When I first heard that The Flaming Lips were going to be on the soundtrack for EA's The Sims 2 Pets Expansion Pack, I didn't give it much thought. It seems like every game developer is looking at their game soundtracks in the same way as movie soundtracks -- ie. just another piece of the marketing pie. But then I read that the artists on this soundtrack actually re-recorded the songs with the lyrics in "Simlish" (ie. the in-game gibberish that the characters use). Now that sounded like something worth tracking down! It took a bit of work to extract the music from the data files on the CD, but voila... here are songs from both The Flaming Lips and The New Amsterdams. The disappointing thing is that the 2 Hot Chip tunes are only available on console versions of the game. Anyone feel like hacking their X-Box? As a bonus I threw in a link to The Sims 2 Theme (written by Mark Mothersbaugh).
» The New Amsterdams - Turn Out The Light (Simlish Version)
» Mark Mothersbaugh - The Sims 2 Theme
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