized I screwed up at the Rush - Freewill entry.

I'm going to be making an update to this video, so any suggestions to add are highly welcomed! :mrgreen:


Finally got around to this! :lol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2R5rrWpUNE

And I used couple from here, thanks guys! :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJi2Q5NgOHw

Thanks again, guys! :D This has been the most helpful place I've posted this.
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Re: NES / Rock Music Similarities

Post by ccovell » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:34 am

Indeed, Classic rock inspired many game soundtracks, especially for Japanese musicians.

The Zelda title and underworld music were inspired by Deep Purple's "April."

Ninja Gaiden's ending was also a copy of "What is a Youth" on the 1969 Romeo & Juliet soundtrack.

There are plenty more like this...

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Re: NES / Rock Music Similarities

Post by tepples » Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:53 am

"Fever" from Dr. Mario is "Lady Madonna" by the Beatles.
Proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3IanzTU4y4

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Re: NES / Rock Music Similarities

Post by Jedi QuestMaster » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:35 pm

Not only was the love theme music used from Romeo & Juliet, but Ryu Hayabusa is modeled after Leonard Whiting.

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Re: NES / Rock Music Similarities

Post by xgamer » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:48 pm

With Japanese character names like "Rock" and "Roll", it doesn't seem to be a secret that music from the NES period was heavily influenced by the music of that time. Even most of the upbeat music from the NES action games were conducted in the same meter as rock.

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Re: NES / Rock Music Similarities

Post by rainwarrior » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:38 pm

I always wondered if the SMB underground was inspired by the middle section of Miles Davis' Calypso Frelimo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF5JFJjqVCQ#t=13m22s

Based on that speculation, I snuck it into my SMB underground variations cover at last year's Famicompo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbtd4pRTjPE#t=3m09s

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Re: NES / Rock Music Similarities

Post by Grapeshot » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:01 pm

Here's another one from the Dr. Mario Chills theme.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... TWc#t=200s
Compared to ELP's Karn Evil 9:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... vIc#t=945s

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Post by tepples » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:25 pm

"Chill"? Don't get me started about similarities between this part and the theme from 3-2-1 Contact and "Pray" by MC Hammer.

Oh, and "Lady Madonna" isn't the only song that Hip Tanaka nicked for "Fever". Compare the end of "Fever" to the beginning of "Bad" by Michael Jackson (find it yourself because Sony Music Entertainment and VEVO like to region-code their videos). And guess who owns the rights to both the Lennon/McCartney and Mijac repertories.

Speaking of "don't get me started", here's the previous topic on recycled music.

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Re: NES / Rock Music Similarities

Post by Jedi QuestMaster » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:15 am

Grapeshot wrote:Here's another one from the Dr. Mario Chills theme.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... TWc#t=200s
Compared to ELP's Karn Evil 9:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... vIc#t=945s
:o And they both sound like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4DTR0I7xhA

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Re: NES / Rock Music Similarities

Post by rainwarrior » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:33 am

Yeah, Dr. Mario always reminded me of St. Thomas as well.

Though, it might also be worth noting that the melody of St. Thomas is based on a Virgin Islands version of a traditional English tune called The Lincolnshire Poacher. (Which was also used by a mysterious radio signal.)

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Re: NES / Rock Music Similarities

Post by mic_ » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:41 am

I always thought Dwelling of Doom from Simon's Quest and Yngwie Malmsteen's Far Beyond The Sun sounded kinda similar. Dunno which was released first though.

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Post by ccovell » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:01 pm

Far Beyond the Sun: 1984
Castlevania II: 1987.

You think that's a copy? Here's Ys IV's (1993) blatant theft of Malmsteen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IehWUs_RioQ

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Re: NES / Rock Music Similarities

Post by Jedi QuestMaster » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:15 pm

mic_ wrote:I always thought Dwelling of Doom from Simon's Quest and Yngwie Malmsteen's Far Beyond The Sun sounded kinda similar.
Hey, thanks! I'll definitely use that one.

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Re: NES / Rock Music Similarities

Post by Jedi QuestMaster » Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:13 am

I found another one (heard the instrumental on the Wall Street Journal This Morning)! :o Tell me this doesn't scream Double Dragon II:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdWK7O49oQI#t=19s

Apparently I'm not the only one who made this comparison:

http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/trunxk ... 4567.phtml

But I haven't had anymore NES -> Rock comparisons. Does anyone know of any?

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Re: NES / Rock Music Similarities

Post by Jedi QuestMaster » Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:14 am

I finally updated it! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2R5rrWpUNE

But good God! It seems I can never make videos under 5 minutes anymore! :x I'm thinking about taking some of these entries out. In particular:

Lady Madonna -> Dr. Mario (though 'Lady Madonna' influenced Hip Tanaka, I can't find a short-enough sample that's good enough to use for a comparison)

Edgar Winter Group "Frankenstein" (both these are kinda vague)

Depeche Mode "Just Can't Get Enough" -> Tecmo Bowl (Don't know what I was thinking; I think all the sounds in Tecmo Bowl just remind me of Depeche Mode)

Anyone have any suggestions?

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