Although Buckner and Garcia are the writers and original recording artists, they are not the only ones to record the song. Below is a list of other versions I am aware of. (Note that the Buckner & Garcia versions mentioned on the records page are not currently listed here.) I hope to provide a short clip of each in the future.
"Pac-Man Fever Unplugged" appeared (I believe) on Buckner & Garcia's follow-up album to the 1999 Pac-Man Fever CD, Now and Then. This version of the song features Gary Garcia accompanied by a couple guitars and without backup vocals or Pac-Man sound effects. The album was sold via the original MP3.com and is no longer available. It was also available for listening as a RealAudio file on Buckner & Garcia's web site for a while.
Yes, Buckner & Garcia attempted to cash in on the Pokemon craze. They simply changed the lyrics of "Pac-Man Fever" to come up with this song, which was available on their web site and possibly also on their Now and Then album. It went nowhere and now one can scarcely find any mentions of it on the Web.
This version of the song is covered by the Beachwood All-Stars. It appears on Linda Fratianne's workout album, Tune Up with the Hits, which was published by CBS Records in 1982. According to the cover, Fratianne was a silver medal winner at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The album includes a book of workout moves for each song. The song is not really suited for general listening, as it has voice overs from Fratianne prompting the various workout moves.
This cover of the songs by the Echoes appears on Hooked on Disco from Warner Brothers Records. Note that they misspell "Pac-Man," which is a common mistake. Oddly there is no copyright notice or date anywhere on the album, although there is an "all rights reserved" notice.
On The Glory of America from 1983 by Donny and Marie, the Osmond Brothers, and Jimmy, is this six-minute medley sung by Jimmy Osmond. About forty-five seconds of it is "Pac-Man Fever." This would later inspire another version by Derrick Bostrom (see below). This album was also released as a special limited edition under the name America Fest in 1984.
This cover appears on Songs of Spiritual Uplift as Sung by Today's Sounds, which is actually a 7", four-song record released by the now defunct Amarillo Records in 1996. Today's Sounds is Derrick Bostrom, drummer for the Meat Puppets, and his friend Bruce Sandig. This cover was not inspired by the original Buckner & Garcia version, but by the bit used by Jimmy Osmond in a medley (see above). Bostrom says, "though it lasted for all of 45 seconds, it formed the basis for my arrangement. I still haven't heard the original, but the Jimmy Osmond version rocks my world."
This grindcore group from New York included a cover of "Pac-Man Fever" on their 2006 7" EP, For the Mysophiliacs. Perhaps I just don't get it, but from what I was able to track down on the Internet, it sounds mostly unintelligible. Unless you like grindcore -- and if you don't know what it is already, you probably won't -- you're better off just avoiding it. The adjacent image of the cover is censored. As of April 2010, you could listen to the song on the Iron Butter Facebook page.
The new wave/indie pop group Sprites recorded their version of the song for Little Darla Has a Treat for You, Vol. 25: Endless Summer 2007-08 Edition, a sampler by Darla Records. It's also available for purchase as a download from Amazon, iTunes, and elsewhere on the Internet. Or, as of April 2010, you can listen to it for free on Sprites' MySpace page. Note that the hyphen is incorrectly missing from the title.
In May 2008, Intellivision tribute band Astrosmash released a "single," for which their cover of "Pac-Man Fever" was the title track. They even made it a free download from their web site. This version features sound effects from the Intellivision version of Pac-Man, naturally, released in 1983 by Atarisoft rather than the original arcade version.
The following is my theory on the release of "Pac-Man Fever" internationally. Columbia/CBS released it themselves in many countries, including Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the Netherlands. Where they didn't however, Atari licensed it to promote their release of Pac-Man for the Atari 2600. I base this theory primarily on the use of the art from the Atari 2600 Pac-Man manual on the 45 sleeves. In the only strictly English-speaking country Columbia hadn't reached (Australia), they simply released the Buckner & Garcia version. In others, Atari had local artists re-record it. Again, this is only my theory, but I'll bet somewhere out there is proof. It's also quite likely that there are additional international covers not yet listed here.
"Pac-Man Kuume" is the Finnish version, performed by Tuijamaria. This song was released on 45 in Finland. Ville Ranki brought this version to my attention and tells me the orange sticker in the picture says something like "sample record, not for sale." "On Sydän Syrjällään" is the name of the B side song. In Ranki's words, "it's a love song title but I don't want to even try to translate it."
This is a German version of Pac-Man Fever performed by Gerald Mann. It appears to have only been released as a single, as shown in the discography on Mann's official site. "Wie in alten Zeiten," meaning "As in Old Times," appears to be the song on the B side. I have yet to actually hear any of this version.
The Filipino version of "Pac-Man Fever," performed by the Green Notes, is, disappointingly, simply a cover using the original instrumental version recorded by Buckner & Garcia. The singer even flubs a couple of lines. The B side is a song called "Lift Off." As of 2011, I've only ever seen this come up on eBay's U.S. site twice, and never with the original sleeve.
As karaoke became a popular activity in bars and at parties, karaoke versions of Pac-Man Fever appeared. Of course, the original "karaoke version" would be the instrumental version available as the B side of the 45 and 12" club mix.
This karaoke CD+G from Sound Choice (SKU #8927) includes "Pac-Man Fever." It's rather an odd choice given that half the songs on the disc feature explicit lyrics. A few of the other artists whose songs are on this disc are "Weird Al" Yankovic, Spinal Tap, Ben Folds Five, Bob and Tom Band, Tenacious D, and Da Vinci's Notebook. You can order it directly from Sound Choice. As best I can tell, it is identical to the karaoke version on the Stringray Music single below.
This CD single from Stringray Music was released in 2008. It features only two tracks: the karaoke version and a demonstration version with a lead singer. It is available on iTunes and other online music services. As best I can tell, the karaoke version is identical to the one on Songs to Make Your Mama Blush, Vol. 2 above.
There's a small group of songs that, although might appear to be covers or otherwise related to "Pac-Man Fever", aren't.
While you might thing this track, released c. 1982, is a parody, it's not. It's actually more of a story told with sound effects. Or as Will put it, it's "a montage of video game sound effects gone berserk." Most of them are indeed video game samples taken from the Pac-Man Fever album, but none of Buckner & Garcia's music is included. Thanks to Whimsical Will himself for answering my questions about it.
While the song is named identically, neither the music nor the lyrics are Buckner & Garcia's. (The chorus starts, "Pac-Man Fever is bringing me down.") And this one's not appropriate for listening to with young ears present. You can find it at CD Baby or iTunes.