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62: Elec Man’s Journey

| February 27, 2019
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The third installment of Singing Mountain’s look at how VGM interacts with mainstream music focuses on the Elec Man theme from the first Mega Man game. It sounds a lot like a track by Journey, but also like likes from REM, Cheap Trick, Bon Jovi, Human League and more. What’s going on here? I talk to some songwriters about why this one melody might seem to be a 1980s mainstay.

This episode’s page, with notes, sources and that weird Journey album art that looks curiously like Mega Man:…a-man-journey

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The GTV episode about the Elec Man theme: 
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Track listing:
0:11: Bomb Man / Mega Man / Manami Matsumae 
1:50: Cut Man / Mega Man / Manami Matsumae 
4:02: Elec Man / Mega Man / Manami Matsumae 
6:11: Faithfully / Journey
7:10: Fire Man / Mega Man / Manami Matsumae
8:28: Guts Man / Mega Man / Manami Matsumae
9:55: All the Right Friends / REM
11:15: Way of the World / Cheap Trick 
11:53: Marianne / Human League
12:21: Change / John Waite
12:42: She Don’t Know Me / Bon Jovi
13:14: On the Edge / AWOL
13:58: Back to ’80s / High NRG Man featuring Domino
14:23: Never Surrender / Giant
14:49: Follow Your Heart / Sunstorm
15:15: Every Priase / Hezekiah Walker
15:44: M.A.S.K. Theme / Shuki Levy
16:18: Steal My Girl / One Direction
17:03: Select Screen / Mega Man / Manami Matsumae
17:35: Runaway / Bon Jovi
17:54: Ice Man / Mega Man / Manami Matsumae
19:38: Main Theme / Space Harrier / Hiroshi Kawaguchi
21:27: Wily Fortress 1 / Mega Man / Manami Matsumae
24:01: Wily Fortress 2 / Mega Man / Manami Matsumae
26:34: Ending Theme / Mega Man / Manami Matsumae
29:39: Elec Man / Mega Man: Powered Up / composed by Manami Matsumae but arranged by Toshihiko Horiyama

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