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Phils Game/Pop Music Similarities #177 - Monkey Swing


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)

Phil out!

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