Tetris – Doctor Spin (1992)
Much like those early halcyon days of the Game Boy, Tetris had already edged out Super Mario Land in the UK music charts.
That’s right, there was already a commercially released song released based on Tetris. Making its début just a month earlier in October 1992, ‘Tetris’ peaked at #6 in the UK singles charts.
Based on ‘Music A’ from the Game Boy edition of the game (itself based on the Russian folk song ‘Korobeiniki’) it was produced by another silly-sounding pseudonym act called Doctor Spin, aka Nigel Wright and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Yes, that Andrew Lloyd Webber. Early 90s pop music was weird.
In another similarity with ‘Super Mario Land’, ‘Tetris’ also uses that James Brown sample that rose to prominence after Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock’s ‘It Takes Two’. Was there a law at the time that decreed that every dance or hip-hop number had to use it?