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Phils Phindings #3 Mario in the Underworld



tonights topic is the famous 6-note sample from world 1-2 of the original Super Mario Bros. on NES:

It is well known in the gaming community, that Koji Kondo has a knack for jazz and funk music, especially with latin-american origin. Thus, many people were not suprised once it emerged that this particular tune has an uncanny resemblance to a well known song from this genre, the song "Let's Not Talk About It" by the group "Friendship (1979):

Of course there may be some people asking themselves why this hasn't escalated yet since the Mario underworld theme is pretty well known even outside of gaming circles. We can only speculate, but a large portion of it is likely due to the fact that there are multiple samples throughout the jazz community that have a pretty similar vibe. Like the bassline of Earth Wind & Fires "Serpentine Fire" (1977):

or this section from Cheryl Lynns "Star Love" (1978)

Giving the jamming and collaboration culture in the jazz community it is not hard to grasp that they would be happy to see some of their more well known samples reach into gaming culture.


- Phil

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