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REPOST: PAC-MAN Fever, by Buckner & Garcia: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Pac-Man Fever

-Artist: Buckner & Garcia

-Release Year: 1981

-Song Length: 3:48

-Genre: Elecronica

-How to Listen: Spotify (linked below), Apple Music, iHeart Radio, or look for the album at your local library!

-Page of Reference in RPO: 222-223

Lyrics:

I got a pocket full of quarters, and I’m headed to the arcade.
I don’t have a lot of money, but I’m bringing everything I made.
I’ve got a callus on my finger, and my shoulder’s hurting too.
I’m gonna eat them all up, just as soon as they turn blue.

[Chorus]
‘Cause I’ve got Pac-Man fever;
Pac-Man fever.
It’s driving me crazy.
Driving me crazy.
I’ve got Pac-Man fever;
Pac-Man fever.
I’m going out of my mind.
Going out of my mind.
I’ve got Pac-Man fever;
Pac-Man fever.
I’m going out of my mind.
Going out of my mind.

I’ve got all the patterns down, up until the ninth key.
I’ve got Speedy on my tail, and I know it’s either him or me.
So I’m heading out the back door and in the other side;
Gonna eat the cherries up and take them all for a ride.

[Chorus]

I’m gonna fake it to the left, and move to the right;
‘Cause Pokey’s too slow, and Blinky’s out of sight.

Now I’ve got them on the run, and I’m looking for the high score;
So it’s once around the block, And I’ll slide back out the side door.
I’m really cookin’ now, eating everything in sight.
All my money’s gone, so I’ll be back tomorow night.

‘Cause I’ve got Pac-Man fever;
Pac-Man fever.
It’s driving me crazy.
Driving me crazy.
I’ve got Pac-Man fever;
Pac-Man fever.
I’m going out of my mind.
Going out of my mind.
Repeat and fade

Review:

I’m honestly not sure about this one.  Its not my favorite for a few reasons.

One, I don’t really like electronica.

And two…I grew up with other groups that play geek music and I feel like they do it much better than this.

I just can’t get past the fact that there are other songs about video games that are better than this…I’ll even link one of my favorites below!

But overall it’s a decent try.  And for the time period and the fact that songs about videos were still new it did a good job.  Its just not one that I will be listening to regularly or adding to my personal Geek Chic playlist on Spotify.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

(decent but doesn’t stand up to stuff like Frogger: the Musical by Paul and Storm)

Pac-Man Fever by Buckner & Garcia
Frogger: The Musical by Paul and Storm…personally one of my favorite (and arguably better) song about a video game…

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