The Truth Behind Donkey Kong Country's Opening Level Theme

It's a stitch-up

Remember the music for the opening level on Donkey Kong Country? Do you recall how it moves from one musical style to another, almost as if it's three different songs that have been fused together? That because it is.

In an interview with CVG, former Rare composer David Wise reveals the truth behind the track:

I was on holiday in France at the time I first got to know that we would be making a Donkey Kong game. So I had a couple of weeks to think about different styles.

I wasn’t sure which direction to take things in, so I put together a demonstration tape of three different possible styles for the jungle level. I played these to Tim Stamper [one of Rare's founders], who asked me to take the breaks out between the three pieces. That’s the jungle tune.

Here's the song itself, in case you were wondering:

[via nintendo-gamer.net, computerandvideogames.com]