Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy Spice Up 'Driver'
Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy are among the acts contributing new music to the in-game soundtrack for Atari's "Driver: Parallel Lines," which will hit stores March 14 for Playstation 2 and Xbox.Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy are among the acts contributing new music to the in-game soundtrack for Atari's "Driver: Parallel Lines," which will hit stores March 14 for Playstation 2 and Xbox. The game will be available as a special edition with a bonus audio CD with 12 exclusive tracks.
The in-game soundtrack boasts more than 90 songs, including David Bowie's "Suffragette City," Blondie's "One Way or Another" and Iggy Pop's "Neighborhood Threat," plus more contemporary fare from Paul Oakenfold, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mylo, TV On The Radio, Secret Machines, LCD Soundsystem and Audio Bullys.
Atari is in negotiations with leading download services to offer three soundtrack albums: one with the 12 exclusive tracks, another with five 1970s-era tunes and six from 2006 and a third with 14 more cuts from the '70s.
"I had to become this fall guy who was facing 20 years in the slammer, and [I] could feel his pain while screaming, 'I'm innocent,'" Grandmaster Flash tells Billboard.com of his new original song, "You Will Pay." "Once I had the melody in my head, I got my keyboardist Dominique, who 'thinks dark,' to come up with the right chords."
"The melting pot of the New York music scene stretches across so many musical boundaries that it seems to effortlessly create an infectious mix, from obscure '70s gems to classic tracks, and important new bands to modern day musical heroes," says Marc Canham, co-founder of Nimrod Productions, which worked on the title.
"Parallel Lines" is the latest installment in the Atari "Driver" franchise, which has sold more than 10 million games, according to the company. In the new game, players can juice up their cars while engaging in Hollywood-style chases across a stylized New York backdrop. The storyline features 35 diverse missions set both in 1978 and 2006.
The limited-edition soundtrack CD features the Grandmaster Flash song, Public Enemy's "What U Gon Due," Arthur Baker's "Everybody Reverberate" plus tracks from Vox, Nimrod Express, the Fabulous Bongo Brothers, the Sliders, Prince of Brooklyn and Tribal Funk Stars, among others.