Mony Mony [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Billy Idol

Mony Mony [Bitpop/Chiptune] was made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 – 6 Channels

“Mony Mony” means nothing – literally nothing. In the late ’60s, Tommy James and the Shondells crafted the tune as a party song, with an emphasis on the beat and little thought given to the shout-along nonsense lyrics. Was “Mony” a girl? Was “Mony” a command? Was this a secret reference? Actually, none of the above. It was an acronym for the Mutual of New York Insurance Company (M-O-N-Y), whose illuminated sign gave James the idea for the title of the 1968 hit.

But to William Michael Albert Broad – better known as Billy Idol – “Mony Mony” always meant sex. That’s because when young William was 14, he lost his virginity in a public park via a tumble with a more experienced partner. He recalled in his autobiography, Dancing With Myself: “As we went at it, ‘Mony Mony’ by Tommy James and the Shondells was playing on someone’s transistor radio nearby…”

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I Am Australian [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to The Seekers

I Am Australian was made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 8bit Home Computer (6 Channels)

Sometimes I have grand fits of patriotism. I guess this is one of those moments. I tried hard to really capture the harmonies between the male & female voices in this one. Sometimes when I stop thinking about it as a musician and just listen, I can almost your the sawtooth wave (male voice) and the square wave (female voice) express the lyrics.

I’ve shortened this version a little but this is for all you chose to live here both past and present. I don’t care where you’ve come from, this is our land together.

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I Dream of Jeannie [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Hugo Montenegro

I Dream of Jeannie was made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 8bit home computer

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 – 6 Channels

Hugo was rather influential as an electronic musician but he also penned (or co-penned) some of the most iconic themes. To his credit are “The Partridge Family”, “Outcasts” and covers of “The Man With No Name” & “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”.

Once he added Moog Synths to his instruments, he help shape the musical landscape for future electronic musicians. His version of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is a classic example.

Another case on coincidental timing here as Bill Daily just passed away. He was an American actor and comedian known for his sitcom work as Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie and Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show.

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Hawaii Five-O [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Morton Stevens

Hawaii Five-O was made with the the sounds of the Commodore 64 8bit home computer from the 80s. 

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 – 6 Channels

Morton is probably best known for composing the theme music for Hawaii Five-O, a television series for which he won two Emmy Awards (in 1970 and 1974), and was nominated seven other times for work on television programs including Gunsmoke and Police Woman.

Yes, I’ve taken that from Wikipedia. I don’t know much about him but I really like this tune. 🙂

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Chariots of Fire [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Vangelis

Chariots of Fire was made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 – 6 Channels

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 – 6 Channels

Another progressive synth artist favourite of mine. He’s done some awesome scores for movies over the years but my first run-in was the duo of Jon & Vangelis with the song “I’ll find my way home”. He’s still a favourite and he’s definitely a legend.

This interpretation is a bit heavy on effects but I wanted a full sound without extending into more sound channels.

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Calypso [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Jean Michel Jarre

Calypso – Tribute to Jean Michel Jarre was made with the sounds of the Commodore 64

The song, “Calypso 1” was the lead song off the album ‘En attendant Cousteau’ (English title: Waiting for Cousteau) is the tenth studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre. The album was dedicated to Jacques-Yves Cousteau and was released on his 80th birthday 11 June 1990. Allmusic described the album as “groundbreaking stuff”, due to its extreme stylistic differences from his other albums. The album reached Number 14 in the UK charts.

It may not be too well known but Jarre was a hero of mine when I was growing up and doing music on the C64. This album was different to anything else of his that I had previously heard and for that reason, it’s memorable.

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Mission Impossible [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Lalo Schifrin

Mission Impossible was made with the sounds of the Commodore 64

The theme is written in a 5/4 time signature which Schifrin has jokingly explained as being “for people who have five legs”. However, a more likely explanation is that Schifrin started from the Morse Code for M.I. which is dah dah dit dit. If a dit is one beat and a dah is one and a half beats then this gives a bar of five beats exactly matching the underlying rhythm.

In 1996, the theme was remade by U2 members Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. for the soundtrack to the film.

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The Eve of the War – Bitpop Chiptune Tribute to Jeff Wayne & War of the Worlds

Bitpop/Chiptune cover version made with the sounds on the Commodore 64 – 7 Channels

I need to remind myself sometimes that this isn’t chiptunes and that I’m trying to be my own little corner of Bitpop. Unlike some of my recent covers, I’ve intentionally gone a bit heavier-handed with filter use and channels as I needed them so not to affect the qualities I wanted from it.

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One Night in Bangkok – Bitpop Chiptune Tribute to Murray Head & Chess

Bitpop/Chiptune cover version made with the sounds on the Commodore 64 – 6 Channels

There’s two thing guaranteed to make you humble, The Iron Sheik and a night in Bangkok. Given the choice, I’d prefer the latter. 🙂
The chorus extol Bangkok’s reputation as an exciting city while the verses are dismissive. Two members of ABBA were involved in the writing and production of this song.

This was a fun song to do.

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Agadoo [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Black Lace

80s msuic cover version made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 – Multi SID

Time to get yer trashbag on.

Some fun facts from around the web:
• Voted 4th worst song of all time
• Lead Singer, Dene Michael, was jailed for claiming false benefits.
• Dene was forced to sing the song for other inmates
• Once you hear this song it will be in your head for hours afterwards

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The Final Countdown – Tribute to Europe (Bitpop/Chiptune)

Bitpop/Chiptune cover version of a classic 80s song, the Final Countdown by Europe – Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 – Multi SID

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 – Multi SID

This song needs no introduction so I wont. 😛
I have at times gone out of my way to avoid the typical C64 Pulse-width modulation (PWM) although its a defining C64 sound simply because its a staple modulation effect that often comes at the expense of other waveforms not being used as much. This time around though, its PWM all the way.

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Rude [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Magic!

8 bit cover version of Magic! – Rude: Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I couldn’t think of a more ironic way to celebrate a divorce than with a song about a marriage proposal. Hahaha. 🙂

One of those hybrid SID waveforms of mixing triangle with a thin pulse makes an appearance in this one. Sawtooth bass, very minimal PWM – just to mix up the flavour a bit. Oh, and SID 6581 R4 filter goodness in the instrumental solo.

I love a bit of reggae, even if it is watered down for pop music. Hahaha.

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Don’t Bring Me Down [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Electric Light Orchestra

8 bit Bitpop/Chiptune cover of the Electric Light Orchestra song, Don’t Bring Me Down – Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

This is another one of those songs I heard repeatedly while spending my 20 cent pieces at the Caloundra Amusement Centre (“Pinnie Parlour”).

I found that there was an unusual harmony between this song and the laser sound effects of Space Invaders.

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Walk Like An Egyptian [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to The Bangles

8 bit Bitpop (Chiptune) cover of an awesome 80s song – Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I wanted that bangy-clangy sound so I’ve used a bit of ring-mod in this one. Kinda feels like how I did Kiss’ ‘I was made for loving you’ – but different. 👍

One (or two) of my most loved features of the 6581/8580 SID Chip is its Ring and Sync-Mod capabilities. I don’t use them often since they are hard beasts to master. I’ve gone for quite a bit of ring/sync in this one.

I’ve also done a nice little transition from a real whistle to a ring-modded SID generated one.

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Grace Kelly [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Mika

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

Brown, blue, violet sky, hurtful, purple, green & mean – Anything you like. Spin the wheel, see if you win!

I don’t know how I wanted this one to sound but the way it turned out is exactly how I wanted it to sound – part carnival/funfair and part glorified ice cream van. 😁

I’ve been to the Brisbane City Amusement Centre and the Sunnybank Amusement Centre and noticed how more games are skills based carnival games rather than video games. I think that’s where my carnival inspiration came for this low-fidelity cover.

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You’re the Voice [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to John Farnham

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I had a fella leave a comment on Reddit after I asked what other Iconic Aussie songs I could consider doing and he came back with “How good are you at emulating bagpipes?”. That could only mean one thing. This song.

I actually tried doing this one a few months ago but it ended up on the cutting room floor because the vocals I have are, well, not the standard I wanted. But I really like this song and wanted to have a go at those 8-bit bagpipes!

Since I recently did ‘Lily Was Here’ and that is an instrumental. I thought “why the hell not?”. So I’ve picked up from where I left off with this one. I tried again to massage the vocals into the piece but, nope, it just wasn’t working for me.

Here’s ‘You’re the Voice’ – no vocals but still quite bitpop. Still using exclusively the sounds of the Commodore 64.

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Gavin

Elastic Heart [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Sia

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I think I’ve mentioned that I love Sia. 😂
Her music is super expressive and heavily utilises moody & serious chord progressions. I like her as a performer too. She often compliments her singing with performance art – possibly as she doesn’t see herself as a performer – it works for me just the same whatever her reasons are. Her vocal capabilities are also amazing. I know I’m using cover singers but these cover singers have a tough job in doing one of her songs.

So here’s my go at ‘Elastic Heart’s in six SID channels. The percussion alone is two channels. I hope you like it.

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Lily Was Here (C64 Version) [ Bitpop / Chipune ] – Tribute to Dave Stewart & Candy Dulfer

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

When this song came out in 1989, I couldn’t stop listening to it. I remember recording it onto a tape for my car stereo and playing it over and over again. There’s a few songs that I remember over time incessantly playing – The Obvious Child, Paul Simon, Elecktraglide, David Whittaker,

My plan for this song is to do multiple versions by targeting various sound chips from the 80s. I’m starting with my beloved C64 SID chip but I also plan to do a Amstrad/ZX Spectrum, NES & Gameboy version of this song. Over time, not straight away. It’s going to be a side project.

It’s strange, I used to do instrumental only pieces but now I’ve grown accustomed to doing these Bitpop songs with vocals, I’m a little scared to do a song without vocals as I have nowhere to hide the imperfections.

This remains to be Bitpop even though it doesn’t have any vocals as I am still using modern sound production techniques to aide the underlying chiptune.

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I Took a Pill in Ibiza [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to Mike Posner (& Avicii)

8 bit Bitpop (Chiptune) cover version of Mike Posner’s song, I Took a Pill in Ibiza – Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 Home Computer.

Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I was pretty sad about Avicii passing away and I didn’t know that I shared a common despair with him in existential dread. I like my EDM and he was an EDM hero of mine. Very sad.

So instead of doing an Avicii song I chose this one as it mentions Avicii by name. This arrangement is a Bitpop/EDM nod to a great artist thats gone far too soon.

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Take On Me [Bitpop/Chiptune] – Tribute to AHa

8 bit Bitpop (Chiptune) cover of an awesome song by A-Ha, Take on Me. Made with the sounds of the Commodore 64 home computer.

I always liked the style of the C64 Musician, David Whittaker so I thought I’d do this classic 80s song in a quasi David Whittaker style.

This song has to be one of the top 5 defining songs of the 80s. The music video was awesome with how it blended reality with sketch art and was just as definitive as the music it supported.

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