A Familiar Tune

July 29, 2008 6:26 AM

Coming soon to the closing credits of a Japanese RPG near you.

I found this in my "junk drawer" of music a couple days ago and thought it was just about the cheesiest, goofiest thing: a few familiar melodies on top of a dancepop beat, very few surprises.

I think it's from 2003: an ex-roommate (whose rice cooker I inadvertently stole) and I put it together in Fruityloops. Presumably, a vast quantity of beer played a role.

posted by uncleozzy (12 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Wow this is definetly different from the rest of your stuff, you could totally DDR to this.
posted by BrnP84 at 1:37 PM on July 29, 2008

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you just blended Pachelbel's Canon and Puff the Magic Dragon with a dance beat, did you not? Just making sure. :-)

Funny stuff. I went through a phase where I tried to take familiar pieces and make them into bad punk rock. Something about inappropriately changing genres appeals to me.
posted by danb at 7:23 PM on July 29, 2008

I would throw down the RPG and just start to DANCE if this came on.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:44 PM on July 29, 2008

danb: I believe the official list was Puff the Magic Dragon, Pachelbel's Canon, the Pet Shop Boys' Go West, and the Soviet national anthem. Really, there's no explanation for this. And yeah, you may notice that one of my obsessions is genre-bending. Mostly in the goofy punk direction, but occasionally in other directions. Like this ridiculous one.
posted by uncleozzy at 6:02 AM on July 30, 2008

This is pretty hilarious.
posted by phrontist at 1:30 PM on July 30, 2008

The thing that is so admirable about this, is that you saw it through to completion, instead of having the impulse and deciding that it would better remain a concept than a product. Please tell me you were working with loops, not actually figuring out and playing those.
posted by umbĂș at 8:53 AM on July 31, 2008

Ah! I knew I couldn't place one of the melodies, but I didn't catch that the Soviet national anthem was in there. An even more insane mix than I had suspected!
posted by danb at 10:25 AM on July 31, 2008

electro-sure-footed brilliance
posted by February28 at 11:31 AM on July 31, 2008

Wow, uncleozzy, ....in the land called honalee... I havn't heard that since I was like 8. Awesome!
posted by snsranch at 2:13 PM on July 31, 2008

What else is in there? The more I listen, the more I realize how brilliant this is: taking melodies that people could sing in their sleep, and turning them into something they could dance to in their sleep.
posted by not_on_display at 12:03 AM on August 2, 2008

I meant to add...
...and having all those melodies fit seamlessly over one another - that's the brilliant part. At first I only thought it was "variations on pachelbel's thingie for a euro danceclub" but upon reading the comments, I can totally pick out the Puff the Magic Dragon... neato!
posted by not_on_display at 12:05 AM on August 2, 2008

I just realize what this is. it's the Pet Shop Boys "Go West."

I knew they where cribbing SOMETHING. I always thought it was The International.
posted by The Whelk at 6:18 PM on April 29, 2009

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