Alright. Remember Video Game Music? Music composed specifically for games? We were going back to it this week. That was the plan. The past few posts were more mainstream tracks that ended up in games but now we were supposed to get back to take a look at some tracks written specifically for Video Games. My first thought for this week was to include a track from Gabriel Knights 30th Anniversary remaster, or maybe something from another classic The Longest Journey. I couldn't find anything from either of those titles on streaming services though. I did find some stuff from Broken Sword. I even wrote it up and was ready to put it on the list but I'm not really in the mood for that kind of conservative pseudo-classical stuff this week. Regardless, we have a bigger problem to deal with now. Last week's track was from Prince. The Week before Monster Magnet. The week before that was Electric Six. You can't follow up a run like that with something underwhelms. We're on one hell of a run here and wee need to keep that going. We can transition back into something a bit more video game focused when the list flow in that direction. And that day may come. But that day is not today.
So I thought instead we'd be revisiting Grand Theft Auto. This time the most recent one: Grand Theft Auto V. I don't really get these games. GTA is so much less fun to me than something like Sleeping Dogs or the Mafia series which has all the gameplay of a GTA style open world crime-em-up but with a real story and powerful sense of immersion. That said these games do have great soundtracks. But as a culture should never forgot that they are stupid, stupid games made for vapid adults and moody teenagers.
So anyway the track I had in mind was We Were Set Up because if you need to follow up a Prince track you do it with a track that features Tangerine Dream, The Alchemist and DJ Shadow. But you see I'm not really feeling that either. It doesn't really keep the run going. It is an aesthetics betrayal of a tone the list has set her.e
They are all lovely pieces of music, these tracks we've been discussing here. They're just not right for the list. I wold go as far as to say the list doesn't want them.
It feels like the list has a different idea. It's the list's fault. The list has a mind of its own. It has gone in another direction and there is only really one logical way to continue. We can't have Monster Magnet's Space Lord, followed by Prince's Let's Go Crazy leading into..... the hotel music from Broken Sword 1 or some random thing from a (dumb) GTA game. You know?
So to hell with it. The list has spoken.
It wants what it wants.
It wants Ghost.
It wants to follow Prince, Monster Magnet and Electric Six with Ghost.
These are the mysterious ways of the list. The old ways. The ways that were known to Yog-Sothoth. The ways that shall come again when the oceans part and Mu is ascendant once again.
Ghost have got a new album coming called Prequelle and the first release from it "Rats" sounds impressive. There have been some changes in Ghost. Papa Emiritus is gone and Cardinal Copia now leads the Nameless Ghouls.
Anyway they wrote the best rock n' roll song of the last 20 years with Square Hammer two years ago and we're going to listen to it because that is what the list wants, so don't blame me.
It'll be on a game eventually anyway if not already.