Meet The Man Responsible For Gaming’s Hottest Tune

Meet The Man Responsible For Gaming’s Hottest Tune

Vietnam games and movies often rely heavily on old chestnuts like “Paint It Black” or “Fortunate Son” to capture an era. One Vietnam game enlisted some dude from Sweden instead.

Shooter Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam features a loading song that’s referred to informally as the “Operation Hastings loading song”. Commenters on forums knocked heads and searched frantically to find the song that every Battlefield Vietnam player could not get out of their heads. Thing is, that’s actually not the name of the song.

Lewén is a journeyman musician, cutting tracks with his Swedish blues band “Knock Out Greg & Blue Weather”. The seven piece band plays traditional blues and southern ballads.

So instead of being lazy and typical, the Swedish developers behind Battlefield found a guy who plays one of the most memorable and moving guitar riffs in years. Maybe the developers didn’t want to pay big money to use the Stones or CCR. Good thing they didn’t, because Memphis Guitar Soul sums up the turbulent 60s just as good as the bands who were there.

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  • As much as I love the Stones, it irks me every time I hear them (or the Beach Boys) in a Vietnam movie/game. It’s practically cliche.

    Or the people who didn’t know about the Rolling Stones until bloody Call of Duty uses it in a Vietnam mission.

  • You realise that 90% of COD’s audience weren’t even an itch in their daddy’s pants until Vietnam was well and truly over right? Hell, half of them probably weren’t even an itch in their granddaddy’s pants during Vietnam.

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