Ice Under Pressure

Back in 1981, David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016) and the members of Queen co-wrote “Under Pressure” that was included on Queen’s album “Hot Space” that was released the following year. It hit the top spot on the charts in the UK, but peaked at the 29th spot in the U.S. The song was a staple of Queen concerts until the band stopped touring in 1986.  Even though David Bowie was instrumental in the song’s creation, he chose not to include it in his live performances until 1992 when he sang the song as a duet with Annie Lennox at the tribute concert for Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury (5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991).

It’s never been a secret that American rapper Robert Matthew Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice sampled the bass line from “Under Pressure” for his hit, “Ice Ice Baby.”  The Vanilla Ice song was released on his 1989 debut album “Hooked” and a year later, on his national debut album “To The Extreme.”

Now this was back in the early days of sampling.  Legal precedent wasn’t carved in stone yet.  Things weren’t playing out very well in most of the industry’s opinion.

Neither David Bowie now Queen were credited as co-writers of the “Ice Ice Baby” and they saw none of the royalties … that is, until the lawsuit was settled. Vanilla Ice argued that he had added a beat between notes and because of that, the two songs were completely different songs. Of course, in later years, he admitted that he wasn’t serious about using that as a defense. Still, the situation was serious enough for Queen and David Bowie to threaten to sue Vanilla Ice for copyright infringement.

At the end of the day, Vanilla Ice thought it was more prudent to settle out of court for an undisclosed sum of money and to give David Bowie and Queen songwriting credits on the “Ice Ice Baby” track.  For Vanilla Ice, because “Ice Ice Baby” was making a name for him as a rapper, losing all rights to his song could prove disastrous to his career which is why he opted for the out of court settlement.

So whether you’re a fan of David Bowie or Queen, or a fan of Vanilla Ice, you have to admit that the bass line is catchy with enough punch to carry two songs to the charts.  What do you think?

Is This Real Life or 8-Bit Fantasy?

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Today’s article is republished with permission from the author, Lewis Schofield at Geeked Mind.
Lewis is a blogger, nerd, gamer, cosplayer, MSTie, and radio show producer and host of the
weekly half-hour program “The Geeked Mind” on Trent Radio.  His interest in computers and
gaming began before he could even walk and continues to this day.

To read the original blog article by Lewis Schofield, click HERE.
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The NES is an iconic console of the 8-Bit and 16-Bit era — some also say it was iconic even in the 32-Bit era — with classic games like Punch-Out (a classic boxing game), Mega Man 7 (a classic hard game), Super Mario, and the classic Final Fantasy games (an iconic RPG game series).

Two of the most well-known Internet Personalities in the classic gaming world are Pat “The NES Punk” Contri and Brent “Brentalfloss” Black.

I first heard about Pat “The NES Punk” Contri thanks to a cameo he did on “The Angry Video Game Nerd” – formerly known as “The Angry Nintendo Nerd” — in an episode entitled, “Nintendo World Championship.” In this episode, The Nerd (played by creator James Rolfe) calls Pat to find out if has a copy of “Nintendo World Championship.” That’s where the conflict arises, and they begin to argue over who should own it in light of the fact that they are both NES Collectors.

SIDE NOTE: The Angry Video Game Nerd Movie looks epic and it’s based on a real story. Yes, readers, it’s not an urban legend. A massive number of ATARI cartridges were dumped in a landfill once a upon a time, not that long ago, and in this galaxy.

Not unlike how I discovered Pat “The NES Punk” Contri, I first saw Brentalfloss in a cameo in the Channel Awesome crossover, “The Moulin Rouge Musical Review” starring Linkara, BrentalFloss, and the Nostalgia Critic and Chick – to name a small handful of actors. It was a review that, of course, had the cast singing songs throughout the entire review.

That review then pointed me to his other work, and in short order, I became a fan of his work. I really enjoyed his song about the Team Based FPS Team Fortress 2. Even now, I find myself playing it when, after a long day, I load up “Team Fortress 2” to play with my gamer buddies.

Setting all that aside, today I am here to talk about his musical crossover with Pat. The parody that takes on the iconic song by Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is making the rounds in the geek community as the break-out hit of 2013, “Nintendohemian Rhapsody.”

I first heard “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the movie “Wayne’s World” which was based on the SNL skit of the same name. As fans will remember, in the movie “Wayne’s World” basement television host, Wayne (played by Mike Myers) throws a cassette in to the tape player as he, Garth (Played by Dana Carvey) and three of their friends are driving down the street. The song that fires up is none other than “Bohemian Rhapsody”

The parody “Nintendohemian Rhapsody” is a tribute not only to the original song but to the art of parodies. It’s well made, funny and full of jokes and remakes gamers know so well. Games from the NES and SNES games that were so challenging they were amazingly difficult to beat!

I hope you enjoy watching Brent “Brentalfloss” Black and Pat “The NES Punk” Contri in their knock-out parody, “Nintendohemian Rhapsody” as much as I did (and do).

And don’t forget: You can look forward to my more SNES and NES games on my Gaming Live Stream alongside my attempt to build a NinToaster.

Lewis Schofield

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