U2 = Evil Agents of Dr. Wily

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.

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4 thoughts on “U2 = Evil Agents of Dr. Wily

  1. SHut up!! U2 is the most talented band ever and your dumb video game guys are the sucks.
    And Rob Thomas is awesom and cute too.

  2. Wow, good call, King! I hadn’t heard that U2 song yet but the MM2 and MM3 songs are burned into my brain.

    I’m not a giant U2 fan, never really was, but I think everyone is pretty much over U2. The last two albums didn’t produce jack and Bono’s high falootin’ with popes and kings leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

    I think there was a time when they enjoyed making good music, but that time has since passed.

    And I think Capcom should sue and use that money to make another Mega Man game because Mega Man 9 was way too hard.

  3. Katie: You sound like my wife. I think she had the same reaction when I told her.

    MT: U2 is listenable, and they can put on a great show. But outside of their hits, there’s a lot of theirs I can’t listen to. The MM and Final Fantasy series had some great soundtracks- hard for me to pick my favorite. I still visit OCRemix every now and then to hear what people are doing with 20+ year old music.

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