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ReverendMoosey
15-01-2012, 05:33 PM
I've recently been playing through Blood Money for my first time and am a tiny bit worried by the associations the song Ave Maria now holds for me.

Is there any song in video-gaming (barring music written for the game, obviously) that makes you lot instantly snap back to the game you heard it in? I have a nagging feeling Holding Out For A Hero may be in the same boat, after Saint's Row 3.

Nalano
15-01-2012, 05:35 PM
Methinks you need to listen to more music.

ReverendMoosey
15-01-2012, 05:38 PM
Methinks you need to listen to more music.

I don't recall saying that I only ever listened to those two songs...

Edit: Anyway, besides from Nalano here, anyone have songs that have become inextricably linked with gaming?

Lambchops
15-01-2012, 05:49 PM
Nothing that I would hear outside of gaming springs to mind. It happens to me sometimes with films, Stuck in the Middle With You by Steeler's Wheel always reminds me of Resevoir Dogs and Don't Stop Me Now by Queen makes me want to hit zombies with pool cues (as yet the opportunity hasn't arose but one can always hope!).

ColOfNature
15-01-2012, 05:51 PM
The Prodigy's Firestarter will forever be associated with Wipeout 2097. I'll never hear Mozart's Dies Irae again without smiling a little - it was one of the only things about Rock of Ages that I enjoyed. And of course: Fanfare for the Common Man from the original Civilization.

SirKicksalot
15-01-2012, 05:54 PM
Also from Saints Row 3 - Kanye West's Power.

Welcome To The Jungle. I don't like the band but it stuck with me from San Andreas... and then Burnout Paradise ruined it. I'm sick of hearing that song.

I was familiar with many artists featured on Vladivostok FM in GTA4 and now those dumb songs are forever linked to GTA in my head.

Faldrath
15-01-2012, 06:01 PM
The Ride of the Valkyries was seared into my young brain as "The Bunny Song" because of Full Throttle.

Icarus
15-01-2012, 06:02 PM
Ash's Clones will always make me think of the end of Republic Commando. I was expecting the usual John Williams Star Wars theme ending and not getting it was something I didn't see coming.

Relevant link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=b5DlHk49S2s#t=85s

ColOfNature
15-01-2012, 06:18 PM
The best bit of the Saints Row soundtrack? Funky Cold Medina.

sinister agent
15-01-2012, 06:26 PM
Capriccio Italien (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01SEOm9oS-k) makes me think of 'above average but nothing special' Dawn Patrol on the Amiga.

Otherwise I can't really think of any. There are some songs that remind me of games I used to play when I first started getting i nto music, but that's because they were on in the background, rather than because they were in the games.

coldvvvave
15-01-2012, 06:30 PM
Pretty much anything from Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines especially Tiamat, Ministry, Chiasm and Genitortures reminds me of, well, VTMB.

Serenegoose
15-01-2012, 06:36 PM
Not so much games, but I read the first book of the Night's Dawns trilogy at about the same time I first listened to Mozart's Requiem, and associate them strongly. I think the only piece of music I associate with a game is The Limit from GTA3.

Shark
15-01-2012, 06:37 PM
Cum On Feel The Noize gives me flashbacks from helicopter rampages under the pink dawn

ColOfNature
15-01-2012, 06:41 PM
In similar vein to Serenegoose, I had Coolio's album Gangsta's Paradise playing on repeat for much of the time I was reading Dune for the first time. Whenever I hear the eponymous song I get visions of vast sandy deserts.

Flint
15-01-2012, 06:46 PM
Faunts' M4 (part II) I suppose, but not sure it really counts here because the game (Mass Effect) was the first place I heard it in so obviously it's got the associations.

DigitalSignalX
15-01-2012, 07:16 PM
Test Drive Unlimited 2 and Soho Dolls "Bang Bang Bang Bang" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4uA3t9AOUw) are forever fused together into my head. Same with Driver: Parallel lines and the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Sealings (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzAFZc4R91o). (youtube links)

On a personal association, pretty much anything by the Chemical Brothers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sOpbRL8R4g) up to about 2005 makes my fingers twitch the motions of kiting my Hawkeye for endless hours in Lineage II.

Drake Sigar
15-01-2012, 07:43 PM
I have a nagging feeling Holding Out For A Hero may be in the same boat, after Saint's Row 3. Naw, that's Johnny Five's music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POxMp61Ksbk

hamster
15-01-2012, 08:10 PM
That Les Mis' game by Enterthestory had Miserere Mei on loop in the city section, I think. Here's a link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZL3POaATn8

Now when i hear that i always think of Les Mis. Unfortunately i never beat the game. I don't think i got very far before I decided I'd like to read the book instead.

Lambchops
15-01-2012, 08:54 PM
Now I come to think of it I'll always associate Slam by Pendulum with Motorstorm.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWnpwV63KiY&ob=av2e

deano2099
15-01-2012, 09:41 PM
I was at Glastonbury one year and I swear the guys on the Jazz World stage were playing a version of "War Has Never Been So Much Fun" but that seems quite unlikely and I was at Glastonbury...

TailSwallower
15-01-2012, 10:32 PM
Quarantine and Berlin Chair by You Am I. Don't particularly like You Am I otherwise, but I played that game so much that all of those songs have a special place in my rabid-civilian-murdering heart.

Kadayi
15-01-2012, 11:40 PM
The best bit of the Saints Row soundtrack? Funky Cold Medina.

I'd say Power is in with a shout there ('I guess every superhero needs his theme music'), though and that has a pretty good (slightly not SFW) video going for it as well: -


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=L53gjP-TtGE

Also skip to about 1.30 in: -


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NFekHi4Rgk

Not a tune I come across often, but goddamn it if it doesn't remind me of the torture of doing all those plane missions every time...(fuck you R*)

The JG Man
15-01-2012, 11:50 PM
The Prodigy's Firestarter will forever be associated with Wipeout 2097.

WipeOut as a whole I think about whenever I hear anything by Orbital and The Prodigy. Not that I have a problem with that...

As for Kanye West, well, it's hard to take Power seriously any more after GiantBomb (http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/no-one-trailer-should-have-all-this-power). Works incredibly well, mind.

: I can't hear Space Oddity now without thinking of that ending. As soon as I heard it come up over the credits, I started laughing. The music choices in Alan Wake were both clever and incredibly obvious and annoying. I didn't particularly love the song anyhow, but AW really didn't help.

plivesey
15-01-2012, 11:52 PM
Whenever I hear Golden Skans by The Klaxons, it takes me back to levelling my Rogue in Nagrand.

SirKicksalot
16-01-2012, 12:47 AM
I'd say Power is in with a shout there ('I guess every superhero needs his theme music'), though and that has a pretty good (slightly not SFW) video going for it as well: -


That's from the director of Demolition Man. Incredible, isn't it?
They're making a 40 minutes version of this thing, like a moving painting to project in your house. Can't wait.

Kadayi
16-01-2012, 12:56 AM
That's from the director of Demolition Man. Incredible, isn't it?
They're making a 40 minutes version of this thing, like a moving painting to project in your house. Can't wait.

I really dig it tbh. There's an absolute tonne of symbolism going on in it. I like the fact that initially you think it's static, but as it pans out more you realise that it's all slow motion. Kanye may be as crazy as hats in shoe store, but I'll give him props for having the audacity to make videos like that, and I'd love to see a longer version.

DigitalSignalX
16-01-2012, 01:21 AM
That's from the director of Demolition Man. Incredible, isn't it?
They're making a 40 minutes version of this thing, like a moving painting to project in your house. Can't wait.

Sweet idea. I've often though the best thing about projection systems (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824157131) would be a wall sized screen saver (http://www.thecoolist.com/when-buildings-come-alive-10-unreal-urban-projection-videos/).

Lukasz
16-01-2012, 02:10 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdSMSMcPO68
so many flashbacks I get whenever I hear that song.

somini
16-01-2012, 04:57 AM
WipeOut as a whole I think about whenever I hear anything by Orbital and The Prodigy. Not that I have a problem with that...
Me too, although I played very little of WipEout. For me it was Hackers (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113243/)

For games, I guess Ain't no Rest for the Wicked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t99bpilCKw

The JG Man
16-01-2012, 05:10 AM
I want to like more of Cage the Elephant's stuff, but I just can't. It was a perfect fit for the opening of Borderlands though. I hope Gearbox make an equally excellent choice come 2.

Xune
16-01-2012, 05:25 AM
Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings always takes me back to the opening cinematics for Homeworld.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrW4jkQdmjI

Oshada
16-01-2012, 11:00 AM
Free Bird, Hellraiser, Barracuda, White Wedding - all San Andreas.

Spacewalk
16-01-2012, 11:36 AM
Whenever I got into a speedboat in Vice City and flicked the station to V Rock Madhouse would always come on. Every single time and it was speedboats only for some reason. So now whenever I hear fucking Anthrax or even catch a glimpse of a speedboat anywhere back I go to that checkpoint race for the Cubans that I could never finish.

That's before we get into custom soundtracks, I've got one or two games I associate with full albums.

metalangel
16-01-2012, 12:40 PM
Tilly and the Wall - Pot Kettle Black from Midnight Club LA. Rather jarring hearing it used in the Jaguar ads a year or two ago.

Soundgarden et al from the 1994 Road Rash.

Not actually on the game's own soundtrack, but Belinda Carlisle - We Want The Same Thing will forever be Test Drive Unlimited for me. The final leg of the final race (Millionaire's challenge, round the island race, takes best part of an hour)... screaming through traffic towards the setting sun on my Kwak Ninja. Awesomeness.

Icarus
16-01-2012, 12:45 PM
Freebird and Personal Jesus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNd4eocq2K0) will always be San Andreas for me.

t0mme
16-01-2012, 01:14 PM
Free Bird, Hellraiser, Barracuda, White Wedding - all San Andreas.

I'd like to add Slow Ride, Strutter, Running Down A Dream, A Horse With No Name, Two Tickets to Paradise, Welcome to the Jungle and Smokin'.

GothicEmperor
16-01-2012, 01:18 PM
Also from Saints Row 3 - Kanye West's Power.
Volition used that really well.

ado
16-01-2012, 01:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpmDawqOfqs

This came to mind instantly. Saint's Row eat your fucking heart out because you'll never be this awesome.

fiddlesticks
16-01-2012, 01:51 PM
I will forever associate How Much Is that Doggie in the Window (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AkLE4X-bbU&feature=related) with Bioshock. And Turn Up the Radio (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHLXnyY537c) with Alpha Protocol.

coldvvvave
16-01-2012, 02:16 PM
Turn Up the Radio
Alpha Protocol.
Oh yea, it's impossible to forget one of the worst boss fights ever in any game, I only finished it because music grew on me.

Inverselaw
16-01-2012, 03:00 PM
for some strange reason ramnstein is associated with X-com apocalypse because i played hours of it on an old sound card-less computer and had a cd of theirs playing for background music.

as for real songs found in games that remind me of the game. Adagio for strings and Homeworld are forever intertwined and so is Maxime Morin's No Heaven. Despite the fact that it dosent actualy show up in the game itself.


http://youtu.be/fXRJBK8oJSA


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwPyNOhXFd0

Caleb367
16-01-2012, 03:58 PM
I'm with you on several issues, especially Kanye West's Power and Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out For A Hero on Saints Row 3. Oh, and A-Ha's Take On Me's been tied to Saints Row 2 since I heard the Protagonist singing along it while driving.

Also, the whole soundtrack of GTA IV's Vladivostok FM, and, oddily enough... White Zombie's "Blood Milk And Sky (Im-ho-Thep Mix)" means Half Life 1 for me. 'Cause I didn't like the original soundtrack that much and put that instead.

Oh, and Korpiklaani's "Wooden Pints" means Dwarf Fortress. Just take a look at the lyrics and you'll know why.

DigitalSignalX
16-01-2012, 04:13 PM
Name that game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C60iYHFE2pI) ...

somini
16-01-2012, 04:28 PM
Name that game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C60iYHFE2pI) ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix1DT_osn3M
I still prefer this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNYl_CBUV7c
Or this one.
The best RPGs have the best music...
*puts Wizardry-shield*

Outright Villainy
16-01-2012, 10:44 PM
I think the only piece of music I associate with a game is The Limit from GTA3.
I see you've gone back to your habit of stealing all my answers again.