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Zero Wing – Stage 4: Aquese (1989)

May this uplifting FM synth-rock track never perish from the Earth. This song is like a magical spell that gets me fucking amped for pretty much anything at all. I’M RUNNING FOR CONGRESS!!! Side note, this Japanese game (Zero Wing) became massively popular about a decade ago because of its notoriously terrible English translation, spawning one of the earliest internet memes, “All your base are belong to us.” Still never played the actual game, though I’ve played plenty of indistinguishable side-scrolling space shooters (I owned Super R-Type for the SNES). Does this song get you excited to murder virtual aliens / robots?

BONUS TRACK

Listen to this shit man. Some random chill Japanese dude was listening to a ton of visual kei glam rock and melodic punk / Def Leppard / Iron Maiden in the late ’80s, somehow landed a job producing soundtracks for Sega space shooters, and wrote insane melodic metal like this. So good. I wonder if the soundtrack designers ever Google themselves to see what people think about their old music. Zero Wing composer, if you’re reading this, your music is fucking awesome. You might need to use Google Translate to decipher what I’m saying here, and even then don’t expect to grasp the full meaning. I predict Google will become self aware within 15 years.

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