NOW! That's what GR calls crap music

Kingdom Hearts

The magic of Kingdom Hearts is hard to break. Having played it for well over 65 hours, we look back on it with a warm, fuzzy feeling, usually reserved only for childhood memories of sherbet fountains and playing with puppies. But it almost wasn't like that.

The game's first area away from the island at the start is called Traverse Town. It's got shops and item synthesis areas and acts as a starting point for every journey to a new world. It's also home to a 34-second loop of flute and piano music that will drive you to either murder or suicide if you listen to it for too long, depending if anyone else is around.

Maybe it's the way it's in a minor key until the last chord before it loops where it suddenly turns into a major with a suspended "seventh" counterpart. Maybe it's the irritatingly lazy, lilting timbre of the melody. Or maybe it's just the fact that if you play in the area for an hour, you will have heard it 106 times. Gak.

Hear it here

Above: You step into Traverse Town with a feeling of adventure. And leave it with one of suicide


  • ViolentLee - May 3, 2011 1:01 a.m.

    Is the Outrun singer the same chick behind the Infogrames Rocks My World song?
  • slowdrum13 - December 6, 2010 11:55 a.m.

    i'm surprised motorstorm isn't on here.
  • PivotPlurals1 - September 14, 2008 12:29 p.m.

    Nice article!! first post!!
  • skyguy343 - October 9, 2008 7:42 p.m.

    for the record, Toad loves everybody
  • FancyRat - September 14, 2008 4:05 p.m.

    Not a bad article at all. I've had many a game that made me want to tear my hair out because of the music alone. Superman 64 managed to make me do that because of both music and gameplay.
  • joebob286 - May 23, 2009 7:35 p.m.

    nice article, i didn't know you guys knew anything about music, tonality, major and minor keys, and all that jazz but i guess i was wrong. What's sad is i actually knew what you were talking about
  • trevorbelmont - March 20, 2009 12:38 p.m.

    That f%$#'n Daytona menu theme song. My worst beatings at SFII and Samurai Showdown were accompanied by that cursed tune looping on the empty Daytona USA machine next to the block of fighter cabinets. It still haunts my dreams!!!! "Day-TO-naaaaaaa! Let's go away!" (gunshots)
  • punkmetalmage - March 20, 2009 4:28 a.m.

    The Remixes for the Tetris song are freakin' awesome man. Especially the trance mixed with the Murf's theme song.
  • danielcw - March 19, 2009 10:53 p.m.

    I actually like some of the music mentioned here. "Night Flight" is my favorite and only choice in Outrun 2
  • adrenaguy - February 1, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    my friend's favourite mario character happens to be toad, but even he got sick of that damn"hey you saved me! wanna save? YES NOW F**K OFF!"
  • TyeTheCzar - March 27, 2009 7:21 p.m.

    How DARE you mess with the original Tetris music. And playing with that music all the time on is not an excuse. Also, it's supposed to be Russian/Slavic-styled music.
  • Schlondak - March 19, 2009 11:56 p.m.

  • Xplosive59 - January 29, 2009 4:07 p.m.

    nice slayer referance GR im a big Slayer fan, but i cant help thinking that you missed out the music from Sonic R that is the most frigin annoying music ever just because it does not go with the game it self well it sourta gives it that crappy feeling

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