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"Indie modern rock from the underground."
―GTA V Website

Radio Mirror Park is a radio station featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online that plays indie music.

Description

Broadcasting live from the eponymous neighborhood in East Vinewood, Radio Mirror Park is both a snapshot of the underground electronica music scene of the early 2010s, and a caricature of the post-ironic hipster culture that surrounded it. The playlist is mostly comprised of indietronica, synthpop, and chillwave. The station comes off as obnoxiously elitist, parading its anti-mainstream attitude like a status symbol and taunting listeners by telling them they'll "hate themselves for not discovering this music before someone cooler did", and that they "probably don't deserve" to listen to it in its jingles.

American singer George Lewis Jr., also known as Twin Shadow, appears as the host under the name "DJ George". On-air, DJ George mostly complains about mainstream culture and its adoption of indie culture, or shares humorous details about his unusual lifestyle. DJ George also shows clear contempt for his audience, seeing them as trend-following poseurs and frequently asserting his individualism to them.

Radio Mirror Park is likely based on KXLU, a college station in Los Angeles, right down to the frequency.

It is one of the preferred stations of Michael De Santa.

Tracklist

Tracklist
Song: Preview: Notes:
"Feel the Same" by Battle Tapes (2012) It is slower and lower-pitched compared to the original.
"From Nowhere (Baardsen Remix)" by Dan Croll (2012) Baardsen is misspelled as "Baardson" in the radio wheel.
"Lucky Boy (Outlines Remix)" by DJ Mehdi (2006)
"Dark Matter" by Feathers (2013)
"Jasmine (Demo Version)" by Jai Paul (2012)
"Little White Lie" by Living Days (2010)
"Sometimes" by Miami Horror (2009)
"Heart In The Pipes (KAUF Remix)" by Tony Castles (2011)
"So Many Details" by Toro y Moi (2012)
"Shooting Holes" by Twin Shadow (2010)
"Old Love / New Love" by Twin Shadow (2013)
"Psychic City (Classixx Remix)" by Y.A.C.H.T. (2009)
"Boogie in Zero Gravity" by Black Strobe (2012)
"Colours" by Age of Consent (2013)
"The Set Up" by Favored Nations (2013)
"Change of Coast" by Neon Indian (2013)
"Nowhere To Go" by Nite Jewel (2013)
"Don't Come Close" by Yeasayer (2013)
"Sleepwalking" by The Chain Gang of 1974 (2013)
"Do You Believe" by Poolside (2010)
"Shine A Light (Flight Facilities Remix)" by The C90s (2010)
"High Pressure Dave" by HEALTH (2013)
"In Real Life" by The Ruby Suns (2013) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
These songs were originally cut from the original game.
"Polish Girl" by Neon Indian (2011) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
"Truly Alive" by Mitzi (2013) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
These songs were originally cut from the original game.
"When You're Out" by KAUF (2013) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
"Always" by Panama (2014) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
"Forget" by Twin Shadow (2010) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
"One Girl / One Boy" by !!! (2013) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
These songs were originally cut from the original game.
"Pharaohs" by SBTRKT feat. Roses Gabor (2011) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
"O.N.E." by Yeasayer (2010) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
These songs were originally cut from the original game.
"New Beat" by Toro y Moi (2011) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
These songs were originally cut from the original game.
"The Drummer" by Niki and the Dove (2011) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
These songs were originally cut from the original game.
"Crystalfilm" by Little Dragon (2009) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
"Flutes" by Hot Chip (2012) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
"Living In America" by DoM (2010) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
"Hold On" by Holy Ghost! (2011) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
"Mesmerised" by Scenic (2013) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
"Strangers In the Wind" by Cut Copy (2008) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions
"Heartbreak" by Age of Consent (2012) Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One & PC versions

Deleted Songs

GTA V's trackID.gxt2 database reveals many more songs were planned to appear on the station but were not included in the final version.

Gallery

Video

Original playlist
Enhanced version playlist

Prominent Appearances in Storyline

Radio Station
Individual tracks
  • All three end credit themes are from this station.
  • "From Nowhere (Baardsen Remix)" by Dan Croll is featured in the PS4, Xbox One, and PC trailer for Grand Theft Auto V.
  • "Change of Coast" by Neon Indian is the main theme music for Grand Theft Auto Online.
  • "Shine A Light" by The C90s plays during Michael's hallucination during the mission "Did Somebody Say Yoga?".
  • "Do You Believe?" by Poolside plays in the background during Twin Shadow's dialogues in-between songs.
  • "Flutes" by Hot Chip was featured in the GTA Online: Cunning Stunts Stunt Race Creator trailer.
  • "Feel the Same" by Battle Tapes was featured in the GTA Online: Import/Export trailer.
    • The album version of this song was used in the trailer, whereas the version featured in game is slightly slower and lower-pitched than the album version.

Trivia

  • The in-game files list this station as "silverlake," a reference to the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Silver Lake (which Mirror Park is based on), a neighbourhood known for its hipsters and indie music scene, which reinforces the station's connection to the hipster subculture.
  • The band HEALTH previously scored the soundtrack for Max Payne 3, another Rockstar developed title.
  • A remixed version of one of the cut songs, "Animal" by Miike Snow, appears on Electro-Choc in The Ballad of Gay Tony. The main album version was meant to be on this station.
  • Twin Shadow makes several references to the link between GTA locations and their real life counterparts:
    • When he introduces "Feel the Same", he comments that it is "from right here in Los Santos". Battle Tapes is based in Los Angeles, California.
    • When he introduces "Don't Come Close", he comments that it is "psychedelic pop from Broker". Yeasayer is based in Brooklyn, New York.
  • In some ways, Radio Mirror Park seems to emulate Radio X from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Similarities between the two stations include featuring up-and-coming music, narcissistic DJs obsessed with individualism, boastful attitudes prizing their music and subculture as superior to "the mainstream" and mocking their own audience, and even sharing the same imaging announcer.

See Also

References

  1. TrackID.gxt2: 0xF508A8DC = 2 Hearts
  2. TrackID.gxt2: 0xD70514A4 = Assistant Director
  3. TrackID.gxt2: 0xDFB3D054 = Hurting
  4. TrackID.gxt2: 0x28A4244C = Before The Bridge
  5. TrackID.gxt2: 0xBA218035 = Thunder
  6. TrackID.gxt2: 0xB213A00D = ep
  7. TrackID.gxt2: 0x0F1FFADE = Animal
  8. TrackID.gxt2: 0x6528EF99 = Until She Says
  9. TrackID.gxt2: 0x008ED953 = One Piece
  10. TrackID.gxt2: 0xF249C585 = Blind
  11. TrackID.gxt2: 0x82E3B785 = Love In Motion
  12. TrackID.gxt2: 0x50360498 = Time To Dance
  13. TrackID.gxt2: 0x198D92C8 = Day One
  14. TrackID.gxt2: 0x152F41AD = Run My Heart
  15. TrackID.gxt2: 0x6BFBF179 = Smalltalk (Four Tet Remix)


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