From chiptunes to regular old rock and roll, the influence of videogames can be felt far and wide. As much as I love the random mention of Contra or bleep from an Atari, however, sometimes someone does something that really sticks with you. Enter a little band called the Mountain Goats, who composed a tune called “Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is in Another Castle”.
This is a song for a Saturday in every way. From their six-song EP Black Pear Tree, it’s equal parts wistful, sweet and delightful. Best of all, the band explained that the song is written from Toad’s point of view. How cool is that? I love the idea of considering how secondary characters might see these beloved stories.
You can download it for free here, but don’t blame me if you find yourself humming it later in the day (or if you listen to it in your car on repeat). It’s just the kind of song you won’t easily forget.