Ogre Battle

Spotify opened it’s doors to the Irish public today (well, to those who hadn’t used a proxy or some other means to pay for the UK service that is) so I gave it a go and of course looked for Queen music. The usual suspects are there and some material I hadn’t heard before like B-sides and “work in progress” versions of some songs. Great!

Then I found Deep Cuts, the first in a series of album compilations of more “obscure” stuff. I saw some favourites on there so I tried Ogre Battle first.

What the hell? Almost 30 seconds of near silence building up to an annoying wail! Argh! This wasn’t the Ogre Battle I remembered. It’s the version from their second album, Queen II.

The version of the song from “Queen at the BBC” is so much better, but that one isn’t on Spotify. I won’t be throwing out my MP3 or CD collection any time soon. Humph.

Deep in her Eyes

I knew this song was familiar when I first heard it. It’s the theme tune to the game Uplink which I haven’t actually played at all but I had the OST from some game bundle.

Turns out it was used in a party invite for Assembly ’94. It was a favourite of mine from back then. You can download the brilliant .s3m version here.

Anyone else have fond memories of the MOD scene? The top favourites on modarchives.org will help!

Batman The Movie Theme by Powerglove

Ah, one of my favourite movies of all time. Batman The Movie, released in 1989 with a fabulous Danny Elfman soundtrack. Videogame metal band Powerglove covered the main theme tune and put a crazy video game behind it.

Here’s the original theme, much shorter. Powerglove added bits of their own. Metal fans will love it!

And here’s an excellent cover by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, conducted by Erich Kunzel.

Now, when’s the next Batman movie coming out? (via)