The Best Songs You'll Find On Grand Theft Auto Radio
By Gavin Cleaver
As I sit here at work my mind drifts from matters such as job responsibilities to more jovial pursuits such as murder, car theft, and the endless slaughter of pedestrians. One simple reason: Last week saw the release date of Grand Theft Auto V, the biggest videogame of the year.
Aping the inanities and cliches of radio DJs was one of the series' earliest innovations, well before music licensing. Since then--from Vice City on--the GTA series, more than any other game, has used licensed music on its selectable radio stations to create an evocative real-world scenario. I find there are now tracks I hear on real-world radio that instantly take me back to doing something horrific (or hilarious) in one of the Grand Theft Auto games. Here are my five favorites.
5. Kiss - "Strutter"
Because each radio station was cued up to take up exactly one game-day to cycle through, you'd often get a save file stuck on playing one particular song every time you loaded it. In my case, after beatingSan Andreas
, I used to launch all my games from the airstrip on the 3rd island, simply because I had a Harrier Jump Jet there.
Every time I would step into that jet, readying my collection of missiles for a heavily pixellated approximation of Las Vegas, Kiss' "Strutter" would start up. At first, I would change the channel. Eventually I came to embrace it. Now I can't fire missiles in a desert scenario without this song.
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