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C64 is back (unfortunately)

Roskilde Festival has announced twelve new bands for the Pavilion Junior stage for new, promising Nordic acts. Amongst them, is Press Play on Tape, a band comprised of six Commodore 64 fans from the Department of Computer Science in Copenhagen.

Press Play on Tape create music which is based on the soundtracks that accompanied the games from the legendary computer platform C64. They have self produced (obviously) two CDs including music from games like Rambo: First Blood part II, Ghosts'n Goblins, Warhawk, Monty on the Run, Beyond the Ice Palace, Wizardry, Commando, Thing on a Spring, Aztec Challenge, Paperboy, Game Over, Krakout, Thrust, Master of Magic, Arkanoid, Comic Bakery, The Way of the Exploding Fist, Defender of the Crown and Wizball.

The CDs are entitled LOADING READY RUN and RUN/STOP RESTORE (how many endless hours have I spent with these words!). They have also played two concerts in England together with some of the original composers of the computer game tunes (how on earth did they find them?).

As much as I am nostalgic about the C64 games and the agonizing moments I’ve spent waiting for the damn cassettes to load the next level, I’m really glad that the band is only playing during the warm-up period of Roskilde, before the main festival begins and before we arrive there. Let’s just hope some real performances are announced soon or we’ll be touring Denmark at the start of July in search of something noteworthy.

3 Comments »

  • gravatar BLR

    however: it's not the C64 tunes what they are known for!!! THEY PLAY THE THEME OF MONKEY ISLAND LIVE!

  • gravatar FlipFlop

    Check out their music on youtube - it's rock!

  • In all fairness, they don't actually suck that much (and they are indeed rock)...but I was too disappointed at the time of the post by the Roskilde let-down announcement of the full festival band-list that I had to take it out on someone!! (all this from a big C64 fan...)

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