Gary Garcia (1948 – 2011)


More sad news this weekend as I’ve learned that Gary Garcia, one half of the duo that brought us the 1982 concept album Pac-Man Fever has passed away. His friend and musical partner Jerry Buckner posted the announcement on BucknerGarcia.Com the other day. Below is an excerpt from Jerry’s post:
“It was through BGO that we had our first national hit “Pac Man Fever”.

Gary and I wrote Pac Man Fever in my front room. He mostly handled the lyrics and I the music. He was a gifted writer. His opening line, “I gotta pocket full of quarters and I’m headed to the arcade” is a classic and summed up the entire video game craze that was sweeping the country at that time.

Achieving success in the music business is very difficult. It’s like going to war. Through it all Gary and I formed a unique bond that was broken yesterday with his passing. But we had a personal bond that was also broken. The pain of losing his friendship is immeasurable to me. He was a kind hearted, loving, caring person who was always there for me and can never be replaced in my life. I loved him like a brother and will miss him beyond words.”

Why not take a moment and visit the link up above and read the full post as well as leave a comment if their album brought you some joy in your youth.

Thanks to luizflashback for posting this segment of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand over on YouTube.

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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One thought on “Gary Garcia (1948 – 2011)

  1. shawn says:

    My friend had the LP and all the songs were Videogame related.
    Back in 2006 Len from Jawbone Radio did a 45 minute interview with them. The interview includes 2 tracks that were never officially released, including a song about E.T. The E.T. Song and why it was pulled is contained in the interview (here)

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