Game music of the day: Snake Rattle n' Roll

Welcome to GamesRadar's daily blast of all things pertaining to the ever-growing field of game music. Each post will introduce new sounds, games, composers and fan-made remixes of gaming's greatest aural achievements.


May 31, 2010

Game: Snake Rattle n' Roll

Song: Title Screen

Composer: David Wise


Above: Obviously borrowing from “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” a song made popular by Bill Haley & His Comets in 1954

For those of you who didn’t ignore this entry because it’s weird and has a stupid title: Thank You. Rare would probably send along a similar sentiment, since you’re all probably the same handful of people who made the bold purchase of this wonderfully odd little game back in 1990. Today’s song comes from VG mastermind, David Wise, the incredibly notable composer of some of the finest music in the history of anything. Donkey Kong Country, GoldenEye, Wizards and Warriors, Battletoads – that’s him, too.

Above: Rattle and Roll had to eat enough Nibbly Pibblies to tip a scale at the end of every level

So why is an isometric platformer starring two snakes trying to fly to the moon given a throwback title to a song made popular in the 50’s? No clue, but the entire soundtrack followed suit by capturing the essence of oldies so old they don’t even get played on the radio anymore.

Above: Probably had no idea they'd inspire timeless NES music four decades later

If you’re a listener of TalkRadar, it’s the music we play underneath our popular Roast send offs because it’s& the closest chiptunes approximation to the blaring lounge accompaniment heard in those sweaty, pickled Dean Martin Roasts. Man, you kids aren't going to understand any of this...

May 31, 2010

Game music of the day: PaRappa the Rapper
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  • BrushieTundra - June 4, 2010 4:34 a.m.

    Ringtone achieved
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - June 2, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    Holy crap! My heart is swollen by how many people remember this game... FACT: This article made me feel older than anything I've ever written
  • Grolsch - June 1, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    oh a classic of my youth, rented it enough times to pay for i am sure
  • therawski - June 1, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    YES!!!! Next up Rock and Roll Racing on SNES
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  • Geminiman82 - June 1, 2010 2:19 p.m.

  • philipshaw - June 1, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    I heard this in the Talkradar podcast and always wondered where it came from, now I know
  • shyfonzie - June 1, 2010 5 a.m.

    Oh yeaaahhh
  • Shrimpandwhitewine - June 1, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    I appreciate both game music and oldies - and this is a fine tune if I should say so. I can still appreciate some of those old references too Sir Antista! (though I'm of a younger generation)
  • MrSuitMan - June 1, 2010 1:16 a.m.

    I love this kind of music, old jazzy big band type. When I recently found a radio station with this kind of music, I been listening to it constantly.
  • michaelmcc827 - June 1, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    I liked!
  • RonaldRayGun - June 1, 2010 12:41 a.m.

    Makes me feel like dancing down the sidewalk in a crowded city while waving at people.
  • chainsawninja600 - June 1, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    This stuff is great
  • SausageLozenge - May 31, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    You guys need to do a weekly game music podcast. Take the 5 tracks that you do throughout the week introduce them and play them. Think of it like a classical music radio station.
  • falcon4196 - May 31, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    Wow, I haven't thought about this game in years. It was a weird little game what with alll the dismembered feet trying to kill you but I loved it.
  • TURbo - May 31, 2010 8:51 p.m.

    Callback to TalkRadar 78 when David Wise resigned from Rare.
  • cyclone306 - May 31, 2010 7:51 p.m.

    friggin' awesome dude
  • FlikNightshade - May 31, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    My brain exploded.
  • Levy - May 31, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    It is so good. SO GOOD.
  • goochbiscuit - May 31, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    oh Jesus that's catchy.

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