The Later Levels Official Album

Other than hearing the radio alarm go off at a ridiculous time in the morning, I don’t often listen to music. My other-half, stepson and I have tastes which are so completely different that it makes finding something we all want to hear pretty hard.

That makes responding to the Shuffle the Music Tag from Halsdoll a little difficult. But there are plenty of tracks which bring back memories of times spent with family, events with friends and playing excellent video games, that would go into my list. So for your listening pleasure, may I present to you and dedicate to Halsdoll

The Later Levels Official Album

1. I Feel For You
By: Chaka Khan
Released: September 1984
Reminds me of: Going too see ZoonNation perform Into The Hoods in London and wanting to do the robot whenever I hear this song since. Although I’ll never be able to do it as good as the dancers in this video.
2. Waterfall
By: Toby Fox
Released: September 2015
Reminds me of: Christmas last year and playing Undertale for the first time. I love the way the song builds into something that captures both the loneliness and hope of Frisk’s journey at that point in the game.
3. Be the One
By: Jack Peñate
Released: June 2009
Reminds me of: Buying my first flat and feeling very grown up doing so; it was so tiny but I loved being in that place. I had the Everything is New album playing while unpacking boxes and getting convered in dust.
4. Hold My Hand Very Tightly (Very Tightly)
By: Whistlin’ Rick Wilson
Released: August 1989
Reminds me of: Watching my other-half play Lumo while writing blog posts last year, dying a hundred deaths and screaming a thousand curses. This song has an interesting backstory and ended up getting stuck in our heads for days.
5. Turning Japanese
By: The Vapors
Released: 1980
Reminds me of: My other-half and stepson. Wherever this song comes on the radio, they do this stupid dance where they kick their legs and wave their arms as fast as they can – they can be a pair of loons sometimes.
6. Shop Theme Acapella
By: Smooth McGroove
Released: March 2013
Reminds me of: Introducing my stepson to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and curing his Minecraft obsession. Plus Smooth McGroove’s cat (a minute into the video) looks just like our very own furball Link.
7. Music Sounds Better With You
By: Stardust
Released: July 1998
Reminds me of: Being a teenager before adulting became necessary. Dodgy nightclubs, luminous alcopops, too-high heels and singing at the top of your lungs – don’t look at me like that, I know you’ve all done it.
8. Moves Like Draugr
By: JT Machinima
Released: March 2012
Reminds me of: Naughtily showing this to my stepson and watching him almost wet himself laughing! It features a guy in homemade armour, dancing around a forest with a sword – it’s immature but what’s not to love?
9. Little Bit
By: Lykke Li
Released: May 2008
Reminds me of: Getting dressed up for a Christmas do with friends and getting the chance to wear a purple 1950s-style evening gown. An aerial hoop artist performed to this track at the event we went to.
10. Everything’s Alright
By: Laura Shigihara
Released: November 2011
Reminds me of: Playing To The Moon, one of the first indie games I tried, and crying my heart out at the end. I now can’t hear this song without getting a little tear in my eye – let’s see how I fair with Finding Paradise.
11. Never Too Much
By: Luther Vandross
Released: July 1981
Reminds me of: Going to a Halloween party with a few friends and my other-half. Pete dressed up as a zombie, had a few too many beers, got drunk and serenaded me with this song on the dancefloor at the top of his lungs.
12. Passing Breeze
By: Hiroshi Kawaguchi
Released: September 1986
Reminds me of: Stealing my brother’s Game Gear when we were kids (I had a Game Boy instead) just so I could play Outrun; and then getting into many arguments with him when I ran the battery down.
Bonus: Young Hearts Run Free
By: Candi Staton
Released: 1976
Reminds me of: Take me to a karaoke bar, buy me a few glasses of wine and this is the song you’ll hear. I’m not going to say anything else right now for fear of incriminating myself further.

Creative Christmas: party playlist

It’s day four of the Creative Christmas collaboration, where a group of bloggers come together to tackle 12 video-game-related questions based around a loose festive storyline. Following on from yesterday’s answer about helping out in Santa’s workshop, the next question is:

It’s now Christmas Eve and you’re throwing a lively party for all your friends, family and favourite characters. Which video game soundtracks would be on your playlist?

My answer

I’m a huge fan of the eighties and love most things to do with the decade. I’d also love to throw the perfect party like those you see in the movies: ones with glitter, streamers and big puffball skirts, where everyone on the dancefloor knows the exact same moves. It’s therefore no surprise my Christmas gathering would be inspired by the decade and feature video game soundtracks to suit the mood.

To kick us off, I’d start with the music used throughout Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. It’s so awesome that it even got its own official release. With classics such as Run To You and Waiting for a Girl Like You (not to mention the DJs), it’s perfect for dancing yourself silly and singing at the top of your voice until your throat hurts.

Next up we’d turn to chiptune and keep it old-school by visiting the original Outrun soundtrack. My brother had the title on his Game Gear when we were young and I used to steal it all the time so I could play it (much to his annoyance). My favourite track was Passing Breeze and it takes me back to being a kid when I hear it.

Keeping the vibe going but taking a modern turn, we’d move onto the soundtrack from Neon Drive. This isn’t a game I’ve played myself just yet but one I was turned onto after reading this review on Pardon The Gamer. I absolutely adore its bright visuals and eighties aesthetic, and the music suits them right down to the ground.

Hotline Miami isn’t a game you’d think about alongside Christmas due to its level of violence, and it’s actually not my cup-of-tea in terms of gameplay. But one area where it does strike all the right notes (pun intended) is with its music. This has got to be one of the best soundtracks within a video game and perfect for an eighties party.

To round the evening off, we’d go for the big finale: If It’s Not Alright Now, It Will Be Soon by Chris from OverThinker Y. This is a track this talented man wrote for me when I participated in his Musical Mayhem series earlier this year, and I absolutely love it.

Other answers

🎁   Thero159 from A Reluctant Hero
👪   Joey from AlunaRL
🎅   Athena from AmbiGaming
❤   ClanGeek
🦌   Morgan from Fistful of Glitter
🎄   Luna from GamersUnitedGG Blog
🎮   LightningEllen from LightningEllen’s Release
🤞   NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog
🎉   Dan and Jon from
🎁   Chris from OverThinker Y
🎅   Retro Redress
🎶   Pix1001 from Shoot the Rookie
❤   Brandon from That Green Dude
🦌   The Dragon’s Tea Party
🎄   The Gaming Diaries
🦃   Kevin from The Mental Attic
👗   The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

The Creative Christmas collaboration is open to everyone and further details can be found in this post if you’d like to join in! Tomorrow’s question: The party is still going strong and you find yourself conveniently positioned under the mistletoe. Which video game character would you call over for a cheeky kiss?