The other day, I was in the car with the Civee and U2’s latest single I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight started playing. At first, I didn’t think it was u2. The opening riff/melody was familiar, but I couldn’t quite place it.
It wasn’t familiar in the way that, say the “Boom-boom chop” that every rock act rips off for at least one of their songs. Rather, it was familiar in a way that only someone who grew up in the ’80s playing way too much video games would know.
The tune in question? the Elecman stage theme from 1987’s Mega Man composed by Manami Matsumae and Yoshihiro Sakaguchi.
Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself. Here’s U2:
I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (opening riff, sample)
And here’s the Elecman riff:
Mega Man: Elecman Stage
Don’t get me wrong, I think U2 are a fine group of entertainers, with much more musical talent, than say, Rob Thomas. I enjoy that Lemon song of theirs a great deal. But I just want to see Manami Matsumae and Yoshihiro Sakaguchi get their due.
If not, Mega Man will have to conquer Macphisto Man and steal his weirdness power.