Final Fantasy is one of my personal religions. No really, I wrote an article about it and everything.
Like all good religions, the classic series of role-playing video games has inspired musicians to pay tribute to it, and today we celebrate the Top 10 who have done so.
Before he started releasing music under his own name, Owen Pallett went by Final Fantasy. He's a big gamer who pays tribute to the hobby with his name, and "An Arrow" also contains samples fromSuper Mario Land 2
to boot.9. William Kage, "Tears of an Esper"
William Kage grew up surrounded by Nobuo Uematsu's brilliant video-game scores, and they inspired him to become a musician himself. But where Uematsu has gone full orchestral as gaming technology improves, Kage works with the same tools that were used to craft the SNESFinal Fantasy
titles. His original compositions echo the same tones we all fell in love with back in the '90s.8. Gackt, "Longing"
It's been said that the character of Squall Leonhart fromFinal Fantasy VIII
was based on Japanese musician and voice actor Gackt Camui. There's certainly a resemblance, and Camui provided two original tunes for the spin-off gameDirge of Cerberus
. "Longing" plays during Vincent Valentine's fight inside OMEGA.7. Still Remains, "Avalanche"Final Fantasy VII
is one of the most beloved of the series, and the members of Still Remains are clearly fans. "Avalanche" was inspired by the freedom fighters taking on Shinra, hoping to stop the death of the planet at the hands of the evil corporation.6. Duane and Brando, "Final Fantasy"
So you're saying to yourself, "I'd like to recap the firstFinal Fantasy
, but I'd prefer to have it rapped at me." Or more likely you aren't, but you really should because for ten glorious minutes Duane and Brando relive the original in perfect flowtastic style.5. Blood on the Dance Floor, "The Untouchables"
Dahvie Vanity lifted the chorus to "Untouchables" right fromFinal Fantasy VII: Advent Children
. What else would you expect from a man withFinal Fantasy
tattoos? Well done, boys.4. A Skylit Drive, "All It Takes For Your Dreams to Come True"
It might be easier to name songs onWires...and the Concept of Breathing
inspired byFinal Fantasy
. More than half of the song titles are quotes or references to the series, though the band seems to pay special attention toFinal Fantasy X
. It's almost a concept album tying the entire franchise together in a vaguely poetic way.3. Random feat. Dale Chase, "The Turks"
Speaking of concept albums, Random decided that he would do the same thing that Duane and Brando did, but spread across an entire album calledBlack Materia
. Out of all the tracks on theFinal Fantasy VII
story disc, Random's tribute to the badassness of The Turks stands out the best. Truly a fitting theme to arguably the coolest bad guys ever featured in the games.2. Seve vs. Evan, "Mega-Bomberman"
Seve vs. Evan bring a sort of Legendary Pink Dots meet The Killers class to their love song. It's a bouncy bit of wonderfulness that full of promises of riding Gold Chocobos across desert wastes and the hope of survival through Mega-Elixirs. Take my advice, if you find a girl who thinks this song is sweet marry her.
1. Pysko Dalek, "Materia Cave" This damned song is impossible to find in the u.S., and even if I managed to snag an MP3 and load it to YouTube I'm pretty sure that it would get yanked at blinding speed. Which is an absolute crime because "Materia Cave" is an amazing song about the tumultuous inner struggles of Cloud Strife.
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Imagine for five minutes that Limp Bizkit didn't suck, and for each of those five minutes you'd discovered what rap-metal was actually trying to accomplish. You can stream the song from here, but I would update my anti-virus software first if I were you. Maybe topping this list will encourage the band to make it available for those of us across the pond.