It was love at first listen.
BioShock: Infinite may be a tour de force of storytelling, and it may have set the bar for art direction for an FPS as high as Columbia itself. But it’s the off-kilter pop music that’s won me over like a quick wink from a cute stranger. A Beach Boys song performed by “Columbia’s gayest quartet.” A version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” played on a calliope. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s protest song “Fortunate Son” done as a bluesy a cappella. These are only three of the many fabulous anachronistic songs that appear diegetically as Booker wanders through the world of Columbia. But if you want to hear them on your iPhone, you’re outta luck: Irrational’s PR told me straight out, “Those songs are not actually on the soundtrack.”
Via Christopher Coleman