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Pac-Man Fever is a 1982 album recorded by Buckner & Garcia. It is also the name of the first song on that album. Each song on the album is about a different classic arcade game, and uses sound effects from that game. The album was originally released in LP, cassette, and 8-track tape formats, and was later completely re-recorded for re-release on CD in 1999 and 2002.

Pac-Man Fever
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1982
LabelColumbia/CBS Records (1982)
RC 37941
Buckner & Garcia Productions (1999)
K-tel Entertainment (2002 version)
ProducerBuckner & Garcia
Buckner & Garcia chronology
Pac-Man Fever
Now & Then
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

The title song, "Pac-Man Fever", was released as a single in December 1981 and became a top-ten hit, peaking at #9 in March 1982 on the Billboard Hot 100[2] and earning Gold certification by the RIAA for selling over a million copies;[3] the single sold 2.5 million copies in total as of 2008.[4] It had been released independently earlier in the year on the BGO Records label, before being picked up by CBS. The album's second single, "Do the Donkey Kong", peaked at #103 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[5] Like the title song, the album itself went on to receive a Gold certification from the RIAA, for over 500,000 records sold;[6] the album sold 1,200,000 copies in total by the end of 1982. The duo performed both of these singles on American Bandstand on March 20, 1982,[7] as well as appearing later that day on Solid Gold,[8] singing "Pac-Man Fever".

Track listingEdit

1."Pac-Man Fever"Pac-Man3:49
2."Froggy's Lament"Frogger3:18
3."Ode to a Centipede"Centipede5:37
4."Do the Donkey Kong"Donkey Kong4:24
6."The Defender"Defender4:02
7."Mousetrap"Mouse Trap4:01
8."Goin' Berzerk"Berzerk4:17


  • Gary Garcia: Vocals, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Percussion (Cowbell)
  • Jerry Bucker: Vocals, Keyboards, Synthesizers
  • Mike Stewart: Moog synthesizer on tracks 7 and 8
  • Chris Bowman, Rick Hinkle: Rhythm and Lead Guitar
  • Larry McDonald: Bass
  • Ginny Whitaker: Drums, Percussion
  • David "Cozy" Cole: Electronic Drums

"Froggy's Lament" also pays tribute to Smilin' Ed McConnell and Froggy the Gremlin from Andy's Gang with its lyrics "Hiya, kids" and "Plunk your magic twanger, Froggy!"


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Pac-Man Fever". Time Magazine. April 5, 1982. Retrieved October 15, 2009. Columbia/CBS Records' Pac-Man Fever...was No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week.
  3. ^ "Popular Computing". Volume 2. McGraw-Hill. 1982. Retrieved August 14, 2010. Pac-Man Fever went gold almost instantly with 1 million records sold.
  4. ^ Turow, Joseph (2008). Media Today: An Introduction to Mass Communication (3rd ed.). Taylor & Francis. p. 554. ISBN 0-415-96058-4. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Bubbling Under the Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004
  6. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - Pac-Man Fever Archived 2015-09-04 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  7. ^ "American Bandstand Season 25 Episode Guide". March 20, 1982. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
  8. ^ "Solid Gold Season 2 Episode Guide". March 20, 1982. Retrieved August 14, 2010.

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