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May 10, 2010

Game: Plok

Song: Main Theme

Composers: Tim and Geoff Follin

Above: The theme music from Plok

What cartoonish mascot did you get fooled into caring about in 1993? Bubsy? Aero the Acrobat? Cool Spot? Don't even think about saying Puggsy, or you and I are no longer friends. Lost in all the carefully manufactured wackiness that year was Plok – a game, character and soundtrack that deserved way more attention than they received.

Plok was special for a few reasons. For one thing, he could detach any of his arms or legs and throw them at enemies for damage; launch every limb at the same time and his poor little amputated torso would be forced to hop along the ground until they returned. The game was also incredibly colorful, with dazzling, oversaturated sprites that popped almost painfully off the screen. But the music is what lingers in your memory above everything else… I rented Plok only once during my childhood and I still can't get the tunes, especially that title screen music, out of my head.

Scroll back up and hit play again. Listen to that simulated harmonica! The wailing guitar solo! Those celebratory trumpet effects! The playful and energetic percussion! Rumor has it that when Shigeru Miyamoto first heard Plok's theme song, he didn't believe it was coming from a regular SNES and that the composer must have installed a modified audio chip. If true, his shock is understandable – this sounds more like a big band jam session than a 16-bit computer file. You can't help feeling a little happier as the infectious, building beat washes over you.

Above: Even Pikachu loves Plok!

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  • powerpc127 - July 2, 2010 3:40 a.m.

    I'm a little late, but anyone who likes this should definitely check out Mazedude's version of this on OCremix. It's one of the most energetic mixes on the site, and has an awesome 'bone solo (my main instrument). Recaptcha: Wiggle city. A perfect place to listen to stuff like this.
  • Tymiegie - May 11, 2010 7:04 p.m.

    That song was fantastic!!! The Pikachu video... Not so much. But it does deserve some points for being bizarre and ridiculously stupid. Thank you very much, Mr. Bearhat
  • philipshaw - May 11, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    I never heard of this game but that is a great song, how is that coming out of a SNES chip
  • Setre - May 11, 2010 8:02 a.m.

    I own Plok, never could get very far in it but I remember it being pretty fun. Thanks for the nostalgia trip Charlie.
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 11, 2010 6:20 a.m.

    This is weirdly nostalgic: my dad once brought me a Japanese stuffed Pikachu when I was 8 or 9. I gave it away a while ago. I am now sad.
  • KickmanX - May 11, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    The whole soundtrack to this game is epic; you could pretty much post any song from this game and it would be a good choice. My personal favorite is "Venge Thicket." The flute solo in that one is ridiculous.
  • AFTERLIFEJOSH - May 11, 2010 1:58 a.m.

  • WonsAuto - May 11, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    I got chumped into Cool Spot. :'(
  • Shrimpandwhitewine - May 10, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    Update: I've listened to this 5 (or more) times since my last post.
  • Shrimpandwhitewine - May 10, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    Hahaha this song is fucking awesome.
  • ghost_513 - May 10, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    I remember renting Plok several times at my local Blockbuster. I got it once and was kinda "Meh" but my little brother was fucking HOOKED. This intro song is epic.

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