When games invade music

“I will gain an extra life / When I get the high score.”

That lyric – from ‘Photoshop Handsome’ by Everything Everything – has been stuck in my head since I got their debut album the best part of a fortnight ago. If not since last year when I first saw them live.

It’s been stuck there partly because it’s a damned catchy song, but also because I can’t stop thinking that it’s simply not accurate. Can you think of a game in which you get an extra life for getting the high score? I bet (hope) you can’t. Extra lives are earned during play, and high scores when it’s game over. No?

The band aren’t idiots though, elsewhere referencing the Game Gear – so our resident obsessive Matt will be pleased – and Sega being dead. Not that they’re anything like the first band to mention video games: Kaiser Chiefs with their “powered-up Pac-Man”, Underworld with their “Tetris keyring”, etcetera. In fact, it’s not even the first time I’ve written about it: I previously espoused the delights of a song by Silvery about the creator of Space Invaders.

Using game machines as part of your act is something new to me, but it’s what MidiMidis do. When I saw them a few weeks ago, they teased the crowd with a bit of classic Super Mario Bros music before launching into their excitable set. Not only that, but this video from their performance at the Reading Festival shows them including a PSP in their equipment. I’m too stupid to know what they might be doing with it.

While I’m on chiptunes, or approximations thereof, I can’t help but mention the track ‘My Butt Hurts’ by Printed Circuit. It’s been played by Tom Robinson on 6 Music, and you’ll find on their MySpace page. It really is a lot of fun.

Elsewhere this week, I have also been musing about the motorsport games due in the coming weeks


Jake has been here since the beginning, with hundreds of reviews and countless other guff to his name. These days, not so consistent.

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