BUDDIES: A Tribute to Banjo​-​Kazooie (BEAR SIDE)

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BUDDIES is a two-disc project celebrating Grant Kirkhope's iconic soundtrack to Banjo-Kazooie. Album producers Amanda Laven and Zachary Kohlmeier wanted to pay tribute to the two protagonists of the game by creating a unique disc of covers for each Banjo, the adventerous honeybear; and Kazooie, the wise-cracking breegull.

Fans of the 1998 3D platformer can choose to listen to BEAR SIDE, Banjo's playlist of playful and upbeat styles including pop, techno, and bossa nova as he adventures to save his sister from the evil witch Gruntilda.

Alternatively, listen to Kazooie's zany BIRD SIDE, a vibrant and high-energy playlist packed styles like metal, EDM, and synthwave!


Also available on: materia.to/buddiesbearBC
UPC 00811576033312
MCOL-0283-BEAR

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released April 24, 2020

"BUDDIES: A Tribute to Banjo-Kazooie (BEAR SIDE)" was made possible by the following individuals:

Zach Kohlmeier: Producer
Amanda Laven: Producer
Isa Alcántara: Album Art
Emily McMillan: Project Director
James C. Hoffman: Mastering Engineer
Lauren the Flute: Marketing
Pokérus Project: Album Art
Sebastian Wolff: Executive Producer


©Ⓟ 2020 Materia Collective LLC

Microsoft, Rare, the Rare logo and Banjo Kazooie are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. All rights reserved.

For complete credits and information about this release, please visit Materia Collective: www.materiacollective.com/music/buddies-a-tribute-to-banjo-kazooie-bear-side

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Track Name: Zach Kohlmeier - Backpack
I was lonely, yeah so lonely,
Now I carry you with me everywhere I go.
You were lonely, yeah so lonely,
Then you hid in my backpack and you won’t leave.

"Wake up! I wanna go on adventures!"
But I need more sleep. Why can’t you just see?
"Wake up! There’s trouble brewing outside!"
I’ll just pretend that I can’t hear you.

I was lonely, you were lonely,
So maybe this is not so bad after all.
After all we’re buddies.
Track Name: Charles Ritz - Let's Open That Door
KAZOOIE: Where did your sister go?
Man, that really stinks!
But at least we can get ourselves some air.

BANJO (spoken): Just five more hours?

KAZOOIE: I’ve got to stretch out my wings sometimes,
Do you even care?
Don’t you dare fall asleep
Get up, you lazy bear!

(BANJO groans.)

It’s been a week since we’ve been outside.
SEVEN DAYS! I could have died!
Least you could do is try
I heard your sister cry,

So let’s go adventure now,
It’s about that time.
C’mon pal
Let’s open that
Let’s open that
Let’s open that door!

BANJO: There goes my vacation.
Sad it couldn’t last,
But it sounds like I don’t have any choice.

Hey, maybe that was a scream of joy?
Maybe she’s okay!
Can I go back to bed now?
I could nap all day.

Why can’t I sleep just a little more.
I was just fine before
Don’t push me through that door!
Don’t make me give a roar!

KAZOOIE: Banjo!

BANJO: Alright, I’ll check real quick,
then it’s back to bed.
C’mon pal
Let’s open that
Let’s open that
Let’s open that door!

KAZOOIE: What’s that, ya Beetle Breath?
You say she’s been bearnapped?

BANJO: Say what? An ugly witch?
I think I have heard enough.

KAZOOIE: We’ve got to get her quick

BANJO: I guess you’re right this time…

KAZOOIE: Let’s go save her
BANJO: Yeah, let’s save her

BOTH: SPIRAL MOUNTAIN HERE WE COME

KAZOOIE: You know, I’ve always wondered why that rock looks like a witch.
Now let’s climb up and break that spell ourselves!

BANJO: I think we might be outmatched this time.
This is not our niche!
Maybe we should look for some help from someone else.

‘Cause this is nuts, I just want to bolt.

KAZOOIE: We’ve got justice to uphold

BANJO: High cliffs? I’m such a klutz.

KAZOOIE: Let’s take a quick shortcut.

BANJO: Well let’s get this over with.
I don’t want to climb

BOTH: Spiral Mountain…

[INSTRUMENTAL]

KAZOOIE: Hey, we’re way up high!
I’m having so much fun!

BANJO: I think I’m gonna ralph…
Don’t stare down, look to the sun

KAZOOIE: You know, I could just fly.

BANJO: I feel like I could cry…

KAZOOIE: Hey, we made it!
BANJO: Hey, we made it…

BOTH: SPIRAL MOUNTAIN HERE WE ARE

KAZOOIE: We climbed to the mountaintop!
See, it’s not so bad?
Now let’s kick our bad neighbor out of town!

BANJO: I’m feeling weak in the knees right now.
Let me catch my breath
Maybe we should have taken lessons from that mole.

That bridge looks risky, I’m kinda scared.

KAZOOIE: Chin up, that’s Grunty's lair!

BANJO: I’m just a simple bear

KAZOIE: But we make a perfect pair!

BOTH: If you weren’t standing there
I would not have climbed Spiral Mountain!

(spoken)
BANJO: You know what, Kazooie? (He yawns.) This view sure is purty. (He snores.)

K: Hey, that’s the spirit Ban-- Banjo? No no, don’t you DARE fall asleep again! Banjo!? BANJO!??
Track Name: Daniel Romberger - Gruntilda's Tell-All
If you walk out on the mountainside, you'll see her lair in a cliff
And if you so dare to go inside, your fear could leave you quite stiff.
She possesses the magic spells that let her do most anything;
look out for her as she rides her broom at night!

She makes her bed in a comfy dumpster near a loogie bush,
and she can make her victorious rump inflate balloons with one push.
Don't be fooled by her gross appearance; she's a pro at belly-barging,
Mean and fierce since her days at Fat Hag High.

Grunty's her name, and she's a wicked witch, rottenest one around!
Grunty's her name, and she will make you twitch though attacks from the Jinjos can ground her.
Grunty's her name, and it's about time you taught the old hag a lesson.
Grunty's her name, and she is going down!

If you, brave pants-wearing bear, decide to take a fighting stance
Alone, you certainly would get fried; with friends, you might stand a chance.
Take a backpack and travel to the numerous surrounding landscapes
Making numerous friends along the way.

A mole named Bottles knows the way and skills to help you survive.
And Mumbo's magical transformations help, though they number five.
Grunty doesn't want you to know her deepest, darkest, meanest secrets
But her sister will gladly fill you in.

Grunty's her name, and it's about time you taught the old hag a lesson.
Grunty's her name, and she is going down!

Find her lair in the mountainside.
Bring Kazooie and step inside; it's down with the witch Gruntilda!
Track Name: Ian Martyn - On Top of Mumbo's Mountain
A journey made by land or
a journey made by sea
Hard to make it all with the
body that we see
So Mumbo makes it easy
transforms you as he can
and when you venture forth
on your own feet you shall stand

Your own mind might be ready
but your body's probly not
You must prepare to journey
even if it's cold or hot
Like Chimpy takes from Conga
Or the totem that needs eggs
You'll have to move quite quickly
whether you have fins or legs

So haul away boys, haul away me boys
Mumbo gives his gift to transform and delight
We must make haste so that Tooty we can see
On top of Mumbo's Mountain is the place we want to be

A clever transformation
is what Mumbo can provide
Your bear and bird bodies
Are what Mumbo knows to hide
Cross the barren plains
and go through Ticker's lair
Mumbo wants to help you
whether hairless or with hair

Wiggle round those paths
that are narrow and quite long
Mumbo helps you out
while singing his ol' song
When finished with your work, you know
Mumbo will be there
To turn you back to bear and bird
so people do not stare

So haul away boys, haul away me boys
Mumbo gives his gift to transform and delight
We must make haste so that Tooty we can see
On top of Mumbo's Mountain is the place we want to be

Mumbo wants to see you
finish up your quest
When it comes to beating Grunty
Mumbo knows that you are best
You gotta get to Tooty
as quickly as you can
Mumbo wants to see you beat Grunty
and he will be a fan

When Mumbo does his work
he's the best that you will find
He'll help you best ol' Grunty
Cuz he's one of your kind
Tooty's out there waiting
and Mumbo wants to see
Defeat the witch cuz Mumbo's
the best for you and me

So haul away boys, haul away me boys
Mumbo gives his gift to transform and delight
We must make haste so that Tooty we can see
On top of Mumbo's Mountain is the place we want to be

So haul away boys, haul away me boys
Mumbo gives his gift to transform and delight
We must make haste so that Tooty we can see
On top of Mumbo's Mountain is the place we want to be

So haul away boys, haul away me boys
Mumbo gives his gift to transform and delight
We must make haste so that Tooty we can see
On top of Mumbo's Mountain is the place we want to be
Track Name: Álex Garcigregor - MECHA-SHARK-WHALE
On with the journey, sister is waiting still
through the sewers penetrate

Using our moves and a little help from the mole
making progress through the waste we go

Uououyeiyeh, aaah, yeah, whoa

Take a deep breath, dive, mecha-shark-whale in sight
waiting, aching, needing help

Swim to the bottom, ready to lend a hand,
meet the creature, he will say...

I don't like dirty water, someone
help me, I just need to breathe
turn the key and you will set me free
got something for you if you
help me get fresh air

Garbage disposal, what a life to live
the witch has him chained here, got to set him free!

He'll help us go on, time is running out
act as a dentist, pull his teeth and go inside of his body

This hybrid cyborg, holds a lot inside
obstacle course done, what a fun reward!

Jump from my blowhole! Pick up all the stuff!
Hoarders, collectors... Hey, I like your style!

Hero material, saving little guys
go face the witch now, don't forget to rescue all 5

Power of teamwork
jump, fly, swim, throw eggs
fantastic breegull
and this kind of bear is best!
Track Name: Tyler Gonelli - Mountain Dressed in White
Starlight shines down on this wintery night
And god the mountain top looks beautiful in white
And yet the midnight cold it don’t treat people nice
I don’t know if I can make it through this ice

Sparkling gold light and think I finally found a piece
Of what I am looking for it’s right before my own two feet
Lifes a puzzle that you’re forced to suffer through (suffer through)
I’ll pick up it’s pieces go back home to you