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Various radio stations can be received on radios in most vehicles in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The multi-CD soundtrack to the game was an instant best-seller.

The soundtrack of the game is popular not only with fans of the game, but also with lovers of 1980's music. In the game it is played on various "radio stations" the player can tune into after stealing a car, but it has also been released in a box set or seven separate CDs.

Most radio stations play a mixture of music, DJ chat, and spoof advertising. The stations each reflect one style of music intended to evoke the atmosphere of the time.

The player can listen to the following radio stations:

The songs are listed in the same order as they appear in the game.

Contents

Wildstyle

Wildstyle is hosted by famed DJ Mr. Magic, who was an actual rap DJ during the 1980s, when the game takes place. The station plays rap and period electro music.

The following songs can be heard on the station:

  1. Trouble Funk - "Pump Me Up"
  2. Davy DMX - "One for the Treble"
  3. Cybotron - "Clear"
  4. Hashim - "Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)"
  5. Herbie Hancock - "Rockit"
  6. Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force - "Looking for the Perfect Beat"
  7. 2 Live Crew - "Get It Girl"
  8. Run-D.M.C. - "Rock Box"
  9. Mantronix - "Bassline"
  10. Tyrone Brunson - "The Smurf"
  11. Whodini - "Magic's Wand"
  12. Zapp - "More Bounce to the Ounce"
  13. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - "The Message"
  14. Kurtis Blow - "The Breaks"
  15. Man Parrish - "Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) (Techno Remix)"

Flash FM

Flash FM is hosted by Toni (voiced by Maria Chambers), and plays period pop and rock music.

The following songs can be heard on the station:

  1. Hall and Oates - "Out of Touch"
  2. Wang Chung - "Dance Hall Days"
  3. Michael Jackson - "Billie Jean"
  4. Laura Branigan - "Self Control"
  5. Go West - "Call Me"
  6. INXS - "Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)"
  7. Bryan Adams - "Run to You"
  8. Electric Light Orchestra - "Four Little Diamonds"
  9. Yes - "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
  10. The Buggles - "Video Killed the Radio Star"
  11. Aneka - "Japanese Boy"
  12. Talk Talk - "Life's What You Make It"
  13. The Outfield - "Your Love"
  14. Joe Jackson - "Stepping Out"
  15. The Fixx - "One Thing Leads to Another"
  16. Lionel Richie - "Running With The Night" (on the original PlayStation 2 version, removed from the Greatest Hits edition and the PC and Xbox versions.)

KCHAT

KCHAT is celebrity talk station hosted by Amy Sheckenhausen (voiced by Leyna Weber).

The following persons are interviewed:

  1. Jezz Torrent
  2. Michaela Carapadis
  3. Pat "Mr. Zoo" Flannerdy
  4. Gethsemanee Starhawk Moonmaker
  5. BJ Smith
  6. Claude Maginot
  7. Thor

Fever 105

Fever 105 is hosted by Oliver "Ladykiller" Biscuit (voiced by Julius Dyson) and plays soul, disco and R&B.

The following songs can be heard on the station:

  1. The Whispers - "And the Beat Goes On"
  2. Fat Larry's Band - "Act Like You Know"
  3. Oliver Cheatham - "Get Down Saturday Night"
  4. The Pointer Sisters - "Automatic"
  5. René & Angela - "I'll Be Good"
  6. Mary Jane Girls - "All Night Long"
  7. Rick James - "Ghetto Life"
  8. Michael Jackson - "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
  9. Evelyn King - "Shame"
  10. Teena Marie - "Behind the Groove"
  11. Mtume - "Juicy Fruit"
  12. Kool & The Gang - "Summer Madness"
  13. Indeep - "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life"

V-Rock

V-Rock is hosted by Lazlow, who also scripted and produced many of the radio stations in the game, and features hard rock and heavy metal music.

The following songs can be heard on the station:

  1. Twisted Sister - "I Wanna Rock"
  2. Mötley Crüe - "Too Young to Fall in Love"
  3. Quiet Riot - "Cum on Feel the Noize"
  4. The Cult - "She Sells Sanctuary"
  5. Ozzy Osbourne - "Bark at the Moon"
  6. Love Fist - "Dangerous Bastard"1
  7. Iron Maiden - "2 Minutes To Midnight"
  8. Loverboy - "Working for the Weekend"
  9. Alcatrazz - "God Bless Video"
  10. Tesla - "Cumin' Atcha Live"
  11. Autograph - "Turn Up The Radio"
  12. Megadeth - "Peace Sells"
  13. Anthrax - "Madhouse"
  14. Slayer - "Raining Blood"
  15. Judas Priest - "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
  16. Love Fist - "Fist Fury"1
  17. David Lee Roth - "Yankee Rose"

V-Rock was also the branding of WSTB, a radio station serving Streetsboro High School in Streetsboro, Ohio. Like it's virtual successor, V-Rock played heavy metal music; indeed, given the time period V-Rock was on the air (1991-1999), it's likely the on-air station played many of the same songs as the station in the video game. V-Rock signed off the air in the wake of the Columbine tragedy, and resumed that fall with a new brand and new format. (See also WSTB for additional information.)

Radio Espantoso

Radio Espantoso is a Spanish-language radio station hosted by Pepe (voiced by Tony Chiroldes) and plays latin jazz. On a trivial note, the radio station's name translates literally as "Terrifying Radius" or "Horrible Radius".

The following songs can be heard on the station:

  1. Cachao - "A Gozar Con Mi Combo"
  2. Alpha Banditos - "The Bull Is Wrong"1
  3. Tres Apenas como eso - "Yo Te Mire"1
  4. Eumir Deodato - "Latin Flute"
  5. Mongo Santamaría - "Mama Papa Tu"
  6. Mongo Santamaría - "Me and You Baby (Picao y Tostao)"
  7. Machito and his Afro-Cubans - "Mambo Mucho Mambo"
  8. Unaesta - "La Vida es Una Lenteja"1
  9. Lonnie Liston Smith - "Expansions"
  10. Irakere - "Aguanile"
  11. Eumir Deodato - "Super Strut"
  12. Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra - "Jamay"
  13. Beny Moré - "Maracaïbo Oriental"
  14. Tito Puente - "Mambo Gozon"

Emotion 98.3

Emotion 98.3 is hosted by Fernando Martinez (voiced by Frank Chavez) and features power ballads.

The following songs can be heard on the station:

  1. Foreigner - "Waiting for a Girl Like You"
  2. Kate Bush - "Wow"
  3. Squeeze - "Tempted"
  4. REO Speedwagon - "Keep On Loving You"
  5. Cutting Crew - "(I Just) Died In Your Arms"
  6. Roxy Music - "More Than This"
  7. Toto - "Africa"
  8. Mr. Mister - "Broken Wings"
  9. John Waite - "Missing You"
  10. Jan Hammer - "Crockett's Theme"
  11. Night Ranger - "Sister Christian"
  12. Luther Vandross - "Never Too Much"

Wave 103

Wave 103 is hosted by Adam First (voiced by Jamie Canfield), and features New Wave and Synthpop music.

The following songs can be heard on the station:

  1. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - "Two Tribes"
  2. Sigue Sigue Sputnik - "Love Missile F1-11"
  3. Gary Numan - "Cars"
  4. The Human League - "(Keep Feeling) Fascination"
  5. Blondie - "Atomic"
  6. Nena - "99 Luftballons"
  7. Kim Wilde - "Kids In America"
  8. Tears For Fears - "Pale Shelter"
  9. Corey Hart - "Sunglasses At Night"
  10. ABC - "Poison Arrow"
  11. A Flock of Seagulls - "I Ran (So Far Away)"
  12. The Psychedelic Furs - "Love My Way"
  13. Animotion - "Obsession"
  14. Spandau Ballet - "Gold
  15. Thomas Dolby - "Hyperactive!"
  16. Romeo Void - "Never Say Never"

VCPR

Vice City Public Radio, abbreviated as VCPR, is hosted by Maurice Chavez (voiced by Philip Anthony Rodriguez), with supervisors Jonathan Freeloader (Patrick Olsen) and Michelle Montanius (Kelly Guest).

On VCPR are the frequent donation drives by Michelle Montanius and Jonathan Freeloader, who between shows beg for support money (as VCPR is a public show, it relies on donations) and try to make the listener feel as guilty as possible about listening yet not supporting Public Radio.

Pressing Issues

Much like KCHAT, VCPR features live interviews; unlike the celebrity interviews on KCHAT, however, the show broadcast on VCPR within the game is called Pressing Issues, and focuses on exactly that—particular issues are chosen, and Maurice Chavez mediates an informal debate between selected guests. Three such issues are broadcast within the game.

Morality

The first issue deals with issues of general morality. The three guests for this debate are firebrand Pastor Richards (David Green), harried activist, mother and wife Jan Brown (Maureen Silliman), and naturist Barry Stark (Renaud Sebbane). Pastor Richards is a corrupt and wholly insane televangelist, who promises salvation (in the form of a radiation proof giant living space/effigy of Richards) to all those who pay him very large donations (he later reveals that he was actually planning on using the money to build himself a palace mansion in Hawaii). Jan Brown is an overstressed, overattentive mother who is cheated on (constantly) by her husband. Barry Stark is a naturist and a liar, with sexuality issues (he gets erections several times during the debate). By the end of this segment, Pastor Richards snaps, and, disgusted by Stark's nudism, pulls a gun on him and shoots him in the genitals, while Brown passes out. Pastor Richards also ends up claiming the station as his own for a short while.

Barry Stark also appeared as a caller on Chatterbox FM in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto III, where he makes similar comments about nudity.

During the interview, Pastor Richards complains that "American newspapers are owned by Canadians with an agenda". This could be a reference to the mockumentary The Canadian Conspiracy, which details how the Canadian government is subverting the United States by taking over its media, and came out in 1985, one year before the setting of the game.

There is a perception amongst some gamers that Pastor Richards is a caricature either of former televangelist Jim Bakker or Pat Robertson. Rockstar Games has set up a toll-free telephone line that, when called, plays a recording of Pastor Richards discussing his "Salvation Statue." The number can be reached by calling 1-866-9-SAVE-ME (972-8363).

The interview goes awry when Pastor Richards pulls a gun on Barry Stark for being immoral and shoots him in the groin. Barry survives and "is in need of a proctologist". The show then cuts away to Jonathan and Michelle.

Perception and Positive Thinking

The second issue is that of perception and attitude. The three guests for this debate are exaggerated gothic artist Konstantinos Smith (voice artist credited as Konstantinos.com), positive thinker, motivational speaker and shyster Jeremy Robard (Peter Silvestro), who claims that his 3 step program called "Think Your Way To Success" has changed people's lives and made him very rich, and Jenny Louise Crab (Mary Birdsong), a woman driven crazy by the murder of her foster parents, but seemingly addicted to high strength mood elevators in an effort to block the memory (as such, she is insanely hyperactive and scarily cheerful).

During the show, Robard persistently tries to sell his motivational tape series. This series is advertised elsewhere on Vice City radio, and it's worth noting that the initials for each program spells out the name of a popular illegal drug: "Motivate, Demonstrate, then Motivate Again" spells out "MDMA", the scientific abbreviation for Ecstasy; "Learn, Start, Doing" spells out "LSD", the abbreviation for lysergic acid diethylamide; "Think, Hold that thought, Complete" spells out "THC" the abbreviation for Tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary chemical in marijuana. Later in his dialogue he mentions, "And if you want to think *really* fast, try my crank-it-out program" (Crank is slang for Methamphetamine).

Near the end of the show Maurice eventually sees that Jeremy Robard's program is worth nothing, that it hasn't got him anywhere, that he is not a rich successful business man, that he hasn't changed anyone's lives, and that he is nothing but a poor desperate fraud. Maurice and Jeremy breaks his nose with a 'heavy paperweight' on the air.

Public Safety

The third "debate" on the station concerns public safety, particularly in the context of the rising tide of crime promoted in no small part by Tommy Vercetti, the game's protagonist. The three guests during this segment are Congressman Alex Shrub (voiced by Chris Lucas), an extremely right-wing, cocksure politician who is also the youngest congressman elected by the city. He believes that America needs to accept it's okay to be rich and forget the poor, and during the course of the debate he also reveals past facts about host Maurice Chavez (how he used to work as clown, his failed attempts to be an actor, suffering from anxiety, attending group therapy, wanting to get a sex change etc). Social activist and extreme liberal Callum Crayshaw (Sean Modica) is a stereotypical concerned rich boy who wants to "help the poor" in completely unfeasible ways with an organization he formed called "Speaking for the Underdog", and often talks about his trips to other continents (funded by his wealthy businessman Dad, who doesn't seem to care about the same issues at all). The last panel member is secessionist and last-minute panel replacement (The previous guest was carjacked and decided to stay at home arming himself to the teeth.) John F. Hickory (LJ Gansen), an extremely radical native Floridian (though it is revealed he only moved to Vice City recently) who believes that by digging a suitably large river Florida can break free of the American mainland, and finally put a stop to the people flooding in from the northern states.

Of note is the common (but unofficial) perception that Alex Shrub is a caricature of presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, as well as Florida governor Jeb Bush. His last name Shrub would add to this, as a shrub is basically a bush.

Other Songs

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City includes a few songs present in the game, through various cutscenes, that are not featured on any radio station.

These include:

  • Al Di Meola - "Ritmo De La Noche" (Featured during the "Bar Brawl" cutscene.)
  • Big Country - "In a Big Country" (Featured during "The Driver" cutscene, only in earlier PS2 versions.)
  • Whodini - "Freaks Come out at Night" (Featured during "The Job" cutscene. This song later appears on the soundtrack of GTA: Vice City Stories on Fresh 105 FM.)
  • Blue Öyster Cult - "I'm Burnin' for You" (Featured during the "Boomshine Saigon" cutscene.)

Two unidentified songs in Café Robina, not played on Radio Espantoso, can be heard in the cutscenes to the missions Naval Engagement and Trojan Voodoo. Two other unidentified songs are played during the busted deal cutscene, and the game credits.

Notes

1 - Fictional artist, song was made for the game.

See Also


This article uses material from the "Radio Stations in GTA Vice City" article on the GTA wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.







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