Meet The Man Responsible For Gaming's Hottest Tune

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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.

It's "Memphis Guitar Soul" by Anders Lewén.

Lewén is a journeyman musician, cutting tracks with his Swedish blues band "Knock Out Greg & Blue Weather" and his own group "Anders Lewén & Trickbag". Check out the life of the hardworking Lewén as he shows his brilliance on the guitar at a local bowling alley.


Rather than 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 well as the bands who were there.

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Cheese Addict

Being Vietnamese, I don't think I could ever bring myself to play a Vietnam war game. Mostly because I have a lot of trouble watching movies like Platoon. Even though I never grew up there and wasn't born till after the war, it... just hits too close to home.