Sunday Game Soundtrack: ToeJam and Earl (MD/GEN)

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Game Soundtrack.  Today, we’ll totally funk out to John Baker’s ToeJam and Earl for Sega MegaDrive/Genesis.

Released in 1992, this game sports a pretty awesome funk/hip-hop soundtrack.  Composer John Baker set out to design the BGM so that it complimented the character designs and the game’s absurd humor.  Baker cites Herbie Hancock and more specifically The Headhunters as his main influence.

I used to play this game a lot with my little brother, who would often get hopelessly lost.  I’d be waiting by the elevators and he’d be still in the first level, drowning or sitting in the hot tub at the bonus area.  I guess I can look back at that now and call it “trolling”, though back then, I just called it being a “butthead”…. or perhaps more appropriate than either of those- being a “poindexter”.


Interestingly enough, the game itself was designed to be a two-player game first and foremost.  It makes sense, frankly, as you can scout areas much quicker with two people.  The game with one-player can be backbreakingly difficult and time consuming- though still fun.

Here’s the soundtrack, in one convenient post, by garudoh as part of his [The Music of Video Games] posts on YouTube.  Enough talk, let’s funk it up!

Hope you enjoyed it!  Feel free to leave comments.  It would be awesome to talk about the game!


About Classical Gaming

Steve Lakawicz holds an MM in Music Performance from Temple University as well as a BM in Tuba Performance from Rutgers University . His teachers include Paul Scott, Scott Mendoker, and Jay Krush. His love of video game music has lead him to form a blog, Classical Gaming, to promote discussion both casual and academic about the music of video games. He is the co-founder of the video game/nerd music chamber ensemble, Beta Test Music and regularly composes/performs chiptune music as Ap0c. He currently resides in Philadelphia where he teaches college statistics at Temple University. View all posts by Classical Gaming

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