Official Japanese ‘Ghostbusters’ Cover Music Video Released

A new music video from Japan shows four female Japanese comedians covering Ray Parker, Jr.’s Ghostbusters theme song. Following the recent internet troll-storm resulting from Fall Out Boy’s cover, this is actually a welcoming sound.

In fact, many of the initial comments from viewers express relief from the travesty of the Fall Out Boy Fauxbusters track. One important note is the Fall Out Boy cover already has more dislikes than likes on Youtube since its release.

Similar to Hoobastank’s cover of Ray Parker, Jr.’s tune, the Japanese version creates its own sound while still paying respect to the original source material.

Tomochika, Oniyakko Tsubaki, Naomi Watanabe and Shizuyo Yamasaki are the comedians involved in the project. This is in lieu with the all female cast for the main roles in the upcoming film.

One element of the video many die hard fans will appreciate is the homage to the original music video.

The aesthetics of the video borrow heavily from the Ray Parker, Jr. video for the original film. Particularly the use of neon lights to form the set helps to make a connection between the two music videos.

Personally I feel this music track is a greater improvement over Fall Out Boy’s rendition. Their track already attracting negative attention to a film many dread prior to its release. Despite this positive reception, this does not assuage growing concerns with the movie.

Following many lampooned remakes, many fans worry the Ghostbusters remake will be another example of this problem.

But with the music video we can enjoy a cover that actually sounds like the original source material.

Seth Frederiksen
Seth Frederiksen
A post-grad history buff who is addicted to comics and books, and lover of anything with the words "ice" and "cream" in it. I've been a huge Batman fan since I can remember, and have come to appreciate sequential art as literature and entertainment. Also I have a soft spot for dogs. Just saying.