|Release date||Oct. 9, 2007 (Xbox 360, PC); Dec. 11, 2007 (PlayStation 3); Unknown|
"Still Alive" is a song Jonathan Coulton wrote for the Valve game Portal. The song is currently being rerecorded for release on Coulton's new album, with Sara Quin on lead vocal, Chris Anderson on bass guitar, Marty Beller on drums, Joe McGinty playing 'keyboardy things', and Dorit Chrysler on theremin.
Coulton wrote and performed a song titled "Still Alive" for the ending credits of Valve's 2007 video game Portal, with vocals by Ellen McLain.
A version with Coulton's vocals was included on The Orange Box Original Soundtrack, in addition to the one heard at the end of the game. The song was made available on April 1, 2008 for the game Rock Band as downloadable content. It is one of the few tracks available for free download in the Rock Band Store.
The song makes a return in a later Valve game, Left 4 Dead 2. A jukebox in "The Parish" campaign can be operated, playing a randomly selected song. Still Alive is one of the songs, although it is very rare. One of the other songs is Re: Your Brains.
A live version is one of the tracks on Jonathan's 2009 live album, Best. Concert. Ever.
References & Trivia
- This song was performed at MIT as a demonstration of a Rubens Tube, which visualizes the musical tones using flaming gas jets.
- The game's A.I., GlaDOS, appears as a character in this XKCD comic strip, with dialogue quoting the song.
- The song's second line ("I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS") has become a minor Internet meme (e.g. as referenced in the Rifftrax commentary for the film "Saw").
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