Sophisticated Misery

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Last night I got my copy of the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack boxed set. Seven discs of some of the best 80’s music out there. Why the actual 80’s radio stations don’t play this sort of thing is beyond me. It’s hard to put a label on something and say something like “this is the definitive 80’s collection.” That’s a bold statement. So, instead, I’ll say that this is damn close to the definitive 80’s collection.

I noticed on Amazon they don’t list the songs that are on each disc, so I’ll do that here. Again, it’s a seven disc set - each disc represents a radio station that you can listen to in the game. So beyond the songs that are on the discs, they also put parody commercials and fake station ID jingles. They do not overlap any of the songs; the songs exist on the discs in their entirety and aren’t mixed together the way radio stations do. So it’s the best of all worlds. Anyway, here you go: - Disc 1: V-Rock - Judas Priest - You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ - Motley Crue - Too Young to Fall in Love - Megadeth - Peace Sells - Rockstar’s Lovefest - Dangerous Bastard - Autograph - Turn Up The Radio - Twisted Sister - I Wanna Rock - Ozzy Osbourne - Bark At The Moon - Anthrax - Madhouse - Iron Maiden - 2 Minutes To Midnight - Slayer - Raining Blood - Tesla - Cumin’ Atcha Live - David Lee Roth - Yankee Rose

  • Disc 2: Wave 103
    • Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes
    • Tears for Fears - Pale Shelter
    • Kim Wilde - Kids in America
    • Blondie - Atomic
    • A Flock of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away)
    • The Human League - (Keep Feeling) Fascination
    • Nena - 99 Luftballons
    • The Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way
    • Spandau Ballet - Gold
    • Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive!
    • Romeo Void - Never Say Never
    • Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night
  • Disc 3: Emotion 98.3
    • Toto - Africa
    • Jan Hammer - Crockett’s Theme
    • John Waite - Missing You
    • Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died In Your Arms
    • Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You
    • Mr. Mister - Broken Wings
    • Roxy Music - More Than This
    • Squeeze - Tempted
    • REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You
    • Night Ranger - Sister Christian
    • Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
    • Kate Bush - Wow
  • Disc 4: Flash FM
    • Hall & Oates - Out Of Touch
    • Electric Light Orchestra - Four Little Diamonds
    • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
    • The Outfield - Your Love
    • Talk Talk - Life’s What You Make It
    • Bryan Adams - Run To You
    • Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days
    • Go West - Call Me
    • Lionel Richie - Running With The Night
    • Laura Branigan - Self Control
    • INXS - Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)
    • Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart
  • Disc 5: Wildstyle Pirate Radio
    • Herbie Hancock - Rockit
    • Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message
    • Zapp & Roger - More Bounce to the Ounce
    • Davy DMX - One For The Treble
    • Mantronix - Bassline
    • Man Parrish - Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)
    • Hashim - Al-Narfiysh (The Soul)
    • Cybotron - Clear
    • Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force - Looking for the Perfect Beat
    • Run DMC - Rock Box
    • Kurtis Blow - The Breaks
    • Whodini - Magic’s Wand
  • Disc 6: Fever 105
    • Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
    • The Pointer Sisters - Automatic
    • Fat Larry’s Band - Act Like You Know
    • MTume - Juicy Fruit
    • Teena Marie - Behind The Groove
    • Oliver Cheatham - Get Down Saturday Night
    • Rick James - Ghetto Life
    • Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King - Shame
    • Mary Jane Girls - All Night Long
    • Kool & The Gang - Summer Madness
    • Rene & Angela - I’ll Be Good
    • Whispers - And The Beat Goes On
  • Disc 7: Radio Espantoso
    • Deodato - Super Staut
    • Cachao - A Gozar Con Mi Combo
    • Mongo Santamaria - Me And You Baby (Picao Y Tostao)
    • Machito And His Afro-Cuban Orchestra - Mambo Mucho Mambo
    • Xavier Cugat And His Orchestra - Jamay
    • Mongo Santamaria - Mama Papa Tu
    • Unaesta - La Vida Es Una Lenteja
    • Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions
    • Irahere - Aguanile
    • Beny More - Maracaibo Oriento
    • Deodato - Latin Flute
    • Tito Puente - Manbo Gozon

Okay, I’ll admit that I don’t know too many on discs 5 and 7, but hey - for $50, that’s seven discs of some of the best 80’s out there. Plus, each disc allows you to go online and get a cheat code for the game. Hey, everybody wins.

On a sort of related note, I got contacted by Amazon customer service via email and they said everything was on track to ship me the game and get it to me by the 7th. Here’s hoping. I’d like to schedule my week off. My cat desperately needs the declawing.

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