Game music of the day: the most HATED tracks

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March 26, 2010

Game: Sonic Spinball

Song: Options screen

Composer: Howard Drossin

Above: Options screen from Sonic Spinball

The purpose of this daily feature to share classic game tunes that you've very likely missed. However, it being Week of Hate and all, I felt it was appropriate to end this week's blast of songs with some of my most loathed musics.

Chief among them is this ear-shattering garbage from Sonic Spinball. How this ever, EVER made it through QA is beyond me, with its piercing shrieks and mechanical wails that sound more like a dying robot cat than anything resembling music. Paradoxically, the rest of the Spinball soundtrack kicks ass, but again, it's Week of Hate and I can't end things on a positive note.

Still cherish your N64 now? Cruis'n USA was one of system's first draws, gaining popularity in arcades since 1994 and finally releasing in the fall of 1996. While you may be able to argue the quality of the gameplay (it's shit) you can't deny the music is the dumbest shit ever committed to cartridge. Not necessarily the worst, just the dumbest. Please listen to the whole thing.

And why not, here's a third video. It's from Freaky Flyers, as featured in my 2008 article The cheesiest videogame songs EVER. We discuss this article in the classic TalkRadar 20, so if you've never listened, stop being a bitch and do so.

Back to beautiful new music on Monday!


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  • sternparez - June 20, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    Boy you're in the navy now!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 9, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    I remember plugging my ears when I went in to the options screen trying to get the 1 million points trophy for Sonic Spinball in SUGC.
  • elpurplemonkey - April 5, 2010 5:44 a.m.

    That Cruisin USA song sounded a lot better when I was 11. I also remember playing the hell out of that game and rather enjoying it. I was a pretty dumb eleven year old apparently.
  • CommanderCrunch - March 29, 2010 4:48 a.m.

    The cruisin usa song is do dumb its almost admirable
  • MikoSquiz - March 29, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    That Cruis'n USA song sounds like Van Halen.
  • Shagnasty - March 28, 2010 10:19 a.m.

    Holy shit that Cruis'n USA music brought back such a warm, fuzzy feeling in me.
  • philipshaw - March 27, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    I remember playing Sonic Spinball on the Sega Genesis collection and pausing to get a drink, then that awful music came on. I thought my PS3 or TV had bust
  • NotBraze - March 27, 2010 6:34 a.m.

    Oh god, that's horrible! I remember liking Sonic Spinball, but I don't remember that ear blistering horror.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - March 26, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    BTW that Cruis'n USA song has been stuck in my head for hours.
  • tomthespesh - March 26, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    ''Shoot the flying moinkeys an sink their funky little battleship.'' Is an epic line made me lol atleast.
  • bastionbooger - March 26, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    much better for the crusin' series
  • GoldenMe - March 26, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    *Plays Sonic Spinball Option Screen* MY FUCKING EARS! GAHHHHHHHHHHHH! But I still liked the game.
  • QWERTYCommander - March 26, 2010 8:33 p.m.

  • Romination - March 26, 2010 8 p.m.

    d'awww i thought this would be, you know, more of an article. There's always more bad music for you to share, you know.
  • NanoElite666 - March 26, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    Never realized that bit of music from Spinball was that annoying. Then again, I never spent much time at all in the options screen in that game anyways.
  • ripcorder - March 26, 2010 7:09 p.m.

  • ventanger - March 26, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    Sonic Spinball was such a huge disappointment. When you think of Sonic, and when you think of pinball, you think of ultra fast gameplay and twitch reflexes, but for some unknown reason the game was horribly slow and laggy. The music was ear-bleedingly bad, it was made by the same guys who made Comix Zone!! The hell happened Howard Drossin?! WHAT HAPPENED??!!
  • Wriggly - March 26, 2010 6:29 p.m.

    Sonic Spinball made my ears bleed.
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - March 26, 2010 6:28 p.m.


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