Power-Pill ‎– Pac-Man

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Richard D. James' only song published under the "powerpill" pseudonym.

Inspired by Namco's Arcade Game "PAC-MAN" (and samples all themes and sound effects from the game).

On some editions of Only For The Headstrong Vol. II, the "Mickey Finn's Yum Yum Mix" is billed as "Heavy Mental Mix". This Mix also sampled the cash register sound from Pink Floyd's "Money".

Tracklist

Pac-Man (Power-Pill Mix)
Pac-Man (Ghost Mix)
Pac-Man (Choci's Hi-Score Mix)
Pac-Man (Mickey Finn's Yum Yum Mix)

Versions (5)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TABX 110, 869741-1 Power-Pill Pac-Man(12") Ffrreedom, FFRR TABX 110, 869741-1 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
PAC 1 Power-Pill Pac-Man(12", Promo, Yel) Not On Label PAC 1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TAB 110, 869 740-7 Power-Pill Pac-Man(7") Ffrreedom, London Records TAB 110, 869 740-7 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TABCD 110, 869741.2 Power-Pill Pac-Man(CD, Single) Ffrreedom, London Records TABCD 110, 869741.2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TABMC 110, 869 740-4 Power-Pill Pac-Man(Cass, Single) Ffrreedom, London Records TABMC 110, 869 740-4 UK 1992 Sell This Version

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timibbitson

timibbitson

August 3, 2016
referencing Pac-Man, 12", TABX 110, 869741-1
There is a Master Room pressing of this in existence too, sort of a promo, I saw Carl Cox use one.
AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

February 10, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Pac-Man, 12", TABX 110, 869741-1
Richards answer to Rhubarb & custard, Charly etc etc Aphex fans that take themselves to seriously should kinda like the (Ghost Mix) though but its basically a break and some typical Afx spooky chords with a pacman sample.
Choci & Finn mixes are decent enough 91/92 style remixes.
rafika77

rafika77

June 8, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Pac-Man, 12", TABX 110, 869741-1
Wanted to try B-Side at 33 (yes I know it's supposed to play at 45) and it sound surprisingly good !
h4ndcrafted

h4ndcrafted

August 31, 2013
referencing Pac-Man, 12", TABX 110, 869741-1

This is Aphex Twin ... yes Aphex Twin!

March 11, 2008
referencing Pac-Man, CD, Single, TABCD 110, 869741.2
This is a rather amusing release. It features all the complex drum tracks, unique rhythm, and glitchy sampling that we've come to expect from Richard, but puts on top of all that the notorious theme song to Pacman. It's pretty fast in terms of the tempo, and I could imagine something like this working well on a dance floor. It's not really something you would take seriously, as it features a very facetious mood and riff, but its an enjoyable track.
electronicdutchman

electronicdutchman

November 20, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Pac-Man, 12", TABX 110, 869741-1

I don't agree the Choci and Mickey Finn mixes are stand-out tracks. The only thing they're doing is mashing up the original in a very strange way, I can't imagine someone could dance to this beats or enjoy listening them. Perhaps this release doesn't offer high quality Afx, but it's worth buying for the title track. The Caustic Window bassline mixed with the pacman sounds (Richard is a arcadefreak as you know) works pretty good. Recommended for Old School sets or just to remember the good old days.

March 14, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Pac-Man, 12", TABX 110, 869741-1
Just average a record. Why? Lack of soul, lack of depth, lack of labour (a good laugh it is however!). Highly overrated these days although mainly found in the sales bins 10 years ago. Sought after because this is Aphex Twin. Food for speculants (what's new?), AFX collectors or (real!) hardcore dj's (RIP) only.
Fronhornet

Fronhornet

December 16, 2004
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Pac-Man, 12", TABX 110, 869741-1
A little known release from the Aphex Twin. Both the Choci and Mickey Finn mixes are the stand out tracks here, being decent early hardcore tracks. And yes despite the label both tracks should be played at 45 not 33.