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

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Posted by Ryan (2278 posts) -
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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.

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#1 Posted by Ryan (2278 posts) -
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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.

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#2 Posted by Random88 (294 posts) -

R.I.P Gary Garcia

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#3 Posted by Daveyo520 (7753 posts) -

:(

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#4 Posted by RiccochetJ (25 posts) -

R.I.P. :(

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#5 Posted by Daniel_Newton (1274 posts) -

R.I.P duder.

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#6 Posted by louiedog (2390 posts) -

Sad news. The man left a legacy.

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#8 Posted by theredcoat24 (275 posts) -

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

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#9 Posted by victorferreira128 (39 posts) -

Aw, man.

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#10 Posted by Llama (168 posts) -

Q_Q

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#11 Posted by PacManFevaa (167 posts) -

RIP

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#12 Posted by Dalai (7869 posts) -

So... which ghost killed him?

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#13 Posted by iAmJohn (6239 posts) -

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

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#14 Posted by Heti (58 posts) -

yeah, rip

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#15 Posted by damswedon (3241 posts) -

Well, now I'm bummed out.

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#16 Posted by PKHilson (217 posts) -

:(

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#17 Posted by Mijati (1080 posts) -

Really sad to hear this this morning. RIP.

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#18 Posted by Chippy180 (187 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.

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#19 Posted by fisk0 (6387 posts) -

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

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#20 Posted by Milkman (18933 posts) -

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

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#21 Posted by turboman (9150 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

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#22 Posted by zameer (636 posts) -

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

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#23 Posted by FengShuiGod (1518 posts) -

Damn you blue ghost, DAMN YOU.

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

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#24 Posted by Tamaster92 (297 posts) -

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

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#25 Posted by m2cks (633 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.

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#26 Posted by Vetterli (158 posts) -

Aw shit. RIP.

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#27 Posted by ffdthree (205 posts) -

Awwww, duder it's over :(

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#28 Posted by RampageAssassin (438 posts) -

Oh no. RIP Garcia !

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#29 Posted by nintendoeats (6223 posts) -

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

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#30 Posted by DavoTron (175 posts) -

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

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#31 Posted by SharpShotApollo (164 posts) -

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

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#33 Posted by RetroVirus (1646 posts) -

RIP Gary. Thanks for everything.

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#34 Posted by AwesomeAquaman (174 posts) -

RIP

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#35 Posted by ApolloBob (577 posts) -

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

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#36 Posted by Irvandus (3170 posts) -

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

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#37 Posted by DeanoXD (709 posts) -

well that just sucks, R.I.P Duder

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#38 Posted by DG991 (1435 posts) -

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

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#39 Posted by DeF (5376 posts) -

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

RIP ... :/

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#40 Posted by Undeadpool (6008 posts) -

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

RIP

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#41 Posted by Tan (428 posts) -

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

RIP

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#42 Posted by Nentisys (929 posts) -

rip :(

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#43 Posted by dungbootle (2502 posts) -

R.I.P.

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#44 Posted by chadster (334 posts) -

So very sad. :(

Rest in peace, Gary.

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#45 Posted by kerse (2453 posts) -

:(

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#46 Posted by Civraz (406 posts) -

So sad.... RIP.

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#47 Posted by UnrealDP (1260 posts) -

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

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#48 Posted by TheHT (14429 posts) -

RIP

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#49 Posted by Deusoma (3222 posts) -

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

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#50 Posted by m2cks (633 posts) -

@Dalai said:

So... which ghost killed him?

That was in really bad taste, duder.

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