Lost Treasures

September 21, 2015

Episode 10: Pac-Man Fever

Interview with Jerry Buckner

PacMan Fever

It’s a bit of a change in format as we’re going the musical root for this week’s episode.  Our guest is Jerry Buckner, of Buckner & Garcia, the artists behind 1982’s Pac-Man Fever album.  This album featured 8 songs inspired by popular arcade games of the day.  To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Pac-Man, they even recreated the title track as Pac-Man Fever: Eat ’em Up 2015, available as a free download.  We are delighted to have Jerry as our guest this week as we reminisce about the creation of this classic video game album and some of his more recent work, too.

The interesting thing about this Lost Treasure is that it is both a video game from 2002 and a record album from 1982. Indeed, today we are going to be talking about the 1982 record from Buckner & Garcia.

Video games were still a relatively new concept for the public in 1982, and Pac-Man certainly helped popularize gaming. So the idea of releasing a record album to go along with video games was a pretty radical idea for the time.

Pac-Man Fever as an album features 8 songs all based on arcade games from the time. The title track of course is for Pac-Man, but there were also songs based on Frogger, Centipede, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Defender, Mouse Trap and Berzerk.

Originally released on cassette, album, and 8-track (and a 45 single of Pac-Man Fever) the album release is often the most sought after because it contains great Pac-Man artwork as well as a sleeve that gives you a guide to Pac-Man patterns.

Buckner & Garcia sold 2.5 million copies of the single and performed Pac-Man Fever on American Bandstand and Solid Gold in 1982. They re-released a CD version that contained a new recording of the songs in 1999, and most recently to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man they have released a remix of the original called Pac-Man Fever Eat Em up 2015 which you can download for free at pacmanfevereatemup.com.

So the next time you are playing the 2002 Pac-Man Fever video game on your GameCube or PS2, or when you are just feeling nostalgic for the arcades, pop the Pac-Man Fever album into your music player and be magically transferred back to 1982.

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Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.



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