Featuring Mega Man X and lots of 70s/80s rock music.
Greetings fellow game music lovers,
before Mega Man month finally ends, we still have a little bit of Mega Man X to look at.
Thus today’s topic is the second ending theme to the very first Mega Man X (1993), in OST lists usually given as „Cast Roll“. It is unusually upbeat for a game and series as dark and introspective as Mega Man X:
The song seems to be written G-flat major key which is the basis for many popular rock songs including Guns N’ Roses „Sweet Child O’ Mine“ and the Beatles „Yellow Submarine“. It features a distinctive progression through the chord forming a happy, melancholic style. I found a very, very large number of rock songs from all genres and ages (although there seems to be a tendency in Country Rock) that features a comparable progression, usually in their backing track, but sometimes it flows well into the main melody. I had to cut it down to a number of songs, while not perfect, evoke the Mega Man X Cast Roll feeling pretty fast:
Marshall Tucker Band - Singing Rhymes (1978):
John Mellencamp - Hotdogs and Hamburgers (1987):
Rockpile - Teacher, Teacher (1980):
The Scruffs - Tragedy (1977):
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Easy Slow (1981):
Pilot - Canada (1976):
Men At Work - Overkill (1983):
J. Geils Band - Do You Remember When? (1981):
I wonder if there was a country buff in Capcom's sound team of the time...