Posted in 8-Tracks, Blog Posts

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…
Posted in 1UP, Blog Posts

PAC-Man is 40!

At least in North America…

This year has been one of ups and downs between the coronavirus, the world burning to the ground (quite literally), and general destruction there are very few high moments.  The further we get into the year the more I am starting to feel like we are in the world that truly leads to many of my favorite dystopian novels including the topic of this blog….the incomparable Ready Player One.

We truly are living out part of Ready Player One with schools online, staying home and getting lots more time for hobbies and even going so far as to ordering groceries online. Because of this we need to take stock of the happy things in our lives and one of those things is that everyone for the most part is at home which means more time for video games!

Which we are in luck for.  This year and next year as I work on this project there will be a lot of anniversaries.  Including the 40th anniversary of the beloved yellow PAC-MAN!

I missed the official 40th birthday of the Japanese release of the game (that happened in May of 2020) but the silly yellow character with his distinctive “wakka-wakka-wakka” noise and mischievous little ghosts didn’t make it State side until October of 1980.

So this month we will celebrate PAC-MAN.  I’ll be playing the original game on the Twitch Channel working on my (frankly awful) skills and maybe trying to play a perfect game.  We will see how that goes.

This iconic and well-known game is extremely important in Ready Player One.  If Wade hadn’t taken the time to play the perfect game then he never would have gotten the One-Up Coin that eventually was what saved the OASIS.  Without this then IOI would have won.  The OASIS would be riddled with advertisements and everything good about the game would have been lost.

From free public education, the ability to be whoever you want to be, to work and play…everything would have been lost without PAC-MAN.

So lets thank the little yellow guy… and his silly maze game.  Because without him everything would be lost.