Back in the 80’s, at the height of arcades, there was arguably no bigger game than Pac-Man and definitely not on the marketing front. Pac-Man had books, cartoons, toys and all kinds of other bric a brac but there was also a hit song by the duo Buckner & Garcia, Pac-Man Fever. Released in 1982, the song shot up to number #9 on the Billboard charts and has sold over 2.5 million copies. The album of the same name actually had other gaming based songs on it, including the failed follow-up to Pac-Man Fever, Do the Donkey Kong, but there were also songs inspired by Frogger, Asteroids, Centipede, Defender, Bezerk and more. It’s hard to imagine any game today getting a one hit wonder pop song but that is part of the magic and craziness of the 80’s. Check out the duo performing the song on American Bandstand below.
I’m like the J. Jonah Jameson of Everything Action, writing and editing and constantly demanding pictures of Spider-Man.