Game music of the day: the first PlayStation demo disc

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May 14, 2010

Game: PlayStation Picks Demo Disc

Song: Launch

Composer: Tommy Tallarico

Above: Launch from PlayStation Picks

September 9, 1995. It was an unspeakably huge day, one that hung around Nintendo's head like a noose for 10 years. The original PlayStation exploded onto the scene with a strong launch lineup and impressive new tech, enough to deflate Nintendo's hold on the market and eventually topple the once-unstoppable videogame giant. This entire legacy began the moment you fired up the packed-in demo disc and were greeted with this admittedly cheesy, but nonetheless rockin' guitar solo from Tommy Tallarico.

For the first time, there was a new console that didn't feel like it was going to go tits up in a year. One that didn't come from Nintendo or Sega. It was a whole new look, sound and feel, and even though it came from a perceived videogame outsider, the PlayStation made an instant and unforgettable mark from the moment it was released. Serious stuff, so maybe you should watch the actual intro to realize how goofy it actually was:

Above: Apparently made with PowerPoint Ver 0.4

I first heard the song on, obviously, September 9, 1995, but didn't realize it was Tommy  T until years later, when I discovered his Greatest Hits CD collection. Today Tommy's best known for Video Games Live, years of game music compositions and a raging boner for all things Spider-Man (me too, Tom!). But no matter how many good deeds he does for game music, I'll always remember him like this:

Above: Yours free with any purchase of Bryce 3D!


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Green Garden by Akifumi Tada


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Title screen by Yasuaki Fujita


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  • TommyTallarico - June 10, 2010 3:44 a.m.

    Yo! Thanks for the memories! Although you could have skipped my cheesy-ass album cover! :) And if you think THAT one was bad you should have seen the first one: :) Leave me alone... it was the early 90's!! hehehehehee!
  • greenjoker - May 16, 2010 12:22 p.m. awesome you brought this up...totally rememeber the was cheezy but it got you excited for the demos you were about to indulge in..i remember watching the trailers of philosoma and ace combat and showing them off...there was another song too that i favored that came after tommys on the menu.. good form games radar!
  • philipshaw - May 15, 2010 10:52 a.m.

    I had the UK version of the demo disc but it had the same music, good pick Brett because I had forgot all about the PS1 demo Disc
  • vandou - May 15, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    heck ya go joe satriani......
  • Modroneman - May 14, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    yeah, no.
  • solace357 - May 14, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    I was more pumped about the Twisted Metal music. but YEAH! TOMMY!
  • kneehighsocks - May 14, 2010 9:33 p.m.

    Love these articles! Keep it up Bret.
  • oufour - May 14, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    the disc had..wait for it...RIDGE RACER!!!
  • Mainman - May 14, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    I started buying OPM quite late into its run, so this is the demo disc tune that I remember:
  • bluscorp - May 14, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    Good tune.

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