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Extending Your Glorious and Personal Wasteland Radio Playlist

posted May 28, 2017 17:22:03 by KostiKorhonen
Instead of making a text-heavy dwelling on the topic of vintage music (though that could be fun to some but boring to some) lets just have a topic of some personal favourites or obsucurities, oddities etc. of said genre of music. What You would either listen playing Fallout Computer games or Fallout Wasteland Warfare, expanding what songs the games already have but nonetheless fitting in. No other criteria than that it either is Oldies tunes or sounds like that (pre-British Invasion), doo-wop, blues, country, entertainment, rock n`roll, rockabilly and whatnot, all welcome.

So here goes, opening the Glorious Wasteland Radio-station with rockabilly, Johnny Burnette, no less!

Johnny Burnette: I`m Restless
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwBJ0CZ-RLk

(The Title edited to better emphazise what this topic is about, thanks goes to Jordan.Peacock!)

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KostiKorhonen said May 28, 2017 17:41:05
As a longtime fan of one (and the only) Warren Smith, it was a real treat to have him in the Fallout 4 Soundtrack in Diamond City Radio with the "Uranium Rock". This cat could rock, sing country ballads, awesome range. Here`s another rocker from Mr. Smith, just dig that guitar, Jack!

Warren Smith: Got Love If You Want It
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbqw2ZWlLAw
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KostiKorhonen said May 28, 2017 21:14:44
A few obscure Oldies, in a proper Atom Cat style! Bet they listen these too huh?

First off a fast-paced rocker:

David Ray: Lonesome Feeling:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2RuQp-Lvzk

The song name kinda says it all:

Don Curtis (Butch McClarey): Rough Tough Man
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zj62JaFSNM


Then a teen rocker, what better themed tune to kill raiders or Super mutants to!?

Ronnie Allen: This Love Of Ours
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA0xpUP2uVM

This tune would be good strollin`around the ...eh...Bunker Hill, perhaps :O

Bunker Hill: Red Ridin` Hood And The Wolf:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFRFWZNYVAg


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DCP said May 28, 2017 22:34:20
anything from the Ink spots and the original Fallout 1 ambiances
just someone who want's the best but always expects the worst
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Jordan.Peacock said May 29, 2017 15:12:05
I'm not sure if this is relevant to the topic, but playing through Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4, among my favorite mods for subsequent play-through were those that provided additional radio stations. ("Fallout 3" isn't on this list because I played it on Xbox, so no mods.) This was especially valuable to me when playing through Fallout 4 on Survival mode since I can't fast-travel and end up trudging through a lot of the same areas. (Well, at least until I manage to sign up with the Brotherhood and can hitch a ride on a Vertibird to the latest settlement that needs rescuing from raiders....)

CONELRAD 640-1240 CIVIL DEFENSE RADIO is a mod that I enjoyed both for New Vegas and Fallout 4 (since, being just a radio station, the content was portable to both games). It's fascinating to hear the old celebrity PSAs. I recommend it as worth an option for something different to listen to while trudging through the wastes.

OLD WORLD RADIO - BOSTON has a huge mix of radio stations (some of which are available separately as mods on Nexusmods -- don't make the mistake of double-installing them!) in one place. Some of them are true to the spirit of the setting. Others ... not so much. (A radio station full of Nine Inch Nails songs? Not COVERS of them, but just the NIN collection, as-is? Eh?) "Malt Shop Mayhem" is my favorite of the bunch, as the DJ makes an attempt at fitting in-universe.

ATOM CATS RADIO has a mix of rockabilly and surf rock. I'm not sure if it's actually vintage music (I don't hear any recognizable tunes), or whether it's more modern performances done in a vintage STYLE. The latter is what I'd hope for. :)

Really, in a "perfect world," I think it would make more sense for Fallout soundtracks if we'd hear more modern performances done IN THE STYLE of songs from the '50s and '60s. The gist I get of the Fallout universe pre-war is that it's a semi-satirical take on "the future" as imagined from some time circa 1960. And one conceit about predictions of the future is how some things are wildly overly-optimistic, and how we totally overlook cultural changes that might be wrought in other areas. The "Closer Than We Think!" comic is a great example of this: IN THE FUTURE, why, your milkman will have a ROBOTIC MILK TRUCK helping him as he delivers bottles of fresh milk to your door. Or, IN THE FUTURE, the mailman will be hand-delivering envelopes to your doorstep while he's wearing a ROCKET PACK.

(Fun Gizmodo article with several examples of this comic: http://gizmodo.com/42-visions-for-tomorrow-from-the-golden-age-of-futurism-1683553063 )

And of course, the people of "the future" tend to wear fashions that reflect the look of the day when this was written (or else a deliberate attempt is made at "future fashion" that instead makes them look like comic-book space-men). It only follows that the music in this imagined future might be stuck in the same cultural rut ... but I'd still imagine that there should be NEW SONGS, rather than the same exact songs played over and over again for the next two hundred years.

For this reason, I loved the retro treatments of songs from the 1980s in "Bioshock Infinite" -- specifically a 1910 treatment of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (Tears for Fears), and, a little harder to notice in the background, a treatment of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" on calliope at the beach. I'd love to hear a Fallout radio station where various songs from our own time period (1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s) get the circa-1960 treatment.

The closest I've been able to find to this has been by Postmodern Jukebox (various video examples can be found on YouTube). Hearing "Black Hole Sun" done in lounge singer style is a riot. They even do a few modern hits in Doo-Wop style. I just don't necessarily care for the song choices -- the songs seem to be chosen for maximum dissonance in terms of content with the sort of thing you would have heard in a song in the time period style emulated. (At least they don't seem inclined to pick more modern songs that drop the "F" bomb liberally. While there's plenty of cursing to be heard IN the Fallout games, it would seem discordant for it to be heard in supposedly Pre-War-era radio MUSIC.)

Heh. Probably the easiest to do a cover of, in 1960-appropriate style would be anything by the Stray Cats, come to think of it. :D

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KostiKorhonen said May 29, 2017 16:53:02
@DCP: Yes, The Ink Spots is a great choice! Their songs for me have weird quality as I dont seem to tire of them altough they play constantly in the Diamond City radio. (The main reason for this topic being expanding on the obviously copyright-limited range of tunes in Fallout universe.)

@Jordan.Peacock: The idea of the radio stations is good. Earlier on, while I tried to look through Fallout 4 mods that would either have radiostation or playlist, I couldn`t then find one in a more rockabilly/doowop-vein. Too bad its harder to add own songs into the Fallout 4 than it was to FNV. Thank You for mentioning the Atom Cats Radio, I will look into that!

More modern takes on the Oldies-style is not bad at all, (the glorious FNV had some great country examples of this) depending on how its done. Personally I like the Big Daddy and the Go Cat Go and the Fatboy, among others, some examples of their songs:




Big Daddy: Hotel California
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sCCIJPXWTI

The Go Cat Go: Forevers Much Too Long
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v32l5gt-mYE

The Fatboy:FF (Kent cover)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw-RdsJxaD8








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KostiKorhonen said May 29, 2017 17:19:35
Jordan.Peacock said: The "Closer Than We Think!" comic is a great example of this: IN THE FUTURE, why, your milkman will have a ROBOTIC MILK TRUCK helping him as he delivers bottles of fresh milk to your door. Or, IN THE FUTURE, the mailman will be hand-delivering envelopes to your doorstep while he's wearing a ROCKET PACK.

(Fun Gizmodo article with several examples of this comic: http://gizmodo.com/42-visions-for-tomorrow-from-the-golden-age-of-futurism-1683553063 )


This was wild and funny! Thanks dude! Mindblowing that we really do have some of those depicted in the images here in our life today. Brings the scifi comics of the Fifties into mind, the classics from the Weird Science like Al Williamson, Wally Wood to name a few. They did some insane work back then.

Two Weird Science covers and a comics page from Wally Wood:




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Jordan.Peacock said May 29, 2017 19:38:12
Re: Extending the Radio Playlist
There are actually a few mods that purport to expand the existing Diamond City playlist (without benefit of custom intros from the DJ, of course), but I didn't cite those specifically, since for whatever reason they just never seemed to work for me. I've actually had bad luck with several radio-station mods. There's one called "Tales from the Commonwealth" that's supposed to have a radio station AND a bunch of add-on adventures. The adventures are a bit hammer-iffic (You don't want to agree to perform this task for this unlikeable NPC of questionable morals? WELL TOO BAD. There's no "No thanks, I'm kind of busy trying to find my son" option to the dialogue) but the custom radio station at least has an interesting attempt at making in-universe radio advertisements. The catch was that I had to install, uninstall, reinstall that mod, and tweak various things around, and when I got the radio station working, everything related to the custom quests vanished from existence. (Just as well. Having a bordello right next door to my settlement was bringing the property values down. ;) )

As for how in the world this might be at all relevant to miniatures gaming, I actually like to have themed music playing in the background when I run games at my house. (At stores and conventions, not so much, as either it's too noisy to hear the music, or if I crank it up, I run the risk of being a nuisance to people at other tables.)

So, I've got the soundtracks of every Pirates of the Caribbean movie for my pirate-themed games, Star Wars for Star Wars, creepy Halloween sound effects for Ghostbusters, some ambient CDs (jungle noises, forests, etc.) for running Indiana-Jones-style adventures, and so forth.

There are some old video games I rather wish I could rip the ambient sound effects from and make some sort of randomized "screen saver" from (the old, old "Blade Runner" game had a few places perfect for that, where I could just park the character on a balcony and get "sci-fi city noises" plus an occasional ad for the Colonies, with some Vangelis-style synth-jazzy sounds) in order to set a mood.

Just for giggles, here's 12 hours of Vault Ambient Noise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YLCa1CoQbQ
(You could probably accomplish the same general effect by having a noisy shop fan rumbling in your garage. :) )

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KostiKorhonen said May 29, 2017 20:42:10
@Jordan.Peacock:Thank You for helping me with making it more clear what this topic is about! Edited the opening Title to better match the content.

Jordan.Peacock said: As for how in the world this might be at all relevant to miniatures gaming, I actually like to have themed music playing in the background when I run games at my house. (At stores and conventions, not so much, as either it's too noisy to hear the music, or if I crank it up, I run the risk of being a nuisance to people at other tables.)


This exactly. It mostly never hurts being considerate towards other people. The music playing background while gaming helps setting the mood for the mission/scenario played.

The mods can be pain at their worst yes. Luckily I had the ones I installed run rather smoothly. The one with the cartographer lady companion is quite good, its pretty clear her voice was made by professional actress. Highly recommended.

Few classic doo-wop tunes this time:

The Mystics:Hushabye
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrusdfxOPHY

The Earls:Remember Then
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgyxhFVz6Uc

Fireflies:Because Of My Pride
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kZJXWDczHU

Some songs to listen to while having few headshots with the Sniper Rifle or bashing some heads in with the Sledgehammer huh? :O
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