"War" - Sam & Max Save the World
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Songs to Grow On: War
This weekend, I'm performing in an anniversary show for my high school's theatre program. The program has been around for 45 years now, and hundreds of people who had participated in our high school's theatre come back to our hometown to perform in this fantastic musical revue. In honor of this musical theatre setting in which I've been placed, I thought I would share one of the more theatrical songs in video games. Although I've not played the Sam and Max series (with music composed by Jared Emerson-Johnson), I'm acquainted with their fantastic and (mostly) witty sense of humor. This is performed after Max (the crazed-looking bunny) becomes president due to... extenuating circumstances. It's fun to note that this song seems to parody itself by copying the same initial lyrical structure of the Edwin Starr song of the same name and saying the exact opposite (that war is good for you and for me, and not good for absolutely nothing). The campy style and over-the-top performance of this song covers up the tragedies of war for its practical and glorious applications; given that the entire series is dripping with sarcastic humor, this song does an excellent job of exposing a truth by stating its opposite.