Growing up, there were certain game composers I was aware of. Uematsu? Check. Koshiro? Check. But Tommy Tallarico wasn't one of them.
A lot of that is because he was a sound designer first, dipping his hands in everything from Prince of Persia to the best of Shiny Entertainment. He also co-founded Videogames Live, which nobody can dispute has become a beloved institution in the gaming world. And yet, looking back he did compose music for games that I hold near and dear to my heart. Games like, MDK, Cool Spot and Earthworm Jim.
This week on Kotaku Mixtape, we're listening to some of my favorite tracks from Tallarico's catalogue, including selections from the Earthworm Jim games as well as tracks from Aladdin for the Genesis.
Also worth noting: the man owns a Spiderman room.
Aladdin (Genesis) - Arab Rock
Cool Spot - Off Da Wall
Earthworm Jim - Use Your Head
Wild 9 - Track 1
Earthworm Jim 2 - Lorenzen's Soil
MDK - Vengeful Alien
Credit to user AcidFaux for suggesting this week's topic. If you have anything you'd like to suggest as a Kotaku Mixtape, feel free to leave it in the comments.