Here’s your chance to ask Duke Nukem’s songwriter to write a song for you
My parents didn’t let me play Duke Nukem 3D until the late 2000s. There are strippers in this game, and the main character is also a walking role model for toxic masculinity, a very bad example for a young boy. I remember the classic from the 90s big box at the time however, and this iconic musical theme, “Take bag“from the little speakers on our home computer in the other room.
The composer of this tune, D. Lee Jackson, left a mark on classical shooters. In addition to “Grabbag”, he collaborated on the rest of the OST of Duke 3D, as well as that of Rise of the Triad, with Bobby Prince. Jackson himself took the helm of the Shadow Warrior soundtrack.
Jackson announcement on November 20 via his personal website that he opens orders for new music, having already previously contributed to several projects on the DoomWorld forums upon retirement. He started this current push in order to secure funding for the remaining parts of his PC build, something painfully relatable in this time of scarcity and rising prices.
You can get a feel for Jackson’s post-3D Realms work on his Band Camp, where he uploaded full-length, quality working albums, stuff that really wouldn’t sound out of place in a boomer shooter revival of the 2010s.
It’s really cool to get a sense of the individual behind a truly iconic piece of music, let alone have something designed by him just for you. Jackson is looking to cover $ 529 in remaining parts on its new build, including the motherboard, CPU cooler, and case fans. Looking at his PCPartPicker list, he has, maybe wisely, has chosen to avoid the new DDR5 standard for the time being. Discover his commissions page if you are looking for a little extra spice for your Twitch channel or the next Doom WAD.
As it turns out, PC Gamer commissioned their own cover of Grabbag for a special album to promote the PC Gaming Show at E3. Here is this interpretation of Austin Green.