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Help, I'm trapped listening to The Sims 4's Simlish summer jams

Nonsense covers of bands from Len to Bananarama

You can tell summer is coming: sun's out, guns out, and taps aff, and a car drove past my flat blasting Len's 1999 monster summer jam Steal My Sunshine at full volume. That reminded me EA made a Simlish version of Steal My Sunshine for The Sims 4's Seasons expansion, and now I've fallen down a terrible hole of breaking my brain with incomprehensible versions of familiar summer jams. Please help. The Simlish translation of "Girl I think my butt gettin' big" in Nelly's Hot In Herre is killing me.

Steal My Sunshine was one of several songs translated into the game's nonsense language for a radio station in 2018's Seasons expansion. EA also used it for the trailer (folks have uploaded the full version to YouTube too, if you must - which you do):

Fully twists my melon, man. Rotates it 360. Other brain-breakers on the Summer Struts station include Bananarama's Cruel Summer ("strange voices are saying [. . .] things I can't understand" indeed):

And School's Out by Alice Cooper (no relation, but I'd love to see him writing for RPS):

And Nelly's Hot In Herre, as featured in a music video made by "TheWitchy Simmer":

Walking On Sunshine is in too. I would also suggest that if you're putting together a playlist of Simlish summer jams to blast out your car, you gotta have Carly Rae Jepsen singing Run Away With Me herself from an earlier Sims 4 expansion:

It's a lot to take in. Sims talking Simlish is fine, just baby talk that washes over my ears, but putting the language to songs I know well is full brainmurder. I've always wondered if this is what having a stroke feels like and wait oh no I've had a terrible thought.

My dad recently died following a stroke, and: when we were playing CDs for him in the hospice, what if he was essentially experiencing a Simlish version of The Clash's London Calling? Oh no. If EA ever make a punk expansion, maybe they'll do a Simlish Guns Of Brixton.

EA recently announced the next Sims 4 expansion, the quaint Cottage Living, and I pray this farmfest includes a Simlish cover of The Wurzels' Combine Harvester.

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Alice O'Connor

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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