Space Invaders - Uncle Vic

Get Out On The Dance Floor With 1980’s “Space Invaders” By Uncle Vic!

When it comes to music inspired by Golden Age of the arcades the only one in my youth that I was really aware of was Buckner and Garcia’s 1982 classic Pac-Man Fever.

Pac Man Fever

Just a few days ago though I was introduced to a new one, at least for me, from a performer named Uncle Vic (Nice name) with “Space Invaders”.

[Via] Off The Charts 365

Image courtesy of The Golden Age Arcade Historian Blog.

Image courtesy of The Golden Age Arcade Historian Blog.


Doing a little research led me to the awesome The Golden Age Arcade Historian , not only finding that awesome photo of Uncle Vic himself but explaining that the musician who was born Victor Earl Blecman got the idea for a song about Space Invaders when in 1980 at a show he was performing at his own night club, he kept losing the attention of the audience to the Space Invaders machine in the back of the club.

Claiming he wrote the song in about 30 minutes in his bathroom, Space Invaders it seems caught on thanks in no small part to the delightful Dr. Demento radio show. Although that isn’t the only arcade game related song that Uncle Vic produced, he also had 1981’s “It Won’t Beat Me” which was inspired by Pac-Man!

[Via] Vicarious Rips

Looks like Pac-Man needs a pocketful of plumbers!

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