Spotify has had a cool/terrifying feature called Discover Weekly for a while now. It generates a weekly playlist of tracks based on you listening habits. Like some future style shit.
A few weeks back, the machine god put a little diddy on there that I swear I had heard before, but couldn’t quite place it. A quick Google and I figured out that it was from this:
Which is this:
This and the slew of video game soundtracks from last year, got me thinking about some of my favourites and the occasionally shitty games they belong to.
Here are 8 of my favourites. Why 8?
Why the fuck not 8? You got something against the number 8? Huh? HUH?
Although all of the games in the THPS series have had great soundtracks, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 spoke to me the most. It hit at a time where I generally didn’t know what I liked in life, let alone music, except for skateboarding and MAYBE boobs.
But the first time I heard Chuck D’s voice come screaming over an Anthrax guitar riff, I lost my little mind. Throw in some Bad Religion, Millencolin and sprinkle liberally with Naughty by Nature. I am in love with every single song on that soundtrack.
I still love skateboarding, and I eventually figured out the boobs part as well. In case you were wondering.
What THPS2 did for punk and rock music, Thrasher gave me an education in truly timeless hip hop.
A Tribe Called Quest, Erik B & Rakim, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Public Enemy, Run DMC. It’s a cheat sheet to every group that is synonymous with truly awesome and timeless hip hop.
Shit is fucking rad.
Nothing pumps the blood in such a way that the DOOM soundtrack manages. NOTHING. The perfect compliment to the frenetic chaos that is ripping and tearing through demonic assholes (both figuratively and literally speaking).
I can’t remember a moment in video games that gave me the same shit eating grin than the shotgun cock at the end of an elevator ride did.
Grime is the first word that comes to mind when describing the noise that comes out of this game. The second would be pulsing. Much like DOOM, Hotline Miami’s soundtrack drives you forward in an almost trance like state, complementing the puzzle murder perfectly.
The beats are phat and the synth is dirty. What more could you ask for.
If Hotline Miami was the shotgun blast/introduction of Synthwave into my system, Furi was that chaos distilled to a precision sniper shot. The music complemented the batshit crazy story that Furi was trying to tell.
I mean I don’t really know what the fuck was going on in that game, but it looked and sounded cool as shit the entire time it was happening.
Saints Row 4
This game made electronic music finally click for me. And although it had multiple radio stations with different genres of music, like all open world games, ever, it was K12 FM that was always on.
Flux Pavilion, Nero, Vitalic, Alex Metric, The Bloody Beetroots. Banger after banger.
Also the fact that they weaponised it with the Dubstep gun really didn’t hurt.
Quake 1 had an amazing atmospheric soundtrack that really added something special to the game.
Quake 2 had rippin’ fucking guitars and dirty synth. ENOUGH. SAID.
It was also one of the first CD based games I learnt would play in a CD player, so I basically had a copy of it on my person at all times between the years of 2000 – 2003.
Command & Conquer
Well. This shit speaks for itself.