It’s funny how things happen- I just posted Jerry and Gary’s video from American Bandstand in 1982, when I see this on Facebook. I had to share!
From Jerry’s Facebook page- “To mark the 40th anniversary of Pac-Man I have teamed up with my friend Danny Jones to write and record a new song called “At The Old Arcade.” It features Danny on lead and back vocals. He and his partner Mike Stewart worked on the original Pac-Man Fever album and the re-recorded version with Gary and I and have been close friends ever since. With Gary’s passing in 2011 Danny stepped in and sang lead vocals on “Wreck-It Wreck-It Ralph” the theme song we recorded for Disney’s classic movie Wreck It Ralph. The song is about friends and relationships hanging out in the arcades back in the 80’s. It was great time for those who lived through it. Hope you enjoy the song!”
You guys sound great! How about another arcade album- please?
From this old Arcader to another- Thanks for helping keep the arcade lights on, my friend.
Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981.
Time for a music video!
This one comes to us from 1982- courtesy of American Bandstand! Jerry and Gary never released any music videos back then (at least I don’t think so) but, they did this one show. For those of you that weren’t around back then- American Bandstand was a music show on Saturday afternoons that would have a live audience while the bands performed for them. it was hosted by the legendary Dick Clark. This was just after the release of the Pac-Man Fever album- at the height of the craziness (as you’re about to see!) Let me know if you remember this episode in the comments!
Enjoy- and Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!
Raygunn here, and do I have a treat for you today! One of the gifts I received form my lovely wife- was the book “Pac- Man Fever”. So, while I’m in self isolation in the Archives Bunker, I thought I would do a Video Review of it!
Let’s just say… I liked it. A lot. Don’t believe me? Well, check out the video yourself. and see how many times I say “amazing”. Check it out! And if you want a copy for yourself (or your Kindle) Check out the Amazon page for more info! https://www.amazon.com/Pac-Man-Fever-Unlikely-Defined-Worldwide-ebook/dp/B0812CSQM7
On with the video!
…And thank you, Mr. Bucker, for all the awesome memories!!!
My good Facebook Friend and arcade anthem LEGEND Jerry Buckner posted on his page yesterday…
about a project he had been collaborating on with Mike Stewart for some time now, That was just released on Amazon’s Kindle E-Book service. The Amazon Page states-
“If you’re a child of the early 1980s it is likely that you were consumed by the ubiquitous Pac-Man video games that seemed to be everywhere at the time.
The game not only spawned a worldwide craze but a million-selling gold record for the Buckner & Garcia duo called “Pac-Man Fever”.
In so many ways, “Pac-Man Fever” became the soundtrack for an era and the unofficial theme song of one of the most popular video games in history. This book captures the story of that song and history that led it to be the unlikely smash hit of 1982.
This eBook is specifically designed for fans of the song, the Pac-Man game, and the 1980s. The stories in the book were derived primarily from interviews and conversations with Jerry Buckner.
Not only will you read about the history of the music but we’ve included exclusive and extended Pac-Man Fever downloadable tracks of the song (including a karaoke version) as well as sheet music. Also included are never before seen behind the scenes photos and links to videos and other exclusive multimedia content.
Get the story behind the unlikely ’80’s hit that defined a worldwide craze in an exclusive digital music e-book commemorating the 40-anniversary of the Pac Man video game.
This is a digital music ebook which means you get…
* DOWNLOADS! Exclusive Pac-Man Fever music from the original album including Pac-Man Fever, Froggy’s Lament, Ode to a Centipede, Do the Donkey Kong, Hyperspace, The Defender, Mousetrap, Goin’ Berzerk, Country version of Pac-Man Fever… it’s never sounded so good!
* KARAOKE! You also get the karaoke version plus lyrics so you’re ready to perform!
* SHEET MUSIC! Get your band together to play Pac-Man Fever!
* BEHIND THE SCENES! Get exclusive video content behind the scenes and how the song became the anthem for one of the most popular video games in history
* SUPER-FAN! Get the inside story of how Pac-Man Fever became a worldwide hit a 80’s pop-culture fixture
If you want to enjoy and re-live music from the 1980’s, have fun singing Pac-Man Fever karaoke, and/or play Pac-Man Fever with your band… then this is the most important digital music e-book you’ll ever purchase!
Now is the best time to enjoy nostalgic music from the 1980’s! – Order Now!”
So- You get history of the making of the arcade anthem of my generation, AND… THE PAC MAN FEVER ALBUM on MP3 to boot!!!
Great Job, Jerry!!!
I’ll pick it up this weekend and do a review in the next few weeks!
And at only $4.99- that’s a bargain for everything you get !!!
Click HERE to go to the Amazon page and get yours TODAY!!!
Fans making songs about their favorite games on YouTube is common place now. However, back 30 years ago that was almost unheard of. That is until an album came out called Pac-Man Fever by Buckner and Garcia. These guys created a wonderful soundtrack dedicated to the arcades that were super popular at the time. But not because they wanted a pay check (although I am sure it helped) but because they were fans themselves of the games that they sang about. Even going so far as to fill the lyrics with tips on how to play the game. Just recently Jerry Garcia along with Jace Hall released a new remixed version of their classic song. if you haven’t heard it yet it is awesome and I will put the video at the bottom of the post. If you like it you can even get a free download of the song (click here).