This Chiptune tribute to The Big Lebowski Abides

I enjoy a good chiptune album. Not only for the musical talent it takes to put one together, but because I cannot help but picture what the 8bit video game would look like for that music. When the music is based off a movie I enjoy? All the better. That is why I was very excited to listen to the new album by Chipocrite, 8-Bit Lebowski: 100% Electronic. I mean, what fan of the film didn’t walk out of the theater and immediately start to dream about what the game based on the film would have sounded like on their Gameboy?


This album contains six licensed cover songs straight from the film, including:
“Tumbling Tumbleweeds” by Sons of the Pioneers
“The Man In Me” by Bob Dylan
“Lookin’ Out My Back Door” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Traffic Boom” by Piero Piccioni
“Hotel California” by The Gipsy Kings
“Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

All great stuff. Here is some more information directly from the albums site:

8-Bit Lebowski: 100% Electronic” is a tribute to several seemingly unrelated entities that are, individually, quite important to me: chip music, one of the greatest films of all time, White Russians, flamenco re-arrangements of classic rock tunes, fake pornos, Kenny Rogers, and so much more. Although I originally performed these songs as a one-off live set at Lebowski Fest Philadelphia 2011, I quickly realized that taken as a whole, they actually make up quite a comprehensive little release. I feel like it really ties my discography together.

So, in honor of the movie’s 15th anniversary (the very date of this EP’s release!), here you have it, to listen at your own leisure, whether through your car’s tape deck (provided it’s not stolen), with your significant other (provided she’s not kidnapped) or during a chilled-out rug meditation session (provided the rug, also, is not stolen). Best of all, it’s not, ugh, techno-pop.

Entirely arranged for one Game Boy running LSDJ, “8-Bit Lebowski” is dedicated to all the Achievers out there who have faith that the bums DON’T always lose. Please, enjoy it, down through the generations, westward the wagons, across the sands of time until we — aw, look at me, I’m rambling again. I hope you abide.

Oh, I abide all right and I hope you will as well. Drop by the Chipocrite Bandcamp page to give the song a listen and pick up a copy. At 5 bucks it is a bargain.


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