Laugh and Peace - Vib-Ribbon OST

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If you don't know what this is:

Vib Ribbon is a rhythm game in which players guide the main character, Vibri, across a line filled with obstacles tied in correspondence to the beat of the song.

The base game features six songs performed by an unaccredited Japanese singer which are divided up into bronze, silver, and gold courses containing two songs each. Additionally, players can generate levels using songs from music CDs, with difficulty varying depending on the intensity of the music. The soundtrack, according to Masaya Matsuura, was provided by a band called Laugh and Peace, with vocals by Yoko Fujita.

I would describe their sound as a bit like a low-fi 90s pop version of Dempagumi.inc - each song has passages where the tempo suddenly lurches forward, in order to make gameplay harder, and the overall effect is strange but good strange.

I haven't played this game since about 2001, but I have listened to the soundtrack quite a bit.

Anyway - here are all the songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiZVOTB7f8A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQzSUNMWybE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8EdrcGDzow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B65n78YLtA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4vx0WkzTH4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIhYgXwpy4c

Poll Results

OptionVotes
02 Sunny Day 2
03 Laugh & Peace 2
04 Universal Dance 1
01 Polaroid 0
05 Overflowing Emotions 0
06 Roll Along 0


mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 20 January 2020 10:33 (five months ago) link

I loved that game!

Maresn3st, Monday, 20 January 2020 11:35 (five months ago) link

Sunny Day is the only one I could still remember and sing along from the title alone. Universal Dance is great, Overflowing Emotions and Roll Along suffer a bit from the tempo changes but they both really strongly remind me of The Wannadies.

Do Bust-a-Groove next!

Paperbag raita (ledge), Monday, 20 January 2020 12:00 (five months ago) link

My favourite was Laugh & Peace, the way it keeps speeding up and slowing down, on a re-listen Sunny Day might get my vote though.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 20 January 2020 12:16 (five months ago) link

Not sure if this is one of the best mini-LPs of all time or if I've just convinced myself of it by listening too much. Latest listening reveals hints of Cardiacs. Such inspired, unexpected musical decisions throughout. No, really.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 20 January 2020 21:13 (five months ago) link

Might get some more responses if you nudge the folks on ILG.

Paperbag raita (ledge), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 11:07 (five months ago) link

Do Bust-a-Groove next!

― Paperbag raita (ledge), Monday, January 20, 2020 6:00 AM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Oh my gawwwwd, the Bust-a-Groove and Um Jammer Lammy songs are still burned into my brain twenty years later. I WILL NEVER EVER RUN AWAY

I forgot that I even bought Vib-Ribbon from the PSN store. Guess I should look into playing more than five minutes of that, huh.

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 12:59 (five months ago) link

have to confess I have never played Bust-a-Groove or Um Jammer Lammy, is their music as good (or as odd) as this?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 13:22 (five months ago) link

They’ve both got great songs

Parappa’s timing feels busted on a PS4 tho

Vib Ribbon was great but there’s a difficulty spike that just killed me every time I tried it

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 13:27 (five months ago) link

Feel like that was always a thing with these rhythm games, some hair-pulling point where I was like ARRRRGHH WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME, GAME and that I eventually figured out and then could do with ease, NBD.

It's good that this is a PSN release as I realized a while back to my deep chagrin that, while they're technically compatible, PS1 discs have like a microsecond delay on a PS3 that renders all rhythm games unplayable (RIP, Bust-a-Groove).

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 13:55 (five months ago) link

Yes i meant PS3!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 13:59 (five months ago) link

The first Parappa is at least available for Vita through PSN, btw, and the second is available for PS4. Such a pain that you need a multitude of systems just to play the only games that have ever actually mattered in the history of gaming, sheesh.

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 14:06 (five months ago) link

(I don't know if it warrants an entire thread of its own but I wish there was a good place on ILG to fete rhythm games. So many good ones fly completely under the radar. The Patapon games for PSP, Orgarhythm for Vita, Retro/Grade for PS3, etc etc etc.)

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 14:12 (five months ago) link

hard not to vote for "sunny day"

I forgot that I even bought Vib-Ribbon from the PSN store. Guess I should look into playing more than five minutes of that, huh.

whoa, didn't know about this! is there an equivalent of the "generate a level based on what's on a CD" gimmick? spotify or something?

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 22:36 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79Yi2Fpmo40

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 22:38 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 27 January 2020 00:01 (five months ago) link

have to confess I have never played Bust-a-Groove or Um Jammer Lammy, is their music as good (or as odd) as this?

I was going to say Kitty B is the only Bust-a-Groove keeper, but then I listened to the whole thing and Shorty and the EZ Mouse has been in my head all weekend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSjFwxlKdjg

(some good pop on there but nothing as inventive as vib ribbon)

Can't remember anything from Um Jammer Lammy, except 'Listen, I lost my Dojo. But, the Dojo remains in my mind. It even has a casino! Dojo, casino, it's all in the mind.'

Paperbag raita (ledge), Monday, 27 January 2020 10:17 (five months ago) link

I get that baby song from Um Jammer Lammy stuck in my head all the time, it's catchy af.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulBisaID4_s

I NEED TO POTTY OR I'LL BE REAL NAUGHTY

It's like a koan.

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Monday, 27 January 2020 12:38 (five months ago) link

Also yes to Shorty and the EZ Mouse. Although I still have no goddamn idea what an EZ Mouse is.

I started playing one of the Persona dance games on Vita this week, and it's fun and good but, man, where did all the memorable rhythm game music go? This stuff is pretty boilerplate + blah.

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Monday, 27 January 2020 12:41 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 00:01 (five months ago) link


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