Instrumental versions of songs by big-name bands aren’t always commonplace, especially when they’ve never been officially released or sold. Old PlayStation games seemed to utilize licenced tracks from artists a lot, and that includes some vocal-less tracks of a selection of ninteties gems. Be sure to check out the first and second list first before brushing up on this selection of obscure tunes!
‘Eclectic People’ | Meat Beat Manifesto (Hot Wheels – Turbo Racing, 1999)
Not to be confused with the similarly named track ‘Electric People’, ‘Eclectic People’ is a rather peculiar, fast-tempo instrumental track full of beeping, buzzes, and distorted shouts in the background. Not the kind of thing you’d whistle along to, but it’s not exactly anything too dissimilar to MBM’s discography of the decade.
‘Landmass’ | The Future Sound of London (Wipeout 2097, 1996)
Once again, Wipeout fans were in for a treat with this obscure rarity from the likes of The Future Sound of London. No voice samples were found in this one, though. It’s a four-and-a-half minute banger of a track, with a blissful opening and plenty of head-bobbing beats to get you pumped up during each race. It’s a crime that it was never re-released.
‘Genius’ | Pitchshifter (Test Drive 5, 1998)
The go-to track for the UK-based Industrial band Pitchshifter has to be their intense, 4-minute banger ‘Genius’. There are very few lyrics in the original song, but that distorted shout of the title song is nothing short of amazing. Here, there are even fewer vocals. Its infectious drum samples, the wiggly-wobbly guitar riffs and the explosive chorus makes it well worth a listen, whether with or without Mark Clayden’s nasally singing over it.
‘…And Some Ya Lose’ | One Minute Silence (Twisted Metal 4, 1999)
Hailing from Ireland, One Minute Silence was a bit like a UK version of Rage Against The Machine, and their debut album was chock-filled with tunes that combined Nu Metal, hip hop and electronic elements. ‘…And Some Ya Lose’ plays during the Oil Rig stage, and while it retains the robotic countdown to self-destruction at the beginning, its head-banging rhythm and the high-pitched whistle-of-a-synth makes it a hell of a listen. It’s surprising they never released it as a single, to be perfectly honest.
‘Hamster Style’ | Primus & The Dust Brothers (Hot Wheels – Turbo Racing, 1999)
Aptly described as “Tool for hillbillies”, Primus songs frequently demonstrates frontman Les Claypool’s manic skills with the bass. The Dust Brothers, in contrast, are known for their frequent use of sampling in their tracks, as well as producing some hip hop-esque remixes. The two marvellously blend together in this rare track. Twanging bass strings, thumping drums and grindy guitars blend with electronic percussions in the background, making for quite an engaging ditty to get your fingers tapping.