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Pac-Man Fever Buckner and Garcia (Columbia/CBS Records, 1981)

While you may never set out to write a novelty song and you may never aspire to be known as a one hit wonder nor, most especially, be tied to a song as silly as Pac-Man Fever, what did they really expect? Songwriters Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia were well aware of the craze that Pac-Man was experiencing during the 1980s and dutifully wrote this ode to cash in on a piece of the pie. Pac-Man Fever peaked at #9 in the U.S. in March of 1982. It was certified Gold, had sold over a million copies by the end of 1982 and 2.5 million copies as of the end of 2008. (Pac-Man Fever also peaked at #9 in Canada.)

Not content for a novelty song, Pac-Man Fever the single was taken off the album Pac-Man Fever. Get this: all seven songs on the album are based on popular video games of the time. I guess being tied to a novelty song or a song as silly as Pac-Man Fever isn’t so bad after all….

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