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Pac-Man Fever InterView! - June 24, '99 by JoseQ
If you've heard any Arcade Classic Video Game related sound track, most likely you've heard "Pac-Man Fever". Author of one of the most popular Video Game songs in history, Jerry Buckner, of Buckner & Garcia has taken the time to answer a few questions for us in regards to the song, and emulation. Find out what may be coming soon from these cool guys, and how you could even end up writing a song just like them. Enjoy an InterView with Jerry Buckner:

1. Can you introduce yourselves, and mention how you got first related to Arcade Gaming?

Hi I am Jerry Buckner..the one who wore the goofy outfit on Solid Gold in 1982. Gary and I got into video games much like everyone else. First Pong and then Pac Man in the fall of 1981. We became hooked like everybody else.

2. How did you come up with the idea for Pac-Man Fever?

We had tossed around the idea of doing a song for a while. One day while working on a jingle we came up with the title and wrote the song in about an hour.

3. How was the response to the music by that time in your opinion?

If you asking, was the album well received? Yes very much so by the public but it almost didn't get released. Every major record company turned it down. We put it out ourselves and within a week the response was so overwelming that CBS Records bought the master and released it nationally.

4. When did you start producing and shipping the CD version?

It has been a long time in coming. Actually we have been talking about doing it for over 2 years. But the actual time spent on recording was about 3 months. The manufacturing and shipping part was another 3 months.

5. How did you learn about emulation and how do you like it?

I really don't know a great deal about it. But I know people love the old games and the interest in it continues to grow. (I hope that's not too dumb an answer)

6. Do you feel it has placed you guys in the spotlight once again?

Yes, certainly with the people who grew up in the early 80's. It's a nice feeling to know that people still like the album. We wanted to record an album with great songs not just a bunch of sound effects over a instrumental bed. It was a fun time and I think we captured that in the music.

7. Has there been any interest in producing perhaps a new CD with music related to other Arcade classics?

That idea has certainly come up but we're going to wait and see how this CD is received first. If it makes sense then yes we'll do another.

8. Any information about that Song Writing contest you can publish now?

It's just one of many ideas we've been kicking around. I think it could be a lot of fun.

9. Any last words for the public?

I'm not sure I like how that sounds!...But in parting I would say I've had a lot of fun doing this album. I appreciate everyone who bought the first album and the new CD. Thanks,

Jerry Buckner

There you go. Do you think you have what it takes to write a Pac-Man Fever like song? If you want to get your own copy of the CD, just stop by Buckner & Garcia and order one. I will be doing a ReView on it as soon as I receive my copy. Keep the fever going!

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