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I want to compile a list of music that is either apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic (no dystopias, please) to help set the mood at the beginning of Gamma World games. Here's what I have so far. (Clearly, I am a child of the '80s)
Good call on RUSH. The Tom Petty video is certainly post-apocalyptic, but the lyrics aren't.
The last 3 albums from Abney Park
(Lost Horizons, Aether Shanties, End of Days)
They blend in a lot of world styles and obscure instruments which fits the melded worldlines concept, and a lot of the songs are basically telling the story of a steampunk airship moving through a post apocalypse setting. The downside is it may inspire people to get that Keelboat from the starting gear list kitted out for piracy... Or that may be an upside depending on your perspective.
Movie soundtracks are amazing. Terminator II (my personal favorite), the Matrix, Fast & Furious... anything to get the table adrenaline up.
"1999" by Prince
"Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult (always reminds me of "The Stand")
"We Will Become Silhouettes" by the Postal Service. After surviving the radioactive apocalypse...
I use a lot of Aphex Twin. It's a great, dirty sound.
Here is my Gamma World playlist:
The "Sorcerer" soundtrack By Tangerine Dream
"(I'll Love You) Till The End Of The World" By Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
"The Adversary" By Crime & The City Solution
"Asche Zu Asche" By Rammstein
"Headhunter V3.0" By Front 242
"Down In The Park" By Gary Numan
"Weapons Of Mass Distortion" By The Crystal Method
"Until The End Of The World" By U2
"Future Legend/Diamond Dogs" By David Bowie
"Beautiful World" By DEVO
"Search & Destroy" By Iggy & The Stooges
"The Man Machine" By Kraftwerk
Johnny Cash - The Man Comes Around:
Powerman 5000 - When Worlds Collide
Some more tracks that I think would be a great fit:
Suede - Stay Together (Full Version)
The B-52's - Rock Lobster - that vaguely sounds like a true gamma monster
The Beatles - Help!
King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man
Vangelis - One More Kiss, Dear (part of Blade Runner soundtrack and very Falloutish)
Muse - Knights of Cydonia
Pink Floyd - Is There Anybody Out There?
Pixies - Wave of Mutilation
Porcupine Tree - Radioactive Toy
The Shortwave Set - Replica
Moby....I like Play it feels to me like something that was made form pieces and parts. Cage the Elephant.....and the rest of the Borderlands sound track. I also like a few things out of "Age of Conan" sound track.....
Check out "Barra Barra" from the Blackhawk Down soundtrack. It's a tribal-sounding Arabic song that's just perfect for a GW marketplace or tavern or other "alien feel" place.
And to second it, the Borderlands soundtrack, along with the ending credits tune "No Heaven" by Champion, are perfect as well.
Since I record my sessions, I am looking for music that I can use legally as part of my game. I have come up with Ghosts I-IV and The Slip which are Creative Commons releases. I also am adding a lot of things from the experimental section of the community audio section of the Internet Archive. This is a particularly good soundtrack for a GW game. www.archive.org/details/Zum-tunguska
There are lots of other dark atmospheric tracks there also. And some truly weird stuff like www.archive.org/details/residuum-i_am_si...
where they take a minute long text as read by a computer and playing it back into the room to record it again. They then do that over and over 59 times. The slight delay imposed by each of the recordings turns it into just a ambient soundscape after about 30 recordings and you can't recognize words anymore, it has just turned into music. I am going to put all 59 tracks scattered throughout my game mix and see if anyone gets suspicous about it.
Blue Oyster Cult - Veteran of the Psychic Wars
Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Rob Zombie - Reload
Rob Zombie - Superbeast
Dean Elliot - Thundarr the Barbarian opening theme
The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die!
Motorhead - Ace of Spades (the ideal Porker themesong)
Lunatic Calm - Leave You Far Behind
Jenny Owen Youngs - What the F#ck Was I Thinking?
The Laziest Men On Mars - The Terrible Secret of Space
Blue Oyster Cult - Godzilla
KLF - What Time is Love?
MC Lars - iGeneration
MC Lars - Space Game
Strong Bad - Trogdor the Burninator
Flight of the Conchords - Robots (The Distant Future)
KMFDM - Megalomaniac (Excessive Force Remix)
my first stab at dming this is coming up. i plan on using some mixture of these three artists.
drawing a lot of inspiration for the gamma world style from sources like the church of the subgenius and the 80's film the toxic avenger. really want to drive home the freakish extra-dimensional explosion element.
I am planning on busting out Pendulum's Slam...
... when the players figure out how the special ancient junk (a tiny serrated metal stick with a plastic base? Junk!) they just picked up transforms their rusty pickup from a convenient horse-wagon to a sweet ride and start barrelling down some crumbling desert highways. It's all awesome "low rider" type stuff in the beginning and then kicks into high gear - perfect for a chase scene when something large and hungry gets wind of the noise!
Also considering The Terminal off of the same album for a climactic encounter with an ancient android computer intelligence.
Also strongly considering recreating the intro scene from Borderlands, but we'll see who in the audience has actually played the game first.
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