While working on this week's Audio File Friday I realized something. Now sit down, this may come as a shock...Gaga isn't the first anthropomorphic motorcycle person. I know. I know. But be strong, we can get through this together.
And while we're at it, the 'bro' phenomena? Not new either.
Anyone familiar with RPG pillar Chrono Trigger already knew all of this of course, because that game featured Johnny, the subject of this week's Audio File Friday artwork. He's been a bro since before bromances, and has years on Born This Way in the anthropomorphic bike department.
But hey, that's nothing to be ashamed of. Chrono Trigger is, after all, widely considered one of the best RPGs of all time. For many it also happens to be one of the best games of all time. Imitation should be expected!
And just to get it out of the way I'm NOT trying to add fuel to the silly Gaga steals everything fire, I swear I'm not.
Imitation as well as inspiration. Chrono Trigger pushed the limits of genre and creativity and never went where you expected it to go, qualities shared by this week's featured artists, who happen to be Chrono fans themselves, theBad Dudes.
Taking their name from the classic arcade title, the Bad Dudes isn't so much a band as it is an assemblage of some of gaming music's best and brightest all working together to produce new content for the fans. At least a couple of the names might sound familiar to Audio File Friday followers. The group's founder Mustin is here, whom I'm sure you recognize as leader of The OneUps. We've also got Danimal Cannon who has played with Metroid Metal. With fifteen unique and talented artists working together, each album and EP the Bad Dudes have released has something for everyone. Ambient, rock, metal, jazz, r&b...you name it and they've probably done it.
Except country. ONE DAY!!! They came together in 2006 and the rest is history.
The album that got my attention, of course, is their 2009 release Chronotorious; a collection of Chrono Trigger songs remixed to perfection.
The title track, Chronotorious, is a reimagining of the game's main theme and mixes electronic synth with some jazzy sensibilities and the occasional guitar appearance. While that might sound like a big ol' mess on paper, in practice the result is pretty mind-blowing.
The third track, Rockin' On Heaven's Door, plays it safe and mellow in the beginning until finally about a minute and a half in guitars show up and then around the two minute mark the song completely transforms into a rock ballad. It's a moment you don't see coming
that I totally just spoiled my bad but one that you don't question for a second.
The fourth track, Dethfrog, simply MUST be mentioned if for no other reason than because the lead metal vocalist chants 'Ribbit ribbit ribbit' throughout. Glorious.
B.A.M.F. is a complete jazz tune, and a real stand out on the album, while disodium guanylate sounds like a classic hip-hop beat that has been rolled through Square Enix's PlayOnline system.
Longing of the Wind is a traditional piano piece that shines because of its simplicity on an otherwise busy album.
I could go on and on about this one album, and boy would I love to do so, but doing that would be a great disservice to the Bad Dudes and their eight other albums! Yeah. Eight!
In 2009 the group also released Jingle All the Way, which isn't the Holiday gaming album you might've been hoping for, but does cleverly take 15-30 second gaming jingles and crafts them into full length pieces of music.
And proving that Shinesparkers weren't the only ones who remembered Samus' birthday
I'm looking at you, Nintendo. SMH here's a taste of Bad Dudes' upcoming Metroid Anniversary album. This track is brilliant, taking everyone's favorite hard edged space bounty hunter and giving her a tropical island flair. Complete with steel drums; Caribbean style!
For more on that album, here's a familiar face offering
to show us his balls up some info.
Fans of hip-hop will enjoy this mellow Castlevania inspired beat from the group's Castlevania Symphony of the Night Resurrection album, which manages to include everything from church-like chanting to orchestral/rock mash-ups. The track, titled Illusionary Hop, is oozing with late 80s early 90s sensibilities, and is right up the alley of both hip-hoppers and jazz enthusiasts.
This is a group that likes to go where no other video game remixers have been, and this dedication to the unexpected gives their work a freshness you won't find anywhere else. These guys have even crafted an entire album in honor of Super Dodgeball on the NES. Bad Dudes, indeed.
Keeping in character, the Bad Dudes have also taken on the role of villains to take on OCRemix's heroes for the aptly titled Heroes vs. Villains, an entire album dedicated to mashing together the antagonistic hero and villain themes from popular titles. It's an epic undertaking, and each piece is well worth your time.
And from their very first release, the simply titled EP #1, is a brilliant mash up that brings together two of gaming's greatest villains for the very first time.
There are no words for this.
Be absolutely sure to check out the Bad Dudes' official website, it's where you can get your hands on every single one of their releases, bios and contact info for all of the guys, Bad Dudes merchandise, and of course all the latest updates.
While you check your notifications on facebook why not give these Dudes a like, and be sure to follow them on twitter. Aw heck, why not follow every single one of these guys on twitter: Mustin, Kunal Majmudar, Mazedude, Tim Sheehy, Dale North, Joshua Morse, DHsu, Danimal Cannon, zyk0, and DiggiDis.
Phew! That's a whole lot of dude.
not complaining tbh
That wraps it up for this week, enjoy the sheer variety of unexpected tracks that the Bad Dudes have to offer, and I'll catch you all next week.