Glen McNamee
Five Rob Hubbard Tunes you might not have heard
Posted on Mar 21, 2015 in c64

downloadRob Hubbard is undoubtedly the most famous musician to write music for the Commodore 64, but you may not of heard some of his lesser known work on other machines, especially his later stuff.

Here’s five of my favourite tracks. Inspired by the Facebook Group Tribute to Rob Hubbard – SID chip legend.

Jet Set Willy – Atari 800

In 1987 Rob wrote the music for Atari 800 Tynesoft conversion of Jet Set Willy. This conversation is pretty awful in every respect, the game itself is pretty much unplayable, except for the music which is great. It’s a real shame the worst version has best music. I’d love to hear a C64 conversion of this track

Hydrofool – ZX Spectrum 128k

Hydrofool was release 1987 by Faster Than Light which was available for both the ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC. Both formats have the same exact same music as they both used the General Instrument AY-3-8910 sound chip.

I just put this track in to appease the ZX/CPC peasants. Happy guys?

668 Attack Sub – PC

Later in his career Rob went to work for Electronic Arts and did music on the PC, Amiga and the Sega MegaDrive (Genesis) formats.

688 Attack Sub is a submarine simulator game published in 1989 for DOS systems and 1990 for Amiga computers by Electronic Arts. A Sega Mega Drive version was also published but I don’t think Rob did that version. Comment below if you know differently.

Indianapolis 500 The Simulation – PC

Indianapolis 500: The Simulation came out in 1989 on PC and Amiga published by EA. I think the Amiga version of this track is much better, but I’m a bit biased in that regard. I did however have this game on the Amiga at home, and PC at work and the game itself ran a lot better on the PC.

John Madden Football – Mega Drive

John Madden Football was release in 1990, and was the second Madden football game released by Electronic Arts. It features this great track with some lovely use of sampled speech. T-T-T-Touchdown. I never owned a Megadrive, but I did have a copy of this track on cassette tape record directly from a friends MegaDrive.

I think there still a lot of Rob Hubbard track out there that haven’t had enough exposure. Someone should probably do something about that.

5 Comments

  1. clive sharpe says:

    I think we should hold rob down until he ports jet set willy to sit. What a catchy little number. Love those (pentatonic?) scale sweeps… It just needs a bit of six and a filtered bass…with proper drums. Hearing that tune on that chip is like listening to Jarre on a hissy D90 tape.

  2. Jolyon Brown says:

    Ever heard this one? PGA Tour Golf from 1991. I quite liked this back in the day – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY4WT1GgUO8

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