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Remember That Song: 8/4/15

Can you name the artist and song:

A sacred why, a mystery gaping inside
The weekend’s why
Until we dance into the fire
That fatal kiss is all we need


Last Song: “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner & Garcia from the album Pac-Man Fever (1982)

I got all the patterns down
Up until the ninth key
I got Speedy on my tail
And I know it’s either him or me

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One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1982 – Buckner & Garcia

“Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner & Garcia

A novelty song if there ever was one. At the height of “Pac-Man Fever” and the rest of the arcade craze, this song was released, and capitalized on that craze. It actually peaked at #9 on March 27, 1982.
The duo that performed the song was Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia. After the huge success of “Pac-Man Fever”, they signed a record deal with Columbia/CBS Records. They never wanted to become a novelty act known for songs based on video games. But when they signed the record deal, the company insisted on a full album of video-game songs, although the duo had intended to write mostly pop music. They caved in to the demands, and released a full album of Pac-Man Fever. Here is their playlist:

Pac-Man Fever (Pac-Man)
Froggy’s Lament (Frogger)
Ode to a Centipede (Centipede)
Do the Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong)
Hyperspace (Asteroids)
The Defender (Defender)
Mousetrap (Mouse Trap)
Goin’ Berzerk (Berzerk)

They never hit it big again. Here is their (and video arcades) moment of glory:

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