“Alice! Cara! Alice! What have you been listening to at your office Christmas party?” you beg. “Tell us, please!” Well, obviously the Rogue Warrior credits theme a whole lot, plus SomaFM‘s Christmas stream and… when she was napping, a song from Billy Idol’s reviled 1993 concept album Cyberpunk. God help me, it’s stuck in my head and I must write this to get his leering face out. So: after a day of festive cheer, I’m convinced that Eidos Montreal should bring in Billy Idol to ‘do a Mass Effect’ and provide a rockin’ song for the end credits of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided [official site].
Here, listen to Tomorrow People on Spotify or here on YouTube (don’t worry – I checked and that naughty website’s dead):
Tell me you don’t hear a bit of Deus Ex in there. The instrumental section first kicking in around 35 seconds. That. C’mon. You can hear it, can’t you? Can you? No YOU’RE merry. Anyway, this song must close out Mankind Divided and, as the only RPS staffer in today, I am launching an Official RPS Campaign to get it in.
Cast your mind back to the end of Mass Effect, when Shepard has exposed the Reapers, defeated Saren, and emerged triumphant from the rubble, and then M4 Part II by Faunts kicks in. That’s a heck of an ending, that. No instrumental could match that. Songs, not scores. Tomorrow People, Eidos. Mark my words. Tomorrow People.
Neon Struct is already doing the ‘dystopian sneak ’em up with a proper soundtrack‘ thing, and you don’t want to be behind the times, do you? Billy Idol, man.
Anyway, if you know Billy-Boy for songs like Rebel Yell (heard blasting from a Metal Gear Solid V helicopter near you…) and White Wedding, you might find this retrospective of Cyberpunk interesting. Do check out William Gibson’s full reaction to the album which includes lyrics like “I’m the Neuromancer – and I’m trancing”.
Tomorrow People, I’m telling you.
Jaysus god, please let writing this be a magic spell to finally expunge Tomorrow People from my head, where it’s been looping for days. I don’t even know how it got in there – I usually only listen to Billy Idol in helicopters with my dog buddy.