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!
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.
I missed the Rose Bowl Parade, normally I wouldn’t have minded quite so much but since this year they had a Pac-Man float…oh well, at least we can sort of see it and hear the Pac-Man fever theme from this YouTube video!
My ancient eyes might be deceiving me but I believe that baton the guy is waving around has a giant Pac-Man on the top of it!