TNB Night Owl – Nerdcore

Galaga Video Game circa 1981.

Hip-hop music is a part of American, and world, culture.  It’s got a reputation and a style that speaks to deep urban areas, violence, anger, sex, money, drugs, crime, video games and animated Japanese cartoons about giant robots.

Okay, most people don’t add those last two into the mix.  But they’re not familiar with Nerdcore.

The closest that most people come to having heard it is the Weird Al parody of “Ridin’ Dirty”, “White and Nerdy.”

Oh, and in case you’re wondering just how much Donny Osmond danced for that song… the first take is worth watching.  Osmond had, unbeknownst to Weird Al, listened to the song a few times and created an entire dance routine.

On a day like today, a laugh might be needed.

But certainly that’s not its own genre.  After all, that’s just a single parody song… until you realize that there are, in fact songs out there based on things like Infocom text adventure games like Zork, Planetfall and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…

Or Voltron and its imitators…

It’s been around for longer than you think, too.  It’s been around since the early 1990s.

For some reason it’s never quite broken into the mainstream of hip-hop music.  I cannot imagine why.

Question of the night: What’s a song that makes you happy?

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