No Sex for Ben

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"No Sex for Ben"
Single by The Rapture
from the album The Music of Grand Theft Auto IV
Released 29 April 2008
Format
Recorded 2008
Genre
Length 4:06
Label Rockstar Games
Songwriter(s) The Rapture
Producer(s) Timbaland
The Rapture singles chronology
"The Sound"
(2007)
"No Sex for Ben"
(2008)
"How Deep Is Your Love?"
(2011)

"No Sex for Ben" is a song by The Rapture from the soundtrack to the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, and was featured in Rolling Stone magazine's tracks of the year for 2008. [1] The track was produced by hip hop producer Timbaland.

Content[edit]

The song is an extended diss track aimed at Ben Rymer, a DJ formerly of British electroclash band Fat Truckers, and a friend of the band's old bassist Matt Safer. The track aims to be humorously insulting, comparing the DJ at one point to "A poor man's Arthur Baker". According to regular collaborator Ewan Pearson, "It's basically Matty taking the piss out of Ben. I think when Ben first heard it he wasn't quite sure how to take it. Whether to take it as an enormous compliment or a terrible slur. Ben has a very Sheffield sense of humour which means that he takes the piss out of everybody so I think it was just Matty wanting to send a little bit back his way."[2]

Musically, the track is similar to The Rapture's trademark sound, with additional flourishes, such as a human beatbox, coming from producer Timbaland's production.

Release[edit]

The track was featured in Grand Theft Auto IV on the in-game radio station Radio Broker, a station featuring bands largely from the New York indie scene, and released exclusively on the official soundtrack called The Music of Grand Theft Auto IV which was a part of the Special Edition of the game and was later released digitally. The song was made specifically for the soundtrack of the game and is yet to feature on any Rapture album or release. As such, it was a fairly impressive achievement for it to have made number 26 on Rolling Stone's "'Top 100 Tracks of 2008" list along with coming in at number 14 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of the same year.

In popular culture[edit]

The track was featured in the first episode of season 3 of Gossip Girl.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved 2008-12-25
  2. ^ "Interview with Ewan Pearson". ABC Australia. 
  3. ^ "Music Featured in Gossip Girl S03E01".