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Stevie Wonder’s “Skeletons” Is a Perfect Song for Grand Theft Auto V

The tune you hear in the newest teaser for Grand Theft Auto Vis not one of those Stevie Wonder songs that everyone knows like "My Cherie Amour." It's not a song-of-its-moment like "Jungle Fever" either. But "Skeletons" is an ideal match for the newest glimpse of Rockstar's next big game. Just glance at the lyrics:

Skeletons in your closet
Itchin' to come outside
Messin' with your conscience
In a way your face can't hide

So, it's gettin' ready to blow
It's gettin' ready to show
Somebody shot off at the mouth and
We're gettin' ready to know

Crevices in your pantry
Now what do we have in here
Havin' a daytime nightmare
Has always been your biggest fear


From what we can see in the trailer, the game's characters all have a public face they want people to take as their true nature. But the arguments, drama and violence in other parts of the clip show another side of their lives. This jibes thematically with the first GTA V trailer where Michael talks about leaving his past life but still feeling the pull of what he's left behind.


I love Stevie Wonder—to almost a religious degree, people—so it's great to have his music get some exposure like this. Stevie's music has always had a canny insight into human nature, along with sharp musicianship and insanely catchy rhythms. But, more than that, it's another example of Rockstar pairing music to the themes and worldbuilding in their games. Now, please do something with MF Doom, okay?

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I just cannot get the hype with this game. They release a few reasonably pretty (but not mind-blowing) screenshots, say you can *fly planes* (ermagerd did anyone hear about Just Cause 2?) and everyone goes crazy.

What's special about GTA, is it immersion? Mowing people down on the street in a stolen car for fun? Playing the immature, unfunny story? I;m not trolling, and I know I said something in the other news post, but I'm genuinely wondering.