Game music of the day: Amplitude's David Bowie and Freezepop

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May 13, 2010

Game: Amplitude (2003)

Song: Everyone Says Hi

Composer: David Bowie and Tony Visconti

I bag on the tired "Ch-ch-ch-changes" headline all the time. After all, just because there's a popular song with the word "changes" in it doesn't mean you have to reference it 90 times a year. That said, I'm no Bowie hater. I have a late-blooming, latter-day appreciation for the groundbreaking, multi-talented man, all of which stems from his track "Everyone Says Hi," easily one of the best songs from 2003's Amplitude - aka Harmonix's pre-Rock Band, pre-Guitar Hero music title that carved a path for Activision to mine.

The song comes from Bowie's 2002 album "Heathen." This is a trancey, trippy remix of Bowie's somber original (check that here) that is absolutely perfect for a game like Amplitude. It's a bountiful feast for the senses, visually thanks to Harmonix's drug-induced virtual landscapes, and aurally to this clever, punchy re-imagining of Bowie's delivery.

Amplitude is also home to Freezepop's Super Sprode, which became so popular it appeared in Rock Band years later. I was fortunate enough to see the group perform this live at PAX 2007, and encourage every living thing to attend PAX's concerts. They're an unending stream of positive vibes from like-minded gamers, especially when songs as silly and playful as Super Sprode bounce around the hall.

Finally, if you find yourself disenchanted with Rock Band, Guitar Hero and the whole music game scene, seek out Amplitude for similar gameplay untouched by excessive deal-making and over-marketing. There's also PSP's Rock Band Unplugged, which is essentially Amplitude covered up with Rock Band's branding. Still a fantastic experience, so check 'em out.


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  • philipshaw - May 14, 2010 11:04 a.m.

    Great Picks Brett. Amplitude was awesome; love that game and all the songs in it. You are right in recommending Rock Band: Unplugged for PSP. I must have played that game for 50 hours but had to stop because my exams were coming up
  • squidhead442 - May 14, 2010 3:07 a.m.

    I'm not a big fan of either of these songs, but I still had a good time and look forward to the next one!
  • Nick1228 - May 14, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    god i love amplitude and frequency
  • zigs - May 14, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    I hope this doesn't sound offensive, but the tired cliché of using "ch-ch-ch-changes" is surely just as tired and irritating as describing non-drug-related entities as being "drug-induced"? That would be a personal gripe of mine: that someone creativity and vibrant colours must equal drugs.
  • ssj4raditz - May 13, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    Great, now I really want to find a copy of Amplitude.
  • AshLynx - May 13, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    Man, Amplitude is still one of my favorite PS2 games to this day! Guitar Hero just didn't do it for me after I'd gotten used to Amplitude.
  • flabslapper - May 13, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    I just love David Bowie. Period.
  • CoolBowling - May 13, 2010 8:39 p.m.

    This was my favorite song on amplitude. I also really enjoyed the Run DMC mix.
  • TheSugarRay - May 13, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    I like so many other bowie songs more than labrynth.
  • db1331 - May 13, 2010 5:47 p.m. Best Bowie song EVAR.

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