“I’ve got a pocket full of quarters and I’m headed to the arcade.”

Do those words sound familiar? If you’re a child of the ’80s, they should. They’re the opening of Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia’s hit song, Pac-Man Fever, from the album of the same name. The Pac-Man Fever single went platinum (about 1,700,000 copies sold), while the album went gold (roughly 900,000 sold). Both were released in early 1982 and quickly rose up the charts. The single peaked at #9 on the Billboard chart and #3 on the Record World chart. Not bad for two radio jingle writers in Atlanta who wrote the song in about an hour.

Now, 17 years later, Buckner and Garcia have re-recorded and re-released the album on compact disc. Shortly after the re-release, Classic Gamer Magazine got Buckner and Garcia to take a little time for an exclusive e-mail interview.

The CD

Classic Gamer Magazine: Let’s start with the most obvious question: Why re-release Pac-Man Fever on CD 17 years after the original album’s release?

Buckner & Garcia: The demand and desire we have been receiving showed us a lot of people wanted a
CD version.

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