Billboard Reports: "Primus principal Les Claypool has written the original theme track and four other themes for the Nintendo Wii "Mushroom Men" video games, due this fall.
This is the first game music for Claypool, who previously created the themes for TV's "South Park" and "Robot Chicken," as well as film scores. For Nintendo, it's believed the first time the leading game publisher will have original music from a top artist in one of its games.
The impetus to get Claypool came from Ryan Mattson, the game's creative lead at developer Gamecock Media Group. The company's CEO, Mike Wilson, was behind Trent Reznor's involvement in id Software's mammoth hit "Quake." A huge Claypool fan who built his own Les-style bass, Mattson thought the artist's style would be perfect for the game.
For Claypool, between his family's avid wild mushroom foraging near his West Sonoma County, Calif., home, and his son's obsession with fantasy gaming, it was an easy decision. "After seeing the design material and mock-ups online," he says, "I knew at once this was an opportunity to gain massive brownie points with my offspring, so thanks, 'Mushroom Men!'"