Auto-Tune the News #6

[If you haven’t been watching these, you’ve been missing out][link].

[link]: “YouTube – Auto-Tune the News #6: Michael Jackson. drugs. Palin.”


Michael Jackson First Artist to Sell Over 1 Million Downloads in a Single Week

[One more record for the road][link]. Legitimate question: How much longer will Billboard data even be a useful measurement?

[link]: “Michael Jackson First Artist to Sell Over 1 Million Downloads in a Single Week | Epicenter |”


Sweet Juniper! on Andrew W.K.’s New Show “Destroy Build Destroy”

[It’s a kids show, and it’s totally real and not a joke][link]. The show [starts this summer on Cartoon Network][show], and it looks like the most fun children are legally allowed to have on TV.

[He does what he likes and he likes what he does].

[link]: “Sweet Juniper!”
: “Party Hard”
[show]: “Destroy Build Destroy”

Links’s Founders Leaving

[Cannot say I’m surprised][link]. It’ll be two-years after their acquisition, which is probably the earliest they were *allowed* to leave.

[link]: “ – the Blog · Message from the founders, Felix, RJ and Martin”


Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version

[One of the most insane videos of the 1980s gets the Literal treatment][link]. Plenty of good moments, here. “What the effing crap?” indeed.

[link]: “YouTube – Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version”

Links Introduces Radio Subscriptions

[Users outside of the US, UK, and Germany will now have to pay 3 euros per month to keep streaming music][link] from the popular site. The [user backlash][back] has already begun.

As more and more VC-funded startups have to start showing balance sheets, there’s going to be a lot fewer freebies around.

[link]: “ – the Blog · Radio Subscriptions”
[back]: “ user backlash”


Warren Ellis on Shitgaze, and Novum

[Things like this just fall off of Warren when he’s taking his monthly bath][link], and it’s the most interesting thing I’ve read today.

[link]: “Warren Ellis » Shitgaze”


iTunes Price Changes Hurt Some Rankings

[Glenn Peoples, writing for Billboard][link]:

>On Wednesday, one day after the price increase, the iTunes Top 100 chart had 40 songs priced at $1.29 and 60 with the original $0.99 price point. The $1.29 songs lost an average of 5.3 places on the chart while the $0.99 songs gained an average of 2.5 chart positions.

[link]: “iTunes Price Changes Hurt Some Rankings”


This Isn’t Pop: When Video Game Music Inspired By Popular Music Is A Little Too Inspired

*This is a post carried-over from the blog archives on, my previous site.*

Video games have a long and storied history of borrowing heavily from popular music. This post will be updated with samples as I get them suggested to me, which you can do using the information above this post. In each case I have used less than 20 seconds of the songs in question, which I believe to be covered under fair use. If you want to hear the whole song, buy it. I will not provide you with any of them, so don’t ask.

### Mega Man X2’s Neon Tiger Stage Music .vs. Guns n’ Roses’ “My Michelle”

[Here is the audio file for comparison][gnrfile]. First you will hear a snippet from Neon Tiger’s theme, then a small pause, then a snippet from My Michelle. You can, of course, purchase the Guns n’ Roses album [Appetite for Destruction][appe] from This, and the following two suggestions, come from [this blog post][post1].

[post1]: “Megaman and 80s music”
[gnrfile]: “GNR .vs. Mega Man”
[appe]: “Appetite for Destruction on amazon mp3”

### Mega Man 1’s ElecMan Theme .vs. Journey’s “Faithfully”

[Here is the audio file for comparison][jour]. Again, you will hear ElecMan’s music first, then a pause, then Journey. You can (and I encourage you to) purchase [Journey’s Greatest Hits album][jouralbum] from Amazon.

[jour]: “ElecMan .vs. Faithfully”
[jouralbum]: “Journey’s Greatest Hits on Amazon mp3”

### Mega Man 2’s Flash Man Theme .vs. Chicago’s “I’m A Man”

[Here is the audio file for comparison.][chicago] You can purchase [Chicago’s Greatest Hits][chihits] on Amazon. It’s a good investment.

[chicago]: “Flash Man .vs. Chicago”
[chihits]: “Chicago’s Greatest Hits on Amazon mp3”

### Robo’s Theme (Chrono Trigger) .vs. Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”

[Here is the audio file for comparison][roboast]. Yes, it was only a matter of time before this descended into a Rick Roll. This one is a bit more tenuous, but it’s definitely noticeable. I would say it’s more of a case of borrowing than the previous tracks, which are a bit more blatant. I heartily suggest you [purchase Chrono Trigger][ct] if you have never played it. It’s my favorite RPG of all time. The composer of the piece, Yasunori Mitsuda, also did [the soundtrack for Chrono Cross][ccost], which is one of the most lush and beautiful game sound tracks ever.

[roboast]: “Robo’s Theme .vs. Rick Astley”
[ct]: “Chrono Trigger of Nintendo DS on”
[ccost]: “Chrono Cross soundtrack”

### Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES) Stage 5 Overworld .vs. The Beatles’ “Come Together”

[Here is the audio file for comparison][tmntbeat]. This is another fairly blatant one, though it’s got some nice touches, and is part of one of the great Konami NES soundtracks.

[tmntbeat]: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles .vs. The Beatles”

### DOOM (1 & 2) .vs. Various Metal Bands

[Here’s a youtube video][doom] comparing various songs from the smash-hit first person shooter DOOM to various songs from the likes of Metallica, Pantera, et. al.

[doom]: “DOOM .vs. Metal”

### Wild ARMs Overworld Theme .vs. Ennio Morricone’s “The Ecstasy of Gold”

[Here is the audio file for comparison][wildarms]. This one is maybe the most blatant thus far, especially considering the desert context. Morricone wrote the scores for many great westerns, most famously [The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly][gbu].

[wildarms]: “Wild ARMs .vs. Ennio Morricone”
[gbu]: “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”

### California Games (NES) Title Theme .vs. Louie, Louie

[Here is the audio file for comparison][louie]. I have a feeling that the basic structure of Louie, Louie is subject of a lot of game homage. [Louie, Louie is a most infamous song][louiewik], with the version done by The Kingsmen making them the subject of an FBI investigation.

[louie]: “California Games .vs. Louie, Louie”
[louiewik]: “Louie, Louie on Wikipedia”