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You're a tool. For those of us who were 8-12 years old when this album came out it is a good album. The guys who wrote,recorded and produced the songs obviously played the games. Unlistenable Cheese or Nerd Party Music? Again, you're a tool. It's nostalgia, that's it; no more no less. Way to cast judgement on anybody who likes this music. :thumbsdown: What's next? A review of Alan Jackson's next album? (either unlistenable twang or redneck party music?) A review of 50 Cent's new album? (either unlistenable beats or crack smoker party music?)

Brings back good memories, but this is not the original recording

Scurvy Dog,

I had this album on vinyl back when it was first released, and listened to it all the time. I purchased the title track off of this, and as much I as I enjoyed hearing it again, I was somewhat disappointed that it was not the original recording (though it does come close). Is the original recording of this album now unavailable?

About Buckner & Garcia

Buckner & Garcia are the team behind the 1982 novelty hit "Pac-Man Fever," a Top Ten single that became a ubiquitous pop culture phenomenon. In 1981, Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia were living in Atlanta, writing ad jingles, and doing voice work for radio. Struck by the emerging video game fad, the two wrote and recorded a tribute to the king of the arcade and shopped it around to various major labels. There were no takers, but the song was released locally and became an instant hit after airing on a morning show. Brisk sales followed and CBS decided to take a shot; they requested a full album within one month's time and Buckner & Garcia set about quickly learning every popular arcade game they could. Since sampling technology was unavailable, most of the album's video game sound effects were recorded in public, directly off the machines. After a bit of national media coverage, both the single and album broke in a major way; "Pac-Man Fever" sold over two million copies, accounted for most of CBS's profits that quarter, and even inspired a German-language version by Gerald Mann (titled, naturally, "Pac-Man Fieber"). The follow-up single, "Do the Donkey Kong," wasn't nearly as successful; feeling that the duo had run their course, CBS declined to issue their 1983 song "E.T. I Love You" as a single, offering it to radio stations only despite a favorable response from Steven Spielberg. Buckner & Garcia returned to Atlanta and rejoined the radio business; they wrote and recorded several more novelty ditties over the years, and began selling them as the self-produced album Now and Then off their website around the turn of the millennium. Retro-fueled interest in early video games also prompted the duo to re-record the Pac-Man Fever album for its first release on CD. ~ Steve Huey

    Atlanta, GA

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