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A Music Blog (#23: Dem eyebrows)

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 03:36 AM by bobandbill
Updated January 4th, 2013 at 06:41 AM by bobandbill

Points for whoever gets the title of the blog. =p (Does anyone get them on that note? I've been told they've been weird, so I'm keeping them).

Two songs this time around, although one is just a redone version of the former; if anything, two songs in one. Redone with a million awesome vocals and a short but nice guitar solo in it to go with its interesting history as well. Which is especially impressive as the original song has no vocals!

But to begin, it's just a memorable video game tune... that is if you've played enough Megaman 2 anyways to get to the final set of stages.


Alternate link!


Ah, good old chiptunes. Megaman 2 was a rather successful game on the NES (considered the best in the series known for its difficulty and sales agree it seems) and is a platform shooter, and is filled with a lot of pretty good music. This one imo is a cut above the rest though, and judging by the views for that video alone it's quite popular to boot. It's known as Dr Wily's Castle/Dr Wily Stage 1/2.

One aspect that I like about it is that it has for a section of the song two different tunes going on at the same time. I imagine that would have been hard to pull off for the game's musician but he did a pretty good job on it. It also plays a lot with different octaves during the song. My favourite part is the last little segment though then there's added emphasis on two sets of four notes, personally.

Hell to play though for any musician I imagine. I took a look at sheet music a while back and you typically have 12 notes a bar for the left hand, and the same amount for the right hand typically as a minimum. And this is a fast paced song!

But then JAM Project came along. If you haven't heard of the group, it stands for 'Japan Animationsong Makers Project' and is a collection of vocal artists. And if ever you want to hear an upbeat/epic song and don't care much about not understanding the lyrics they're worth a listen (they do sometimes use English lyrics though).

I think the song cover speaks for itself.


Alternate link! (Who likes it with animated videos and spanish subtitles!?)
Lyrics (Japanese):
Spoiler:
Kodomo no koro Yatta koto aru yo
Iroase ta kioku da Kouhaku bou Atama ni
URUTORAMAN URUTORAMAN SEBUN

Kodomo no koro Natsukashii Kioku
KARE toka no tokini Gin no SUPUN meni ate
URUTORAMAN URUTORAMAN SEBUN

Demo ima ja sonna koto mo wasurete
Nanika ni owa reru youni Mainichi iki teru

Furi kaette mo (wasurete ita ARUBAMU no uchi ni)
Ano koro ni wa (baka yatteru jibun) Modore nai (tomodachi to waratte)
URUTORAMAN URUTORAMAN SEBUN

Ima aitsura Doko ni iru no? Nani wo shite iru no?
Kotae wa boya keta mama de
URUTORAMAN URUTORAMAN SEBUN

Demo ima ja sonna koto mo wasurete
Nanika ni owa reru youni Mainichi iki teru

Kimi gakure ta yuuki wa Okkusenman Okkusenman
Sugi sarishi kisetsu wa DORAMATIKKU

Kodomo no koro Yatta koto aru ne
Zasshi nitsuite kita SURIDI MEGANE kake
URUTORAMAN URUTORAMAN SEBUN

Otona ni nari Wasurete ta kioku
Yomigaeru Azayaka ni Ude de ERU ji tsukuri
URUTORAMAN URUTORAMAN SEBUN

Demo ima ja sonna koto mo wasurete
Nanika kara nigeru youni Mainichi iki teru

Furi kaette mo (furubo keta nikkichou Hiraki)
Ano koro ni wa (iroase ta PEJI ni wa)
Modore nai (Hatsukoi no musune no namae)
URUTORAMAN URUTORAMAN SEBUN

Tada ano koro Furikaeru Mujaki ni warae ta
Kegare mo shiranai mama ni
URUTORAMAN URUTORAMAN SEBUN

Demo ima ja sonna koto mo wasurete
Nanika kara nigeru youni Mainichi iki teru

Misugo shite ta keshiki wa Okkusenman Okkusenman
Sugi sarishi kisetsu wa GURAFITI

Kimi gakure ta yuuki wa Okkusenman Okkusenman
Sugi sarishi kisetsu wa DORAMATIKKU

Lyrics (English, ie translation):
Spoiler:
I've done this when I was a kid
It's a faded memory
A red and white cap on my head
Ultraman, Ultraman Seven!
When I was a kid, a fond memory
When I eat curry and stuff
Silver spoons on my eyes
Ultraman, Ultraman Seven!

But now I've forgotten all that
And I'm living each day
Like I'm being chased by something

Even if I look back
(In the forgotten photo album)
I can't go back to those times
(Photos of myself doing stupid things)
Anymore
(Laughing with friends)
Ultraman, Ultraman Seven!
Where are those guys now?
What are? they doing?
The answer is still unclear
Ultraman, Ultraman Seven!

But now I've forgotten all that
And I'm living each day
Like I'm being chased by something

The courage you gave me is
110 million! 110 million!
The seasons that have passed were
Dramatic

We've done this when we were kids
Wearing the 3D glasses
That came with magazines
Ultraman, Ultraman Seven!
Memories we've forgotten as we grew up
Revives vividly
Making an L with our arms
Ultraman, Ultraman Seven!

But now I've forgotten all that
And I'm living each day
Like I'm being chased by something

Even if I look back
(Opening the aged diary)
I can't go back to those times
(On the faded pages)
Anymore
(The name of my first crush)
Ultraman, Ultraman Seven!
Now I just look back to those times
I was able to laugh innocently
Unaware of inpure things
Ultraman, Ultraman Seven!

But now I've forgotten all that
And I'm living each day
Like I'm being chased by something

The scenery I've overlooked was
110 million! 110 million!
The seasons that have passed were graffiti
The courage you gave me was
110 million! 110 million!
The seasons that have passed were dramatic


To be fair, the lyrics were not made by JAM Project, but it's a damn good cover. It was done a few years beforehand (link is to the original remix of the tune that spawned the 2nd video here) and titled 'Omoide wa Okkusenman', or '110 million/Countless Memories' with lyrics added later by another youtube user (last I checked nobody knows any sole/main song writer however). The general gist of the song is that the singer is reminiscing about their childhood and friends (complete with pretending to be Ultraman 7), and how that has changed now. Which is interesting when you think about it; a sad song reminiscing about childhood, which is done to the tune of a video game song.

And then the song became famous in Japan to the point of cult/meme status and popular professional bands producing covers that get hundreds of thousands of views with ease. Not bad for a song with no known writer for the lyrics and with (very strong) origins in NES game music!


As for this version of the song itself? Well, I sure like the use of different singers for different parts of the song including the higher octaves going to the female singers, etc. The chorus is pretty darn catchy too, and it even has a very nice bit of guitar solo at the end to lead up to the finish. I could listen to this for a good while, no doubt. =p

I promise the song next entry will have a longer solo to it though given the whole theme thing.


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  1. Old Comment
    shenanigans's Avatar


    dem eyebrows
    Posted December 20th, 2012 at 06:01 AM by shenanigans shenanigans is online now
  2. Old Comment
    bobandbill's Avatar
    No, that wasn't quite the eyebrows I was referring to. =p
    Posted December 24th, 2012 at 04:05 PM by bobandbill bobandbill is offline
  3. Old Comment
    Bay Alexison's Avatar
    I watched the animated Spanish subtitles vid version and the animation is cute. LOL Mega Man is another game series my dad has and some of the images from the game I remember seeing him playing through.
    Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 10:38 AM by Bay Alexison Bay Alexison is offline
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bay Alexison View Comment
    I watched the animated Spanish subtitles vid version and the animation is cute. LOL Mega Man is another game series my dad has and some of the images from the game I remember seeing him playing through.
    Your dad played a lot of good video games it seems!
    Posted February 6th, 2013 at 08:29 PM by bobandbill bobandbill is offline
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    Grovyle42(Griff8416)'s Avatar
    The Jam Project cover is pretty sweet. No pun intended.
    Posted May 28th, 2013 at 05:27 PM by Grovyle42(Griff8416) Grovyle42(Griff8416) is offline
 

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