Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack

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The soundtrack to the game Grand Theft Auto IV, like the previous games in the series, is mostly made up of in-game radio stations. These radio stations can be listened to when driving various vehicles in the game, or at the start menu. Radio stations in past Grand Theft Auto games have included licensed music, original music made specifically for the game, DJ chat, and spoof advertising. This game includes 19 in-game radio stations (20 in the PC edition) and over 200 tracks. Of the 19 stations, 16 are musical stations while the other 3 are talk radio.

The soundtrack is expanded by purchasing two episodes of downloadable content, Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony, which each add over 50 songs and a talk radio program to the existing radio stations.[1][2] The songs included with the downloadable content carry over to the compilation disc Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City but songs featured originally in Grand Theft Auto IV do not. Instead there are three exclusive radio stations featuring 48 songs not available for the original game.

The radio stations play songs in a random order and will still start at a random point whenever the player enters a vehicle. The radio station that is on when the player enters a vehicle is based on the type of vehicle the player enters.

Along with the in-game radio stations, other credited music is heard exclusively at certain points in the game. This includes the opening credits sequence and when walking through the interiors of certain buildings in the game. Michael Hunter composed and produced the theme song called Soviet Connection and incidental music for the original game.

As part of a partnership between Rockstar Games and Amazon.com, most of the music heard on the in-game radio stations is available for download through the Amazon MP3 digital music store.[3] Beginning with the release of The Lost and Damned, Rockstar's soundtrack sales partner is the iTunes Store.[4]

Music stations[edit]

The following is a complete list of music-oriented radio stations in Grand Theft Auto IV and the music programming found on them, as credited in the Grand Theft Auto IV game manual[5] and the Amazon.com MP3 Music Store.[6] In the PC version there is also a "Independence FM" station which plays music files stored in My Documents\Rockstar Games\GTA IV\User Music path (the songs also need to be scanned on the Audio menu in Settings). Songs that featured with the downloadable content can also be heard in the original version.[7][8]

The Beat 102.7[edit]

DJ: Mister Cee, DJ Green Lantern, Funkmaster Flex† and Statik Selektah
Genre: Hip hop, gangsta rap, East Coast rap, R&B[9]

Tracklist:

† Songs that only appeared in Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned & Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.[1]

The Classics 104.1††[edit]

DJ: Mixed by DJ Premier
Genre: Hip hop, Golden age hip hop[9]

Tracklist:

†† Not included in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

Electro–Choc[edit]

DJ: François K and Crookers
Genre: Electro house, post-punk, hip house†, and fidget house[10]

Tracklist:

† Songs that are only featured in Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony & Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

Fusion FM††[edit]

DJ: Roy Ayers
Genre: Jazz fusion, acid jazz, nu jazz

Tracklist:

†† Not included in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

IF99 – International Funk††[edit]

DJ: Femi Kuti
Genre: Funk and Afrobeat[11]

Tracklist:

†† Not included in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

JNR – Jazz Nation Radio 108.5††[edit]

DJ: Roy Haynes
Genre: Jazz[9]

Tracklist:

†† Not included in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

The Journey††[edit]

DJ: A computera
Genre: Ambient, Chillout, Downtempo, Minimalism, New Age[9]

Tracklist:

^a A Macintosh computer was used to produce the computerized DJ voice for this station, as "Vicki" from the speech recognition software PlainTalk can be heard throughout this station's DJ banter.

^b While not credited as such, as the official title for this song is a picture, it is unofficially titled "[z twig]" or "[b+w stripes]", which is also referenced in the file name ("ZTWIG"). The nomenclature used in this article comes from Warp Records' own labeling of the song.

†† Not included in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

K109 The Studio[edit]

DJ: Karl Lagerfeld
Genre: Disco, funk[12]

Tracklist:

† Songs that are only featured in Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony & Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

LCHC – Liberty City Hardcore[edit]

DJ: Jimmy Gestapo and Max Cavalera
Genre: New York hardcore, hardcore punk, crossover thrash and varied extreme metal† genres [13]

Tracklist:

† Songs that are only featured in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned & Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.[1]
†† Not included in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, exclusive to DLC version of TLAD.
††† Song exclusive to EFLC edition of TLaD.

Liberty Rock Radio 97.8[edit]

DJ: Iggy Pop
Genre: Classic rock, hard rock, punk rock, varied rock genres

Tracklist:

† Songs that are only featured in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned & Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.[1]

Massive B Sound System 96.9††[edit]

DJ: Bobby Konders
Genre: Dancehall

Tracklist:

†† Not included in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

Radio Broker[edit]

DJ: Juliette Lewis
Genre: Alternative rock, indie rock, and dance-punk

Tracklist:

† Songs that are only featured in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned & Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.[1]

San Juan Sounds[edit]

DJ: Daddy Yankee & Henry Santos Jeter
Genre: Reggaeton, Latin pop, rock & hip hop

Tracklist:

† Songs that are only featured in Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony & Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

Tuff Gong Radio††[edit]

DJ: Carl Bradshaw
Genre: Reggae, dub

Tracklist:

†† Not included in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

The Vibe 98.8††[edit]

DJ: Vaughn Harper
Genre: Soul, R&B, quiet storm[9]

Tracklist:

†† Not included in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

Vladivostok FM[edit]

DJ: Ruslana and DJ Paul†
Genre: Eastern European Pop, House, Eurodance, Dance[14]

Tracklist:

† Songs that are only featured in Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony & Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City On the original version of GTA IV, music formats switch between the original music content found on Radio Vladivostok and the new dance music content with DJ Paul.

These following songs are not included in the game, but in the soundtrack disc of this station.

  • Max Lorens – "Схожу с ума" (Shozhu s uma / Going Crazy)
  • Dyshi – "Взгляни на небо" (Vzglyani na nebo / Look on the Sky)
  • Quest Pistols – "Мама" (Mama / Mother)

RamJam FM†[edit]

DJ: David Rodigan
Genre: Reggae, dub

Tracklist:

† Songs that are only featured in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

Self–Actualization FM†[edit]

DJ: Audrey
Genre: Ambient, Chillout, Downtempo, New Age

Tracklist:

† Songs that are only featured in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

Vice City FM†[edit]

DJ: Fernando Martínez
Genre: 1980s Pop & rock

Tracklist:

† Songs that are only featured in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

Independence FM[edit]

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV adds Independence FM to the station line-up, which plays digital music files of the user's choice. Music files or shortcuts to music files placed within the GTA IV User Music folder are played in varying modes as selected by the user. Sequential mode plays the files in order, Shuffle mode randomly selects files, and Radio mode randomly plays songs with DJ commentary and advertisements. Supported file types are .wma, .mp3 and .m4a. QuickTime or iTunes needs to be installed for M4A support. In order for music to be played in Independence FM, the player must tell the game to scan the folder.[15]

Talk stations[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of talk radio stations in Grand Theft Auto IV and the programming found on them, as credited in the game manual.[5]

Integrity 2.0[edit]

Host: Lazlow[9]
Topics: Talk radio[9]

Other Info: This station follows Lazlow as he tours Liberty City, speaking with various vendors and pedestrians, and does not actually go on the air until the player unlocks Algonquin Island in the game (prior to this several references are made to the station launching soon). During the program various references are made, mostly from Lazlow's life, like V-Rock in Vice City, WCTR in San Andreas, and Chatterbox FM in Liberty City, there are also specific references to the Chatterbox program aired in GTA III, as he is told to bring back "the vegetarian guy" (Reed Tucker) who Lazlow made fun of, other references include a Backstage encounter at a Love Fist Concert (Love Fist being a band featured in an earlier game). These references are notable as GTA IV is set in a different continuity to the earlier games, and other than Lazlow's discussions contains no direct connections to any of the previous games. During the course of his program he interviews a pervert, a Latin hot dog vendor, a taxi cab driver, and an artist shooting a music video about rain, he also enters into arguments with several pedestrians, including one who tells him to keep his voice down, one telling him that he is an asshole, an internet obsessed teenager who calls him an old man, and a geek who he asks to build a website to sell Lazlow stuff. The pervert, the hot dog vendor, and the geek were all voiced by Fred Armisen.

The Ballad Of Gay Tony adds additional segments to the station. Lazlow mentions that the station "went dark" for a while because of lack of funding (explaining off the absence of new content to the station for The Lost And Damned). The segments deal with Lazlow having an intern named Jorge follow him around Liberty City while he interviews people and shows him the city. Jorge cannot speak English, which Lazlow takes advantage of regularly (and, to that effect, Lazlow cannot speak Spanish which is Georgie's language). He repeatedly threatens to deport Jorge. At the last new segment, Lazlow and Jorge, with Lazlow claiming that he can get into all the clubs, are directed to the Hercules club (which is one of the two clubs featured in the plotline to Ballad). Lazlow is ignorant to the fact of the club's main theme (it's a gay club, synonymous to Ballad's characters). Jorge finally gets revenge on Lazlow by saying something in Spanish, to which all of the clubgoers in the front door line look to Lazlow (to which Lazlow is still ignorant as to why, stating that "the people are attracted to me all of a sudden").

PLR – Public Liberty Radio[edit]

Program: The Séance
Host: Beatrix Fontaine (Ilyana Kadushin)
Topics: A call-in talk show[9] focused on New Age spiritualism. During the show, Beatrix, a phony psychic, provides callers with questionable advice, and constantly asks for their money. Beatrix's last name may be a reference to Darius Fontaine, a get-rich-quick huckster who appeared in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Program: Pacemaker
Host: Ryan McFallon (Bryan Tucker)
Topics: A talk show[9] focused on health care. Host Ryan McFallon interviews a panel of three guests: Sheila Stafford (portrayed by Rachel Allen), a spokeswoman for Betta Pharmaceuticals who is said to have left a woman to die because Sheila feared the dying woman was uninsured, Wilson Taylor Sr. (portrayed by Bill Hader), a representative for an HMO, and Waylon Mason (portrayed by Rick Shapiro), an advocate of holistic medicine and home remedies. The show ends with Mason drilling holes in the heads of the other two guests.

Program: Intelligent Agenda
Host: Mike Riley (Brian Sack)
Topics: A left-wing call-in talk show. Host Mike Riley interviews a panel of three guests: Brandon Roberts, a Vinewood actor who associates himself with left-wing causes only to enhance his own image, John Hunter, a candidate for state governor, and Zachary Tyler, a child prodigy who was brought onto the show as an example of liberal parenting. The show ends with John Hunter spanking Zachary Tyler, and Zachary pleading 'No! Please no!'. Brandon also mentions a 'real' religion that he's a member of, The Epsilon Program of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas fame, and says "Kifflom" at the start and the end of the program.

WKTT – We Know The Truth[edit]

Program: Richard Bastion Show
Host: Richard Bastion (portrayed by Jason Sudeikis)
Topics: A right-wing call-in news talk show.[16] During the show, host Richard Bastion (a parody of Rush Limbaugh) answers guests' questions and statements about what they think is wrong with America. One male caller (voiced by Matt Pearson) details about the "Maibatsu Monstrosities", a large luxury SUV parodying the Ford Excursion, which winks GTA III's radio commercials and Chatterbox FM's female caller driving one.
Other Info: In July 2007, Rockstar sent out an e-mail to their mailing list subscribers advertising an opportunity to get on the radio in the game. The e-mail included a link to a website with more information. On the website, it was explained that anyone could call a phone number provided and leave a message complaining about America. Selected messages would be chosen and would appear on the political talk station WKTT in the final build of the game.[17]

Program: Just or Unjust
Host: Judge Grady (Michael-Leon Wooley)
Topics: A radio court show, drawing some inspiration from Judge Judy and Divorce Court. The show's star, Judge Grady, is extremely misogynistic, and is constantly seen insulting and hitting on his female guests. At the end of each show, rather than the judge deciding who is right, the plaintiff and the defendant take part in a game to see who wins the trial. Games include duels, gladiatorial combat with lions, a Three-way, cannibalism and glass-eating contests.

Program: Fizz!
Hosts: Jane Labrador (Melinda Wade), Marcel LeMuir (voiced by Fez Whatley), Jeffron James (voiced by Patrice O'Neal)
Topics: A celebrity gossip radio show, parodying TMZ, What the Buck and Perez Hilton. Features interviews with Ricky Gervais and Katt Williams.

Program: The Martin Serious Show
Hosts: Martin Serious (Will Forte), Lisa Lynn, Mark the Manager, Smithy the Stunt Boy (East Side Dave MacDonald of the Ron and Fez Show)
Topics: Only on Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned & Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, this is a parody of The Howard Stern Show[1]

Program: Conspire
Host: John Smith (voiced by Rick Allison)
Topics: Only on Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony & Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, this is a parody of Coast to Coast AM and The Alex Jones Show.

Other in-game music[edit]

The following is a list of songs that are found in the game, but cannot be heard on any in-game radio stations, as credited in the game manual.[5] Instead, other than the song played during the title sequence, they can be heard exclusively while walking through the interiors of different buildings in the game. One song being heard in a cutscene for the mission, Buyer's Market from TLaD, is Don Omar - "Dale Don Dale" (During Elizabeta's party at the start of mission)

Music in building interiors[edit]

  • Rick James – "Come Into My Life" (First/Second song normally played during strip club private shows at The Triangle Club and Honkers)
  • Rick Ross – "Hustlin'" (Heard during Katt Williams' comedy routines; Williams also recreates a comedy routine from his film American Hustle built around the song)
  • Goldfrapp – "Ooh La La" (Second/Third song normally played during strip club private shows at The Triangle Club and Honkers)
  • Mystikal – "Shake Ya Ass" (Third/First song normally played during strip club private shows at The Triangle Club and Honkers)
  • Niall Toner – "A Real Real" (Heard in the Irish pub in Broker)
  • Killian's Angels – "Celtic High Step" (Heard in the Irish pub in Broker)

Radio Commercials[edit]

Opening credits theme[edit]

  • Michael Hunter – "Soviet Connection – The Theme from Grand Theft Auto IV"

Several different adaptations of this song are used in various parts throughout the game. A remix of the theme plays upon game's startup. A solemn version plays on the pause screen and several different short variations are heard upon the player's completion of a mission. A few notes from the theme play when a mission is completed. A remix also plays during the last 30 seconds of a multiplayer match. There is also a short musical jingle version of the theme that is played from an ice cream truck within the game. Another remix version is also played at the end of the game's storyline.

  • Stuart Hart and Tony Eicher – "The Lost and Damned Theme"
  • Aaron Johnston, Jesse Murphy, and Avi Bortnick - "The Ballad of Gay Tony Theme"

These themes and accompanying incidental cues replace "Soviet Connection" in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned and Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, respectively.

Ringtones[edit]

Soundtrack releases[edit]

Rockstar Games has released five soundtrack albums to date. The Music of Grand Theft Auto IV contains several soundtrack selections from the game.[18] Vladivostok FM features tracks from and "inspired by" the in-game radio station.[19] Liberty City Invasion features original music produced by DJ Green Lantern, some of which appears on 102.7 The Beat in the game.[20] Similarly, Statik Selektah's The Lost and Damned EP features original music produced by Statik Selektah that features in the downloadable episode.[21] The original themes are available in Grand Theft Auto IV — The Theme Song Collection.[22] A soundtrack album for the first expansion, The Music of Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned was announced with artwork[23] and Drive By Audio – "Jailbait" was released on the iTunes Store as a single from the album. However, a full track listing was not announced, the album was not released, and the announcement was subsequently removed.[24]

Deleted songs[edit]

Several songs that were in the beta version of the game were cut from the final version of the game. The songs can be found in one of the game's internal files, american.gxt.

K109 The Studio †[edit]

† - All of the songs listed were going to be added in the The Ballad of Gay Tony DLC.

Jazz Nation Radio 108.5[edit]

† - This song was planned to be in The Lost and Damned DLC, hinting that the station itself would have carried over to The Lost and Damned.

Liberty City Rock Radio 97.8[edit]

† - The songs were planned to be in The Lost and Damned DLC.

Radio Broker[edit]

  • The Virgins - One Week of Danger
  • Celebration - Fly the Fly
  • Blonde Acid Cult - Calypso †
  • Free Blood - Quick and Painful †
  • The Carps - Porgie & Bess (Big Booty Girls) †
  • The Carps - Veronica Belmont †
  • TK Webb & The Visions - Shame †
  • Scissors for Lefty - Consumption Junction †
  • The Soft Pack - Nightlife †
  • Foxylane - Same Shirt †
  • Kudu - Give Me Your Head †
  • Tame Impala - Half-Full Glass of Wine †
  • The Bronx - Knifeman †
  • Lou Reed - Vicious †
  • Deluka - Sleep is impossible now †

The Vibe 98.8[edit]

Vice City FM †[edit]

Self-Actualization FM †[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned. Exclusive Features: Radio Station Updates & Soundtracks". Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony. Exclusive Features: Soundtrack: Radio Station Updates". Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  3. ^ Staff, YVG (2007-03-27). "Rockstar Games and Amazon.com make sweet music together.". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Rockstar switching GTA IV music partnership from Amazon to iTunes.". Variety. 
  5. ^ a b c Rockstar Games, ed. (2008). Liberty City Guidebook (Xbox 360). Rockstar Games. pp. 17–23. 
  6. ^ "Amazon.com: Grand Theft Auto 4: The Music". Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  7. ^ "Grand Theft Auto IV - Soundtrack". Grandtheft4.ucoz.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  8. ^ "Grand Theft Auto IV - Music". Grandtheft4.ucoz.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i Clark, Tim (April 2008). "Grand Theft Auto IV Review". PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) (United Kingdom: Future Publishing) (17): 88–96. 
  10. ^ "Electro–Choc official website". Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  11. ^ "IF99 official website". Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  12. ^ "K109 official website". Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  13. ^ "L.C.H.C. official website". Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  14. ^ "Vladivostok FM official website". Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  15. ^ "Rockstar Games Support". 
  16. ^ "WKTT official website". Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  17. ^ Rea, Jared (2007-07-13). "Rockstar wants to know: what's wrong with America?". Joystiq. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  18. ^ Rockstargames.com
  19. ^ Rockstargames.com
  20. ^ Rockstargames.com
  21. ^ Rockstargames.com
  22. ^ Rockstarbase.com>
  23. ^ Rockstargames.com
  24. ^ Rockstargames.com

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