The Adventures ofDuane & 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 2There 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-awaitedEarthBound 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.
Action52: Arguably the finest lyrical interpretation of Cheetahmen II created by man or machine.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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:
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.
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 Erdrickto 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...
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.
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:
Down the Drain - One of the levels in Episode 2 takes place in the sewer.