Episode 73: The Swingin’ Sounds of Bionic Commando

Ed explores the music and history of the Bionic Commando series from its arcade and microcomputer origins to the modern HD remakes and beyond.

The Bionic Commando series started as a modest arcade game released by Capcom in 1987. Its unique mechanic, involving the protagonist being able to swing from an extendable arm instead of jumping, won the hearts of gamers all over the world. Thus, a long-running line of games was born!

Ed has been a longtime fan of the NES version of the game, and today he explores the music and history of the series from its arcade and microcomputer origins to the modern HD remakes and beyond. Amazing composers like Harumi Fujita, Junko Tamiya, Tim Follin, and Simon Viklund have contributed to the soundtracks, so this episode’s musical journey is nothing short of spectacular. Swing on by for this amazing solo show!


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The Tracklist:

Intro – “Campaign Start” from Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (PS3, Xbox360, 2011) Composed by Simon Viklund

1 – “Forest (Stage 1)” from Bionic Commando (Arcade, 1987) Composed by Harumi Fujita

2 – “Infiltration (Stage 3)” from Bionic Commando (C64, 1988) Composed by Tim Follin

3 – “The Forefront (Stage 2)” from Bionic Commando (Amiga, 1988) Composed by Tim Follin

4 – “Bionic Commando Theme (Areas 1, 3, 4 & 7)” from Bionic Commando  (NES, 1988) Composed by Junko Tamiya

5 – “Amongst Allies (Neutral Zone Areas 13-19)” from Bionic Commando  (NES, 1988) Composed by Junko Tamiya

6 – “Power Plant (Area 8)” from Bionic Commando (NES, 1988) Composed by Junko Tamiya

7 – “Areas 4,6,8, and 17” from Bionic Commando (1992, GB) Composed by Kouji Murata

8 – “Enemy Attack” from Bionic Commando (1992, GB) Composed by Kouji Murata

9 – “Area 2-2” from Bionic Commando: Elite Forces (GBC, 2000) Composed by Lawrence Schwelder

10 – “Area 3” from Bionic Commando: Elite Forces (GBC, 2000) Composed by Lawrence Schwelder

11 – “Power Plant” from Bionic Commando Rearmed (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, 2008) Composed by Simon Viklund

12 – “Rise of the Albatross” from Bionic Commando Rearmed (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, 2008) Composed by Simon Viklund

13 – “Groeder’s Anthem” from Bionic Commando (PC, Xbox360, PS3, 2009) Composed by Jamie Christopherson

14 – “Hunters for the FSA” from Bionic Commando (PC, Xbox360, PS3, 2009) Composed by Jamie Christopherson

15 – “Flutes of Ektanadu” from Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (PS3, Xbox 360, 2011) Composed by Simon Viklund

16 – “Monte Blanco” from Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (PS3, Xbox 360, 2011) Composed by Simon Viklund

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