Mark Thompson

Sonic the Hedgehog stole his iconic soundtrack – and I have proof

Sonic

Sonic The Hedgehog was the idol of my formative years. But, as it turns out, he’s just a very common criminal. Tsk tsk tsk.

 

 

In the 16-bit dot-matrix dawn of my childhood, I made a choice. There was a war on, you see.

You were required to pick a side, and that side is what you’d be judged on. No-one asked why, they asked what side you chose. There were only two choices: Nintendo or Sega; the plumber or the hedgehog with the fancy shoes.

I chose the latter. I’m not entirely sure why. Perhaps it was his propensity for chilli dogs, perhaps it was because he could run really fast and never get tired—being a kid of generous proportions, I could do neither. But what keeps dragging me back is the amphetamine pace and the music.

Which, of course, brings me to the point of this article. Don’t ever admire anyone, don’t revisit the heroes of your youth, and don’t ever choose YouTube over sleep. You see, I’ve discovered something galling about Mr Sonic T. Hedgehog; he just might be the greatest emerald-clutching music plagiarist that ever ran a loop.

 

Exhibit A

Sonic version: Bridge Zone Theme

 

Sounds like: Everywhere You Look (aka “the theme from Full House”)

 

Exhibit B

Sonic version: Star Light Zone Theme

 

Sounds like: Bobby Caldwell—Love Won’t Wait

 

Exhibit C

Sonic version: Spring Yard Zone Theme

 

Sounds like: Bobby Brown—Every Little Step

 

Exhibit D

Sonic version: Marble Zone Theme

 

Sounds like: Andy Williams—Music To Watch Girls By

 

Exhibit E

Sonic version: Ice Cap Zone Theme

 

Sounds like: The Jetzons–Hard Times

 

So, fairly definitive there.

But to those who follow the plumber, just know that your god is not beyond some galling music thievery:

 

 

 

 

 

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