The dominant video game football franchise Madden 2005 will be hitting retail outlets on August 17 through Electronic Arts. Gaming fans can expect the same bone-crushing hits, one-handed catches, stiff arms, and end zone celebrations that they've grown to love over the past decade, but now they can also look forward to a musical line-up that includes tracks from Green Day, Franz Ferdinand, The Hives, and more. The pairing of cutting edge music with new video game releases has become an ever-increasing trend, and why not? It gives labels and artists, some of which can't count on radio airplay, another outlet for people to hear their music while at the same time giving video game creators the highly sought after intangible known as street cred.
The members of Greed Day believe in the new outlet so much that they are unveiling the title track to their forthcoming album American Idiot through Madden 2005. Fans will be able to hear it on Madden over a month before the album's street date and even before the single is serviced to radio outlets. According to MTV News, underground mash-up sensation DJ Z-Trip donates a couple of exclusive tracks as well, including an original song called "Listen To The DJ" featuring Soup of Jurassic 5 and "The Madden Re-Match," which fuses rap act the D.O.C. and metal band Earshot. A single back catalog track will be included as well, Faith No More's "From Out Of Nowhere." Check out the full track list below.
Wylde Bunch - "Last Day of School"
New Found Glory - "This Disaster"
Earshot - "Wait"
Hoobastank - "Same Direction"
Ozomatli - "Saturday Night"
Jazze Pha - "Da Heavy Hittas"
Strata - "Piece by Piece"
Yung Wun - "Yung Wun Anthem"
Z-Trip f/ Soup of Jurassic 5 - "Listen to the DJ"
The D.O.C. vs. Earshot - "The Madden Re-Match"
will.i.am - "Go!"
Hazen Street - "Fool the World"
Midtown - "Give It Up"
Alter Bridge - "Open Your Eyes"
Green Day - "American Idiot"
JR Ewing - "Time to Get Dirty"
The Hives - "Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones"
Mooney Suzuki - "Alive and Amplified"
Chevelle - "The Clincher"
Faith No More - "From Out of Nowhere"
Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"