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Aug 28, 2018

Mario’s first-ever adventure on a portable system has a great soundtrack, but its final world, Chai Kingdom, features an example of a certain melody that has long been a shorthand for all manner of Asian cultures, accurately or not. This episode — which is one where Drew talks a lot, you should probably know — explores where this nine-note structure came from and how we should regard it now that we know it’s a bunch of malarkey. But what VGM is actually authentic to the culture it is referencing? Track listing: 0:07: Chicken Dance / Savage Reign / SNK Sound Team 2:18: Chai Kingdom / Super Mario Land / Hirokazu Tanaka 5:40: Kung-Fu Fighting / Carl Douglas 6:09: Turning Japanese / The Vapors 6:41: China Girl / David Bowie 7:20: Japanese Boy / Aneka 8:43: Scene 1 Intro / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game / Yasuhiko Manno 9:54: China Theme / Street Fighter II / Yoko Shimomura 12:20: Aladdin Quick Step / Thomas Comer 12:42: Chinese Bicycle / Columns 3 / Morihiko Akiyama 14:56: Tea Rock / The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy / Yasuko Yamada and Naoto Yagishita 16:32: Oriental / Golden Sun / Motoi Sakuraba 20:13: Fo’s Theme / Battle Arena Toshinden / Yasuhiro Nakano 23:23: Szechwan, China / Tekken / Yoshie Takayanagi 24:40: Chinatown / The Revenge of Shinobi / Yuzo Koshiro 27:09: War in China / Live A Live / Yoko Shimomura 28:10: Back to the China / Metal Slug 2 / Takushi Hiyamuta 31:25: Eastern Country / Romancing Saga 3 / Kenji Ito 34:44: Lee / Fighting Street / Yoshihiro Sakaguchi 36:41: Dragon Driftway / Mario Kart 8 / Atsuko Asahi 38:35: Oriental Comrades / Bounty Sword / Kohei Tanaka and Akihiko Mori 41:35: China Unified / Sangokushi Retsuden: Ransei no Eiyuutachi / Unknown Composer Links and whatnot: The NPR segment on the oriental riff: The website where examples of this melody are catalogued: Legacy Music Hour’s “asiatic” episode: The Super Marcato Bros’ TMNT episode: Drew on Twitter: Singing Mountain on Twitter: On Facebook: On iTunes:…ain/id1252832457 On Google Play:…bs27wb6cqr24dlgl4 On Instagram: On SoundCloud: @singingmountain On YouTube: Official website: