We all have that one game, movie or TV-show which struck us in all the good spots because of the music behind it. Whether it was the enjoyment factor, or the nostalgic value gained from the soundtrack – it is a significantly crucial aspect of your favourite game or film which ought to be acknowledged.
This time on Soundtrack Of The Week we delve into another game which I enjoyed as a kid. Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (2005) was the first game out of the series which didn’t have a loading screen transition between every area, and also introduced many new bands which ultimately led me towards the music I listen to now. From straight up punk, pop-rock, and touching the surface of metal/hardcore – American Wasteland was a perfect gateway for me to learn to enjoy not only extreme sports, but also somewhat extreme music!
Location: New York City, New York, USA Date of Release: 29th August 2005 Genre: Indie-rock, electro-punk For Fans Of: Faker, Muse, Kasabian
If I heard Unconditional whilst not playing a skating game I probably wouldn’t dig it as much. For some reason, the fast-paced and quirky vocal style perfectly complements the game, and after a while the song gets ridiculously addictive – even to the point where you’ll turn off all the other songs and just have this on repeat. The mix of indie-rock and elctro/disco-pop blends really well but it is an absolute shame the vocalist sounds as if he’s bored shitless out of his brain at certain points. I really do enjoy the cheesy chord progression and pop-like structures, but fuck me – I wish they had a singer who felt part of the music. The thing that made it great though was that it was perfect in the background and significantly set the mood and vibe of the ‘American Wasteland’. The near-death vocals and lively instrumentation were a unique contrast that suited well for the game. It’s really hard to get into at the start, but it sure is a grower.
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA Date of Release: 16th August 1982 Genre: Glam metal For Fans Of: Poison, Def Leppard, Tesla
I have always been familiar with Motley Crue, thanks to the old man being a glam-rocker and taking out losing his glory days on me. He was quite the glam-normie though and never really showed me the “O.G. MOTLEY CRUE” shit like this, instead just playing Kickstart My Heart and Dr. Feelgood and that was basically it. Live Wire hits fucking hard and honestly gets me pumped every time way more than any other song in their discography. Shame that these guys are all fucked up after a long time living the Rock N’ Roll dream but hey! The songs live on. Once the chugs come in you know it’s time to go to the biggest half pipe in the game and pump yourself up to do some insane jumps off the casino roof.
Location: East Bay, California, USA Date of Release: March 15th 2005 Genre: Punk-rock For Fans Of: The White Stripes, Silverchair, any two or three-piece rock band.
Okay, okay … the majority of the world knows GREEN DAY and most probably this song. It’s a given. It’s an absolute banger. Of course it’s going to be on this list – it is a fantastic and catchy song which leaves you with THAT riff stuck in your head. The marching feel and awesome timbre from Billie Joe Armstrong in Holiday reminds me constantly of grinding the rails of the Oil Rig near Santa Monica for two minutes straight. No matter what you are doing, you will always let out a ‘Hey!’ whenever possible. The song isn’t technically insane at all but the compositional skills is just perfect with the bass line taking over with powerful lyrics and awesome guitar/vocal coordination – damn son, time to pump out their album American Idiot again.
Location: Date of Release: 31st August 2004 Genre: Progressive metal For Fans Of: The Ocean, Between The Buried And Me
As soon as I heard the intro to Iron Tusk there was a defining moment in my life. It was the moment that I was introduced to a whole new world of chaotic and frantic progressive metal. MASTODON will forever be a band that I can safely say changed my childhood and influenced how I am today. After seeing them live twice and being inspired by all the members to become a guitar-vocalist (honourable mentions go to GOJIRA too), if it wasn’t for Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland – I wouldn’t be the same person with the same music tastes. Absolutely crazy. Speaking of crazy – the drum in this are bullshittingly good. The excitement still is the exact same as when I first listened to it. I remember trying to learn this on guitar and realising that you could even go lower than Drop C on the low string and fuck it still perplexes me today with the low A. This song is an icon in my life as well as #1 …
Location: Irvine, California, USA Date of Release: October 18th 2005 Genre: Alternative-rock/post-hardcore For Fans Of: Rise Against, My Chemical Romance, Escape The Fate
Whilst MASTODON gave me a raging hard-on for metal music – THRICE also opened me up to the post-hardcore world with the absolute classic Image Of The Invisible. This song was by far my most enjoyed track in the whole Tony Hawk series. Still to this day I listen to the album ‘Vheissu’ as it is definitely in my top 10 of all time. The vocals are by far my favourite part of the song, the catchy lyrics and melodies in the chorus that just enhances your inner-soul. As ‘We’re more than carbon and chemicals – We are the image of the invisible’, there is absolutely no turning back from singing along. Fuck this song hits me right in the feels and I think I’m going to have another cry thinking about why I sold my Playstation 2. Take me back to the days of skating in a fictional California and listening to THRICE!
Thall’s Rating: 10/10
Soundtrack Of The Week #2: Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (Thall)
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