Vib-Ribbon! Make me happy and tendentious!!!!!!!!


I wanted to stock up on game music when I went to Japan, but little did I know that the greatest game music I would find while there wouldn’t be on a soundtrack, but on the actual game itself. Thank you PS1 games with Redbook audio!

Laugh And Peace – Music From Vib Ribbon
Sunny Day
Laugh And Beats
Universal Dance
Overflowing Emotions
Roll Along
Vib Ribbon Blues
When it came to shopping in Japan, I was definitely focused on music more than anything else. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t spend at least a little bit of time in Tokyo going after some vintage Japanese games and systems. The classic games that I was after ended up costing way more than the albums I wanted though, so my gaming purchases were rather limited. I did, however, pick up a few nice items, among them being an original Famicon Twin system, the Japanese version of Contra, and a game for the PS1 by the name of Vib Ribbon.

Vib Ribbon is an early rhythm game that was originally released in Japan in 1999. It was released in PAL territories the following year, but it never made its way to the states for some reason. I have no idea why, because it’s the dopest shit ever.

In Vib Ribbon you’re tasked with guiding a rabbit by the name of Vibri across a simple one-dimensional plane (or ribbon) that is filled with obstacles that are roughly based on the rhythm of the game’s music. Each obstacle can only be cleared by pressing the correct button (or button combination) at the exact right time. It starts out easy, but it gets crazy hard as you progress.

One of the most noteworthy things about the game is that you can remove the game disc and put any audio CD in the Playstation and play each song on the CD as its own “stage,” basically giving you as many stages as you have CDs. It’s a cute idea, and while I’ve done plenty of that in my time with the game, I’ve actually spent more time sticking to the game’s built-in soundtrack, because it’s incredible.

I had decided about twenty seconds into the first time I heard the adorable “Polaroid” that it was my new favorite song of all time of the month, only to have it immediately usurped by the even more adorable, beautiful and lovely “Sunny Day,” a song as bright and uplifting as its title. It’s so good. So good! I had to walk away from my computer before writing this post. It’s so good, I had to calm down, or tonight’s post would have been just something like “OMG YOU GUYS! THIS MUSIC! IT’S SO….AAAAAAAGRHGHRRDHRATERHEHEHGERHAE THERE’S NO TIME HURRY UP EVERYTHING’S SO FANTASTIC!”

And that’s just unprofessional.

But yes, you need to listen to this music especially the first three tracks, they are perfection, so happy it hurts.

As far as I know, all of these songs are by a Japanese group called Laugh And Peace. They are best known for…this. They released one album in 2006, but it was never released in the states (of course). You can stream it on their MySpace page though. I have no idea what the members are up to now, so if anyone does please let me know!

Listen. Be happy. (That’s an important part). And I’ll see you all later in the week with more awesome music, although to be honest I doubt it will be as awesome as this. It’s awesome.


10 Responses to “Vib-Ribbon! Make me happy and tendentious!!!!!!!!”

  1. Checker Can says:

    Is there any artist provided in that piece of music?
    Keep up your musically inspiring good work!

  2. Lost Turntable says:

    The band is called Laugh and Peace. I should add that to the post…

  3. Todd says:

    This IS fun! I’m guessing track #1 is the game itself? or is it not worth sharing?
    P.S. It’s nice to have you back!

  4. Lost Turntable says:

    Yeah, Track 1 is the data track.

  5. Stephen says:

    The “Overflowing Emotions” track is especially amazing.
    I gather you had fun up in Tokyo. Next time maybe you can come to Nagoya. Lots of record stores here, too! My favorite is one right next to Tokuzo, which is sort of Acid Mothers Temple’s home venue in these parts.

  6. Lost Turntable says:

    Yeah! I totally want to do a massive Japan trip sometime, hopefully within in the next five years.

    And Overflowing Emotions is the most appropriate name for a song ever isn’t it?

  7. Badpun says:

    What a treat! They say smell is the best sense for memory recall, but listening to this I’m right back where I was in 2000. Great little game (and yep, it could get insanely difficult, especially when the viewing angle moved all over the place, the shapes would spin up from underneath and slide toward you at different speeds) but the real gem of the piece was of course this soundtrack. Thanks a lot for this post!

  8. Elliot says:

    Laugh and Peace also did a song called ‘In the Sky’ for the compilation album ‘Casual Meetings’ by Net17 – but as you said, there’s been nothing since Liar Boy =/
    So nice to find another person who’s listened to Vib-Ribbon’s soundtrack, I showed it to my friend and he adored it to – seems to be the general consensus, that album changed me

  9. Roundcat says:

    God Damn It!
    Between this soundtrack, and the few pieces I have been able to gather, I have come to realize how amazing this band is, but their music is so hard to find!

    There is only one EP available on iTunes (good stuff, check it out), and nothing more. Some of their most amazing stuff I have only been able to listen to via youtube and their myspace. I can’t find any place to obtain any other of their songs. heaven knows i’ve looked 🙁

  10. Elldog says:

    This is everything I’ve been able to find by Laugh & Peace from various sources across the internet

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