Mortal Monday #6: Nine Things You Might Not Know About The Mortal Kombat Song

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1 – The original official name of the song is “Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat)”, though its now commonly referred to as “Mortal Kombat (Techno Syndrome)”, or just “the Mortal Kombat theme”.

2 – The famous “Mortal Kombat!” scream used in the song is actually sampled from a TV ad for the home versions of the original Mortal Kombat.

3 – The full “Mortal Kombat: The Album” not only reached #16 on the Billboard charts, but it went platinum – and within only 10 days of its release. It still remains one of the only strictly video game-related albums to be mainstream commercially successful.

4 – So did The Immortals materialize from nothing, record just this one song and album, then drop off the face of EarthRealm? Not quite. It was actually a side project of Oliver Adams and Praga Khan, two guys who were prolific in the “new beat” electronic music scene of the 80’s and early 90’s. Both were members of the influential groups Lords of Acid and Channel X. Lords of Acid even continues to be an active group – though without Adams – releasing new music as recently as 2012, with a new album said to be in the works.

5 – Like most techno songs, there are many different variations of the track. Aside from remixes, just the original song has 3 different variations. The most famous version – known as the 7″ Mix – was the one that was released as a single and played over the end credits of the movie. Then there was a version where none of the kombatants are named and only the “Mortal Kombat” and “Test Your Might” samples as used. Finally, and most superfluously, there’s a sort of in-between version where they only name a few kombatants but not all like in the 7″ Mix.

6 – Some aural similarities have been found between “Techno Syndrome” and music from Ninja Hayate, an anime laserdisc arcade game released by Taito in 1984. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that direct samples from the Ninja Hayate soundtrack were used in “Techno Syndrome”. However, these claims were never substantiated or even officially acknowledged by anyone involved in either of the compositions. You be the judge.

7 – If you have the Sega CD version of the original Mortal Kombat, than you also have a disc-based copy of “Techno Syndrome” – just put the game in a CD player and go to track 17.

8 – Speaking of the Sega CD game, the introduction to the game marks the only appearance of the other non-character-specific track on the Mortal Kombat album outside of the album itself: “Hypnotic House (Mortal Kombat)”. It features a different sound than “Techno Syndrome” but still contains the vocal samples and character roll call. Needless to say, “Hypnotic House” never caught on as a viable companion to “Techno Syndrome”.

9 – This happened. Yeah…


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