Kraid's Music

Kraid's Music

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Updated Jan 17, 2019 at 05:33PM EST by Matt.

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Kraid's Music refers to a song that plays in Metroid while the player traverses Kraid's Lair. In early 2019, the song became used in numerous bait-and-switch remixes a la Megalovania.


Kraid's theme appeared in the original Metroid game for the NES, released in 1986 (shown below).

On January 9th, 2019, Twitter user @jab50yen posted a remix of the track set to a Mafia City meme (shown below).


Hours later, @ItsBigPurp posted a remix of a TikTok featuring the opening notes of the theme (shown below).

Over the following several days, the user uploaded dozens more similar videos, saying they hoped it would be the month information Metroid 4 is released.[2] Some examples include a Sicko Mode variation that gained over 70 retweets and 200 likes (shown below, top) and a Games Done Quick post that gained over 50 retweets and 170 likes (shown below, bottom).

The trend was picked up by other Twitter users in the following days. User @TripleKyun posted a video parodying a King of the Hill scene that gained over 900 retweets and 3,000 likes (shown below, top) and user @DitzyFlama posted a Spongebob Squarepants remix that gained over 300 retweets and 1,200 likes (shown below, bottom). An inquiry about the spread of the remixes was posted to /r/OutOfTheLoop on January 14th, 2019.[1]

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It should be noted that Kraid's Lair was already sort of a meme in the chiptune community because of youtuber 8bitdanooct1. He made one of the earliest tutorials for the NES music making program "FamiTracker" and covered the song. So whenever someone new to the FT community arrived they'd often post their cover of Kraid's Lair on the forums as it being their first song.

It is sometimes even joked about in NES music programs that aren't FT (it's small enough to fit into a tweet )


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