Welcome to a Kick In Yore Pants In Good Ole Hillville!

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Welcome to a Kick In Yore Pants In Good Ole Hillville!
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Composer Bobby Prince
Arranger Bobby Prince
Released 1991-11-22
Length 0:32
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Game Commander Keen IV: Secret of the Oracle (DOS)
Title Origin Official
Loops Yes

Welcome to a Kick In Yore Pants In Good Ole Hillville! was composed by Bobby Prince for the game Commander Keen IV: Secret of the Oracle (DOS). The song was composed using Sequencer Plus Gold and was written from the ground up for the Sound Blaster FM synthesizer. The song is played in Border Village and Crystalus.

The origin of Welcome to a Kick In Yore Pants In Good Ole Hillville! is revealed by Bobby Prince:

This song was written for "Commander Keen: Goodbye Galaxy" (only the FM synthesizer was supported). In that game, there is a level called "Hillville," and the first rendition of that level had little guys running around kicking everything in their path. I think these little guys bit the dust before the final release, but they were remembered in this song, as they inspired it. As with most of the Keen music, the song had to be short as there was not much space left after graphics and such. These games had to reside in the 640k of RAM that was prevalent in the computers of its era.

As fate would have it, the song was not used for Hillville in the final version of the game as Tropical Ghost Oasis was used instead.

The songs carry no internal titles, but was named "kickpant" in the archive by John Romero. Bobby Price released a MIDI of this song, but the name of the song on his website didn't match the meta tag. The song was called "Welcome to a Kick in the Pants in Good Old Hillville" on the website, while the meta tag is "Welcome To A Good Old Kick In The Pants In Hillville". Later, Bobby Prince contacted the site and gave the correct title.

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