Fallout: Lore Friendly Radio Mods

Lore Friendly Radio Stations in Fallout 4

If you are a die hard Fallout fanatic like me you may find the in game radio stations grow old rather quickly. Now, that’s not a knock on the stations themselves or the music included in them, in the last article we took the time to run down the Best and Worst radio stations and hosts the Fallout series has to offer. This time we are providing some lore friendly alternatives for your in game radio immersion.

Old World Tunes

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From an app with a great idea, to an in game radio mod. Old World Tunes provides a lore friendly library of music that keeps the game fresh and lively. As someone who works for an oldies radio station, the developers went out of their way to put in the time and effort into selection not only tracks that are lore friendly to the time frame, but more so than not, thematically friendly as well, something that Bethesda Softworks also prides themselves on. Old World Tunes didn’t stop there though, going above and beyond their competitors, Old World Tunes went the extra mile by adding in Pre-War ads, Their own jock, and even voiced liner from Fallout 3’s Three Dog! As far as immersion and quality goes, Old World Tunes is the cream of the crop!

Tumbleweed Tunes

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The quintessential western equivalent of Old World Tunes, Tumbleweed Tunes provides calming and cinematic desert guitar tracks that’ll make you wish you were roaming the Mohave almost wishing for a nuclear winter. The calm slide guitar tunes provide the perfect ambiance for wandering the wastes and the perfect alternative for the rock and roll heavy in game stations. Hosted by radio jock, “Dusty Dude”, it’s almost as if Sam Elliot were narrating your atomic adventure. Dude regularly discusses his travels from The Mohave Wasteland of New Vegas to The Commonwealth. Tumbleweed Tunes is sure to provide hours of lore friendly enjoyment from your pip-boy or home radio!

Independence Radio

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One of the most overlooked genres in the Fallout universe as well as life, unfortunately, is Folk music. Being one of the most prominent genres during the shaping of America and thriving during The Dustbowl era, Folk and Delta Blues would be thought to show more of a presence in post-apocalyptic society. Independence Radio provides over 100 tracks of the best dust bowl era instrumentals and lore friendly tunes. The perfect station to listen to while defending the wasteland or fortifying The Castle.

An Old World Radio Christmas

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The boys are back at it again. The creators of Old World Tunes and Old World Radio are giving us all a gift this holiday season. An Old World Radio Christmas provides countless hours of lore friendly holiday music, more commentary about the holiday season, original tracks, commercials, and even… decorations. Listening to Old World Christmas almost makes you wish for a nuclear winter, but now you don’t have to! Fully decorated in game radios also enhance the holiday mood. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year while remaining completely immersed in the lore!

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Remembering Eddie Van Halen

Remembering Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen tragically passed away on October 6th 2020 after a long battle with lung cancer. Eddie was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and though he was a frequent smoke, attributes it to a metal guitar pick he would often hold in his mouth. While the music industry and the world as a hole are devastated at this lose, we are able to look back at the incredible life and career of the Van Halen Co-Founder and remember some of the lasting impressions and moments he has left with us. The following are just a few of the things we will continue to remember Eddie Van Halen by.

The Frankenstrat

When thinking of Van Halen one image always seems to comes to mind, That guitar. Eddie Van Halen is well known for his custom hardware, the first and most famous of course being The Frankenstart. Comprised of a Fender Stratocaster body personally modified to fit a Gibson PAF humbucking pickup, which was encased in paraffin wax to reduce feedback due to the nature of it’s installation, and off-centered to allow the differently spaced strings of a Fender bridge to be able to be picked up. Removing both tone control knobs, Eddie opted rather to use one of the knobs marked “Tone” on his volume control. He wasn’t even close to done there however, When deciding on a pick guard EVH chose to shape a vinyl record over the controls, which was later replaced. Now onto that classic paint job. Originally painted black, Van Halen used gaffing tape to section off strips of the body before painting the guitar over again in white, then once more in red. Did I mention that later on in his career Eddie decided to add a sideways three way switch in the middle of his guitar that wasn’t actually connected just to throw off imitations. A copy of the Frankenstrat can be found in the National Museum of American History, but in April of 2019 the original was displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

His Solos

Listening to Van Halen it becomes very clear, very fast, it’s all about the guitar. With all the time and effort he out into creating the instrument how could it not be! Eddie Van Halen is known world over as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Playing with a wild and fast style that has yet to be replicated, Eddie used every possible aspect if the guitar. Known best for his signature tapping, a style of playing based around using both hands to hammer string on the neck of the guitar, EVH left us with some of the absolute most iconic and memorable solos of all time. Most notable, Van Halen’s instrumental track Eruption features a near two minute guitar solo from EVH popularly considered one of the greatest solos of all time. Featuring on the self title album Van Halen, The track leads perfectly into You Really Got Me, beginning in key of A flat and ending on E flat. Eddie Van Halen will forever go down in history as one of the greatest there ever was to pick up six strings.

Music Videos

Whether it’s prancing around in three piece brown suits in Hot For Teacher or flying across the stage in Panama, Eddie steals the scene. Eddie Van Halen was true superstar both on stage and behind the camera and always looked like he was having the time of his life doing it. Think back, when I say Van Halen music video, do you see Eddie in the scene that comes to mind? Who could forget him flying across the screen guitar in hand in Panama, or strutting down a library desk busting out one of the meanest solos of all time. These are images that have been engrained in our brains and society for decades. Not to mention my personal favorite, that cheeky smile in Jump knowing damn well the history he’s making with that guitar. Something just hits different in a Van Halen music video, and that something is Eddie.

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Above all else the greatest gift EVH ever gave us was himself. Van Halen was formed in 1972 with brother Eddie and Alex, and have been a staple on our radios and in our homes since. A band like this with a line up this powerful only comes around once in a lifetime and Eddie was the force that brought it together. We will always have the unforgettable, iconic, and rockin’ tunes of Van Halen to remind us how legendary and unique Eddie Van Halen was. One of the greatest guitarists of all time, and one of the most influential musicians to ever take the world by storm, none of this happens without Eddie Van Halen. Rest In Peace.

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Most Compelling Covers

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so they say. When it comes to music, cover songs can either make or break a band. Often times covers undergo great scrutiny for not sounding like the source, or even sounding too much like the source. The classic saying, “the original was better”, is often the base argument for dismissing these cover songs, and more often than not is the death nail for these iterations of classic songs. However, there have been some absolutely draw dropping or stunning covers of radio classics that still seem largely unknown to the public eye. The following is a collection of unique and underrated cover songs by artists you may expect.

1. Drake Bell

You may be familiar with Drake Bell from the 2000s hit Nickelodeon show Drake & Josh, however did you know Drake doesn’t simply just play a musician for TV. Drake Bell is a phenomenally underrated musician with a total of six studio albums under his belt! Alongside his original singles, bell has also provided some very well done covers to his discography! Possibly the most commonly discussed of all of them is his 2018 release of the Lil Pump track, Gucci Gang. Receiving the most back and forth between those who loved the rendition and those who hated it, Gucci Gang is far from Drake Bell’s first, or even best, cover. Appearing on the 2014 album, “Ready, Steady, Go”, is a fantastic cover of Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me”. The track not only serves an amazing recreation of the 1980 smash hit, but also may appear indistinguishable from the original to the casual listener.

2. Ninja Sex Party

Yes, Ninja Sex Party is indeed the legitimate name of this band. Fronted by Danny Sexbang, the act is a two man comedy duo specializing in comedic and novelty music often revolving around mythical or sexual subject matter. That being said, NSP is honestly one of the most talented and creative bands I have had the pleasure to listen to. Managing to be both funny and clever at the same time is one thing but having the musical ability to go from “6969” to a seamless rendition of “Rocket Man” that will make you question who did it better is another. In 2015 NSP decided to change their style for one album by releasing the cheekily named “Under The Covers” which featured all cover songs. The album was such a commercial success and received such great feedback from the fanbase that it spawned two more volumes of “Under The Covers” albums!

3. Postmodern Jukebox

Possibly the most widely known group on this list for their covers, Postmodern Jukebox provide classics with a twist! Featuring 50+ revolving musicians along with multiple extraordinary vocalists, PMJ take some of the most successful, well known, and beloved songs and cover them in the style of swing, jazz, and big band. Not shy of any genre or era, PMJ have covered everything ranging from Radiohead to Macklemore and Britney Spears to Aerosmith. Absolutely everything they have touched turns to transatlantic gold!

4.Cake

Chances are if you grew up in the early 2000s or ever played a Tony Hawk Pro Skater games, you’ve heard Cake. Most famous for their hit singles “The Distance” and “Short Skirt Long Jacket”, Cake seemingly broke out huge and the slowly faded off the radar. While the slow and very verbal style of the band may not be the taste for everyone, Cake has seemingly found the perfect way to use that to their advantage. With covers of such classics as “I Will Survive” and “Paranoid”, Cake has made their stamp on the cover field by incorporating their own original style like no other. Even going into Hank Williams Sir, The tracks may take you by surprise at first or require a minute to adjust to, Cake provides welcome and intriguing versions of classics we know and love.

5. Paul Anka

No need to adjust your screen, you did read that correctly! Paul Anka, known for such classics as “Puppy Love” and “Put Your Head On Y Shoulder” is no stranger to the almighty cover song! Now you may be thinking to yourself, he must’ve covered classics of the time just like Elvis or Jerry Lee Lewis did! Well, you would be incorrect! I bet the covers you were thinking of did not involve Nirvana, Oasis, Van Halen or even Soundgarden. That’s right, Paul Anka released his album, Rock Swings, in 2015 featuring swing style renditions of some of the most popular song from the previous two decades.Even if you are not a fan of the swing genre, I encourage you to give it a listen and see for yourself why Paul Anka is one of the absolute geniuses of the art!

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Wild Banned Songs From The Radio

If there’s one thing I love more than anything else it’s music. Not just listening to it but playing it, writing it, and studying it. While doing my weekly radio show, One thing that always keeps me motivated is learning the history of the songs i’m playing, More than anything else however, the single most interesting thing I love to find is songs that have at one point in time been banned from airplay and the reasons why. The following is a small collection of some wildest banned songs I’ve had the privilege to play.

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1. Strange Fruit

Possibly the most infamous and controversial songs to ever be banned from radio airplay is none other than Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit. Even without any context, at first listen this song provides an eerie and unsettling feeling to the listener. Strange Fruit, to those unaware, is not a reference to any form of “fruit” at all rather than the unjust lynching of African Americans in the early 30s and 4. So why was the song banned from airplay? For that reason exactly, the song was a call to action for justice against racial inequality, the only issue was the 1930’s, primarily southern, America was no place to welcome racial equality or call to attention to the wrongful nature of their crimes. To this day Strange Fruit still stands as one of the most powerful, brash, and moving songs to take the stand for equality among races ever recorded.

2. Splish Splash

If you have not previously heard Bobby Darin’s 1958 top 40 hit Splish Splash already, I would highly recommend doing so now. The narrative in the story describes a man who had decided to relax and unwind with a soothing bubble bath one Saturday evening only to find that once he had done so, a party had commenced in his living room, of which he was prompt to join. So what in this song could have led a collective of radio stations in North America to ban this song from their air waves? Does this song promote the use of drugs, violence, maybe something considered too immoral? Nope! Splish Splash was banned from North American radio stations for the simple fact the main protagonist in the song is assumed to be nude! That’s right, though no where in the song is any form of nudity is ever actually defined or described, this hit tune apparently made some listeners feel uncomfortable at the depiction of taking a bath.

3. Mack The Knife

Bobby Darin strikes again! One year removed from making listeners uncomfortable Bobby was back again to have yet another song banned from airplay. A No. 1 hit in both the US and UK, Mack The Knife was banned from airplay for showcasing a “Positive Portrayal of Serial killers”. Even though Darin was long from the first artist to record this ditty, he gained himself yet another spot on the list of banned songs.

4. Brown Eyed Girl

A favorite of karaoke singers and your dad, you might be asking yourself what could this upbeat summer tune possibly have gotten banned for. Well hold onto your hats for this one, the track was initially titled “Brown Skinned Girl”… and welp, that should tell you all you need to know for that one. Morrison changed the title in order for the song more accepted for air play, However many stations still refused to play the song due to the line, “Making love in the green grass” which was deemed overtly sexual.

5. Space Oddity

One of David Bowie’s staple songs, alongside Starman, Space Oddity has seemingly become a staple of classic rock radio stations as well over the past few decades. Interestingly enough however, this wasn’t always the case. Following the climax of The Space Race, the BBC decided to pull the song from airplay until Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin Michael Collins had returned safely to Earth’s surface in fear that it may invoke unease and restlessness among listeners for the safety of these astronauts.

6. The Monster Mash

Yes, The Monster Mash. You know, the song that children sing aloud come October, a mainstay of any Halloween party or Spotify playlist. The Monster Mash was deemed “Too Morbid” for airplay by the BBC. Honestly, I’m at a loss for this one here! If you can help me in anyway understand what is to be considered morbid in The Monster Mash please let me know in the comments below.

7. Charlie Brown

If there is one thing that we have learned by now it should be that the words deemed unsuitable for airplay have taken on quite the shift over the years. Common or obscure sayings and phrases we openly discuss today were at one time considered fowl or taboo. However when it comes down to it, The Coasters take the cake with Charlie Brown. The song depicts the “cool bad boy” type kid in school, describing his shenanigans and consequences. One thing that the BBC however did not find very cool was the use of the word “Spitballs”. Yes, Spitballs is the word that got Charlie Brown removed from stations across the nation. What a time to be alive.

8. Rumble

We kicked off the list with one of the most iconic and infamous banned songs of all tim, therefore the only way to cap it off is to offer up one of the most seemingly unknown yet historical songs to ever get the blacklist. Link Wray’s 1958 song Rumble is the only instrumental song to ever be banned from the radio. Now how in the hell could this be possible is a completely normal thought to be having right now, but allow me to explain. While the song lacks any for of hard or intense lyrics, it more than makes up for it in pure, soul shaking, heart pounding, guitar chords. Considered “The most dangerous sounding instrumental” for good reason, The ominous sounding heavily reberbed guitar is enough to put you in an uncomfortable trance. To quote The Rolling Stone it, “Sounded like an invitation to a knife fight”. The song was banned from radio stations in major cities such as New York and Boston for fear that it would actually insite gang violence. Don’t ever let anyone tell you instrumental aren’t cool ever again.

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Criminally Underrated Music Genres

I love Music. Possibly the most overstated sentence in the English language, as well as one of the most untrue. Typically followed by “except country” or “except rap” the statement “I love music” then becomes defunct. Now don’t get me wrong, everyone is entitled to their preference however one cannot simply dismiss an entire genre from having any good tunes because “I don’t listen to/ like that genre.” Likewise, “I love music” is a dangerous blanket statement that is perfect for queuing up genre trivia because of the absolute absurd amounts of musical genres people don’t typically discuss or think about. These are the most criminally underrated music genres that deserve to be commonplace in music discussions .

1.Big Band

Big Band music, often lumped together with Swing, is a genre of music typically defined by including 10 or more instruments. Building off of jazzy undertones and often lacking vocal contribution, Big Band music erupted in the early 20s- 40s however the genre still lives on and is growing today! Groups such as Snarky Puppy infuse the jazz style of traditional Big Band groups with modern instruments. Big Band is the absolute perfect background music for social events or small parties.

2. Japanese Surf Rock

Groups like The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean popularized Surf Rock in the mid to late 1960s. In a classic case of, anything you can do, I can do better, Japanese music groups took the Surf Rock genre to the net level. With a sound that can only be described as a surf-rock guitar being unlocked to its full potential, groups such as Takeshi Terauchi And Bunnys revolutionized the possibilities of the Surf-Rock genre. Honestly, I encourage everybody reading this blog to check out some Japanese Surf Rock, you will not regret it!

3. Space Rock

Yeah, you heard me right, Space Rock. I cannot stress enough how much Space Rock needs to make a mainstream resurgence! The objective of Space Rock is to obtain an other-worldly sound, typically this is accomplished by the use of distortions, wild amounts of reverb, and instruments including guitars, synthesizers, and even the occasional thereon. Popularized n the 1960s as space and cosmic intrigue was at an all-time high, these early effects-heavy tracks create almost an eerie feeling of intrigue! My bandmate put it best describing the sound as the music equivalent to playing the hit game Destroy All Humans.

4. Psycedellic Space Rock

Like Space rock? Well, we’re breaking it down into a subgenre now! Psychedelic Space Rock takes the eerie unearthly feeling of space rock and combines it with the detached mindset of Psychedelic Rock. Emerging in the late 60s to mid-70s, This genre can serve as a much-needed alternative to the Lo-Fi and Classical music many use to kick back, unwind, relax, or study!

5. Western

Now before you anti-country die-hards click away allow me to clarify, WESTERN MUSIC IS NOT THE SAME AS COUNTRY MUSIC! You can consider it a predecessor to Country or even Bluegrass for that matter but Western music is its own entity. Comprised of Spanish guitar and often upright bass, the key to Western music is the storytelling. Possibly the richest in backstory of all the musical genres, Western music goes into great detail describing stories, events, folklore, and tales of tragedy. The absolute best genre in my opinion for long road trips or sitting around a fire, Western music focuses on the story rather than any eccentric musical accompaniments. The unappointed King of the Western Balled, Marty Robbins.

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The Loneliest Numbers (Ranked)

If you’ve ever sat alone in algebra asking yourself, “Why the hell are there letters in math” or if you fancy Three Dog Night you’ve probably come to the realization that even numbers get lonely. But what is the loneliest number? Strap in as we rank the top five loneliest numbers of all time!

Number 1: Number 1

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One is the loneliest number you will ever know (or do)! It’s just that simple, One; singular, alone, it’s just…. One.

Don’t believe me, Ask Three Dog Night!

Number 2: Number 2

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Two can be just as bad as one, it’s the loneliest number since the number one! I mean think about it, It’s just two ones…that what makes two!

Number 3: Number 11

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For our third entry on the list we had to do some deep diging! It turns out the third loneliest number is eleven. Eleven is composed of two number ones pushed next to each other. Diving deeper we also find that by adding the digits in eleven, we are left with two, which we all know can be as bad as one seeing that it is the loneliest number since the number one. On top of all of that the number eleven has never produced a winner in the royal rumble!

Number 4: Number 9

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Hoping back over to the company formerly known as “The Fed”, we are presented with number 9. Not only have absolutely no Royal Rumble winner been produced from the nine spot, no entrant at this position has even made it into the final four. No final four, No wins, No friends; Number nine.

Number 5: Number 22

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Sometimes you need to look back to the basics, if one is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do and two can be as bad as one being that it is the loneliest number since the number one, AND eleven is two number ones making it double the loneliest number you’ll ever know therefore twenty two is double the number as bad as one since it is the loneliest number since the number one….. wait…I’m confused.

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