Game music of the day: Earthworm Jim

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June 28, 2010

Game: Earthworm Jim

Song: For Pete's Sake

Composer: Tommy Tallarico

Plenty of animal-based mascot characters deserved their fate. Bubsy, Aero the Acrobat, Punky Skunk... dead. All dead. But Earthworm Jim was always too unique, too bizarre and too damn creative to die young. Now, after MIA for nearly a decade, Earthworm Jim HD is shining a much-deserved spotlight back on the franchise, meaning it's the perfect time to celebrate one of its defining traits - the music.

Every single song in the original EWJ is classic stuff. Each track fits the level it's in perfectly, and is atmospheric without being dull. In those days, a toe-tapping tune was the best way to burn a game into someone's brain, and Tommy Tallarico's pedal-heavy For Pete's Sake embodies everything a great game song should be.

Above:  The "definitive" Sega CD version of For Pete's Sake

The pervasive weirdness of Earthworm Jim is perfect for videogames. The level this is from has you escorting a tiny pink puppy (Pete) across an obstacle course filled with meteors, tentacles, catapaults and ten other types of "what?" And honestly this is one of the more level-headed parts of the game.

Above: Some of you may best know the series by its cartoon

360 owners can try out EWJHD today, with PSN and WiiWare versions to follow sometime this summer. The original game is also on DSiWare, if you're that eager to give it a shot, but if I may suggest the HD version instead. It's easily the best way to be introduced (or even re-introduced) to one of the consistently weirdest games of all time.


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  • gatornation1254 - June 29, 2010 6:56 p.m.

    You know what Brett I'm finally starting to understand why you love game music so much. Thanks for the article every day.
  • philipshaw - June 29, 2010 10:37 a.m.

    I loved this game and the cartoon back in the day. You are right about the music, I love the bassline in that track
  • toastile - June 29, 2010 5:52 a.m.

    Love the bassline.
  • JohnnyApplesperm - June 29, 2010 4:17 a.m.

    Unfortunately, never played it, but sweet music! Thanks for doing this, Brett, GM of the day is awesome!
  • r3ap3r - June 29, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    not really to big of a fan of EWJ but this music is pretty awesome
  • 8bitBaby - June 29, 2010 12:01 a.m.

  • RonaldRayGun - June 28, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    From the soil he did crawl! Great music.
  • CoolBowling - June 28, 2010 10:43 p.m.

  • RebornKusabi - June 28, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    I just downloaded Earthworm Jim HD (...and Doom 2 and Fallout DLC and Mass Effect 2 DLC) from XBLA and I seriously love this game. I started on "Old School" and even though I haven't beaten it, I still got it lol Oh and when I think of Earthworm Jim, I think of both the SNES and Genesis music far more than the rehash that EJ HD has. Not that the HD music is worse... it's just not as memorable as the original : )
  • Modroneman - June 28, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    I've always found Earthworm jim music a little strange. Not really in a good way, I think it is the synthetic drum beats. If you take away the cheesy drum beats and keep the rest of the music I would totally love this song!
  • McAwesome73 - June 28, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    I had Earthworm Jim for the Sega CD. I loved the music so much I recorded it to cassette for play in my car.
  • xDxP - June 28, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    Modern games seem to not know what music is. Keep reminding them guys!
  • MonkeyIslandFanatic - June 28, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    This is my first and only experience with EWJ, and I like it. It reminds me a lot of Crash Bandicoot 3, but apparently this came out first.
  • Tenfey - June 28, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    "Anything but Tangerines" would be my favorite Earthworm Jim melody.
  • Pytor - June 28, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    One of my top 10 soundtracks! Great stuff!
  • kompressorlogik - June 28, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    Just found my copy of EWJ2 with manual and box the other day! Now, if I could just get my Genesis to work....
  • hellbox9 - June 28, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    that peter the puppy level was BRUTAL, i got so pissed at it. gamedeal alert: you can get this on your iphone/ipod touch/ipad for 99 cents!!!!
  • Ded - June 28, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    Man, I was obsessed with Earthworm Jim when the first game was still a big Mega Drive hit.. I think I still have my EWJ and Peter Puppy action figures somewhere :D 2nd game was pretty good too, and it's weird theme music was great! :D Shame about the abomination that was EWJ3D.. I playtested that when I was 16 before it was released.. but I couldn't bring myself to tell them it was crap, they'd got Dan Castellaneta to do the voice and everything..
  • markreel - June 28, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    By the Shiny sceptre of Zeus, this brings back a memory or two. Moooooooooo!
  • garnsr - June 28, 2010 6:49 p.m.

    Ah, Tommy Tallarico. He and Yuzo Koshiro were my favorite 16 bit composers.

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