For maybe three weeks I've been listening to a song on Radio One. I liked it, and I finally got around to tweeting that I liked it without really knowing what it was.
I heard a song I really liked on the radio today. It was by some Canadians. That’s all I’ve got, sozza.I know, I'm quite the wordsmith. The thing is though after a bit of digging and after buying Half Moon Run's album, I realised something. It wasn't Radio One that sold the song to me, it was Assassin's Creed IV.
— diaryofaledger (@diaryofaledger) January 15, 2014
I mean obviously this had happened surreptitiously. Which is probably how advertising is supposed to work or something, but I must have seen that ad half a dozen times at the cinema and turned to my mate and said, 'I can't wait to be a pirate' before hearing it on the wireless. The song had floated into my receptive subconscious and sat there for a couple of months until Nick Grimshaw unlocked it on the breakfast show. I can't get 6 Music in the car, stop judging me.
So a song and a game. Together as one, exciting and of course a one off.... BUT IT'S not.
You see last year I bought FIFA 13, or was it the year before? I'm not sure. Anyway it was FIFA 13 and I bought it somewhen between the years 2012 and 2013 and it had a song on it.
FIFA, you see, has menus screens between matches of the soccer and when you're on those screens, songs play. Beautiful songs. Most of them are a bit rubbish and not beautiful, you know, chart stuff that no one over 25 cares about. But there was this one song, with admittedly a terrible middle eight, I really liked. If I'm honest, because of the nature of gaming, I never quite got to the terrible middle eight while playing FIFA. That's the trouble with gaming, no time to enjoy the soundtrack... Unless you're playing a Nintendo game and then all their soundtracks are brilliant and you love them... and you are mad. Anyway the song was called G#. It has a hashtag in the title so I was immediately drawn to it because I use them all the time, particularly on facebook. I think deep down because the hash tag is after the 'G' I was duty bound to like it because that's not how you're supposed to do it and I like not doing things the way you're supposed to. It turned out the song was by this little band from the States called Kitten and I bought a couple of their EPs. I know, people still make EPs. Who knew? They're virtual EPs these days though which is much better for a reason I can't explain here.
Here is G#.
The video is terrible but imagine winning the Champions League with Colchester United and hearing it. I know. Amazing. (That actually happened. Still skipped the middle eight.)
I love games. I love music. And now I'm finding music because of games. It's a wonderful life.