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Phils Game/Pop Music Comparisons #63 - Plausible Rockability


Featuring Final Fantasy VIII and diverse.

Greetings fellow game music lovers,

continuing the Final Fantasy month, another Final Fantasy VIII entry, but with a small twist: It does not concern the actual game, but the demo trial version of the game which had several differences with the final product. Among them was a different rendition of the theme "The Landing" called "Raid on Dollet" that plays when the Seeds approach the eponymous kingdom early in the game:

According to many people's suspicions the music was changed due to to having an uncanny similarity to a certain recurring motif in the soundtrack to the movie "The Rock" (1996) by Hans Zimmer:

While it might have been an inspiration what intrigues me about this is that Uematsu might actually have some kind of plausible deniability on this one. In the song "Pink Cadillac" by R&B singer Natalie Cole (1987) she uses a beat that reminds me a lot of the The Rock sample:

Funny, this kind of beat seems to be pretty popular in R&B like in Cameo's Back & Forth (1986):

Anything else I can offer? The five note sample at the beginning can also be found as recurring motive in Sergei Prokofiev's String Quartet No. 1 (1931):

Next time more from Mario.

Phil out!

Update 18/04/2020:

I found an interesting sample in the song "Red Hill" by japanese pop duo Chage and Aska from 1993 predating Zimmer by 3 years:


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