Name of the Game (The Crystal Method song)
|"Name of the Game"|
|Single by The Crystal Method|
|from the album Tweekend|
|Released||August 14, 2001|
|Genre||Rap rock, electronic rock, trip hop|
|Songwriter(s)||Scott Kirkland, Ken Jordan, Tom Morello, Ryan Maginn|
|Producer(s)||The Crystal Method|
|The Crystal Method singles chronology|
"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.
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.
- Radio Edit
- Album Version
Vinyl 12" Promo
In popular culture
To date, the song has been featured in numerous different forms of media, including:
- Used in the 2001 Malcolm in the Middle episode "Charity".
- Used in the soundtrack for Resident Evil.
- Used in one of the climatic scenes in the 2002 & 2004 film Blade II: Bloodhunt and Blade: Trinity.
- The 2002 film Half Past Dead.
- The 2002 film Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.
- Used for the intro and ending credits of the 2002 video game Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.
- The 2004 unaired pilot for the TV series Fearless, starring Rachael Leigh Cook.
- Played in the trailer for the 2007 film Live Free or Die Hard.
- Intro music used by The Amazing Johnathan for some live performances.
- In 2006 Hummer ads.
- The 2008 film Drillbit Taylor.
- The 2008 film Tropic Thunder, with sound clips from the movie added to it (called "The Crystal Method's Big Ass T.T. Mix").
- The trailer of the 2009 film Crank: High Voltage.
- Used in the Cinema mod for Max Payne 2
- 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.
-  IGN review