Two weeks ago… I began counting down the best music tracks from games across this generation of consoles. Today we have one more to add to that list.
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6. Double Dragon Neon – “City Streets 2 (Mango Tango – Neon Jungle)”
Listen: City Streets 2 (Mango Tango – Neon Jungle)
For me, the most thorough distillation of 80’s culture comes with the marketing of the water-proof shower radio. Its unyielding insistence that your every daily ritual include some mild form of Pavlovian consumer brainwash. Certainly there must have been other sparsely used radios in your house in 1985. You could have used one of those… but it was the idea of symbiosis – that bar soap lather mixed with Magazine 60’s “Don Quichote“, The Jets’ “You’ve Got it All” and shortened FM pitches for Ginsu Knives. It was a potent enough idea: shower… then unconsciously spend yourself blind and yes, I had one. It didn’t work for very long, and everything from Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” reminds me of its nocuous, all-seeing eye.
Point being, it’s a completely superfluous device created in a decade of gaudy, hedonistic redundancy. You had to be there for it all to come together, to make sense. And it’s obvious Jake Kaufman, composer of 2012’s brilliant Double Dragon Neon, had those very same aforementioned knives. On Double Dragon Neon, Kaufman melds his signature jangling discord with an absolutely fascinating account of what it was like to be a child in the 80’s – a child that is filled with such realized, nervous discomfort and gorgeously honed pastiche, it’s as if he never felt the inkling to actually leave 1987, so he didn’t. And why should he, when Double Dragon arcade machines were still known to forage for quarters amongst the living?
“City Streets 2 (Mango Tango – Neon Jungle)”counters the provocative silhouette of a youthful Madonna in golden push-up bra, and R& B singer Pebble’s flight of pearl necklace and diaphanous chiffon with mirror moves that verge on the iconic. “City Streets 2” is a truly exhilarating piece, sultry and ever-emboldened by persistent grounded clouds of dry ice.
Consider Kaufman’s debt to the Lee brothers as paid, in all large bills.
Stay tuned now through November 15th for the remaining 5 entries in my list of the best musical tracks from this generation of consoles.