#8 of our Top 10 Videogame Songs brings us to a genre of game that very likely should have a larger presence on this list, yet due to my personal taste in games; doesn’t.
Said genre is of course that of the ever popular rhythm/dance game.
As with many genres of games that don’t involve the words “fighting” or “scrolling,” rhythm games have never really appealed to me.
Dance Dance Revolution was kind of popular among my friends way back in middle school, and indeed I must confess to having hopped around on the dance pad a few times at a birthday party or 2; but for the most part dance games have never been my thing.
No surprise, given that real dancing is not exactly something I’d consider all that fun.
While I generally loathe dance rhythm games, I’ve had my fair share of fun with musical games that make use of a standard controller.
In case you’re wondering why I’d take the time to make mention of the “standard controller,” let me just say this:
Videogame peripherals like guitars, drums, or turntables have no business in my home.
The only game peripherals I’ve ever owned were light guns, and even then I kind of regret buying those.
On that note, I’d like to present to you a song from 1 of 2 musical rhythm games I’ve owned over the years, and the 8th best song on our Top 10 Videogame Songs list:
#8. Bust A Groove – Bust A Groove
I’m a believer that pop for pop-ness sake isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Going by that logic, songs like “Bust A Groove,” while hardly original or anything beyond cheap knock-offs of Madonna’s old shit; can be a lot of fun if you’re in the mood for them.
That being said, I must have been in the mood for cheesy translated Jpop music back in 1998, ’cause I ate up the tracks from Bust A Groove like they were fuckin’ Willy Wonka Gobstoppers.
For those who might be unaware, Bust A Groove was of course the American version of the Japanese original, Bust A Move.
Like many Japanese imports of the 90’s, much of the content of Bust A Groove was altered, resulting in many of the songs being re-written and performed in English.
Unlike many other examples such as this however, many of the English songs of Bust A Groove ended up being just as good as, if not better than the Japanese originals.
Take for example Shorty’s song:
The Japanese version sounds like it’s sung by a bored 11 year old with no talent, and truth be told; I’m pretty sure that’s exactly the case.
I realize this was likely the intent of the producers, given the relative age of the character that’s supposed to be singing it, as well as the undeniable fact that Japan is a nation of pedos; but even so, I just can’t stand the sound of a singer that doesn’t seem like they’re enjoying themselves.
The English version, while still not all that great, at least has some degree of feigned enthusiasm to it; making it at least somewhat bearable.
Shitty examples aside, I feel confident in saying that “Bust A Groove” is indeed a better song than it’s original Japanese iteration.
The original Japanese version, “Blue Knife” is pretty good, however at the end of the day it just sounds like a wimpy Jpop song among a sea of similar, but far better produced songs.
The lyrics of the English version are stronger, and the overall sound of the song is made stronger and more unique by the fact that American pop songs of it’s style are less common than in Japan.
That being said, while nearly every song in Bust A Groove is remarkably entertaining, (unlike most the shit from Bust A Groove 2…) I’ve always felt that “Bust A Groove” was the cream of the crop.
Anyway, thus concludes #8 on our list, check back tomorrow for more!