Aliens sure are awesome, aren't they? They are the ultimate killing machine! They're super sweet-looking! They star in two of the best sci-fi films ever made!
The surprisingly cool Nintendo DS (not 3DS) game Aliens Infestation sure did like those titular xenomorphs, merging alien-killing with Metroid-like action to create a surprisingly fun game.
But I'd wager that the best part of Aliens: Infestation is the closing credits. Written and performed by the band Guyz Nite, it stands apart from even the best video game credits anthems.
It's mostly the lyrics, which are a resplendent celebration of everything about the Aliens movies.
Alien — they say it's structural perfection's matched only by its hostility. Even artificial persons are impressed. It preys on men. Don't need no special suit don't need no nukes And don't need no artillery to rip right through your chest. Aliens gestate inside a living human host and have some concentrated acid for blood They mostly come at night. Mostly. Their fate depends on whether there's an airlock, whether they're in space, or whether there's a chick who's just to fast to be cut. But the pros have come to fight. But the pros see
They have to get off LV-426 And nuke it from orbit, like Corporal Hicks, cause we know
Whoever said that there's no real monsters Never battled with an alien Throwing down for the company, it's something we've never seen before Bringing war to xenomorphs this time
The lyrics were written by Guyz Nite bassist Dan Kramer. If the name Guyz Nite sounds familiar to you, it's because they were also responsible for that legendary Die Hard song that made the rounds a little while back:
Dear god, this doesn't need any commentary from me… it speaks for itself. No one dies harder than John McClane!
Ahem. Back to the Aliens song. I emailed with Kramer, who explained how the song came to be. As it turns out, it was a second version of a song that Guyz Nite originally recorded for the Aliens vs. Predator film. (You can see that full video to the side here. It's awesome as well, though Kramer shared that he feels much more partial to Aliens than to their dreadlocked hunters the Predators.)
Here's Kramer on how the song came to be:
I'm a huge Aliens fan, and though I love the first Predator, I don't think it's deserving of a song. After our success with Die Hard, we realised the best viral videos/advertisements are songs where the band clearly loves the product they're selling. So I wrote the Aliens part by itself. Then coincidentally, FOX reached out to us to do some "exploratory" work for their AvP campaign, and we figured this would work. (I also have three "Christmas Aliens" tracks that they requested, since the AvP release was on Christmas day 2007. They are completely ridiculous - mashups of familiar holiday songs with silly Aliens lyrics. I'd be happy to send, if you're interested.) I wrote the Predator parts for the singer of Guyz Nite, and he sang them. Then FOX decided the campaign was too similar to what we did for Die Hard, so they scrapped it. I was contacted a few months later by WayForward Technologies, the software company that was writing Aliens: Infestation. They asked that I change the lyrics to be entirely about Aliens, which, of course, I was happy to do. And there you have it!
Nice. And because they are hilarious, here are the full lyrics for the AvP version of the song:
Alien - they say it's structural perfection's matched only by its hostility. Even artificial persons are impressed. It preys on men. Don't need no special suit don't need no nukes And don't need no artillery to rip right through your chest. Aliens gestate inside a living human host and have some concentrated acid for blood They mostly come at night. Mostly. Their fate depends on whether there's an airlock, whether they're in space, or whether there's a chick who's just to fast to be cut. But their foes have come to fight. Only…
It's here in our home where the demons collide The fate of our race is not ours to decide. We know… Every battle has a predator And every battle has an alien. Throwing down on the battlefield this awesome beast won't be prey again. Aliens play to win this time.
Predator, galactic combat master trained to use sophisticated weaponry. Their defensive adaptations are astounding. A warrior, once hunted Dutch, Jesse the Body and the late Apollo Creed. He gave ‘em all a solid pounding. Predators, they play to kill and kill to win when they begin the epic game of death. A mighty force to be confronted. Spread the word, armed with gun a predator can take on tons of aliens in a single breath. But at times the hunter can become the hunted.
But here in our home where the demons collide The fate of our race is not ours to decide. We know…
Every battle has a predator And every battle has an alien. Throwing down on the battlefield, huntin' down ancient competitors Predator will win again this time.
Alien's got a razor-sharp tail and a tiny little head that pops right out of his mouth — it's just for chomping... Predator has got all kinds of crazy gear and triple targeting and that self-destructing bomb thing. Predator skins his prey and hangs em up from trees Predator's gonna hunt ‘em all down and watch ‘em bleed! Alien vs. Predator
Ha! The late Apollo Creed, indeed.
Sadly, Guyz Nite is no more, but members of the band have spun off into a new band called The Stink, who have a new EP available.
Until now, I'd never heard a closing credits song so good that it made me want to go buy a game. Rock on, fellas.