When initial pressings of the "Pac-Man Fever" single sold quickly, CBS Records decided they needed a whole album of Buckner & Garcia material. The duo had played in rock bands around Akron (where they crossed paths with Chrissie Hynde
), and were hoping to put that material on the album, but CBS had a different plan: an entire album of video game songs. And it had to be quick, before the Pac-Man fad passed.
Buckner & Garcia complied, and over the next 10 days they researched video games and wrote songs like
"Do The Donkey Kong," "Ode To A Centipede," and "Froggy's Lament."
"We would go out to a game room or wherever we could find a particular game, and we'd find out who could play it and we'd watch them and write down how the game went," Buckner said in his Songfacts interview. "Then we'd go back and work on the song half the night, get up the next day and record the song."
The album sold well and "Do The Donkey Kong" even bubbled under at #103 on the Hot 100.