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Nobody Suspects a Theme: Demos, Remixes, and Covers

Ian McKinney’s Octodad (Nobody Suspects a Thing) is the catchy theme song for Octodad: Dadliest Catch used in the trailer and credits sequences for the game. The song began as a simple request to a talented friend for a theme song for our new Octodad game teaser and has spawned numerous versions, remixes, covers, and even a vinyl 7in.




My own attempts (and those of Young Horse’s own talented composer, Seth Parker) hadn’t quite arrived at capturing the magic we needed for a new teaser trailer.




In the original student version of Octodad we had been able to use Dalmatian Rex and the Eigentones’ silly indie pop gem, “Octopus I Love You”, to really capture the tone and charm of Octodad.

We really wanted to repeat that feeling in Octodad: Dadliest Catch, but have something even more uniquely ours (this demo version is kind of the basis for the Berry Gordy Reprise version further down).

Then there was the version that starred Eel Dad, Starfish Dad, and Shark Dad. Two versions, in fact (I make one last attempt at singing).


+ Here’s the full alternate lyrics.

Whale dad had them all fooled
Til they started to wonder why he couldn’t leave the pool

Eel dad had a good run
Til he tried to play catch with his human son

Starfish dad was caught in a lie
Got a job at a bank but he was under qualified

Shark dad loved his kids they say
Til the CPS took them away

OCTODAD
NOBODY SUSPECTS A THING
OCTODAD
HE’S GOT A GOOD THING GOING
OCTODAD

Coral reef dad played it real smooth
Until his wife found out he couldn’t move

Anenome dad strung them along
Til they saw him at the beach wearing nothing but a thong

Sea cucumber dad thought he was a winner
Then the threw up his stomach onto christmas dinner

Anglerfish dad had a knack for lying
But he was downright terrifying

OCTODAD
NOBODY SUSPECTS A THING
OCTODAD
HE’S GOT A GOOD THING GOING
OCTODAD

 

But maybe you’re more into the surf instrumental instead.



I’m partial to the completely re-recorded “Motown” Berry Gordy Reprise, myself (it plays in the movie theater during the end credits).



Covers

We were surprised and delighted to find Ian wasn’t the only one to record Octodad’s titular theme. Some covers even evolved into complete tonal shifts like this somber, triumphant crystal piano version.



Some were played more straight… kind of.



This one-man cover chills the garage-surf out nicely until it’s a pretty Real Estate song or something.

Ukuleles were still gloriously twee in 2014.



Folk-Punk Revival-dad.



Blubstep?



Of course you don’t have a hit on your hands unless there’s a dance remix… or two.



And a chiptune remix.



In the end, some people really are just looking for that special someone to start a band with. I have personally selected these youtubers to come together and be my new backing-band.

Drums

Guitar

Bass

Backup Dancer

1 Comment

  1. Gordon Sine
    April 15, 2015

    Thanks so much for the feature of my bass cover.