View Full Version : Let's rock this joint! A bit? Please?

26th Dec 2015, 20:42
So, what you guys think about the whole Outrun thingamajig?

You know, things like







Kung Fury and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

It's not quite Cyberpunk, I don't think, too over-the-top and shiny, but it's close. It's certainly closer to Cyberpunk 2077, than it is to Deus Ex.

27th Dec 2015, 00:17
It's Kavinsky and Drive and The Protomen. Retrofuture 80s aesthetic and themes.

27th Dec 2015, 00:30
Well, it's on the rise. While proper Cyberpunk as in "High tech, low life" isn't. Still, I'd like to see more movies, games and music in this style. Can't say the same about HR theme, I think I've had enough already, even though it looks like MD kept most of it.

27th Dec 2015, 04:56
Yeah it's an interesting little subculture/genre. I think Drive was really what kicked it into high gear. It came out two years before the OutRun album came out, and had a song from the album in the opening credits. Then obviously Hotline Miami was hugely influenced by Drive, OutRun came out, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Protomen definitely aren't all Outrun style music, but they have some killer 80s-sounding tracks, and this one in particular falls right in line with the themes surrounding Outrun. And hell, look at that cover art.


27th Dec 2015, 08:42
It might be little, but with 22mil views of Kung Fury on Youtube alone and popularity of Blood Dragon and Hotline Miami - there is certainly a market for it.

27th Dec 2015, 12:47
Some of it is nice to hear (and see) and there's certainly something charming about it. A likeable blast from the past but I don't think this can become a lasting scene or genre - more like a string of flukes that occurs from time to time. Unlike other vintage/retro music styles that keep resurfacing every few years, like certain schools of metal for example, there's no living and breathing culture associated with Carpenter-like film score music, not even in it's heritage.

5th Jan 2016, 09:58
I dunno. The whole thing emerged because over the past five-ish years there's been this outpour of stuff following these themes. I don't think it's going to be anything big, mind you, but I think it will carve a small niche for itself.

EDIT: I guess the "proper" term for the musical genre specifically is Synthwave (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthwave). But obviously outrun is more of a universal term, for all media.

5th Jan 2016, 22:01
As much as I like Outrun and Synthwave and all that, there is only one proper response to "Let's rock this joint"


8th Jan 2016, 21:21