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Zero Wing – “Invasion of the Gabber Robots” (The Laziest Men on Mars)

May 1, 2010

This is the daddy of them all. All joke tracks somewhere along the line really owe something to Jeffrey Ray Roberts of The Laziest Men on Mars, who created “Invasion of the Gabber Robots” (1999) based off the “Introduction” and “Stage 1” themes to Zero Wing for the Sega Genesis. It took about a year for the meme to really hit off with the flash video (Wired has a nice report on its early history).

Here is the accompanying flash video:

Zero Wing – “Invasion of the Gabber Robots” (The Laziest Men on Mars)

“Invasion of the Gabber Robots” integrates the “Introduction (Part 1)” theme from the Sega Genesis version of Zero Wing as well as “Open Your Eyes”, the stage 1 theme by Tatsuya Uemura (Tiger Heli, Battle Bakraid), assisted by Masahiro Yuge (GigaWing, Shark! Shark! Shark!) and Toshiaki Tomizawa (Vimana/Teki Paki, FIXEIGHT). Uemura has his own website, but there’s not much on there. I’m not sure if someone else did the intro, as the Genesis version had no credits, but it integrates elements of “Open Your Eyes” for the second half of the song.

It’s actually a pretty cool techno theme (despite the obnoxious Gabber robot). It’s very intense, with the nice techno drums recalling all kinds of crap exploding before the ZIG fighter. When coupled with the quotes, it creates a wonderful disconnect – incredible drama and intensity, with absolutely meaningless statements. You can hear “Open Your Eyes” begin at around 2:10. It’s a pretty catchy theme, so I can see how it made “Gabber Robots” so successful (unlike some of The Laziest Men on Mars’ other work).

The Laziest Men on Mars are themselves kind of forgettable – outside of “Invasion of the Gabber Robots”, of course. I never found any of the other songs to be terribly interesting, though “The Terrible Secret of Space” was enough to distract me for a few minutes as a teen. “Invasion of the Gabber Robots” was taken off MP3.com for awhile because it contained audio taken directly from the game.

Zero Wing got its start in the arcades in 1989. It was a pretty generic shooter that would otherwise be doomed to obscurity. Read the rest of this entry ?

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