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:
|Pac-Man Fever InterView! - June 24, '99 by JoseQ
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
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
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
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
and the interest in it continues to grow. (I hope that's not too dumb
6. Do you feel it has placed you guys in the spotlight once
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
It's just one of many ideas we've been kicking around. I think it
could be a lot of
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
the new CD. Thanks,
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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