Game music of the day: Elite Beat Agents

Game: Elite Beat Agents
Song: September
Composer: Earth, Wind & Fire

Above: Honestly, I don't care for this cover. See the true version below

Okay, this entry is almost cheating. Full disclosure: This being the first day of September, why not celebrate the band who gave the month its name.

Above: Great game, but I'm just using it as an excuse

That’s right, if today’s GMotD is going to be poor excuse to play one of the greatest disco funk songs in history, let’s just go ahead and falsely credit Earth, Wind & Fire with creating the entire month of September (Suck it, Mayans!) which was originally known as “Septober” before the song premiered on Volume 1 of the band’s “Best of” album in 1978.


The game I’m using as an excuse to play the song is Elite Beat Agents, a seemingly forgotten rhythm title from 2006. Sad, because it’s a ridiculously charming little music game, and even Nintendo seemed to have enough early faith in its potential to take on the publishing duties. Unfortunately, the word never got around stateside and the US has yet to receive any of the stylus-jammin’ successors enjoyed by Japan.

Above: I'll have whatever Japan's having, k thx

Call it bizarre if you want to, humorless xenophobes; I thought the idea of dispatching dancing government agents to help motivate people through their problems was one of the most creative and hilarious presentations I’d ever “seen.”

Above: “Seen” probably isn’t the right word, as you’re normally too busy frantically keeping step with the bottom screen to see the absurdity occuring up top. Please take the time to enjoy it now

But yeah, using licensed music is sort of a copout we tend to shy away from for Game Music of the Day. Otherwise we could write a two year’s worth of articles on Rock Band music alone, and nobody wants that. But I love “September” dearly, so if you don’t care for TC Moses’ cover at the top of the page then you should’ve seen the game I almost went with before remembering it was in Elite Beat Agents:

Meh: “September ’99” from Dance Dance Revolution Universe


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Game music


  • WickedSid - September 4, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    I. Cannot. Stop. Bogeying!
  • philipshaw - September 2, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    Great pick Chris,I love this game and the soundtrack is boss
  • elpurplemonkey - September 2, 2010 7:29 a.m.

    I love Elite Beat Agents, it was one of the first great games I played on my DS. But it is extremely underrated and it seems we'll never get a sequel in the U.S. Yes some of the covers are pretty bad, but the game is so much fun it overcomes them. I originally rented EBA four years ago, but watching the video and listening to that song again right now has inspired me to buy it- I actually just stopped typing this for a moment and ordered it on Amazon. So hooray GMotD for helping video game sales.
  • shyfonzie - September 2, 2010 4:41 a.m.

    I've been trying to find EBA everywhere. Time for some dancing in September. Boogey down.
  • MrSuitMan - September 2, 2010 3:32 a.m.

    September is a great fucking song. But when I saw Elite Beat Agents, I thought it was gonna be Walkie Talkie Man instead.
  • SausageLozenge - September 2, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    EBA was great. The level where you play "You're The Inspiration" by Chicago is amazingly depressing. The story is about a kids dad dying. Good times!
  • flabslapper - September 2, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    Is it bad that I'm turned on by the DDR chick? Answer: Yes, but I don't give a rat taint
  • 510BrotherPanda - September 2, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    I've been recommending this game to anyone on the forums asking for a fun, non-peripheral rhythm game. Good job, Chris.
  • Spartanoffaith - September 2, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    I saw a Japanese man with a red afro an abomination so I never bought EBA.
  • batmanboy11 - September 1, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    Good job, CAntista!
  • tonyjk78 - September 1, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    You've convinced me to find this game, Chris. But then, probably anything that makes good use of Earth, Wind and Fire would convince me.
  • Strangleme - September 1, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    I fuckin' love Earth, Wind and Fire!! Nice, Chris.
  • Unoriginal - September 1, 2010 8:10 p.m.

    Seriously loved the EBA. It's the DS's Okami.
  • NinjaJamez - September 1, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    This is a very important month full of celebration here on my country (chile) so i dont mind a little cheating to honor it
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 1, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    This makes me reminisce of Talkradar 18. Chris has an uncanny ability for using ending music that makes me feel happy, sad, nostalgic, elated, all at once. Also, good GMotD.
  • Aeshir - September 1, 2010 7:22 p.m.

  • R_U_Guys_From_British - September 1, 2010 7:09 p.m.

  • enlargedhousecats - September 1, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    I loved playing that game but I just couldn't stand the covers so I only played 4 missions or so. If they make a sequel with licensed songs then would get it day one.
  • EliteM0nk3y - September 1, 2010 6:45 p.m.

    EBA was a great game. Although some of he covers (Highway Star) were pretty awful. Maybe a sequel for the 3DS?

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