“ Artist: Various / Released: 7 Nov 2002 / Label: Epic „
Wave 103 is the second CD soundtrack In the famous GTA series, part of the Vice City radio stations. The soundtracks are supposed to be funny, and have some music incorperated from the game. This CD is no different and straight off the bat the presenter for Wave 103, Adam First speaks about how girls wear less make up than boys. The station is focused on "New Wave" music and has Two Tribes, Kids in America and Japanese Boy. The tracks are all pre 1985 as to fit with the year in which the GTA Game is set.
The presenter just sounds like he is reading off a script, im sorry but its bad acting, im surprised R* used this guy. The station does have some pretty good imaging though, the jingles and sound effects used on air aound very 80's and generally fit in with the New Wave theme. There have been no slip ups in making this soundtrack feel 80's, and credit where credit is due, they even used 80's advertisements.
Its a shame the audio sounds 80's, the quality is not great for a modern CD made in 2002 but apart from that its alright. There are many great classics of which, most involve guitars and great vocals. Synthesisers are used for tracks such as blondie and tears for fears but are hardly noticeable over the other instruments. Still some great lyrics and vocals, both male and female.
Ok so the main purpose of the soundtrack is also to include some of the famous re creation ads from real life that R* has rather appropriately placed half way through the CD, and three at the end. The "half time" jingle is also presented by that bad actor again, Adam First.
The three adverts at the end are in fact from the original Wave 103 station but two of them are identical. "Sissy Spritz" has two adverts about hair care, and "Synth and Son" is all about how keyboards are replacing real musicians, with funny qoutes that will either make you laugh, or angry at the fact music is now made entirely at the press of a button rather than actually playing an instrument. Overall a great CD, very funny, but that guy, Adam First sounds like he's reading a script, a bad actor.