Too Hot to Handle
Too Hot to Handle is a song composed by Bobby Prince using Sequencer Plus Gold. There are differing stories about for which game the song was created. Prince remembers creating the game for a Commander Keen fire level and then re-purposing it for Catacomb 3D, but John Romero remembers asking for it to be made specifically for Catacomb 3D.
The origin of Too Hot to Handle according to Bobby Prince:
While John Romero gives a slightly different account:
When John Romero released an IMF collection, this song has the file name TOOHOT.IMF, which gave listeners their first idea of what the song was called since the format didn't include song information. Bobby Prince released a MIDI collection and the song also had the file name TOOHOT.MID. We have since contacted Prince who explained the full title is "Too Hot to Handle," named because it was meant to be played in a fire level.
Catacomb 3-D (DOS)
Too Hot to Handle plays on repeat through the entire game's background.
Bobby Prince later released an upgraded version of the song that was 32 bars long instead of just 8 bars as MIDI. In the upgraded version the main melody repeated, but it had a changing percussion beat to make the tune more interesting. It was a welcome change since the original tune is quite repetitive.
According to Bobby Prince, this was John Carmack's favorite song from the early AdLib days.
Commander Keen IV: Secret of the Oracle (DOS)
John Romero liked the tune a lot:
In fact, the song appears in a number of levels including Cave of Descendants, Chasm of Chills, Pyramid of the Moons, Pyramid of Shadows, Pyramid of Gnosticene Ancients (on the screenshot), Pyramid of Forbidden, Isle of Tar, and Isle of Fire, as well as the scrolling text in the game's introduction.
The Catacomb Abyss (DOS)
Too Hot to Handle is included in the data files of The Catacomb Abyss, but the song is never played.
Catacomb Armageddon (DOS)
Too Hot to Handle is included in the data files of Catacomb Armageddon, but the song is never played.
Catacomb Apocalypse (DOS)
Catacomb Apocalypse is a bit odd. It has an IMF file included in the data files of the same length as Too Hot to Handle, however, the file is made up only empty instructions, so it doesn't play anything.