MLB 09 — “Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie … and Death Metal”
My choice for “Best Ever Video Game Soundtrack” is an easy choice. The songs chosen for SONY PlayStation’s “MLB 2009 – The Show” baseball simulation game are, on aggregate my top choice for a video game soundtrack. Although this collection of songs do not represent my favorite type of music, this set made the transitional breaks in MLB The Show so enjoyable. I liked that the game developers chose several little-known and “indie” groups for the playlist. I also think that “The Show” series of baseball games are the greatest sports game series ever (Sorry, Madden) … if not the greatest VIDEO GAME SERIES ever (Sorry, fellow Nerds). What sets MLB 09 apart from the others in the series is that the ’09 soundtrack had very little of the “Rap-and-Crap” music that is so popular with the American audience. MLB 09 is full of Punk, Funk, New Wave, Speed Metal and Death Rock! What goes better with hot dogs and baseball than Punk Rock anthems?
Unfortunately, so much of the other years of MLB The Show are filled with typical “Rap-and-Crap” soundtracks. MLB 2014 is so full of “Rap-and-Crap” that I have to mute the TV during gameplay transitions. True, you can delete songs from the audio soundtrack list, but if you took all the “Rap-and-Crap” out of MLB The Show ’14, there would be almost nothing left. The bad song choices kind of makes me not want to play this year’s game. It is true you can import your own MP3s now, I strongly suggest doing that.
Trying to stay positive — I have created a YouTube list here of the songs from MLB 09 The Show. Find yourself something that goes with a well-turned-double-play!
Kaiser Chiefs “Never Miss a Beat”
Eagles of Death Metal “Wannabe in L.A.”
Rise Against “Collapse (Post-Amerika)”
Darker My Love “Two Ways Out”
The Blue Van “Man Up”
The Parlor Mob “Everything You’re Breathing For”
Valencia “Safe to Say”
The Stills “Rooibos”
Spoon “Don’t You Evah”
The Budos Band “Budos Rising”
Night Horse “Shine on Me” (Live)
TV on the Radio “Golden Age”
Unfortunately, I could not find YouTube videos for Zodiac Death Valley’s “Methadone Mambo” or Ming’s “El Barrio Boricua”.
I struck out there : (