Christmas Special Editorial: 20 years of RKO (The charts revisited)
Published: 24/12/2020 by Neil Carr
In the year 2000 Jan Lund Thomsen's RKO (remix.kwed.org) was born. Finally, a resource that enabled remixers to uploaded their remixes for the world to enjoy. Before that time the remixing scene were made up of several websites spread around the internet. Finding these sites and jumping around from one to another was a painful and a somewhat chaotic experience. Over the years RKO would establish itself to be the one stop shop to get your c64 remix fix. In this Christmas editorial special we go back through the years and present the top 3 remixes voted by our readers from each year to the current day. So grab a cuppa sit back and enjoy whilst we take you on a nostalgia trip. Oh! and if you haven't voted yet on these remixes here's a chance to do so. Happy Christmas everyone.
*Ratings are correct at the time of publish. Ratings subject to varience should votes be cast.
condor: Never commented this one... With Zoids, I think it can von title of your best remix.
banador: Just so good and interesting picture of the Nemesis that this music creates.
Kaitain: I really like this. It starts off sounding like it's going to be a bit pedestrian, but really starts to fly by the second minute.
LaLa: Almost two decades later still a powerful, emotional remix, a must-have classic!
eliot: The original can not be beaten by any remake :-)
nonick: Excellent! But I'd like to know which Galway tunes have been recycled here.
eliot: Very very very outstanding :)
Melaure: Excellent, I have found Jarre's fealings in this tune :D
condor: Agreed with ommoroca - wonderful!
ptitfous: Had metal fans rocking on this!!
sebuko: Normally I hate rock and sidsounds. But this one kicks asses. I love it!!!
Imphenzia: 100% for me, superb production quality, composition and arrangement. Retrointro and passage to modern remix is outstanding too.
decibel: Lovely, the fade out at the end is sublime
Cifu1978: Really nice remix, with good tunes, good vibrations and good memories.
Nebdar: Awsome remix cool one with proper soul
chairmankaga: One of my favourite SID remixes.
plokolp: Love this. 2 tunes in one.
Frida Katarina: LOVE.
aero: Going back in time again to listen to old favorites. This one is truly amazing!
Melaure: Very nice voice
_steve_: Simply stunning. Very emotive and well produced. Another classic from Glyn.
Ginjirou: Absolutely amazing. Required entry on any mp3 player I own. Simply sublime! Could be from a shaolin monk stage show...?
PsychNerD: Simply outstanding.
Makke: Together with Reyn Ouwehands Deflector, this tune defines the perfect Commodore 64 remix.
stoo: When I was a kid I used to load the Robocop 3 demo just to hear this, and the intro never fails to give me goosebumps. Jeroen Tel is a god and Lagerfeldt's remix is legendary.
Ryrynz: Beautifully done.
Supergrobi123: Ooooooutstanding, man!!!
TNT: Since 8 years it's a pleasure listening to this and it's still one of my favorites.
Mordi: Lovely rendition of a nice tune
bar: The art of Vangelis+The sound of Neuronium+The touch of Suzanne Ciani=one of the best tune on RKO
jelly: Hauntingly haunting.
KarmaSlave: This is the definition of the positive use for the word "sick". This is sick.
mstodge: Damn! Every time I listen to this it gets better and better. I bow down to your greatness.
Makke: Marcel hits the jackpot once again! Absolutely flawless!
Dumper: Very nice indeed.
ms: Does remind me to my version made professional :-)
cyphax: My goodness this sounds good! Fabulous piece of work!
madrigal: DHS sei un grandissimo! Spero non ti stancherai mai di regalarci queste perle!;)
humorguy: 9 for excellence 1 for courage 10/10!!!!
macb3t: Absolutely brilliant!!!
Peter W: These lyrics, these lyrics are horribly great! What a cool idea, and to pull this off! OX Great job guys!
Melaure: Very relaxing
ifadeo: F**k'n brilliant! OUTSTANDING!
LaLa: Fourteen years later and still sounding amazing!
mythrilnazgul: This is amazing. I love it.
robertmansfield: Very nice arrangement and beautiful choir-sounds, so here goes the read smiler...
boonz: Turn out the lights, stick the headphones on, close your eyes and listen to the music. So relaxing. Superb stuff this is!!
Chris Abbott: The axeman is BACK!
Big Dawg: Cor blimey!!! This track goes from superb to incredible. The strings at the end just knock me down with a feather.
Amok: Awesome co-production... Just a perfect piece of music...
gibs: The lead synth is not a problem for me. I like it. Great piece.
Caboose: Groovey baby!
Mordi: Best song on RKO. Period. Puts you in a certain mood.
Dr. Bongo: I REALLY like this. I`m jelous of the guitar work, wish mine was up to that standard.
gforg: Great song!
Sargon: Really nice Sid Metal!
dream_19: This is ultimate!
Cifu1978: Perfect. Cannot express more plainly.
infamous: Brilliant. Nothing else needs to be said.
Waz: Now this is lovely. Not only does it really have that flow and feeling of the original but it develops on it without being too obtrusive. Another winner from DaFunk.
prowler: It seems like Dafunk is really in the zone right now, producing like sonic wanderer did some years ago :-)
maverickbna: Another great one from Dafunk! Keep up the good work!
NecroPolo: Great work and recognisable style.
chilli_uk: The more you listen the more you need to listen - great work Dafunk
jokesoldier: Mordi, I'am with you <3
bartonfink: Awesome and cute at the same time!
Dr-Duke: Very well done Mordi! *takes hat off* And here comes the red one from me... *click*
plokolp: Hey Dafunk, this tune makes me want to go out and buy the biggest, baddest speakers I can afford. Awesome.
Trace: How are you not signed yet?? This is commercial quality, GREAT! :D
Danceaway: Starts 08 as he left 07... Top stuff and the sounds are bang on, along with top mixing... Keep it up Master Dafunk......
Makke: All I can say is: Propper job, Peter! Very well done.
Varan: Builds up the mood very nicely the first minutes and then releases a nice melody. Very dreamy indeed. The ending feels a bit "flat" though.
raj: Fantastic, creative
Shark: I say it’s a master piece reminded me of the metal gear sound tracks which I really like, please make a remix of cybernoid 2 like this pretty please with a cheery on top!.
RemixFan: Impact on RKO!!! Nice ONE
Jezza: Amazing remix of a great sid!
deleyt: Great stuff!
chilli_uk: I think this is awesome and mellow - I think one day one person will use a guitar on this as well - its perfect for it - but wow amazing work!
Shark: Yes great work really liked it better then all these dance tracks of late and I can never get enough ocean loader remixs so cheers!
cyphax: This is just beautiful. I love it.
Mayhem: Sweet ;)
_steve_: I can't add anything that hasn't been said above. Fantastic remix!
catcher40: Amazing is all I can say. Took me back to the good old days of playing LN, loved every minute.
weasel: Wow! Truly _outstanding_, indeed!!! Thank you _very_, very much!! :-D
Arne: All in all a very good sounding remake of different "Last Ninja" musics. Thumbs up for this music!
LMan: The name's Funk. Moog Funk.
Mordi: Been listening to this regularly since it's release on SceneSat Vol 2. Outstanding as ever.
Karmar: Bad? Why? It's amazing cover! THX moog!
Dees Productions: The perfect mix of a perfect song. Like to drizzle honey all over the floor and just roll around!
omoroca: Wonderful, as always! Mordi=Jogeir? Added to my collection.
Melaure: Excellent work again, and as unreal says with a touch fo Amiga! Congratulations!
_steve_: Fantasitc. Like the slower pace of this one
Unzen: Excellent tune - memories come flooding back :). Top work!
Musoman: This was MY favourite Ocean Loader, brilliant
Zekses: Simply outstanding as usual. I love your remixes!
Chordian: Absolutely wonderful remix. The chorus bits invoke true frisson.
Bigraw: Beast! :D
LaLa: Head-bangingly powerful! Guitar-smashingly heavy duty! Rock on!
Snip: Holy crap! :) What a massive attack! :) As a kid I usually imagined SID songs like heavy rock pieces. So that's it! :) Masterpiece!
chabee: Great as it is!
drm: Love the guitars!!! Awesome!!!
werdy: Sorry but I can't be objective - original sid is one of my favorite music and this remix is OUTSTANDING. Pure energy everywhere.
chilli_uk: Mix between kreftwork and jarre - so so clever - love it
Razmo: Really nice to hear a synthy Jarre'ish tune in here... Top red smiley for this. Only thing I can put my finger on is the imense wall of sound.. It's very thick sonically on the verge of becoming muddy in tone, but it's just at little...
NecroPolo: That SID is a heavy piece of cake, man! Execution is flawless, the remix gone several steps beyond the original (already great) atmosphere. I like it soundwise, too.
weasel: LukHash is a BLAAAST!!!! :-D Really, really cool stuff he's doing here! KEEP ON GOING, pal! *Thumbs UP!*
_steve_: Very powerful chip mix. Another fantastic mix
bastard: Impressive production. If I'd known the original tune, I would have rated it red++
ziona: Awesome piece, very pleasant, I am addicted to it, looping all day!
Lclhstr: Not my favourite style by any measure, but man :) put your HENZA-henza-HeNzA!:)
LMan: Killer track.
LaLa: Grungy, metallic, dirty. Just like war. I can just see the platoon marching through the muddy jungle. Very, very well done!
mfe: Brilliant mix of this song, well done. Though I would have left out the vocal sample, personally.
Jojje70: The female vocals does a wonderful job in this remix, totally lifts it to a higher level! Great production and arrangement, nicely done.
LaLa: Cinematic! Epic! Orchestral! Welcome back, Markus!!!
Sokratekk: A think 90 % of all tunes here are only transcriptions of the original tune - but this is a real great remix
Askrates: This is awesome on so many levels…
Jonazz: Oh.. Yeah my film composer do it again! He really are on fire..!
Makke: This is simply brilliant!
Nickenstein: This is seriously fucking beautiful, Slaygon! (In my head, Skitz will never die.)
ChrisLo: Wow! Perfect piece, arragement, sounds, ambient!
linus: Extremely lovely!<3
chosc: Hello! Well Done man, your tune is so wonderful and sometimes it remembers me of the old kung fu movies.
mfe: Takes a few too many liberties with the melody for my liking, but it's well mixed.
nummer2: Love it :)
blubberdiblub: Wow, just wow! The reverberation creates a dreamy atmosphere, the bass line so powerful and the strings simply lovely.
ChrisBond: Wow - that is a really good remix, good sounds good arragement, but a little static beat - love it anyway, and thanks a lot for the Cybernoid I Bonus at the end - lovely
symbols: Most Excellent Sir! Bodayshus!
Blackstar: For me this is a just as a perfect remix of a C64 tune should sound like.
hillsman: Loving these "Surf" remixes! I really like this one and its perfect for Johan's style
Sanjo Ride: Loved this, was juming around in my seat
vurtx: Just perfect in all areas.
verm71: Exquisitely produced thumpy dance track!
LaLa: When listening to this tune I'd like to stand on a hilltop and yell out: "This is what the scene is about!!! " Kickass 80s feel coupled with a kickass demo tune.
Dr.Piotr: Leds dance!!! Greats!
XxDUSTYxX: That's so dope! |m|
teo: What a great first remix! Igy tovább!
Flyingsaucer: Wonderful!!! Very Very Nice!!!
redhot: Awesome, especially the bass line
nummer2: The whole idea of this remix is just genuis and fresh I wish it was 1-2 minutes longer and it would have been perfect
NecroPolo: Not my kind of stuff at all (there is no blood) but it is quality at its best. Great work!
GSC: With old fillings, nice.
Ripper7575: Very Good!
LaLa: Finely crafted creative take on a wonderful tune.
TbB: I want back in time.... GOD! I miss my c64 ;) Please write at least 15 words. WTF?!:-)
_steve_: Simply amazing. Love the improvisation around 1:28-1:50 - very Hans Zimmer Top Gun Anthemesque
LaLa: Wow! Just wow! Perfect!
Anthony Walters: Awesome! - Hollywood is calling...
horizoner: Brilliant, just brilliant!
hillsman: Unbelievable. Please do a Ghouls 'n' Ghosts album!!
JChambers: LOVE IT!
Amon73: Uno dei migliori che ho ascoltato qui :) Ci vorrebbero più FastLoaders nel mondo :) Perfetto!
Marcus: I still love Glyn's version after all these years(2002)! It's almost impossible to improve his fantastic version or his Times of Lore. Your choir Peter fits perfectly your remix and I got goose bumps. Very Well Done! Both versions are just great for me.
Poppykuk: Great arrangement. Keeps the atmosphere of the original but sounds huge.
bastard: Absolutely wonderful arrangement!
kwed: Turns out the only way to top Glyn R Browns 16-year old symphonic remix was to have Glyn himself come back and update it. Amazing stuff and instant classic if I ever heard one!
grin: I really love these interpretations, very effective ear libricators!
Grigul: Is there anyone who can beat Glyn R. Brown? No, only Glyn himself - and he did it. He took one of his greatest Remixes - and improved it to a higher level. The old one is still epic - this one here is (my opinion): The Most Epic Track Ever!!
c64glen: Outstanding. Unfamiliar with the original but there Pink's "Who Knew" in there.
omoroca: After 20 seconds I knew I have to vote "Outstanding". Because... It is. Great job!
Mordi: Dane meets Liljedahl! Highly enjoyable!
archon: I listened to the original arcade and mainly the C64 version million times. This is a gigantic interpretation Sega should pay for and I'm sure everyone who knows the original would appreciate. So much effort in this, deserves alot of love :) Thank you!
Ryrynz: Oh my lord. Is anyone else basically after a version of this but with a bit more of a drawn out emotional vibe to it?
Shark: What a great remix, like you peter spent many an hour on this game and the remix of the soundtrack is perfect, Sega would be proud!
Ryrynz: The synths don't really have the punch I want, they really need to be front and center, orchestra sounds good. Overall a nice atmosphere. Dat Slaygon tho.. @3:30 my jam.
tw1l1ght: Wow! You guys better be careful not being 'asked' to get a permit from the community before being allowed to submit more entries in that trio -> Puts each of your best sides into a complete package of awesomeness! <3 @3:30 - SO Slaygons part!;)
Poppykuk: Another musical journey with peter clarke. I hear the other players and it all works beautifully together. I love the way the soundscape changes.
Ahriakin: Great remix, lots of energy while respecting the source.
Ryrynz: Doesn't get much better than this, it's got all the elements of a top notch remix, love the fresh new SID sound, what an evolution! Holy shit @3:00, bro we need more remixes from you here!
Mano: Solid, Well done.
People, we should considder ourselves lucky to be part of a community diverse enough to cover everything from the solitary hobbyist with a copy of Fruityloops to an 80-piece symphonic orchestra. The solitary remixer can afford to be out of pocket on a remix since the music isn’t his/her day job - the professional musician doesn’t have that luxury. Dismissing one over the other isn’t a way to take the hobby in new directions. If you prefer the freely available renditions, that’s fine by me - but don’t knock commercial efforts simply for having a cost. No one is in this to get rich.