Featuring Donkey Kong '94 (Gameboy) and old time pop.
Greetings fellow game music lovers,
we had a Mario last time, we'll have a Mario this time. Although it's less of a Mario and arguably more of a Donkey Kong: Donkey Kong '94 for the Nintendo Gameboy, which can be regarded as an extended remake of the arcade original. Reeeeeeeeeally extended ;).
From the soundtrack we'll have a look at the song "Monkey Level Theme", the song that plays in the stages where Donkey Kong Jr. tries to help his father out:
From a purely stylistic point of view, I think the melody falls into the tradition of a certain type of jungle-themed swing that came to popularity in the first part of the 20th century. Let me show you an example of what I mean:
Arthur Collins & Byron G. Harlan - "The Aba Daba Honeymoon" (1914):
From a melodic standpoint though the following songs are a little closer to it I think:
Isham Jones - "Junk Man" (1934):
Annette Funicello - "Pineapple Princess" (1960):
Georgia Gibbs - "Tra La La" (1956):
And of course because it's always good to have a look at the japanese perspective, here an excerpt from
Masaru Imada - "Sunbird" (1983)