Since the year 200X (4), The Megas have strived to bring a message from Dr. Light to the people. They have chosen to transmit that message, the tale of a small blue robot named Mega Man, directly into the eardrums of the general populace through the power of rock.
The Megas are a Los Angeles-based band well-known for making vocal rock remixes of music from the Mega Man video game series. Unlike The Protomen, a similarly dedicated band, they directly remix songs from the games. The resulting songs generally have a closer feeling to the original work, giving each of the Robot Masters their own personalities as they sing about their lives as Mega Man breaches their defenses, and eventually defeats them.Its members currently consist of "Reverend" Josh Breeding, Eric "E" Von Doymi, Greg "Gregatron" Schneider (formerly of punk-rock act Agent 51), Mike "Mikey Hell" Levinson (also of Agent 51), Brian "The Double D" DiDomenico, and Church. Their debut album, "Get Equipped", which covers nearly every song in the Mega Man 2 soundtrack, was released January 2008. It's available for purchase on their website.On August 24, 2009, the band, in conjunction with Entertainment System, released a 4-track EP called Megatainment, based on Mega Man 1.On February 5th, 2010, they released "Get Acoustic", a largely acoustic version of Get Equipped, with the "Monsteropolis Orchestra" they created. Most of the songs are slightly slower and more somber, although this is not true universally.On July 19th, 2010, they released the Sparked A War single, which contained the studio release of You've Sparked A War/Spark Man, a instrumental variation, an acoustic remix, and covers of both Sunglasses at Night by Corey Hart and the Mega Man cartoon theme song, dubbed Super Fighting Robot.On June 18th, 2012, the Megas released the "History Repeating: Blue" album, which covers several songs from Mega Man 3, and is the first of two albums. Noticeably, it lacked several songs they had already played live, such as "I'm Not The Breakman", and "Fly on A Dog", as those had been saved for "History Repeating: Red", which was released on May 14th, 2014.Not to be confused with the show Megas XLR.
The work of The Megas contain examples of:
Ambiguous Situation: Did Crash Man commit suicide to allow Mega Man to continue on, or did he get destroyed because he was trying to hold himself back during the fight? Only Crash Man himself knows and convincing arguments could be made for both.
Book Ends: History Repeating: Blue begins with Mega Man singing "if it was up to me." The final track goes "if it was up to you."
Boring Invincible Hero: Deconstructed. Mega Man blows his way through all of the Robot Masters (except possibly Crash Man) but becomes consumed with guilt and regret because of it. Several songs involve Mega Man having to be convinced that he should keep going after all he's done.
Though it's implied that the battles(like the duels with Quick Man and Crash Man for example) are still tough, but Megaman, as the hero, naturally prevails.
Call Back: Needle Man's song calls back to Air Man's ("Deep underground, ten miles down, a man stands below the city he will destroy…" and "Up in the sky, ten miles high, a man stands above the city he will destroy.")
Combat Pragmatist: It is speculated by the fans that Mega Man used the Flash Stopper against Quick Man (My circuits slow...), presumably to overcome the latter's superior speed. This is the only time it's even hinted that Mega Man used a robot master's weakness.
Actually, in History Repeating: Red, The Red Song/I'm Not the Breakman, based off both Proto Man Whistle Concert and the "Get Equipped" theme for Mega Man 3, the shifting metal sounds could imply that Mega Man is changing weapons to deal with a robot master, but YMMV.
"The Annihilation of Monsteropolis" goes from a wrathful creed in the midst of a fight to a contemplative, simmering "calm before the storm". Where the bridge featured spoken word that devolved into screaming the background, the acoustic version keeps it calm, while chorals claim "They will fall, they will all fall!" like a voice urging Air Man's wrath on.
"The Quick And The Blue" doubles-down on the Western feeling from the original's intro and turns it into a tragic ballad.
"Carved From Mighty Oak" makes Wood Man's vow of revenge sound more like the wrath of nature itself rather than a violent personal vendetta.
Dance Battler: Metal Man's song, appropriately titled Metal Dance.
Top Man's song, as he considers the fight between Mega Man and himself a "legendary dance fight."
Darker and Edgier: Nothing close to the level of horror seen in The Protomen's songs, but a good number of the songs paint a decidedly darker picture of the Mega Man games. Roughly half of the Robot Masters are given sympathetic views, or at least a Freudian Excuse or two, and there are three seperate songs discussing the questionable moral ground that Mega Man stands on; Light, Wily, and Mega Man himself are all too aware that Mega Man is himself a robot built to kill, just like the robot masters that he defeats.
The Megatainment album in general has a darker, more cynical feel than Get Equipped, if only because of Beneath the Steel and Look What You've Done. It may take several listenings a back-to-back comparison to even recognize Bomb Man's theme (originally a rather cheerful song) in the former.
Quick on the draw! / In this town, I am the law! / Is what they say true? / Does Death wear blue? / Can he fall?
And at the end, the final lines of the song are:
You're too quick on the draw. / Burn this town, there is no law. / What they say's true. / Death does wear blue. / He can't... fall...
What's the name of the MM3 Wily Stages 1 and 2 song sung by Dr Light? (I Want To Be The One)... To Watch You Die.
In "History Repeating"
Now I can say when you want to be the One / What you start to realize is / You’re the only one
Used again in Gamma Unchained. The normal chorus ends with the line "I'll give you power, you'll take control". The final repetition of the chorus changes it to "What good is power if you're out of control?"
"Make Your Choice", as the second confrontation between Protoman and Megaman, echos lyrics from their first encounter, "History Repeating Part 2".
History will repeat / This could be the last time / One last time
In The Haystack Principle, one particular line in the chorus goes, "I can't see the way out this time." The last line of the song changes this to, "And now I see the way out this time."
On that note, part of the bridge also echoes a part of Air Man's spoken monologue in The Annihilation of Monsteropolis:
Ten miles down.
A man stands below,
The city, he will destroy.
"I Refuse (To Believe)" carries fragments of the melody from "The Message from Dr. Light"
Death from Above: The Annihilation of Monsteropolis. "I will fly high above Monsteropolis / And I will rain terror down on the general populace..."
"Lives on this earth I grow tired of/ Death from above/ The annihilation of everyone you know and love..."
Crash Man does not agree with Wily's ideals and wants to give his power to Mega Man, but he is "Programmed to fight to the very end" and must do battle with him. However, at the end of the song: "Victory was at hand, but in the end, his will overcame the program." Presumably, he blew himself up so that Mega Man could use his power.
Alternatively, he stopped himself from killing Mega Man long enough for him to make the last shot. One of the interesting parts of the Megas' music is that most of the songs can have Alternate Character Interpretation within the music itself, not just between the game and the songs.
Quick Man may have also been this, but it's ambiguous.
"My circuits slow; I'm not scared anymore; this is the moment that we were created for."
It's implied the Needle Man became this at the very end, realizing it was the only way to prevent himself from becoming an evil monster.
Demoted To Nothing / Long Song, Short Scene: Cut Man and Guts Man, despite being two of the more well known Robot Masters, don't show up at all in the Megatainment album. There's been talk of making a Megatainment Pt. 2, but The Megas have expressed a desire to finish the Mega Man 3 album before they get to work on that, and there's the issue of how they're going to fill it with more than just the songs for those two.note Time Man and Oil Man were considered, but Entertainment System wasn't all that fond of their songs.
"A man stands above the city he will destroy. Built from airplane parts, his propeller spins as he thinks to himself 'I will destroy these people.'"
Despair Event Horizon: Dr. Light is singing (I Want To Be The One) To Watch You Die after seeing Proto Man fighting for Dr. Wily, which indicates he crossed this in a rather dark way.
"I've finally learned what torture means/ You sent my first born back to me/ And put a gun in his dead hand/ Time to take an eye for mine old friend."
"I've sent a bullet with your name./I want to finally end this game./You are the one who wrote the end,/you wanted war, now I just want revenge"note This implies that while Wily wants war on humanity, Light just wants him dead.
"The things I hope, the fading dream,/ Has finally got the best of me/ I wish that I could be there/ I want to be the one to watch you die"
Mega Man crosses it in History Repeating, complete with a somber, weary take on the cheerful 3 title tune.
Doomed Moral Victor: In Harder than Steel, Hard Man goes into battle and doesn't surrender, choosing to go down fighting instead, because the alternative is to live as a washed-up relic. He dies, but wins the eternal support of the crowd.
"Wait, now, there's too much at stake now,/ a cold wind blows/He looked to the crowd and he cried/'The moment of truth has arrived!'"
Driven to Suicide: The ending of Programmed to Fight seems to imply that Crash Man killed himself (via self-detonation?) so Mega Man could finish his quest for justice.
The last part of the song ("Down falls Crash Man... Down falls Crash Man... Doooooooown"), along with the sudden bass boom which ends the song and the fact that Crash Man's stage requires Mega Man to travel mostly vertically by climbing ladders, implies Crash Man jumped or fell off the edge after refusing or failing to kill Mega Man.
Fun with Acronyms: According to their mission statement, The Megas are Mike Eric Greg And Josh.
Which works even less well since they've added keyboardist Brian DD to their roster in 2011.
And fell apart entirely with Mike Levinson left to return to college in 2012.
Gray and Gray Morality: Mega Man sees himself as a hero. Wily's robots see him as a menace who is slaughtering their brothers. "Lamentations of a War Machine/End Song" has Mega Man tormented by doubts over whether or not what he has done was right.
He's Back: After two albums of questioning his purpose and humanity, Mega Man comes to the conclusion that though he is a machine, he still has a soul and can make choices of his own, forgiving Dr. Light, spares Wily, and gives Protoman a Breaking Speech.
Hypocrite: Dr Wily lambastes Light for having his robot destroy his own kind, even though he's the one sending robots out to create murder and mayhem amongst humans despite being one himself.
Also, his song Look What You've Done implies that he's fighting to free robots from human tyranny (as do Evolution of Circuitry and You've Sparked A War.) Now compare this to Programmed to Fight, which reveals that Crash Man is still a slave to his programming...
I Cannot Self-Terminate: In Programmed To Fight, Crash Man wants to let Mega Man win and kill him so Doctor Wily will fall, but, as the title suggests, his programming will not allow it.
I Let You Win: Listening closely to the Crash Man song lyrics, the end suggests Crash Man was actually winning before he finally was able to throw the fight.
Implacable Man: Quick Man's song has him wondering if Mega Man's one of these.
Is what they say true?/Does Death wear blue?/Can he fall?
History Repeating: Blue consists mostly of awesome rock songs. The last song on the album is a soft ballad based on the Game Over song.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Air Man is driven mad by his loneliness due to being rejected by everyone. He works with Wily to take revenge.
Loners Are Freaks: In Annihilation of Monsteropolis, Air Man is portrayed as a loner tortured by the fact his only power is "to push others away", and goes as far as outright stating: "For if I can't walk among them/Then I will walk the world alone".
Although in this case, perhaps it should be "Freaks Are Loners", as it's implied that the fact that humans rejected his abnormal appearance might be a major factor for his hatred of humanity.
No one in this world can understand/Who I am./That is why I'm my own biggest fan!
Needle Man has the same problem. Only unlike Air Man, his hatred is aimed inward.
The cheerful ending theme from Mega Man 1 is set to Dr. Wily vowing to return and destroy the people's future. And he won't stop.
Programmed to Fight may also have this. For one of the most cheery themes in Mega Man 2, the relatively dark explanation of how Crash Man knows his fate creates a contrast between the lyrics and the melody.
Evolution Of Circuitry is a upbeat, snappy song about Elec Man wanting to incite a robot revolution. You've Sparked A War is similar only even more dissonant; Spark Man is singing about how humankind is a virus that must be wiped out.
Metal Dance is a hyper song about Metal Man being a Blood Knight ranting about how he'll kill Mega Man.
Quick And The Blue is a song about Quick Man trying to fight fate and becoming increasingly doubtful. The end has him calmly accepting his death as Mega Man kills him with the Flash Stopper.
Walk Away From Light is a rather smooth song considering that it's about Snake Man trying to corrupt Mega Man into a villain and accusing him of being Not So Different.
Afraid of the Dark has Shadow Man's rather happy-sounding music set to lyrics of how terrified he is of succumbing to the evil which is slowly corrupting him.
Mood Whiplash: Evolution of Circuitry, Elec Man's song, is quite possibly one of the most cheerful and optimistic songs by The Megas, despite the reasons for the optimism. Beneath the Steel, Bomb Man's theme, is one of the darkest, rivaled only by Look What You've Done. They're right next to each other on the album.
The Mega Man 1 album is full of mood whiplash in general. The first song is Evolution of Circuitry, followed by Beneath The Steel as mentioned. That is followed by Hell Has Frozen Over, a much lighter song focusing on the teamwork of Ice Man and Fire Man, and then you get hit by Look What You've Done.
Speaking of Bomb Man, anyone who remembers how cheerful his theme was in the game will probably get hit by this.
By that token, compare Crash Man's theme to Programmed to Fight, and then, of course, there is the fact that the cheerful ending theme to Mega Man 1 is overlaid with Dr. Wily promising a never-ending war for Mega Man and Dr. Light.
Fly on a Dog is one of their darkest songs, involving Mega Man grimly contemplating his purpose. It also features a chorus about how awesome a flying dog is.
History Repeating: Blue, has most of the tracks as awesome rock tracks, each about the Robot Masters declaring their purpose and desire, or Mega Man and Dr Light regretting their actions. It ends on Continue, a rather soft, almost ballad-like song, about how Mega Man would choose to continue, no matter what, but still sounds incredibly regretful and pained. Not surprising, since it is the game's Game Over screen.
Harder Than Steel carries heavy elements of a song you'd hear in an 80s training montage. However, since the guy training is the Robot Master, it doesn't end well.
My God, What Have I Done?: By Lamentations of a War Machine, Mega Man's enthusiasm for the fight has given way to the realization that he, too, was built to kill. He's reduced to begging Doctor Light to tell him why he fought, why all this had to happen.
"You can fight these cats 'til you get your fill."note Referring to the giant feline minibosses from Top Man's stage.
"My heart is gone, there's only fire."note In canon, Proto Man went to Wily to have his imperfect solar energy core repaired after running away from Light Labs. Wily opted to replace it with an unstable but more reliable nuclear core instead.
The title of the song History Repeating may be taken from a line in the intro of Mega Man 4; "history repeats itself"
"I am magnetically drawing my death to me"note One of Magnet Man's abilities is to use magnetism to pull Mega Man to him.
"She tells me, 'I'm sorry, I've gotta roll'"note The woman Magnet Man is serenading is all but said to be Roll, Mega Man's sister.
"Hi Rock, my weapon is hot"note "Rock" was Mega Man's name before Light upgraded him, and in Japan he's known as "Rock Man".
Proto Man went by the codename Break Man in MM3. Since Mega Man doesn't know who he is yet, neither name is used in History Repeating: Blue, but part 2 of the title track sneaks in "He's the prototype man of Mega Man", and the live track "I'm Not The Break Man" (presumably to be included in Red) suggests a meaning for his codename.note The intended meaning is still unknown, so The Megas' interpretation — he was literally broken — may actually be right. Other theories include that his goal is to "break" Mega Man (either literally or in the sense of testing him) and that it's just another music reference, this time to breakdancing.
"I can feel my hands turning into fists."note Actually, Spark Man has huge electrical prongs instead of hands. Fans often poke fun at this particularly blatant Robot Master deformity.
"Turning off the sun, running through the night" note Shadow Man's stage has devices that turn the rooms completely black until destroyed.
"I am a knife in the gunfight." note The Shadow Blade is a short-ranged weapon due to it's boomerang-like properties,
"I think it's time I go my separate ways" note Gemini Man literally splits in two versions of himself in the game.
"I can fly on a dog/jump high on a dog/drive in a dog (underwater!)", these are the different Rush modes in MM 3.
Noir Episode: Gemini Man's song GeminEye is one, with themes and vocabulary drawn from noir-style detective stories.
Not So Different: Both Wily and Light build innocent robots into killers, just for different reasons. Wily calls out Light on this in Look At What You've done.
Walk Away From Light has Snake Man accuse Mega Man of this in order to tempt him to evil.
There'll be a fire in the sky / And your doom will rain down! / THERE WILL BE A TOMBSTONE WITH THE PLANET EARTH ENGRAVED ON IT!
Reconstruction: After song after song picking apart the Mega Man storyline, morality, and characters, Repeating History: Red ends with Mega Man realizing that he is a hero and regaining his will to fight while both Dr. Light and Proto Man realize their own mistakes and make amends.
Rock Opera Plot: Flipped around and somewhat deconstructed. Wily and his Robot Masters are rebelling against society in the style of such a plot, but they're the villains (albeit ones who have good intentions). The protagonist is Mega Man who serves and protects the society that would normally be the antagonist figure in such plots.
The inclusion of Sunglasses at Night is most likely an allusion to Proto Man.
Likewise, the Fly on a Dog single includes the titular track, followed by a Badass remix (Just Another Machine). This is then followed up by a cover of Real Life's Send Me An Angel, a likewise Badass cover of the German intro to the cartoon show (Super Fighting Robot (MeGerman)) and keyboardist Brian "Double D" Domenico's instrumental take on the password screen from Mega Man 2 (I Want to B42A5D54E2 the C531).
It has since been confirmed to be Proto Man greeting his brother, the line being "Hi, Rock".
Split Personality: Gemini Man has two personalities that personify as a weak, cowardly client and a brave, hardboiled detective. The former is scared of Mega Man and is begging for the latter to protect him.
Tempting Fate: During "Look What You've Done," Dr. Wily scoffs when Mega Man is sent out to fight, telling Dr. Light that "he'll just disappoint you." The very next lyrics go straight into Mook Horror Show territory.
Villain Song: Most of the songs are sung from the viewpoints of the Robot Masters the songs are associated with. Look What You've Done and Gamma Unchained deserve special mention as they are both sung from the perspective of Dr. Wily himself.
Do you know what it's like to be built this way? With only the power to push others away? ... I will destroy these people... For if I cannot walk among them... Then I will walk the world alone.
Written by the Winners: Top Man's song opens with a reference to this idea. "I'm the one on top, I'm the one who writes history." Wily also references this in Look What You've Done, saying that he knows history won't be kind to all involved.
Yandere: Flash Man could be one. It's definitely Foe Yay, but depending on how far one interprets the lyrics...