Ever listen to Nirvana’s Nevermind and think to yourself, “Gee, I wonder what this would sound like as 8-bit Atari or Nintendo music?” Probably not. Thankfully, the internet machine is a vast, strange and wonderful place that offers up explorations into the Super Mario Bros. styling mashed up with practically everyone from Radiohead to Metallica, Alanis Morissette to Miles Davis. The list could go on forever. If that wasn’t enough and you wanted your world to look like a classic point-and-click game from the New Wave generation, the internet has taken care of your desires once again with the Belowrez app.
Go ahead, enter the bliggy rabbit hole of some of your favourite albums.
Nirvana — Nevermind
This brilliant 8-bit reincarnation of Kurt Cobain, Krist Anthony Novoselic and Dave Grohl is worth it for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” alone, a.k.a. the most iconic song of all time, according to science. Continue to satisfy your NES-Cobain collaborations with a dosage of In Utero.
Online record label Pterodactyl Squad released a free 8-bit Weezer tribute album, featuring some of the biggest names in chiptune playing homage to the band’s greatest works. Do yourself a favour and indulge in Unicorn Dream Attack’s “Jamie.”
Alanis Morissette — Jagged Little Pill
While honouring the 8-bit magic of Nirvana, it’d be sacrilege not to honour the Queen of alt-rock angst. Released 20 years ago, Jagged Little Pill remains one of the most successful, influential feminist manifestos. This digital symphony captures the melodic intensity pretty damn well.
Pink Floyd — The Dark Side of the Moon
Unsurprisingly, some Pink Floyd fan has curated another layer of musical experience with one of the most iconic albums of all time. This 8-bit variation is up there with Dark Side of the Rainbow for psychedelia without substance.
Nine Inch Nails — The Downward Spiral
What sounds like what could possible be Trent Reznor’s own inner-workings is beautiful. Next step: find your Legend of Zelda cartridge, blow out the dust and turn this up!
Miles Davis — Kind of Blue
To unconventionally commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Kind of Blue,” five chiptune artists reinterpreted each song from the legendary jazz masterpiece. Although it was intended to be a respectful tribute, copyright issues ensued.
Radiohead — The Bends
Like peanut butter and jelly, Seth and Summer, Radiohead was made for 8-bit. This chilling rendition of Black Star will transform you down the green tunnel into a lair of unexpected consequence. How about In Rainbows? KID A? We appreciate your services, YouTube user QuintonSung.
Greenday — American Idiot
“I don’t wanna be an American 8-bit!”
Metallica — The Black Album
Complex Nintendocore at its finest. Get a little sampling with the friendly digitalization of The Black Album then dig into their essential collection: Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightening or Kill ‘Em All.
The Smiths Compilation
The Smiths have gone down as the ultimate gang of sadsacks in British history. Well, it turns out that The Smiths sound even more jovial when covered in the chiptune style. Dance!
Tom Waits — Mule Variations (ahem, DONKEY KONG VARIATIONS)
Oh alright, can’t help myself. How about some Bloc Party?