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Episode 57 – Zuntata

Episode 57 – Zuntata

What do Karaoke Machines, bizarre PCM voice samples and shamisens have in common? They’re all points of discussion on today’s episode where Mike and Justin do a deep dive on Zuntata, the in-house composers and live band for Taito! Formed in 1983, Zuntata was largely carried by composers like Hisayoshi Ogura, though there were over a dozen members over the years, all of which brought us some of the best video game music ever! We’re taking a deep dive into the back catalog of Zuntata’s music from all different genres of gaming. So get ready to test your burger, meditate…meditation and hang out with Daddy Mulk and his casino, because the XVGM Radio guys are ready to rock!
Thanks to our pal Ed Wilson of VGMBassy for helping with re-verifying these tracks are all definitely Zuntata. Head to TheVGMbassy.com for his podcast!
We’d love to hear what you thought about our Zuntata episode! Did you have a favorite tune? Did you need more shamisen? And where was Elevator Action Returns, anyways?! What game do you want to play the most after this? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Special thanks to Patreon member Kung FU Carlito from the Heroes Three Podcast for his pick in this episode! Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Muddle MADness, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM

TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Ninja Warriors (ARC, 1988, Mega CD, 1993, PC-Eng/Atari ST, 1989) “Daddy Mulk (Arranged)” Hisayoshi Ogura, Junichi Kawaguchi
1 – Aqua Jack – (ARC, 1990) “Game Start/BGM 1” Shizuo Aizawa
2 – G Darius (ARC/PS1, 1997) “Track 08” Hisayoshi Ogura
3 – Psychic Force – (ARC, PS1 1996) “Carry Away (Sonia’s Theme)” Hideki Takahagi
4 – Dungeon Magic (ARC, 1994) “Now We Cut Off the Hideous Chains (Fight)/Now, the Iron of our Blades are Severing and Murdering(Battle)” Norihiro Furukawa
5 – Cleopatra’s Fortune (ARC 1996, TAITO X-55 1995, SAT, 1997, PS1/DC 2001) “Shinin’ Queen” Shuichiro Nakazawa, Hideki Takahagi
6 – Syvalion (ARC/SNES, 1988/92) “Confusion” Yasuhisa Watanabe
7 – RC De Go (ARC, 1999/PS1, 2000) “Hearts on Fire” Saori Kunikyo (ZUNTATA)
Patreon Pick: Carlito – Night Striker (ARC, 1989/Mega CD, 1993/ PS1, 1995/SAT, 1996) “Burning Road” Arrangers: Hisayoshi Ogura, Tamayo Kawamoto, Yasuhisa Watanabe, Shuichiro Nakazawa, Masahiko Takaki
8 – Thunder Fox (ARC/GEN, 1990/91) “Mine (Stage 4)” Kazuko Umino (Arcade composer)
9 – Gamera 2000 (PS1, 1997) “The Promise (To Be Born Again And See You)” Masahiko Takaki, Shuichiro Nakazawa
10 – Arkanoid vs Space Invaders (iOS/Android, 2017) “Chilled Vaus” Hirokazu Koshio, Shouhei Tsuchiya

Episode 56 -VGM Homework

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Episode 56 -VGM Homework

School’s out and summer is all the rage…but that doesn’t stop Mike and Justin from challenging their minds when it comes to video game music! Back on Episode 54, Mike and Justin did an episode entirely on Continue themes in games, which was challenging to say the least. But now, they’re headed on a different part of their VGM studies by assigning each other some homework! Mike picks a game and Justin picks a track from that game, and vice versa. Each person also gives a brief explanation on why they picked the game they picked! The results are some engaging and exciting songs from games that the XVGM Radio guys would never typically pick for each other! Listen in as Mike shares his hatred of Axl from the Mega Man X series, Justin shares his love for Westerns, and Janine eats Triscuits from home since she has the night off! All on this educational yet entertaining episode of XVGM Radio!
We’d love to hear what you thought about our Homework episode ! Did you have a favorite tune? What game do you want to play the most after this? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Muddle MADness, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Treasure of the Usas (MSX, 1987) “Stage 4” Kinuyo Yamashita(Primary), Iku Mizutani, Motoaki Furukawa, and Kazuhiko Uehara
1 – Gradius V (PS2, 2004) “High Speed – Stage 7” Hitoshi Sakimoto
2 – Die Maus (GB/GBC, 1998/99) “BGM 06” Alberto Jose Gonzalez
3 – Albert Odyssey: Legend of Eldean (SAT, 1996) “Another Loan?” Naoki Kodaka
4 – Destroy All Humans (PS2/XB, 2005) “Beyond The Stars” Garry Schyman
5 – Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PSV/PS4/Switch/PC, 2016/17/18) “Smash Up!” Hayato Sonoda, Takahiro Unisuga, Yukihiro Jindo, Mitsuo Singa
6 – Taz-Mania (SNES, 1992) “Kiwi Roadside” Mitchell Stein
7 – Mega Man X7 (PS2, 2003) “Underground ~ Tunnel Base Stage” Yuko Komiyama, Shinya Okada (‘midnight’), Seiko Kobuchi, Naoto Tanaka, Makoto Asai, Teruo Konishi, Shuichi Mizohata, Noriyuki Iwadare, Takuya Miyawaki
8 – Red Dead Redemption (XB360/PS3, 2010) “Estancia” Bill Elm, Woody Jackson
9 – Power Quest (GBC, 1998) “1995” Kumiko Fujiwara
10 – Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos “Title Theme” (NES, 1990) Tim Follin

Episode 55 – Mega Man Fan Game Music w/ MegaPhilX

Episode 55 – Mega Man Fan Game Music w/ MegaPhilX

Since the dawn of the internet, video game fans have gathered to celebrate their favorite franchises. One of the most dedicated fanbases is for Mega Man, specifically the classic series that started on the NES, and saw a resurgence on later generations like Mega Man 9 and 10 on the Wii, and more recently, Mega Man 11 on the Switch. But those classic 8-bit style games feature some of the best video game music ever; songs that we’ve all heard over and over again. So today, we wanted to spotlight some fan efforts, and boy did we find some fantastic tunes! We’re joined by Mega Man fan community member, co-composer, artist and creator of the Mega Man fan game juggernaut, Mega Man Unlimited, to showcase his game, and several others. Learn about his relationship with fellow composer and all star of the MM fan game universe, Kevin Phetsomphou and listen to Justin, Mike and Phil list their order of favorite classic MM games. Also hear some fascinating stories from Phil getting a paid trip to Hawaii on Capcom’s dime! All on this MEGA-powered up episode of XVGM Radio!
Special thank you to Mega Phil X (Phillip Poulin) for donating his Mega Man art to our title card, and for being on the show! Check out SNUPSTER.COM for the fan community Phil discussed in this episode, and of course MEGAPHILX.COM for his website! You can also download Mega Man Unlimited at: http://megaphilx.com/index.php/home/games/mega-man-unlimited/
We’d love to hear what you thought about Mega Man fan games! Did you have a favorite tune? What game do you want to play the most after this? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Muddle MADness, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Mega Man Unlimited (PC, 2013) “Starfield Disarray(Comet Woman)” SymphoniKev (Kevin Phetsomphou), MegaPhil X (Phillip Poulin), Thunder Thouin (Yan Thouin), Spriter Gors
1 – Mega Man Rock ‘n Roll (PC, 2019) “Missile Man” Juhani Junkala
2 – Mega Man Unlimited (PC, 2013) “Explosive Artillery (Tank Man)” Spriter Gors, Kevin Phetsomphou, Philippe Poulin, Yan Thouin
3 – Mega Man Eternal (PC, 2014) “Scorch Man” SymphoniKev (Kevin Phetsomphou), sebamkfan, Xx-Bai-xX, JasperValentine8909, PSN8Bit, Gamingcakes, Hertzdevil, Warheart, L77, Mend, Danoct1, OmegaManZX
4 – Mega Man Unlimited (PC, 2013) “Climb the Walls (Occupied Wily Fortress Stage 1)”Spriter Gors, Kevin Phetsomphou, Philippe Poulin, Yan Thouin
5 – Mega Man Unlimited (PC, 2013) “Frenzied Superheat (Trinitro Man)” SymphoniKev (Kevin Phetsomphou), MegaPhil X (Phillip Poulin), Thunder Thouin (Yan Thouin), Spriter Gors
6 – Street Fighter X Mega Man (Win, 2012) “Ryu Stage” Luke Esquivel (AKA A-Rival)
7 – Mega Man Rock Force (PC, 2013) “Fuse Man” SymphoniKev (Kevin Phetsomphou), GoldwaterDLS (developer/composer)
8 – Mega Man Rocks! (Win, 2009) “Hit Man” Eric Ruth
9 – Mega Man Unlimited (PC, 2013) “An Unbreakable Will (Wily Fortress Stage 2)” SymphoniKev (Kevin Phetsomphou), MegaPhil X (Phillip Poulin), Thunder Thouin (Yan Thouin), Spriter Gors
10 – Mega Man: Super Fighting Robot (Win, 2015) “Coal Man” MrWeirdguy, RedBlupi, Shywolf, Threxx, DestinyGearX, Deathro

Episode 54 – Continue?

Episode 54 – Continue?

Continue themes in video games: Essentially a step stool to repeat a failure. But are these tunes worth revisiting outside of the gaming experience? Mike and Justin think so, and so they challenged each other to come up with a large assortment of some unique continue tracks. From discussions about songs that either sound like adult films or Japanese Benny Hill skits, to discussions about memorable continue screen visuals, this episode offers some unique songs and discussions that makes diving deep worth the plunge. Get ready to hit start before the timer runs out, because this is the Continue Theme episode!

We’d love to hear what you thought about our continue theme choices! Did you have a favorite tune? A memorable continue screen to share? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn

Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Muddle MADness, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Sonic Mania (XBONE/PS4/Switch/WIN, 2017) “Countdown to Continue” Tee Lopes
1 – Castle of Illusion (SMS/GG, 1990/91) “Continue” Shigenori Kamiya
2 – Final Fight 3 (SNES, 1995) “Down for the Count” Katsunari Kitajima
3 – Gunstar Heroes (ARC/GEN, 1993) “Continue” Norio Hanzawa
4 – Goemon’s Great Adventure (N64, 1998) “Oni Oni Rendezvous (Hell Mix ‘99)” Shigeru Araki, Yasumasa Kitagawa, Hirotaka Kurita, Yusuke Kato, Nobuyuki Akena
5 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Heritage for the Future (ARC/PS1/DC, 1999/2000) “Continue” Yūko Takehara, Setsuo Yamamoto
Patreon Request (Alex Messenger) – Battletoads & Double Dragon (NES/SNES/GB & GEN, 1993 & 1994) “Continue” David Wise
6 – Action Man: Search for Base X (GBC, 1998) “Continue” Iku Mizutani
7 – Legendary Axe II (TG16, 1990) “Continue” Hirotoshi Suzuki
8 – Asuka 120% Burning Fist (SX68K, 1994) “Continue” Keishi Yonao
9 – Gradius 3 (ARC/SNES, 1989/91) “Continue” Kazuki Muraoka, Kazuhiko Uehara, Harumi Uekō, Yukie Morimoto
10 – Mortal Kombat Gold (DC, 1998) “Continue” Dan Forden
11 – Super Monkey Ball 2 (GCN, 2002) “Continue” Hidenori Shoji, Haruyoshi Tomita
12 – Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo (ARC/PS1/SAT/DC/GBA/360/PS3, 1996/2001/2003/2007) Tatsuro Suzuki, Isao Abe, Yūko Takehara, Shun Nishigaki, Setsuo Yamamoto, Takayuki Iwai

Episode 53 – Sounds of the Sega Master System

Episode 53 – Sounds of the Sega Master System

With Sega’s arcade ventures dwindling at the time, the Japanese arcade game maker decided to try their hand at making consoles, and eventually this led to today’s featured console, the Sega Master System. Called the Mark III in Japan, this PSG-based audio system (which also featured FM Synth in certain games) has always had a mix of somber or cheery sounding music. On today’s episode of XVGM Radio, Mike and Justin peel back the figurative shell of the console to bring you a dive into all regions worth of music. From in-depth discussion on the success of the system (in PAL regions and Brazil) and failures (North America) to chats about Mentos, notoriously bad Master System game cover art, SHHHOPELIFTERRR, Justin hearing Pac-Man sounds, and…Green and Pink Master System Consoles, wait…what?! This episode is jam packed full of tubular tunes and fun discussion.
Big thanks to Hungry Goriya for her voice over on the commercial and being the second caller for this week’s episode! Please consider checking out her fantastic Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrqaOPLC4_LTWCdJIvXvWTg
We’d love to hear what you thought about our picks on this deep dive into the Sega Master System’s sound chip! Did you have a favorite tune? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Muddle MADness, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Alex Kidd In Miracle World (SMS, 1986) “Main Theme” Tokuhiko Uwabo
1 – Predator 2 – (GG/SMS 1992) “Title Screen/Levels 1, 3, 6, Streets, Level 7, Alien Ship” Matt Furniss
2 – Pit Pot: The Magical Castle (SMS, 1985) “Main Theme” – Toshinori Asai
3 – Black Belt (SMS, 1986) “Boss” Katsuhiro Hayashi
4 – Choplifter (SMS, 1986) “Round 1” – Tokuhiko Uwabo
5 – Power Strike/Aleste (SMS/MSX, 1988) “The Solitude” Takayuki Hirono
6 – Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa (1987) “Boss Theme” – Lyndon Sharp OR Tokuhiko Uwabo
7 – Phantasy Star (SMS, 1987, GEN 1994) “Medusa” Tokuhiko Uwabo
8 – Wonder Boy in Monster Land (SMS, 1988) “Labyrinth of No End” – Shinichi Sakamoto (arcade version), James Smart (C64), or David Whittaker (European console ports)
9 – Road Rash (GEN, 1991, AST/AMIGA, 1992, GG, 1993, SMS, 1994, GB, 1996) “Grass Valley” Matt Furniss
10 – Cyborg Hunter (SMS, 1986) “Level C & F” – Keisuke Tsukahara, Kazuhiko Nagai
Outro – Alex Kidd in Miracle World (SMS, 1986) – “Main Theme (Arranged)” Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (vocals) Takahiro Kai (Arrangement)

Episode 52 – Run ‘N Guns

Episode 52 – Run ‘N Guns

Get ready for some spreadshot, some rocket lawnchairs and discussions about Kevin Bacon-lookalikes dealing drugs, because XVGM Radio is blasting their way onto the scene with an episode focused on the Run ‘n Gun genre and it’s music! Often looped in with shoot ‘em ups and First Person Shooters (FPS,) Run ‘n Guns are more like action platformers that focus on blowing away everything in sight; and the good news is, they typically have amazing soundtracks! Mike and Justin grab their most tattered bandanas as they wax nostalgia for wreckless convertible driving, western motifs in games, Mr. BIG singalongs and of course: cheat codes! Get your thumbs ready to hit A-B-B-A, and Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-A-B on this cyberpunk lovin’, laser-shootin’ episode of XVGM Radio!
Big thanks to Rewind Mike for his voice over on the commercial for this week’s episode! Please consider checking out his amazing Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzC-UyeYwc9ogs0xnN0DOtQ
We’d love to hear what you thought about our picks on this run ‘n gun episode! Did you have a favorite? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Muddle MADness, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Metal Slug 5 NG/ARC/XBOX, 2003/2004/2005) “Fierce Battle” Toshikazu Tanaka
1 – Ikari Warriors (ARC, Multi, 1986) “Theme of Ikari” – Mr.O
2 – The Red Star (PS2, 2007) “Chapter 3: Reflections of Revolution” Nelson Everheart
3 – Narc (ARC/NES/Ami/ACPC/AST/C64/ZXS, 1988/1990) “Levels 2 & 7” – Brian Schmidt, David Wise, Chris Stamper, Mark Betteridge
Patreon Request (Super JES aka Jason Doss) – Contra 3: The Alien Wars (SNES, 1992) “Neo Kobe Steel Factory” Miki Higashino, Masanori Adachi, Tappi Iwase, Aki Hata
4 – Missing in Action (M.I.A.) (Arcade, 1989, WIN/360, 2010) “Fortress” Seiichi Fukami, Motoaki Furukawa, Shinji Tasaka, and/or Shigemasa Matsuo
5 – Mega Turrican (Ami/GEN, 1993/1994) “Stage 3-3” – Chris Hülsbeck
6 – Midnight Resistance (GEN, 1991) “Flood of Power” , Azusa Hara, Hiroaki Yoshida, Fuse, Tatsuya Kiuchi, Hitomi Komatsu, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Shōgo Sakai
7 – Cyber-Lip (Arc/NeoGeo/NGCD, 1990/1991/1995) “Staff Roll” – Yasuo Yamate
8 – Matt Hazard: Blood, Bath and Beyond (360/PS3, 2010) “Dismember The Alamo” Rod Abernathy
9 – Gunstar Heroes (ARC/GEN, 1993) “Military on the Max-Power” – Norio Hanzawa
10 – Blazing Chrome (Switch/PC/XBOne/PS4, 2019) “Boss 1B Loop” Dominic Ninmark, Tiago Santos

Episode 51 – Yooka-Laylee Back to the Fluture

Episode 51 – Yooka-Laylee Back to the Fluture

When Playtonic Games set out to develop a new 3D Action Platformer in the vein of Donkey Kong Country and Banjo Kazooie, they went back to the original composers who made those games sound so fantastic: David Wise (DKC) and Grant Kirkhope (BK.) But how did those games influence the sound with this new franchise that’s been born out of a love and labor of the 64 bit era? Today on XVGM Radio, we’re lucky to have both David Wise AND Returning guest/Composer Grant Kirkhope on the show to talk about the musical evolution from Donkey Kong, to Banjo-Kazooie, and finally, how those two influenced Yooka Laylee and Yooka Laylee & The Impossible Lair. From Mike trying to make sense of musical genres (and trying not to fanboy too much), to David and Grant uncovering some information about Grant’s hiring process that they’d never known, to Justin sharing his fascination with Wild West VGM, get ready to collect DK Coins, Bananas, Jiggies, and Pagies on this star-studded interview from XVGM Radio!
HUGE thank you to Materia Collective and Jayson from Scarlet Moon Productions for helping with setup for the interviews. You can get the high quality soundtracks to both Yooka Laylee games on Materia Collective’s pages here:
https://www.materiacollective.com/music/yooka-laylee-original-game-soundtrack
https://www.materiacollective.com/music/yooka-laylee-and-the-impossible-lair-original-game-soundtrack
Check out David and Grant at their respective social media and websites:
David: https://www.davidwise.co.uk/
Grant: https://www.grantkirkhope.com/
We’d love to hear what you thought about these composer interviews! Was it awesome to hear from Grant and David and did you learn anything new? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Intro -Yooka-Laylee “Main Theme” Grant Kirkhope
1- Donkey Kong Country (SNES, 1994) “Gang-Plank Galleon” David Wise, Eveline Novakovic (Fischer), Robin Beanland
2 – Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES, 1995) “Stickerbush Symphony (Bramble Blast)” David Wise
3 – Donkey Kong Land 2 (GB, 1996) “Stickerbush Symphony (Bramble Blast)” David Wise, Grant Kirkhope (arranged)
4 – Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U/Switch, 2014/2018) “Zip Line Shrine” David Wise, Kenji Yamamoto
5 – Diddy Kong Racing (N64, 1997) “The Secret Tune” – David Wise
6 – Banjo-Kazooie (N64, 1998) “Secret Fanfare 4 (Mad Monster Mansion)” – Grant Kirkhope
7 – Banjo-Tooie (N64, 2000) “Wild West Zone” – Grant Kirkhope
8 – Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (360, 2008) “Out Around Nutty Acres” – Grant Kirkhope, Robin Beanland, David Clynick
9 – Yooka Laylee -(2017, PS4, Switch, XBONE, PC) “Hivory Towers” Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, Steven Burke
10 – Yooka Laylee (2017, PS4, Switch, XBONE, PC) “Uphill Battle” – Steven Burke, Grant Kirkhope, David Wise
11 – Yooka Laylee & The Impossible Lair (2019, Switch, PS4, XBONE, PC) “Factory Fright” – Matt Griffin, Grant Kirkhope, Daniel Murdoch, David Wise
12 – Yooka Laylee & The Impossible Lair (2019, Switch, PS4, XBONE, PC) “The Overworld – Beach” – Matt Griffin, Grant Kirkhope, Daniel Murdoch, David Wise
13 – Yooka Laylee & The Impossible Lair (2019, Switch, PS4, XBONE, PC) “The Impossible Lair 2” – Matt Griffin, Grant Kirkhope, Daniel Murdoch, David Wise

Episode 50 – Listener Requests

Episode 50 – Listener Requests

A Podcast is nothing without it’s listeners. That’s why Episode 50 is both a celebration for us AND a chance to celebrate YOU! We’ve been advertising this one for a few months now, and thankfully, you guys brought the goods. But instead of picking and choosing which tracks to play, we decided to just play them all! Janine, or favorite sweater and glasses wearin’ producer (Who also happens to be a Metroid) rolls the dice to see which of the 13 tracks go where on this epic episode of video game music. Ya’ll have great taste! Join us as we also bask in the nostalgia of 4 different commercials we’ve done for the show for the past (almost) two years!
Big thanks to the listeners who sent us tracks! Thank you to Bedroth, Joel Berube, Nick Chuzas, Dan Laughton, Kevin Lundberg, Mariamaguchi, Scott McElhone, Chris Myers, Chris Murray, Tim Ryan, Sam Thomas, John Sowell, and UtopiaNemo! We literally couldn’t have done it without you! 🙂
We’d love to hear what you thought about this celebratory episode! What was your favorite song that fans chose? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
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Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
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TRACK LISTING:

Intro: Blazing Chrome (Switch, XBONE, PS4, WIN, 2019) “Mission 2-1” Dominic Ninmark, Tiago Santos
1 – X-Men Children of the Atom (ARC/SAT/DOS/PS1, 1994/1995/1997/1999) “Avalon – Magneto’s Theme” – Takayuki Iwai, Shun Nishigaki, Hideki Okugawa, Isao Abe
2 – Heavy Nova (MegaCD/GEN/SX68K, 1992/’92) “Rebel Boss 2–1: Garo (SX-D07RR)” – Studio Riverkids, Tosimasa Iijima, Shaka, Naoko [Vocals]
3 – Celeste (Switch/PS4/XBOne/Win, 2018) “Starjump” – Lena Raine
4 – Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~The Golden Country (Switch, 2018) “Battle!!” – Yasunori Mitsuda, Tomori Kudo (ACE), Hiroyo Yamanaka (ACE), Kenji Hiramatsu (ACE), Manami Kiyota
5 – Cadence of Hyrule (Switch 2019) “Overworld combat” – Danny Baranowsky (original by Minako Hamano, Kozue Ishikawa, Kazumi Totaka, Koji Kondo)
6 – Double Dragon Neon (PS3/XB360/Win, 2012/2014) “End Credits (Dared to Dream)” – Jake Kaufman
7 – Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (Wii U, Switch 2016/2020) “Special Battle (Dual Battle)” – Yoshiaki Fujisawa
8 – Transistor (Multi Consoles, PC/Mac, 2014/2018) “We All Become” – Darren Korb, Ashley Barrett (vocals)
9 – Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii/WiiU, 2010/2015) “Cloud Court Galaxy (Fluffy Bluff Galaxy?)” – Mahito Yokota, Ryo Nagamatsu, Kōji Kondō
10 – Sky Shark (NES, 1989) “Stage 4” – Tim Follin
11 – Aliens (ARC, 1990) “Stage 3-3” – Masanori Adachi
12 – Lunar: Eternal Blue (SCD, 1995) “Boss Theme/Fierce” – Noriyuki Iwadare

Episode 49 – Licensed from the 80’s

Episode 49 – Licensed from the 80’s

Growing up in the 1980s, Justin and Mike latched onto tons of different IPs in various incarnations. From cartoons to movies and even commercials, the nostalgia of the 80s has never burned brighter for our generation. Even newer generations are looking back at the 1980s for everything from fashion to music. On this week’s show, the XVGM boys are listening to music from video games that took their licenses from the 1980s. With a surprising amount of sock hop 50s tunes, synth hits and blazing guitars, there’s a wide variety to listen to as Mike and Justin chat about the cartoons, movies, commercials and toys that made them who they are today! Plus, embarrassing stories, not watching the classics, and pizza requests, it’s gonna be a tubular audio journey!
*Note: The audio on this episode (regarding Justin’s voice) was partly caused by the Stay-At-Home restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. We had to scramble in order to record this in time when the restriction was placed. However, we’ve adjusted how future episodes will sound during this time, so please keep that in mind when listening and note that Episode 50 and beyond will sound much better! Thanks for understanding during this crazy time!*
We’d love to hear what you thought about this nostalgia-fueled 80s-tastic episode. What was your favorite song that we played? Did we miss your favorite franchise? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
We have a Discord Channel! Join us [insert custom bit here], or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
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If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Intro – G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (Arcade, 1992) “Mission 1-1” Tsutomu Ogura, Kenichiro Fukui
1 – Ghostbusters 2 (NES, 1990) “Driving Music” Mark Van Hecke, Frank Covitz (Sound Consultant)
2 – Akira (FC, 1988) “Track 23” – Toshiko Kawanishi
3 – James Bond: The Duel (GG, SMS, GEN, 1993) “Space Hop” Matt Furniss
Patreon Request: Chris Hart– Yo Noid (NES, 1990) “Level 3 & 4” Masakatsu Maekawa
4 – Back to the Future Part II (Amiga, 1990) “Stage 4: Enchantment Under the Sea” – Alan Silvestri, David Whittaker
5 – Transformers; Devastation (PS3/360/ PS4/XBONE, 2015) “Kickback: Insecticon’s Theme” Tetsuya Shibata and Jun Okubo (Unique Note Co. Ltd.)
6 – Platoon (NES, 1988) “Boss” – Naoki Kodaka, Akito Takeuchi
7 – Rambo (NES, 1987) “Mission Theme (Vietnam Jungle)” Toru Hasabe, Minki Motoyama (Special Thanks-Music)
8 – Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (GB, 1992) “BGM 06” – Amy Dyson (as Amy Bamberger), Ed Bogas
9 – Masters of the Universe: The Movie (AM CPC, AST, MSX, ZXS, C64 1987) “Title Theme” Ben Daglish
10 – The Goonies (FC, 1986) “Cavern Theme” – Satoe Terashima

Episode 48 – The Music of Final Fantasy VII (feat. Knight of the Round)

Episode 48 – The Music of Final Fantasy VII (feat. Knight of the Round)

Hailed as one of the greatest video game experiences ever, Final Fantasy VII was a game changer. It revolutionized the Japanese Role Playing Game market and the art of storytelling in a video game at the time of its released. Now, almost 23 years later, we are about to see a remade version of the game that captured our hearts back in 1997. But on the eve of Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release date, XVGM Radio sat down with Knight of the Round band member, Justin Taylor, to chat about the significance of the original game, it’s landmark music by Nobuo Uematsu, and showcase KotR’s latest release, a Metal-infused thematic cover album aptly titled: “SEVEN.” We’ll give you one guess what the theme is. From chatting about Cid’s character growth to the importance of Tifa in Mike’s teen years and Justin’s teenage confusion over numbering the Final Fantasy games back in the day. It’s a musical celebration of a true masterpiece, both musically and gameplay wise. Also, MAD Cait Sith hate!
We’d love to hear what you thought about this landmark JRPG soundtrack. What was your favorite song that we played? Did we miss your favorite tune? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Final Fantasy VII – Sony Playstation, 1997
Composed By: Nobuo Uematsu
Arrangements/Covers by Knight of the Round

Intro – “Prelude”
Knight of the Round – “Opening/Bombing Mission”
1 – “Hurry!”
2 – “Tifa’s Theme”
3 – “Turk’s Theme”
4 – “Rufus Welcoming Ceremony”
5 – “Underneath The Rotting Pizza”
6 – “Jenova Absolute”
7 – “Crazy Motorcycle”
8 – “Cid’s Theme”
9 – “Fiddle de Chocobo”
10 – “Highwind Takes To The Skies”
Knight of the Round – “One Winged Angel”