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December 11th, 2009 | Audio Stuff, Videos

Hirokazu Tanaka, one of the main composers for the EarthBound/MOTHER series recently released a single called the “Hirokazu Tanaka Song”. Basically, he gathered ten other people named Hirokazu Tanaka and had them all sing a song about how they’re named Hirokazu Tanaka and how they didn’t pick the name themselves. You can check it out here:

The official description also included this bit:

The music is reminiscent of Hirokazu’s work on the Mother series, providing an upbeat, chiptune-esque backdrop for the surreal sound of an 11-Tanaka chorus singing about being named Hirokazu Tanaka

For more info (in English even!) see here. News via GameSetWatch.


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27 Comments to The Hirokazu Tanaka Song

TheJorsh said on Dec. 11, 2009

This is great.

amorerana said on Dec. 11, 2009

Awesome…I love people who do this kind of stuff!

Linkzcap said on Dec. 11, 2009

Ahaha I love Japanese randomness. Just another great example.

ZombiePaul said on Dec. 11, 2009

That was bloody fantastic!

Slackerwriter said on Dec. 11, 2009

Kind of reminds me of the “these are the daves I know” song from Kids in the Hall

sg_06 said on Dec. 11, 2009

lol. Brilliant.

Even more impressive is that he managed to find 10 Hirokazu Tanakas that could SING.

Jeagle101 said on Dec. 11, 2009

Linkzcap said it. I love Japan 🙂

I wish I could visit Japan one day…. *sigh*

Miles Vialpando said on Dec. 11, 2009

Haha, nice!

darkgreen_orange said on Dec. 11, 2009

Only in Japan. :-p

But seriously, at least as far as composer names go I think the most common family name I have come upon is “Tanaka”

Ninji said on Dec. 11, 2009

Cool, did anyone see the face close-up of that guy at 1:04, weird…

LakituAl said on Dec. 11, 2009

I would really like to be able to do that, but my last name is so going to make it impossible!

Assorted Astrology-Related Names said on Dec. 12, 2009

This is the most absurdly pointless thing I’ve ever seen.

I love it.

TypeZer0h said on Dec. 12, 2009

It’s awesome how they can just create something, so vivid and beautiful from just a simple idea!

Millhouse said on Dec. 12, 2009

This is so random. I love it.

resetsurvivor said on Dec. 12, 2009

I know Hirokazu Tanaka has done a lot of music for a lot of games but two of the titles mentioned didn’t seem to fit right. Pac Man & Tetris? Could they mean the Tetris songs on the Gameboy? ..or maybe song 3 (C?) of Tetris for NES? ..and what’s up with Pac Man? I mean the Sound FX on Pac Man ARE very similar to Donkey Kong but wasn’t that NAMCO? Did he do freelance or something?

..anyone have any info on this.

TellyPhone said on Dec. 12, 2009

Well, Tetris and Pac Man are on his Wikipedia page.

Awesome song, but for some reason I found it weird that his YouTube page says he’s 15 years old…

Ninji said on Dec. 12, 2009

@TellyPhone- there’s a big chance that whoever did that is probably just a n00bish poser trying to act like Hirokazu Tanaka, or he just lied about his age for fun.

hylatio said on Dec. 12, 2009

@resetsurvivor: The wiki page is talking about the “Pac-Man Fever” album, and Tanaka is credited because he did the sound effects for the original Donkey Kong. I assume that the “Do the Donkey Kong” song is the one that has the sound effects.

Also, I know he did the music for the Game Boy Tetris, not sure about the NES version.

curiouspasserby said on Dec. 12, 2009

This made my day 🙂

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Seifer said on Dec. 12, 2009

Tanaka Hirokazu’s age on his YouTube profile: 15

santiagoff said on Dec. 12, 2009

I knew Tanaka was an overused surname… but Hirokazu too? xD

Jeff said on Dec. 12, 2009

That was beautiful.

PSI Wolf said on Dec. 13, 2009

Pretty cool!

NT-Yoyo said on Jul. 6, 2010

Words cannot explain the epicness I just stumbled upon.

Lumakiri said on Feb. 17, 2011

I love the Japanese, seriously. Hirokazu Tanaka is amazing.

I want the Koji Kondo song now.

player said on May. 24, 2011

Strange language or song…but look nice :))

keep going!


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