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Tips for Buying EarthBound

June 11th, 2013 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Interviews, Itoi, MOTHER 1


Back in 2003, before MOTHER 1+2 was released, Shigesato Itoi got together with the composers for MOTHER 1 and 2 and asked them to talk about their experiences, as well as suggest a bunch of music albums for fans to listen to after playing through the games.

The resulting Japanese article was a lot of text though, so for 10 years nobody really got around to translating it all… until now, thanks to Iwant and Chewy!

Here’s a sample from the text:

He may not have much of a presence nowadays, but Prince blended musical genres together. In a way, MOTHER did, too. I like his moves, it was like watching a monkey when I saw him on video. His level of concentration and the instantaneous force he held when diving into music-making was incredible. There’s not an explicit feel of funk in the game, but once in a while it’ll show its face through the bass phrases and rhythm. If you feel a little fun-kay! when you’re playing MOTHER, that’s why.

Check out the entire translated article here!


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12 Comments to EarthBound and Music Inspirations

Jason said on Jun. 11, 2013

I’m a fan of My Bloody Valentine and always felt like it and the Mother music had a lot in common. I’m glad to see that it played a part in it.

Clockerstance said on Jun. 11, 2013

Interesting to see Frank Zappa on this list.
That letter at the end was really sweet. My god.

Mr. Tenda said on Jun. 12, 2013

I always like reading these translated thing from IToi. Thank you.

Shannon Carr said on Jun. 12, 2013

Aww! Cool! I like translated stuff like Mr. Tenda.

Anonymous said on Jun. 12, 2013

I remember checking out that in Japanese and listening to these albums, but now I’m able to read it too, thank you guys, you really are great.

I especially liked Itoi’s response to the fan at the end. I’ve been depressed and full of negative thoughts as of late, of course I won’t vent here but let’s say what Itoi wrote there are the kind of words I needed to hear/read.

FlyingManCourage said on Jun. 12, 2013

@Shannon Carr: You’ve come to the right place, then! This place is full of little treasures that Mato has translated for us. You should check out these links:



Those two links are like the homepage for this kind of content here on EBC. Enjoy yourself. You’ll be busy for weeks! 🙂

Iwant said on Jun. 12, 2013

Do listen to King Tubby’s Prophesy of Dub and Take Away / The Lure of Salvage, they’re really great and unusual albums!

steinmitz said on Jun. 12, 2013

It’s interesting to see Van Dyke Parks and Miklos Rozsa mentioned. I’m not sure if I’ve heard their music from the sources cited in the article, but Parks’ songs in The Brave Little Toaster are my favorites from animated movies, and Rozsa’s Ben Hur score is still one of the most impressive in dramatic cinema.

RockXLight said on Jun. 13, 2013

@ steinmitz

Parks also arranged the music in Disney’s The Jungle Book.

Carl said on Jun. 13, 2013

Thanks for sharing this!

I recently discovered the brilliant Brian Wilson album Smile and am excited to see that an early version of that album, and other works by Wilson and lyricist Van Dyke Parks, were inspirations for the Mother soundtrack.

Also, I agree with Steinmitz about The Brave Little Toaster, which has a very catchy soundtrack.

Z said on Jun. 24, 2013

Thank you for finally translating this. A lot of the artists in that list have a lot to do with each other.

I hope a lot of people here end up checking out the albums Smile, Song Cycle, and Brian Wilson’s debut solo. They’re all masterpieces, and the latter Wilson solo effort is vastly underrated.

Vukadin said on Jun. 27, 2013

I’m sorry, but My Bloody Valentine is horrible. Bunch of stupid sellouts that make crappy music.


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