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Game music of the day: Loaded

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April 28, 2010

Game: Loaded

Song: Track 05

Composer: Neil Biggin and Patrick Phelan

       
Above: Track 05 from Loaded

Released during the early days of the original PlayStation's life cycle, Loaded was the epitome of '90s games. It was "edgy" and "cool" and "violent," so all the fresh new marketing boxes were ticked off nicely, but it also happened to be a relatively decent, though ultimately mindless run-and-gun diversion. Now, 15 years after its release, the only aspect that doesn't totally blow ass is the soundtrack. It also reeks of '90s design, but if you like repititious and highly catchy electronic music, you gotta listen.

The embedded song above is from the third or fourth level. Nothing especially fancy, just a great tune with a smooth backbeat. At the time, it was higher quality music (as in sound quality and clarity) than most other games on the SNES, Saturn and PlayStation, so it was easy to get caught up in the "omg 32-bit" hype wave.

       

A bit peppier track from a later level, but it's still in the same general audio space. It's an easy listening, infectious soundtrack that I've had on my iPod for five years straight, plus on every device I own that stores music. The game itself may not hold up (nor does its crap-ass sequel, Re-Loaded), but the soundtrack will be around forever.

On the other end of the spectrum is the band Pop Will Eat Itself, which lended a couple of tracks to Loaded for what I'm sure was a calculated cross promotional effort. Their music does fit with the look and style, but I've never heard of the band before or since, so at this point it's just another "huh?" bullet point in a series that already came and went.

 


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12 comments

  • CancerMan - March 25, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    Officially impossible to find the soundtrack online (try googling "Loaded"), and the best hidden track isn't listed here.
  • timbreman - August 7, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    If anybody has a copy of that first track listed I would really appreciate someone sending me a copy. My email is electric_jono@yahoo.com I've looked everywhere and cant find that track but love it!
  • philipshaw - April 29, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    I remember this game but forgot how awesome the music was, thanks for the nostalgia trip Brett
  • garfunkling - April 29, 2010 4:23 a.m.

    I have been trying to remember the name of this game FOR YEARS!! I knew nothing about it other than the crazy artwork i saw in a magazine forever ago
  • nyef - April 29, 2010 4:12 a.m.

    boy do i miss this one... many hours spent playing this with my pop. he ate himself like the band said he would P.S. i remember killing people with teddy bears. could never forget that.
  • fanboyhunter - April 29, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    I used to love this game. Thanks for the pleasant nostalgia Brett. Love it.
  • SonicX_89 - April 28, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    Loaded, what a weird game. I played it 5-6 years ago. Couldn't get very far because the game was so old and froze.
  • Tenfey - April 28, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    This was like the 4th Playstation game I ever owned. It was very strange and I eventually sold it.
  • goochbiscuit - April 28, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    Another solid choice.
  • CH3BURASHKA - April 28, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    Oh, dear Lord, those Pop Will Eat Itself chaps sound so loud and angry! Mother would not approve!
  • Strangleme - April 28, 2010 9:21 p.m.

    Fuck Yea Brelston!! I'm sittin' here, hittin' my bong, and I see a "Loaded" track as game music of the day!! One of my favorite PSone games. Thank you Brelston, for an awesome choice as always.
  • OnyxOblivion - April 28, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    I got this game with my PS1! Mt parents took it away over a decade ago when they saw how violent it was.

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