Here’s the thing… I like this better than the 1999 re-recording that was done to release the album on CD when CBS wouldn’t go for a reissue of the original sessions. It’s updated in all the right ways, and the song finally gets an “official” video, something that you’d think the original would’ve had, considering when it came out.
This is being released to tie in with Pixels, naturally, but it’s not officially part of the soundtrack. Which is a shame. According to Walter Day:
For those too young to remember, the Pac-Man craze of 1981 and 1982 was insane. The most memorable was the novelty single “Pac-Man Fever” by Akron, Ohio duo Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia, which sold an unbelievable 1.2 million copies in 1982, and more than two million to date. 33 years later, to coincide with the July 24 release of the film Pixels, Buckner has created a new, updated version of the classic tune featuring a guest spot by film/game producer and personality Jace Hall (official custodian of Twin Galaxies, too). Most importantly, though, it also includes the original vocal track by Garcia, who passed away in 2011.
Oh, but wait – there’s now a “more official” video… and it’s done by Steelehouse Productions, the Tulsa-based makers of the brilliant Pac-Man fan film a few years back. Apparently, Namco has given their blessing to the aforementioned mini-movie, and introduced them to Jerry Buckner. Even that in and of itself is awesome.