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Music: The Adventures of Duane & BrandO
aka: Duane And Brando
MY BALLS! - Duane

The Adventures of Duane & BrandO is a Michigan based videogame rap cover band, consisting of members Duane Zuwala and Brandon Lackey, under the not-really-pseudonyms 8Bit Duane and The Amazing BrandO. This description, while accurate, fails to convey the mindblowingly fun rhymes and craftsmanship put in to every song. Their covers stick with a fun and bouncy style rather than the more serious workings of say, The Megas.

Much of their notoriety comes from their music videos using in-game footage, with these two videos being the most well known:Final Fantasy and Mega Man 2

There exists one CD consisting of remastered versions of their entire discography, to be re-released in January 2013, as well as multiple solo albums from each of them.

After a period of in-fighting that broke up the band, they have re-united in 2012 with the release of a brand new song from their long-awaited EarthBound LP. They plan to go on tour using a Kickstarter project that was successfully funded on December 13th, 2012.

PS: Due to the common tropes between the three bands, let's keep them all together on this page.

Tropes:

  • Action52: Arguably the finest lyrical interpretation of Cheetahmen II created by man or machine.
    • Lampshade Hanging:
      • "Walkin' down the road to the invisible dude"
      • "Can't duck down, I'm jumpin' over your ass! Coins poppin' up, but I don't know for what, next stage I make a motherfucking noise when I jump!"
      • "My moves are pitiful but this robe is gloris..."
      • "I shall run, 'cuz I'm Doctor Morbis, reappear 'cuz I teleportis..."
      • "Cheetahmen, you are my failed expirement!"
    • No Ending: Just like the original game. Even in the extended version.
  • Are We There Yet?: "It's already been five minutes since we started this song! That's four Ninja Gaiden songs way too long!"
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Matoya's voice in "Final Fantasy". Lampshaded in-universe.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Zelda II, as shown below:
    ''This game is so confusing
    When the hell does it take place? (I don't know!)
    Which Zelda did I rescue?
    Where the hell's my boomerang? (I don't know!)''
    • Averted later:
    Link's Shadow: Same moves, same tights, same fuckin' drive!
  • Averted Trope: The Final Fantasy I rap dodges all the popular Light Warrior personalities popularized by 8-Bit Theater. The Fighter is smart and the leader, the Red Mage flaunts his powers by using them, the Black Mage is slick and effective, and there's a Black Belt on the team.
    • Although the Eight Bit Theater lineup is referenced: Garland says to the Black Belt "I'll make you wish you'd have chosen Thief." But it's probably said for the fact that the Thief is a master at running.
    • I'm the two tailed fox with the fly-ass moves!
  • Badass Boast: Quite a few.
    Duane: Rrrrescued the princess and captured the ship / We got the mystic key from the Elven Prince / Defeated Lich, Kary, Kraken, and Tiamat, with a chortle / Orb of Earth, Fire, Water, Air, opened the portal / Went back 2000 years to the Temple of Fiends / Now we're four Light Warriors, hauntin' ya dreams! / You're goin' down, Chaos, you shouldn't fuck with my crew! / Or Leo, Jojo, Spud, and I are gonna show you how we do / You motherfucker! We beat you before and we'll do it again! / Every time you fuckin' rise, until this fantasy ends! / You better stay on your guard, 'cause when I strike you're gonna feel it! / You fuckin' piece of shit! You're goin' down, bitch, I mean it!
  • Banned in Germany: The Amazing Brando's "Magical Mustache" video.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Played straight when "songs" are mentioned, downplayed when "games" are mentioned.
  • Brick Joke: The DEAD running gag in the Mega Man 2 rap was used again in the Castlevania 2 rap.
  • Butt Monkey: "The name's Bubble Man and I got somethin' ta say-"* DEAD*
    • Tails as well. He's always either left behind or totally abhorred while he's around.
    Tails: Tails is the name / Sonic's right hand G / You'll go no no, nono, no!
    Sonic: Shut the fuck up.
  • Call Back: While any sequel songs (Zelda/Mario/Castlevania 2 etc.) all contain references to their respective predecessors. Of special note is Duane's rendition of the title theme from Mega Man 6 borrows its first four measures of lyrics from Mega Man 2 by Duane & BrandO.
    • Dragon Warrior also reuses a couple of the Sonic rap's lines. Tails (played by Duane, who also did the vocals for Dragon Warrior) lampshades this.
    • Zelda III makes a subtle reference to the last line of the previous song, in which Link asks "We're brother and sister in the next game, right?". This version of Link is a Chivalrous Pervert who constantly hits on a reluctant Zelda, who is constantly hinted to be a relative. (But only in this song.)
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "I'mmah fuckin' kick you in your stupid fuckin' face" is one of MANY. Oh, and can't forget the song TITLED "Fuck You".
    • Seriously, everyone swears in these raps. Except for, amusingly, Bikke from Final Fantasy I. You know, the pirate?
    • Wood Man also has an amusing aversion to the word "fuck". He opts for "freakin'". He does say "ass", though. Roll and Dr. Wily don't swear either, and Proto Man's only swear is cut off.
      Proto Man: Choose carefully you motherfu--.
      Mega Man: NO.
  • Critical Hit Class: Referenced in the band's rap based on upon Final Fantasy I, the Fighter class is referred to as "critically acclaimed" referring to his odds of getting a critical hit.
  • Darker and Edgier: Zelda II is much more serious than most of the band's other songs. There are a few jokes here and there, and the Running Gag with Duane popping up to comment on what's happening, but they're mostly at the beginning and during the middle, while the temple, final boss and especially the Great Temple segments are surprisingly poetic.
    Link: You know that I will save you, I'm made to, I'm breaking through
    Zelda: You know that I have faith, Link, I'll wait, Link, I'll wait for you
    Link: You have no choice, love,
    Zelda: I know that you'll rescue me, this is our destiny
    Both: I hear your voice, love,
    Link: I've only just met you but something inside of me drives me on... So I battle, who are you?
    Shadow Link: I'm your shadow.
  • Development Hell: EarthBound remained here since 2009, but with their 2012 reunion and the release of Happy Happy Village, it looks to be climbing back to the land of mortals.
    • Final Fantasy VII: A full-length LP with a number of guest artists, intended as a solo album from BrandO. Only a small snippet of One Winged Angel has been released at this time.
    • Mega Proto Man 9: Originally announced as a sequel to 2, the song has been released in bits and pieces over the years, with alternate Mega Man vocals by Mega Ran recorded during their breakup, but the final product has yet to see the light of day.
  • Dissimile: In Toejam and Earl:
    I'm like a genie/alien but the opposite...
  • Domestic Abuse: Played for laughs a few times.
    Mega Man: "And that's how we roll"
    Roll: "Need my help?"
    Mega Man: "Nawww. / Get back in the kitchen, / shit is under control / It's a man's world, baby / don't be flashin' ya vag / here's my back hand bitch/ ya got a problem wit' that? * punch*
    • And of course, "The Carpet Is Lava", which they actually lost a few YouTube subscribers over.
    • From Battletoads:
    Dark Queen: You can't hit me, I'm a woman!
    Rash: I realize you're a woman, but I really don't care
    You're gonna have to tell the doctor you fell down on the stairs
    You're gonna need them sunglasses for them black eyes, whore
    I've been drinking since breakfast, I don't care anymore!
    There is no... relationships. Only men, and others. Women will no longer be referred to as women, but "Dishes Do-ers". We will also refer to them as... Bitch! ...You are the birth giver, or the abortion haver. I shall crap in your hand and you shall run it to the toilet! ...You shall have your own special room, it will be called the storage closet.
  • Double Entendre: King Koopa claims in the Super Mario Bros.. rap that he'll "eat the fucking Princess with cherries and whipped cream".
    • Matoya got her some HERB.
    • From the Zelda rap:
    Link: When I master the Master Sword, I'm goin' to town
    on Zelda's upside-down Triforce, with one in the brown.
    You can't stop me from comin', I am the Hero of Time!
    You better run for your fuckin' life, I'm comin' inside!
    • One was noted with less innuendo: "That was a critical hit? Critics are thumbing in awe!"
  • Dude, She's Like in a Coma: "Besides, she's in a coma in the next game, G. For real."
  • Eat the Dog: At the end of of Duck Hunt: "I'm gonna fire up that grill, and we're just gonna pretend that it's duck we're grillin' up instead of man's best friend."
  • Epic Rocking: Their Final Fantasy I song is just over 10 minutes long.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: How Billy defeats his evil brother.
    Billy: I am tellin' Mom.
    Jimmy: You wouldn't!
  • Exposition Break: Played for laughs in the EarthBound song Title Buzz Buzz:
    Buzz Buzz: One last thing before I finally die…
    Take this thing, it’s called a Sound Stone, guy.
    There are eight different melodies that you have to record
    To prevent the Cosmic Destroyer from sending all to the horror of eternal darkness.
    I’m dead...
    ...Do you wanna hear my story again?
    Ness: Yes.
    Buzz Buzz: Yes? Okay. One last thing before I finally die...
  • Fan Vid: Remarkably well made ones at that.
  • Final Fantasy I: For many fans, this was their first exposure to the band.
  • Hannibal Lecture: In Zelda 2, Dark Link attempts one:
    No, I know all your moves, and I feel all your pain!
    You're a slave to the princess, a fuckin' shame!
    You'll never defeat me, you know that I'm right!
    You're a servant, a pawn, and you're living a lie!
    Gonna live and let you die, bitch! 'Cause I don't need you!
    Stabby stab stab, how you like that shit?
    I'm gonna call you Error 'cause you're fuckin' useless!
  • Heroic Mime: Referenced in Zelda:
    Link: Aw, shit! (I thought to myself) What am I going to do?
  • In-Joke: One of the great pleasures of their lyrics, from their quip of "Did I do that?", in homage to Jaleel White's role as the voice actor for Sonic in Sonic Sat AM and The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • Not to mention that in both the Zelda 2 and Castlevania 3 raps, there's that woman holding up the sign. In Zelda 2, it says "4 out of 5 ladies prefer this model" and in Castlevania 3, it says "TREVOR'S GOT BALLZ".
  • Insult Backfire: Well, more like Snappy Comment Backfire, from Episode 2 of the Zelda 3 rap:
    Zelda: Lick my royal heinie!
    Link: ...gonna!
  • Mood Whiplash: The ending of Duane's Super Mario Land is quite touching... aside from the fact that it's punctuated with a rather epic belch.
    • The Dragon Warrior rap ends "dramatically", due to a last-minute change made during recording.
    • In Brando's "Zelda 3: The Light World", the Overworld theme gets heroic lyrics, up to a point:
    I'll face the darkness
    The angels hearken
  • Mushroom Samba: Link in Zelda 3 finds the Magic Mushroom, which in the game is supposed to be used to get the Magic Powder, and eats it, with predictable results.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: From Kung Fu:
    So door igamo sensei llamo Tamagotchi Ali
    I dunno what exactly that means I don’t speak no Chinese
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Although the subtitles say "Bikke", his actual name is replaced with a cough instead of being spoken. In a YouTube comment DnB claimed that none among them could agree on how to pronounce it.
  • Nothing Can Stop Me Now: What Link declares in Zelda 3 once he reaches the Master Sword with all three pendants in hand.
  • Overly-Long Gag: The end of the "Saturn Valley" portion of Earthbound is the Grapefruit Falls password. Which happens to be doing nothing for three full minutes.
  • Pun: "I'm the illest fuckin' cracker that you've ever met! Get it? *whip cracks* That shit is funny!"
  • Punk in the Trunk: In The Carpet is Lava, after they kill Mike Christensen with a baseball bat.
    Michael Crane: Let's put his ass in the trunk.
    Take him to the river, then dump this punk.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Their shows are the perfect example of this. Duane can't stand still when the music is going, while BrandO remains cooler, albeit just as into the music.
  • Rhyming with Itself: In the Super Mario Bros. 2 song, Birdo rhymes "face" with itself, and lampshades it.
    Birdo: I am a motherfuckin' Birdo, look at my face!
    I spit eggs motherfucker, straight into your face!
    I'm so hardcore, I rhyme face with face!
    I rhymed face four times, now get outta my face!
  • Running Gag:
    • In Mega Man 2, the word "Dead!" is shouted after each boss is defeated.
    • Duane's face appears quite often in both of the music videos for the Legend of Zelda songs.
    • Trevor and other characters keep dying throughout Castlevania III, interrupting the music.
    • In the Zelda 3 videos, Link constantly saying that he has a REALLY LARGE PENIS.
  • Sanity Slippage: Link in Zelda 3, after Sahasrahla staunchly refuses to give him the Pegasus Boosts before Link gets the first Pendant.
    • Than again after Zelda is kidnapped by Aghanim's soldiers.
  • Shout-Out: To Dungeons & Dragons in their Pac-Man song, Faith No More, and a good many to Christopher Walken to name a few.
    • In some of the video-game songs, they get into some pretty obscure in-jokes with the games. Chaos referencing Erdrick's gravestone, for example.
    • One to Flash Gordon in the Mega Man 2 rap.
    • Here's a good one from the Sonic rap
    Sonic (to Robotnik): I’ll fuckin’ roll you down the stairs like your name was “Log”!
    • There's also a pretty amusing reference in Metal Sonic's verse of the Sonic rap.
    Metal Sonic: Error. Does not compute. Shoot, my system froze. Reboot. Scanning. Loading converter. I am Sonic, insert girder.
    Chaos: I am immortal, I have inside me blood of kings!
    Billy: Just give me my girl and get your ass home
    Zoey's on in 5 minutes, you never miss that show!
    Jimmy: What you know about the 101
    Leave Zoey alone, Nickelodeon's fun!
    • Also, Jimmy Lee references MC Hammer and more:
    Jimmy: Stop! ...Nail time. Can't touch this motha fucking gangsta rhyme.
    My, my, my, fist will hit you - so hard! Make you look like Charizard!
    I'm too legitimate to handle, bro. Like Mario put it best, "Let's a-go!"
  • Shown Their Work: In their Mario 2 song, they got every detail right to the fact that the game was All Just a Dream.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: From Zelda 3:
    Link: I'll face the darkness,
    The angels hearken,
    Your face, I'll fart in...
  • Spiritual Successor: Action Adventure World and The Amazing BrandO's solo work with VGM, though stylistically Action Adventure World is closer to the majority of Duane and BrandO's work.
  • Stealth Pun: In the Final Fantasy song, there's a short section with Mega Man characters playing as a band. Bass is on Bass.
  • Straw Misogynist: The moral of The Carpet Is Lava.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: From Duane's Ice Climber:
    "Dodge the icicles falling up high,
    If they hit me then I'll probably get mad or something!"
    • Castlevania 3 has a DOUBLE subverted rhyme:
    Trevor: "Are you a chick,
    'Cause you look like you might have a scro-"
    Sypha: "I'm a female, you asshole!"
  • Take That: Brand0 was asked repeatedly to make a song based on Pokémon and released this. Ray William Johnson must be so proud of that trolling.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The Sonic the Hedgehog rap ends with Sonic losing the final battle. Played for Laughs in that he lost BY SHARTING. (It's a combination of shitting and farting.)
    • In Castlevania III, Trevor Belmont loses when fighting Dracula and Brandon quits playing out of frustration.
    • In Dragon Warrior, Duane loses on purpose because he thought it was a better idea to end the song dramatically.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: In Zelda 3, Link discovers the hard way that being turned into a bunny comes with certain... urges.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Aplenty. Just look at the page for two examples.
  • Trunk Shot: Near the end of the video for The Carpet is Lava, where they put Mike Christensen in the trunk.
  • Turn Your Head and Cough: Something similar used in Duane's rendition of the Doogie Howser, M.D. theme song.
  • Vampire Bites Suck: "AAAAAAAAAAAAARGH! FUCKERRRRRR!"
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Tails is abused in their Sonic the Hedgehog song, taking advantage of his infinite lives as Player 2 to kill him over and over and over again.
    Tails: "Hey Sonic, tell Player 2 to stop jumpin' in spikes / That shit hurts, even with these infinite lifes!"
  • Villain Song: Chaos gets his own segment in the Final Fantasy song using a tune that wasn't actually in the game. (at least, not the NES version) It's surprisingly good.
    Chaos: Those fools are on their way / They'll rue the day they came this way / I'm CHAOS! ...in the flesh.
    The Fiends compare to fleas / compared to me / It's great to be pure CHAOS! ...I laid Erdrick to rest.
    And one by one you'll die by my hand! / Oh look what I've become!
    This fantasy is far from final / The worst is yet to come...
  • Voice of the Legion: Again, Chaos during his own segment in Final Fantasy. One deep demonic voice, one higher-pitched normal voice.
  • We Can Rule Together: From Zelda II:
    Dark Link: Hyrule could be ours, take my hand!
    We can rule the kingdom, devour the land!
    • In Double Dragon, during the fight between Billy and Jimmy
      Jimmy Lee: Join us! Don't be so stupid! / Teach all of my warriors Sosetsuken / If ya don't, I'll put you in a headlock, G. / By the way, I think yer girl really likes me...
  • With Lyrics: Almost the entirety of their discography, though they do have a few original songs.
    • Though many songs merely use the original game tunes as a backdrop to the added in lyrics rather than adding lyrics directly to the song melodies.
  • What Could Have Been: Mike Christensen, the voice of Spud in Final Fantasy, was to be Hornet Man in the upcoming Mega Man 9 song by BrandO. Due to differences in between the two, this is supposedly to be axed.
    • And episode 2 of the actual cartoon. Probably from the fans' denial that it was made in Windows Movie Maker and MS Paint.
    • A part for the stairs was written for Castlevania III by BrandO, to be voiced by a forum member of the Duane and BrandO forums. The part was highly received by the fans of whom heard it, but axed right before the very end due to differences between the forum member and BrandO.


The Action Adventure World game provides examples of:


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alternative title(s): Duane And Brando; Action Adventure World; The Amazing Brand O; The Adventures Of Duane And Brand O
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