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Nerds Without Pants Episode 175: The Pursuit of Musical Happyness

This one should get your toes-a'tappin'!

Are you feeling more stressed than normal? Anxious? Are the walls closing in on you? We feel that, too, so this episode of Nerds Without Pants is designed to throw those feelings right out the window. Yep, it’s another musical edition of Stage Select, but this time we go through video game songs that make us happy. It’s an eclectic mix, so let’s just dive right in!

Oh, also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game takes on The Simpsons: The Arcade Game in Video Game Cage Match.


Our theme song “Relax” and interstitial tracks “To the Maxx” and “Moody Grooves” written and performed by Megan McDuffee.

And now you can download our theme song as a full single here:




05/07/2020 at 01:59 AM

The NES version of TMNT Arcade had a coupon for a free Personal Pan pizza on the back cover of the instruction manual. The expiration date was December 31, 1991, and given that the game was released in 1989, that's a long time to honor a coupon. I wonder if PepsiCo was kicking themselves the way Krusty the Clown was when his Krusty the Clown Olympics promo turned super expensive by the Eastern bloc boycott of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (which was a parody of the financial beating McDonald's took in real life in 1984 for running their Olympic promo.)

Julian Titus Senior Editor

05/07/2020 at 01:28 PM

Oh yeah, I remember that now! I do miss getting my Book It pizzas.


05/08/2020 at 04:34 PM

It still exists. But yeah, I remember getting my personal pan pizzas from Book-It.

Unfortunately, I didn't get as many as a lot of my classmates did, for the reason that I was reading adult books by that time which were more than 200 pages in length and had a lot more text per page than books for ten year olds.  My mom told me my teacher had told her during a parent-teacher conference that I wasn't reading as many books as they thought I should be reading. My mom brought in the books I was reading at the time, which happened to be Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker "trilogy" (which had four books by then). My reading was never questioned again, LOL. My teacher actually started crediting me one book for every 150 pages I read.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

05/08/2020 at 04:44 PM

Now I want a fucking personal pan pizza. 


And yeah, now that you mention it, I think I had to slum it to get my pizzas. I started first grade reading at a fifth grade level so I was always way ahead of most of my class, and I also loved reading on my own.

Super Step Contributing Writer

05/07/2020 at 04:45 PM

Pretty sure they (Pizza Hutt) continued the practice into the mid-90s, cause I definitely remember this as a kid. I'm pretty sure they even still used Book It as their promo name. 

Maybe the coupons expired earlier though. 

Julian Titus Senior Editor

05/07/2020 at 09:14 PM

Book It stayed around for a while. I think I was still able to redeem the books I read in middle school, which would have been around 93.

Super Step Contributing Writer

05/13/2020 at 03:29 PM

(Please add "-ish" after every time stamp; also, song titles may be off)

0:00 - 3:41 Intro

3:42 - 9:11 Collective Soul's cover of Chun-Li stage music (extended)

9:12 - 14:00 New Donk City from Super Mario Odyssey

14:00 - 15:45 "Number Four" by Collective Soul

15:45 - 19:27 Final Fantasy X-2 Intro Music

19:28 - 24:44 "The Metal Never Dies" by Collective Soul 

24:45 - 27:17 Killer Instinct: Gold Orchid theme 

27:18 - 29:25 "Collective Soul: Dance for the Ages" by CnC Music Factory


31:49 - 35:59 A series of clips from Collective Soul's interview with Ali G

36:00 - 38:06 "River Stage" from MvC 2

38:07 - 41:21 Richard Cheese covering "Shine" by Collective Soul

41:22 - 45:02 PaRappa the Rappa final song

45:03 - 48:54 "All On You (No Pressure)" by Collective Soul

48:55 - 52:05 Deadly Premonition's calm whistling tune

52:06 - 58:20 "Tommy Wiseau and the Plan from Outerspace" by Collective Soul

58:21 - 1:02:25 "Shorty and the EZ Mouse" from Bust-A-Groove (Japanese version)

1:02:26 - 1:05:30 - "Problematic Japan" by Collective Soul

Pixlbit User submissions:

1:05:35 - Mega Man 2 Dr. Wiley Theme 1 

1:08:38 - Street Fighter II Turbo Ken's theme, MS DOS PC CD version

1:14:00-ish "Dance Rave Tune" from Cool Spot (SEGA Genesis)

1:18:00-ish Dragon Quest theme

1:21:00-ish Lunar Silver Star Story Complete intro

1:25:30 Frog's theme from Crono Trigger

1:29:30 ish Time's Scar from Crono Cross (I have definitely heard this one before and I love it; damn, that's a good song)

1:32:40 Wind Waker title theme

1:35:00 ish? Pokemon XY bicycle theme

1:38:27 Shining Force II town music

1:42:35 ish Ys VII Sunshine song (I don't know full name)

1:46:41 Melodies of Life from FFXI piano arrangement by Fantasy Reborn (my favorite video game song ever might be Bloody Tears on piano, so I totally get the choice of specific arrangement) 

Twitter user picks

0:00:00 - 3:23:08 The Matt Jorgensen (sp?) song

1:53:05 Some islandy sounding song from Kingdom Hearts

1:57:40 Gitaroo Man Mojo King (whatever version)

2:04:20 Top Gear (the more I learn about it the more I wish I had ever played it)

I'm actually surprised Justin still can't see shit, cause his reads have gotten a lot faster/smoother. I figured he got new glasses. Well, whatever it is

2:08:59 Bubble Bobble theme

2:09:53 Streets of Rage opening theme (which sounds a lot like SoR2 opening and I might actually like this one better?)

2:14:23 Dragon Roost Island from Wind Waker

2:16:49 Pokemon theme (GameBoy) 

Comment: I forget if you said you rented the system itself or not, but I definitely rented Game Boy games from Blockbuster ... Pokemon Yellow at the least. 

2:22:04 Bloody Tears from Okamaju something something Perfect soundtrack

2:26:34 Final Fantasy VI theme but the XIV Magitech armor version, cause Julian gonna Julian

2:28:38 Time to Make History from Persona 4: Golden

2:32:33 Lifelight from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

2:35:59 Sonic Adventure 2 City Escape theme from the superpopular and excellent group Crush 40

2:41:10 Final Fantasy XIV battle/victory music

2:44:16 Halo theme

2:47:19 Persona 4 song I did not quite catch the name of

2:50:03 Pac MADNESS from PacWorld 2? Or something like that

2:53:33 CAGE MATCH

3:19:50 Outro

I also had to remove a pick from my list ("Whirlwind" from Shinobi III, the Surfboard Ninjas level) because it didn't sound "happy" enough ... more atmospheric, really.

I vastly prefer the English version of that Bust a Groove song? Dare I say the Japanese singer sounds a little bored to me? 

Julian Titus Senior Editor

05/14/2020 at 01:12 AM

...I see what you did there.

Interesting, because that's my complaint about the English singer. I was going to grab the English version, listened to it, and felt like she was sleepwalking through the song.

Super Step Contributing Writer

05/14/2020 at 05:41 PM

In all honesty, I think it's just the song for me. 

Speaking of which, I do like the MS-DOS version of Ken's stage (my nostalgia may not allow me to like it MORE than the SNES version, but I definitely see why you do) but I am not finding anything that sounds like that track when I look up MS-DOS Street Fighter videos on YouTube. 

The versions of songs I'm hearing are way more synthy and muddy than what you included in the podcast. 

EDIT: Ok, I guess I forgot the PC CD part, cause I found it. 


05/15/2020 at 05:20 PM

Ah! Yes the eye thing. They have gotten a bit better. Like light sensitivity used to be the killer for me when it came to reading and that has gotten a lot better since my first surgery. Occasionally my other eye still spazzes out though and it makes it hard to focus. The whole thing has been the longest process ever. I just got more stitches out of my eye the other day and that's supposedly the last step and now Im going to see the real inprovement... Enjoy that eyeball stitches image. (Its actually not as awful as it sounds)

Super Step Contributing Writer

05/15/2020 at 05:29 PM

Awesome! And it's ok re: the visual. I've seen Clockwork Orange and that random Salvador Dali art film. Nothing eye-related can phase me now. 

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