This week, I have chosen three vastly exceptional musical themes found in fighting games. Why fighting games? The answer is simple: Fighting games – it’s what I do. Why three? Well, I might lose you after say, 1,300. I figured best to keep it short. Here goes!
3. Marvel Vs Capcom 2 : Cave Stage – The pearlescent jewel of Marvel vs. Capcom 2, with no shred of doubt, lies in the soundtrack’s use of dive-bar-open-mic-amateur-hour largesse. Every successive number turns its once-jovial patrons gentle mockery into a clamoring Mephistophelian Bronx cheer. Its dented saxophone, its directionless, garbled marimba all hit a startling plateau as Cave Stage re-imagines Jean Auel’s Clan Of The Cave Bear with Carly Simon adrift on ice sheets and yammering to a disembodied, upside-down, two-foot mystic. Simon’s consummate forte of howling through apartment windows is usurped by stalactites and muscled, costumed deformities.
2. Persona 4 Arena: Heartful Cry -in Mayonaka Arena – Shoji Meguro’s musical deconstruction of rickshaws and his addition of random Japanese businessmen to breakfast cereal rarely speeds anywhere. Meguro is happy to let its narcotic drip parade you hazily around. Under his laws of technicolor state, it makes sense to pronounce man and head of cabbage married. Meguro knows, once you taste his bowl of exquisite boiled hair clippings, you will never want to return to your garish, bromidic existence of responsibility. Heartful Cry fecklessly rams pedestrian and crossing guard, bulldozes through houses of worship, and throws you in front of its scalding tires. Good thing you decided not to wear your cleats.
1. Darkstalkers Vampire Savior: Red Thirst– For the most part, Mexican novelas, to a non-native Spanish speaker (myself), lack sense and clarity. Like using an oven in place of a card table, letting finches fly about your bathroom un-caged, or laminating filthy bed sheets, you’re constantly wondering what it is you’re looking at, and why they are all so distraught. Take for instance the telenovela Bendita Mentira. In its overwrought 90-second opening, we are treated to nothing but images of smoldering candles and incessant choral blustering. The show begins: there are lengthy scenes in the house sitting room, then the kitchen, then back to the sitting room, but where are the candles? That’s what makes it all so brilliant; it leaves you wanting that wax. Good news if glimpses are what you crave, because it’s all Vampire Savior composer Tatayuki Iwai provides. Still though, Tatayuki is bold in taking his yellow porridge mix to the wall, splashing its monochrome color against sheetrock in the hopes of capturing the essence of Egypt, even though it appears he’s only seen the Pyramids and Valley Of Kings through library microfiche. Through weighted scrutiny and laborious tinkering, he arrives at his opus finally saying aloud: “Well there are some bricks.”
Having fallen in love only 4 times in his life Geno counts Double Dragon as his second and truest love. He has worked in record retail since 2000 and believes David Hayter to be the one true Solid Snake. Currently, he is putting together a band which only perform songs from Street Fighter 3rd Strike.