Boy, oh boy, has it been a long time since we've been here. Welcome back to Bbain's Jukebox!
I'm making good used of my new-found "free time" with a new music blog for all y'all. I know RadicalYoseph is up for more of these, and I hope others are too.
Today's theme is 'gibberish'.
You might be wondering what gibberish has to do with me returning to the blog-o-sphere. Well, nothing; I just wanted to share some gibberish songs. Not everything has to have a deeper meaning, you know? Sometimes gibberish is just gibberish. So below I've got a nice selection of video game music that has a vocal line...yet nothing anyone can understand.
It's going to be a fun one, so let's go!
"Sea of Serendipity ~ Lums of the Water ("Glou Glou")" - Rayman Origins
"Sea of Serendipity ~ The Lums' Dream ("Glou Glou")" - Rayman Origins
I went with these first because these two songs are the perfect examples of gibberish songs. As far as I know, there's no translation for any of this; it's just a bunch of glou glou. But what's amazing is that these are easily the most memorable songs from the entire Rayman OST. They're slightly weird but very unique, and they go better with the water levels than they have any right to.
These are the songs that make you go "I have no clue why, but I love this."
"Final Boss (Squid Sisters Version)" - Splatoon
A very recent entry here, but what an entry it is. The final boss in Splatoon is already one of the highlights of the game, but this song just completes it so well. This song captures exactly why gibberish can be so much fun. I've heard it said that this song is actually very (very) mangled English. You still can't make anything out of this though, and yet the song manages to be so catchy that it became an instant favorite. I also love it when the final phase of the final boss fight gets different music, like in Castlevania IV or Sonic Colors, because nothing conveys the feeling that you're saving the world as hearing the music itself cheer you on.
And when it's sung by the best characters in the game, it just becomes that much sweeter.
"Light Plane Vocal Remix (Pilotwings)" - Super Smash Bros. for WiiU
"Cranky's Conga" - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
From the heavy gibberish of Rayman and the mangled English of Splatoon, we go to something a tad more accessible. This Pilotwings Remix isn't a full-on gibberish language, but the vocals are still nonsense. And yet they still make the song. Similarly, Cranky's Conga isn't so much gibberish as it is random monkey sounds. Maybe that's why it's so catchy; neither of these songs consist of words, but that makes them all the easier to sing along with.
And then before you know it, before you even know what you're doing, you'll just be going ♪"Da dada diiiiii YAAAA!"♪
"La La" - Elite Beat Agents
If you've been following this series, you know that I like to cheat. This is my cheating entry for today, because technically "La La" is perfectly fine English. Listen to that chorus though, can you make anything out of that? Hell, fucking Dragonforce is more comprehensible than this. I included this song because it's my favorite song from Elite Beat Agents. The scenario is fun, the song is better than an Ashlee Simpson song should be, and it's just fast enough that it's challenging but not so fast that it becomes impossible.
But you know what my favorite part about this song is? It's raunchy as hell. Once you actually figure out what she's saying...man, this girl is dirty. In fact, I'm pretty sure the only reason this game passed the ESRB with an E rating was exactly because the ratings people couldn't understand a word either.
"Kainé ~ Escape" - NieR
And here we have it. The ultimate proof that gibberish songs don't have to be silly fun and nothing else. "Kainé ~ Escape" is gorgeous. It's so gorgeous that it's in my Top 5 favorite video game songs ever, and I listen to a lot of it. The language here is completely made up, though it's closest to Japanese. I don't know if it has an actual translation like Sindarin in Lord of the Rings, or whether the writers really did just scribble some sounds on a piece of paper until it sounded mystical. Whatever the case may be, the end result is one in a million. This is the true power of gibberish.
Woo, and there we have it! I hope you guys managed to sing along with some of these! If you couldn't, well, practice makes perfect after all. Even if you have to brush up on a fictional language to do it.
But let's close off with a soundtrack that sounds like gibberish to us, but is actually just Japanese.
...well I say "just" Japanese, but I'm willing to bet the Japanese don't understand what's going on here either.
"The whole fucking thing" - Katamari Damacy