Race Music, or I Miss That Guy

28 12 2016

The Grand Theft Auto games are a lot of fun, but for my money, one of the most enjoyable parts of the 3D outings was the ability (sadly absent in some of the later titles, at least on the Xbox 360) to create your own music playlists. Several of my friends and I would craft our own lists, always keeping things prior to the year portrayed in the game in question, and the results were pure gold. We’d share what we came up with, and as the lists usually didn’t have a whole lot of overlap, we’d end up introduced to or reminded of tons of great music.

Microsoft released Forza Horizon 3 not long ago, and it was the first title to make use of the Xbox One’s new background music feature, which allows music to be served up as game background by any app that’s configured to do so. Around the same time, I read this post over at Slacktivist (love me some Slacktivist), which reminded me of the utterly ridiculous term (and furor over) “race music” back in the early days of rock ‘n roll. Those two things (combined with the fact that I love both variants of the Forza series, the heavy simulation of Forza Motorsport and the open-world “let’s see how far I can fling this Fiat” wackiness of the Horizon games) made me bound and determined to create a playlist for FH3 and name it (of course) “Race Music.”

Over the holiday, I finally did just that. I’ve been listening to it while working, and I don’t want to boast or anything, but it’s downright superb.

Here’s the full list, randomized by Groove Music. In the past, I’d take great care to get the order exactly right to start with, but as it is pretty big, I put it together in alphabetical order by track name and then let the computer do the shufflin’. Please direct any complaints about jarring transitions between songs to the Microsoft Corporation.

  1. The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  2. Edan – Promised Land
  3. Lords of the Underground – Funky Child
  4. Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
  5. Sleater-Kinney – Get Up
  6. Stiff Little Fingers – Suspect Device
  7. Electric Six – Gay Bar
  8. Florence + The Machine – Lover To Lover
  9. Peter Gabriel – No Self Control
  10. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
  11. Guns N’ Roses – 14 Years
  12. Filter – The Best Things
  13. Sleater-Kinney – Light Rail Coyote
  14. Prince – Take Me With U
  15. Hello – New York Groove
  16. The Monkees – (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
  17. Beth Orton – Stolen Car
  18. Gang Starr – Check the Technique
  19. Otis Redding – Try a Little Tenderness
  20. Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked
  21. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
  22. The Pinker Tones – Karma Hunters (featured in one of the Forza Motorsport games, I think – can’t remember which)
  23. Wu-Tang Clan – Uzi
  24. U2 – Gone
  25. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
  26. Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days
  27. Sleater-Kinney – All Hands On the Bad One
  28. Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
  29. Fluke – Atom Bomb (featured in another excellent racing game, Wip3out)
  30. Pearl Jam – Animal
  31. Yo La Tengo – Moonrock Mambo
  32. Queen – We Are The Champions
  33. Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’)
  34. Handsome Boy Modeling School – Rock And Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This) Pt. II
  35. Mike Post – Theme from Magnum PI
  36. Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
  37. Outkast – Dracula’s Wedding (feat. Kelis)
  38. Yoko Kanno – Inner Universe
  39. Okkervil River – Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe
  40. Jeff Buckley – Eternal Life
  41. Aesop Rock – 11:35 (feat. Mr. Lif)
  42. Lupe Fiasco – Paris, Tokyo
  43. De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present First Serve – Must B the Music
  44. Prince – My Name is Prince
  45. Scissor Sisters – Comfortably Numb
  46. Radiohead – Just
  47. Outkast – So Fresh, So Clean
  48. Deltron 3030 – Positive Contact
  49. Damien Jurado – Paperwings
  50. Led Zeppelin – When the Levee Breaks
  51. The Temptations – Ball Of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)
  52. Bruce Springsteen – For You
  53. The Ether Family Presents… – Driving The Sun
  54. M.I.A. – Paper Planes
  55. Guided By Voices – Everywhere With Helicopter
  56. Jonathan Fire*Eater – Make It Precious
  57. The New Pornographers – All The Old Showstoppers
  58. Harvey Danger – Moral Centralia
  59. A Tribe Called Quest/Fugees – Rumble In The Jungle
  60. Tom Jones feat. Mousse T – Sex Bomb
  61. INXS – Need You Tonight
  62. Willy Moon – Yeah Yeah (from Forza Horizon 2)
  63. U2 and Sinead O’Connor – You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart
  64. Yoko Kanno & Ilaria Graziano – I Can’t Be Cool
  65. The Dandy Warhols – Minnesoter
  66. Cowboy Junkies – A Common Disaster
  67. Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
  68. Girl Talk – Here’s the Thing
  69. Pretenders – Back On The Chain Gang
  70. Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend
  71. Foo Fighters – Down in the Park
  72. Foo Fighters – Alone + Easy Target (Blame Microsoft!)
  73. Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass
  74. The Offspring – No Brakes (from the utterly brilliant Crazy Taxi)
  75. Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
  76. Harvey Danger – Cream and Bastards Rise
  77. Beastie Boys – An Open Letter to NYC
  78. Marah – Point Breeze
  79. Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn
  80. Teddybears – Cobrastyle (feat. Mad Cobra)
  81. Lupe Fiasco – Never Forget You (feat. John Legend)
  82. CeeLo Green – The Art of Noise (feat. Pharrell)
  83. U2 – Mysterious Ways
  84. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
  85. The Beatles – Helter Skelter
  86. Mint Royale – Show Me
  87. The Who – Eminence Front (featured in GTAV)
  88. Daft Punk – One More Time
  89. The Offspring – All I Want (Crazy Taxi again)
  90. Okkervil River – For Real
  91. Passion Pit – Take a Walk (Forza Horizon 2)
  92. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
  93. Blackalicious – You Didn’t Know That Though
  94. Sleater-Kinney – Entertain
  95. Iggy Pop – I Wanna Be Your Dog
  96. Beastie Boys – Ok
  97. The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail
  98. The Black Crowes – Hard To Handle
  99. Push Button Objects – 360o (Prefuse 73 remix feat. Mr. Lif & Del the Funky Homosapien)
  100. Buddy Holly & the Crickets – Not Fade Away
  101. Fishbone – Party at Ground Zero
  102. Blue Swede – Hooked on a Feeling
  103. Onyx – Slam
  104. Deltron 3030 – Pay The Price
  105. Millencollin – No Cigar (featured in one of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games – #2, I think)
  106. Beck – Mixed Bizness
  107. Favored Nations – The Set Up (GTAV again)
  108. Matthew Sweet – Dinosaur Act
  109. Dangerdoom – El Chupa Nibre Remix
  110. Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
  111. Beck – Sexx Laws
  112. Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love
  113. Big Country – In A Big Country
  114. The Beatles – Got to Get You Into My Life
  115. Gorillaz- 5/4
  116. Okkervil River – No Key, No Plan
  117. Pinback – AFK
  118. R3hab – Revolution (featured in the trailer for Forza Horizon 2, but not the actual game)
  119. Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
  120. Nouvelle Vague – Too Drunk to Fuck
  121. Arcade Fire – Joan Of Arc
  122. Harvey Danger – Picture, Picture
  123. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
  124. The Dandy Warhols – We Used To Be Friends
  125. Chvrches – The Mother We Share (from Forza Horizon 2)
  126. Bad Religion – 21st Century Digital Boy (maybe in Crazy Taxi? I can’t remember)
  127. Wick-It the Instigator – Afraid of the General
  128. Scissor Sisters – Take Your Mama
  129. Queen – Bicycle Race
  130. Tony Touch – What’s That (¿Que Eso?)
  131. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Got Your Money (feat. Kelis)
  132. DJ Yoda – Mic Manipulator
  133. Pinback – Fortress
  134. Go Go’s – We Got the Beat
  135. Roots Manuva – Witness (1 Hope)
  136. Sammy Davis, Jr. – You Can Count On Me
  137. Bruce Springsteen – American Land
  138. Electric Guest – Awake (featured in Forza Horizon 2)
  139. Feist – My Moon My Man
  140. Arcade Fire – Ready To Start
  141. DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak (feat. Run the Jewels)
  142. Kelis – Friday Fish Fry (featured in Forza Horizon 2)
  143. Blondie – Call Me
  144. INXS – Don’t Change
  145. Toto – Africa
  146. Okkervil River – A Hand To Take Hold Of The Scene
  147. Talk Talk – Talk Talk
  148. Edan – Humble Magnificent
  149. Screaming Trees – All I Know
  150. The Flamin’ Groovies – Shake Some Action
  151. U2 – Mofo
  152. The Rolling Stones – 19th Nervous Breakdown
  153. Blackalicious – Deception
  154. Them – Gloria
  155. Talvin Singh feat. Amar – Jaan
  156. English Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom
  157. Black Star – Definition
  158. De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present First Serve – The Work (actually already in Forza Horizon 3, and a brilliant pick by the creators)
  159. The Pinker Tones – Sonido Total (featured in one of the Forza Motorsport games)
  160. A Tribe Called Quest – Buggin’ Out
  161. Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper
  162. Peter Tosh – Stepping Razor
  163. Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)
  164. Bad Religion – I Come From a Land Down Under
  165. Bruce Springsteen – Roulette
  166. A Tribe Called Quest – Mr. Muhammad
  167. A.C. Newman – Most Of Us Prizefighters
  168. Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Accidents Will Happen
  169. Screaming Trees – Nearly Lost You
  170. De La Soul – What Yo Life Can Truly Be
  171. Elvis Costello – …Dust
  172. Nirvana vs. Destiny’s Child – Smells Like Teen Booty
  173. Gnarls Barkley – Run (I’m A Natural Disaster)
  174. Seatbelts – Gotta Knock a Little Harder
  175. Seatbelts – Want it All Back
  176. Origa ft. Shanti Snyder – Rise (that’s three Yoko Kanno songs in a row, Microsoft)
  177. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – Tears of a Clown
  178. Elvis Costello & the Attractions – New Amsterdam
  179. U2 – Acrobat
  180. Guided By Voices – Motor Away
  181. Deltron 3030 – Madness
  182. U2 – Elevation
  183. Seatbelts – Tank!
  184. Midnight Oil – Surf’s Up Tonight
  185. Goldfinger – 99 Red Balloons
  186. Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out
  187. William Shatner – Common People
  188. Iggy Pop – The Passenger
  189. Digital Underground – The Way We Swing
  190. Nina Simone – Sinnerman
  191. Bruce Springsteen – Blinded by the Light
  192. Bruce Springsteen – Candy’s Room
  193. Prince & the Revolution – Baby I’m a Star
  194. Boom Bap for Neanderthals – How You Doin’
  195. Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
  196. The Ether Family Presents… – Rot
  197. Arcade Fire – No Cars Go
  198. Q-Tip – Breathe and Stop
  199. Sweet – Ballroom Blitz
  200. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
  201. Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom (featured in Forza Horizon 2)
  202. David Bowie – Black Country Rock
  203. The Moldy Peaches – NYC’s Like a Graveyard
  204. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Refugee
  205. The Connells – ’74-’75
  206. Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
  207. Elton John – Honky Cat
  208. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
  209. Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Some of the tracks are maybe a bit to cutely related to the whole cars/driving theme, and there are a few that probably wouldn’t have made the cut if FH3 wasn’t set in Australia, but even with those caveats, it’s provided some very fine listening.

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