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Lies and damned lies.

Chapter 17: Pinochle Pinochet

Editor's Note: This is a lie. A really good lie, with a surprisingly high success rate. Memorize this, tweak it to sound like your voice, and then unleash it on your friends. Enjoy! --The Van Gogh-Goghs

So I was surfing the web today and found the craziest piece of Pac-Man trivia I've heard in a long time. You know that song that plays before the actual Pac-Man game begins? It goes something like this:

Do do do DO do do
Do do do DO do do
Do do do DO do do
Doodle doodle doodle do

Anyway, that song wasn't just made up by the programmers Like I assumed; it comes from an actual song! Seriously!

It turns out that there was this British band, back in the late 60s and early 70s, called Alabaster. They were this art-rock band, kind of a rip-off of early Genesis, but they also seemed to rip off the humor of Frank Zappa. At least that what this Rolling Stone review I found afterward said.

Anyway, in the early 70s, Alabaster had this song called "Pinochle Pinochet." It was a 25-minute long epic about this guy who was mild mannered in real life but when he plays pinochle, he turns into a maniacal tyrant. Yeah, it sounds really bad, and I would have listened to it, but the mp3 on the website of the whole song was about 50 megs, so I didn't bother to download it. That site did have another mp3 to download, this much smaller one and right to the point. Here was the chorus:

Pinochle Pinochet
Pinochle Pinochet
Pinochle Pinochet
Go, go, go, go!

It was amazing. You know, it was like the first time you heard the M*A*S*H theme with the lyrics... it just didn't seem right. But there it was, there was no mistaking it, that was the music before Pac-Man. It's weird how it all comes together sometimes.

Editor's note: At this time, you either just keep the gag going, or else hit 'em with a big laugh and let them know: "YOU'VE JUST BEEN LIED TO!" --The Van Gogh-Goghs

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