Here at The Monolith we write about both music and film, so it’s always nice when we find a rare moment that we can write about and celebrate both in the same post. While surfing for new music I stumbled across the work of an electronic artist called Chipocrite, who delivers excellent chip tune music mixed with classical rock influences and more traditional instrumentation. While I’m not too familiar with the rest of this man’s catalogue, I was thrilled to discover that he has recorded a selection of chip tune covers to some songs from The Coen Brothers‘ classic (and my favourite English language movie) The Big Lebowski.
What made me giggle like a little school girl was reading Chipocrite’s description of the EP whilst listening, which I’ll quote below:
“8-Bit Lebowski: 100% Electronic” is a tribute to several seemingly unrelated entities that are, individually, quite important to me: chip music, one of the greatest films of all time, White Russians, flamenco re-arrangements of classic rock tunes, fake pornos, Kenny Rogers, and so much more. Although I originally performed these songs as a one-off live set at Lebowski Fest Philadelphia 2011, I quickly realized that taken as a whole, they actually make up quite a comprehensive little release. I feel like it really ties my discography together.
So, in honor of the movie’s 15th anniversary (the very date of this EP’s release!), here you have it, to listen at your own leisure, whether through your car’s tape deck (provided it’s not stolen), with your significant other (provided she’s not kidnapped) or during a chilled-out rug meditation session (provided the rug, also, is not stolen). Best of all, it’s not, ugh, techno-pop.
Entirely arranged for one Game Boy running LSDJ, “8-Bit Lebowski” is dedicated to all the Achievers out there who have faith that the bums DON’T always lose. Please, enjoy it, down through the generations, westward the wagons, across the sands of time until we — aw, look at me, I’m rambling again. I hope you abide.
This album contains six licensed cover songs, including:
“Tumbling Tumbleweeds” by Sons of the Pioneers
“The Man In Me” by Bob Dylan
“Lookin’ Out My Back Door” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Traffic Boom” by Piero Piccioni
“Hotel California” by The Gipsy Kings
“Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
For anyone who’s a fan of The Big Lebowski, you’re sure to catch a lot of the inside jokes there! So many words have been spilled about this film in the past that we only celebrated the 15 year anniversary of The Big Lebowski with a Facebook post, but seriously, if you’ve never seen this movie. Go an watch it now! Thank me later.