Name of the Game (The Crystal Method song)

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"Name of the Game"
Single by The Crystal Method
from the album Tweekend
Released August 14, 2001
Format 12", CD
Recorded 2001
Genre Rap rock, electronic rock, trip hop
Length 4:15
Label Geffen Records
Writer(s) Scott Kirkland, Ken D. Jordan and Tom Morello
Producer(s) The Crystal Method
The Crystal Method singles chronology
"Name of the Game"

"Name of the Game" is the first single to originate from The Crystal Method's second studio album, Tweekend. Despite the massive popularity of the song, The Crystal Method almost never plays it live. The track features guitars by Tom Morello, vocals by Ryan "Ryu" Maginn, and scratching by DJ Swamp; it also contains samples from "Calling All Freaks"(1974) by Tina Dixon. The song enjoyed mainstream success as well as remixes by popular artists.

Music video[edit]

A music video was made, featuring the exploits of the character "Nosey", who is named so because his entire face is covered up by a giant nose. Scenes in the video depict Nosey participating in sports, breakdancing, and a relationship that falls apart quickly. He gets back to his friends to breakdance and they get to do some until the police arrive and arrest him for unknown reasons. At the end of the video, the words "to be continued ..." are shown. However, no known continuation of the "Nosey" story has yet to be produced. Nosey does however make a brief appearance in the music video "murder"

Track listing[edit]

CD 5"

  1. Radio Edit
  2. Album Version
  3. Instrumental

Vinyl 12"

  1. Eric Kupper's Deep Pump Mix
  2. Hybrid's Blackout In L.A. Mix

Vinyl 12" Promo

  1. Eric Kupper's Electrosphere Mix
  2. Hybrid's L.A. Blackout Mix

Cultural references[edit]

To date, the song has been featured in numerous different forms of media, including:

The Crystal Method's Big Ass Tropic Thunder Mix[edit]

The Crystal Method remixed "Name of the Game" and used it in the film, Tropic Thunder. The remix is similar to the original, with samples of the character's voices included in the track. The track was played in the film, though the character's voice samples were taken out. The full remix is played during the credits.


  1. ^ [1] IGN review

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