Co-Writer of “Pac-Man Fever” Passes At 63

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Posted by Ryan (1263 posts) -

Gary Garcia passed yesterday in his home in Florida. He was 63 years old. Garcia, along with his songwriting partner and lifelong friend Jerry Buckner, struck an ephemeral bit of pop-culture gold almost exactly 30 years ago with the novelty radio hit “Pac-Man Fever”, a catchy, fleeting little ditty cashing in on what was, at the time, the passing trend of video games. Oh, little did they know!

Those of you that follow Giant Bomb closely may remember when we spoke with Buckner & Garcia earlier this year about “Pac-Man Fever” during the Pac-Man Scrub League, an encounter that resulted in the duo penning and recording a similarly specific tribute to our silly-ass website called “Found Me the Bomb.” I’ll admit that my appreciation of Buckner & Garcia’s “Pac-Man Fever” always came cloaked in an ironic veil, but in the brief occasions that I happened to speak with Gary Garcia over the past year, I got the sense that he didn’t mind, particularly. Both he and Jerry Buckner seemed extremely comfortable and at-ease with the relative frivolity of their claim to fame, and the fact that their response to the weird affection for “Pac-Man Fever” shared by myself and Jeff Gerstmann was to write us a song speaks to that.

I’ve never written a proper obituary before, and not having really known Gary Garcia, it seems shallow and hollow to speak strictly within the confines of this sliver of his existence. If you’re looking for something of a little more substance, I recommend reading what Jerry Buckner had to say about his close friend.

#1 Posted by Ryan (1263 posts) -

Gary Garcia passed yesterday in his home in Florida. He was 63 years old. Garcia, along with his songwriting partner and lifelong friend Jerry Buckner, struck an ephemeral bit of pop-culture gold almost exactly 30 years ago with the novelty radio hit “Pac-Man Fever”, a catchy, fleeting little ditty cashing in on what was, at the time, the passing trend of video games. Oh, little did they know!

Those of you that follow Giant Bomb closely may remember when we spoke with Buckner & Garcia earlier this year about “Pac-Man Fever” during the Pac-Man Scrub League, an encounter that resulted in the duo penning and recording a similarly specific tribute to our silly-ass website called “Found Me the Bomb.” I’ll admit that my appreciation of Buckner & Garcia’s “Pac-Man Fever” always came cloaked in an ironic veil, but in the brief occasions that I happened to speak with Gary Garcia over the past year, I got the sense that he didn’t mind, particularly. Both he and Jerry Buckner seemed extremely comfortable and at-ease with the relative frivolity of their claim to fame, and the fact that their response to the weird affection for “Pac-Man Fever” shared by myself and Jeff Gerstmann was to write us a song speaks to that.

I’ve never written a proper obituary before, and not having really known Gary Garcia, it seems shallow and hollow to speak strictly within the confines of this sliver of his existence. If you’re looking for something of a little more substance, I recommend reading what Jerry Buckner had to say about his close friend.

#2 Posted by Random88 (284 posts) -

R.I.P Gary Garcia

#3 Posted by Daveyo520 (7003 posts) -

:(

#4 Posted by RiccochetJ (19 posts) -

R.I.P. :(

#5 Posted by Daniel_Newton (1166 posts) -

R.I.P duder.

#6 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -

Sad news. The man left a legacy.

#7 Posted by ignignort (44 posts) -

really sad, rip

#8 Posted by theredcoat24 (218 posts) -

Pooring one out for lost one.. R.I.P

#9 Posted by victorferreira128 (34 posts) -

Aw, man.

#10 Posted by Llama (180 posts) -

Q_Q

#11 Posted by PacManFevaa (133 posts) -

RIP

#12 Posted by Dalai (7071 posts) -

So... which ghost killed him?

#13 Posted by iAmJohn (6135 posts) -

Heard about it last night from inside sources. Really sad. RIP.

#14 Posted by Heti (54 posts) -

yeah, rip

#15 Posted by damswedon (3202 posts) -

Well, now I'm bummed out.

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#16 Posted by PKHilson (205 posts) -

:(

#17 Posted by Mijati (951 posts) -

Really sad to hear this this morning. RIP.

#18 Posted by Chippy180 (161 posts) -

I can honestly say that the end of Jerry's post choked me up a bit, and I'm not much of an emotional type. Rest in Peace duder.

#19 Posted by fisk0 (4500 posts) -

Really sad, especially considering it sounded like they were trying to make a come-back.

#20 Posted by Milkman (17329 posts) -

Nicely said, Ryan. Is there any speculation on the cause? 63 is still relatively young.

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#21 Posted by TurboMan (7735 posts) -

They seemed like awesome dudes that never lost their youthfulness (there was an Angry Birds song made recently to prove that.) which is something that I hope to achieve in my lifetime.

RIP

#22 Posted by zameer (606 posts) -

Bummer, man. I hope that game they were working on still gets released..

#23 Posted by FengShuiGod (1492 posts) -

Damn you blue ghost, DAMN YOU.

Seriously though, Gary Garcia seemed like a true duder. RIP

#24 Posted by Tamaster92 (272 posts) -

Co creator of danger mouse died today as well :( a sad day

#25 Posted by m2cks (594 posts) -

I won't say that I was really that familiar with their work (since It was before my time), but still it's always sad when someone close passes away. My condolences to his friends and family.

#26 Posted by Vetterli (118 posts) -

Aw shit. RIP.

#27 Posted by ffdthree (198 posts) -

Awwww, duder it's over :(

#28 Posted by RampageAssassin (427 posts) -

Oh no. RIP Garcia !

#29 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

This event led to me discovering the GB song, which had me laughing to the point of tears in a library. RIP.

#30 Posted by DavoTron (157 posts) -

Oh man. I can see that was tough to write.

#31 Posted by SharpShotApollo (141 posts) -

I'm was so sad when I found out last night. RIP Gary.

#33 Posted by RetroVirus (1492 posts) -

RIP Gary. Thanks for everything.

#34 Posted by AwesomeAquaman (163 posts) -

RIP

#35 Posted by ApolloBob (570 posts) -

Forever a part of the videogame culture - bless you Gary Garcia.

#36 Posted by Irvandus (2890 posts) -

R.I.P I'm genuinely really upset about this.

#37 Posted by DeanoXD (623 posts) -

well that just sucks, R.I.P Duder

#38 Posted by DG991 (1340 posts) -

RIP, I was hoping for a comeback. I am shocked and saddened.

#39 Posted by DeF (4979 posts) -

Man this is so sad, I have never experienced so many 'famous' people dying as in the last few years ...

RIP ... :/

#40 Posted by Undeadpool (4998 posts) -

This comes out of a clear, blue sky! Guess that sky had a single cloud in it.

RIP

#41 Posted by Tan (425 posts) -

Wow, ... man. I'm really bummed out now. :(

RIP

#42 Posted by Nentisys (893 posts) -

rip :(

#43 Posted by dungbootle (2428 posts) -

R.I.P.

#44 Posted by Chadster (326 posts) -

So very sad. :(

Rest in peace, Gary.

#45 Posted by kerse (2118 posts) -

:(

#46 Posted by Civraz (392 posts) -

So sad.... RIP.

#47 Posted by UnrealDP (1221 posts) -

Damn, now that's a downer. I really hope Buckner's doing okay.

#48 Posted by TheHT (11800 posts) -

RIP

#49 Posted by Deusoma (3032 posts) -

Rest in peace, friend Gary. You've earned it.

#50 Posted by m2cks (594 posts) -

@Dalai said:

So... which ghost killed him?

That was in really bad taste, duder.

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