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Judas Priest, ELO AND Billy Idol? The NHL 12 Soundtrack Is Bloody Awful

First off, to be completely upfront, I have what many would refer to as an “eclectic” taste in music. I am perfectly fine with a mix of, say, for the sake of example, The Cult, followed up with some Boz Scaggs, a little Smashing Pumpkins perhaps, move on into some Suicidal Tendencies and Pantera, a sprinkling of some Mr. Bungle and Primus; after that, ease into some Gordon Lightfoot and The Doors, transition into a little TOOL or Kyuss or even some Iron Maiden and finish off with, of course, some Sebadoh. But even with that in mind, the soundtrack for NHL 12 is one hot mess.

Before I bore you any further with crap you couldn’t care less about and before I completely disparage the song selections for the video game and skew your knee-jerk reaction to them, how about I simply provide a listing? From the EA Sports NHL 12 blog (via Pro Hockey Talk):

Here’s the full list of tracks that will be on NHL®12 in alphabetical order by artist (album in brackets):

Against! Me – Occult Enemies (Russian Spies/Occult Enemies)

Anthrax – I’m Alive (Worship Music)

Beady Eye – Standing on the Edge of the Noise (Different Gear, Still Speeding)

Billy Idol – Mony Mony (The Very Best of Billy Idol)

Black Tide – That Fire (Post Mortem)

Blackguard – Farewell (Firefight)

Bush – Sound of Winter (The Sea of Memories)

Death Letters – I Wish I could Steal a Sunset (Post-Historic)

Dropkick Murphys – Hang ‘em High (Going out in Style)

ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down (Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of ELO)

Judas Priest – You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ (Screaming for Vengeance)

Manchester Orchestra – April Fool (Simple Math)

Middle Class Rut – Busy Being Born (No Name No Color)

Murderdolls – Whatever you got, I’m Against It (Women and Children Last)

E-L-freaking-O? Are you kidding me? Does the average hockey video game-playing kid even know who the hell that is? And I might be dating myself here, but I haven’t even heard of eight of those acts, and as you all will learn as you get older, if you haven’t heard of it, it can’t be any good. And that’s the way it was and we LIKED IT!

And Bush, featuring Mr. Gwen Stefani? Come on, dude. And lastly, the Dropkick Murphys? Don’t get me started. Don’t even get me started. If I am forced to hear “Hang ’em High” or anything else from that group, I might have to go ahead and hang myself. Bunch of yahdoods, those guys. We get it, Dropkick Murphys. You’re cool and pay homage to your Irish heritage through your “music.” Hey, I’m half-Irish myself, and I still think that band is bloody awful.

All I know is if I purchase the game, the soundtrack is getting turned way down and some Boz Scaggs is getting plugged in to the old cassette player. Yeah, I still own some tapes, wanna fight about it? Now stay off my lawn!

NHL®12 Soundtrack – Continuing the Authentic NHL Arena Experience [EA NHL 12 Blog (via Pro Hockey Talk)]