Great songwriting and great video games rarely go hand in hand - as anybody who heard Paul McCartney's contribution to the Destiny soundtrack will attest. Here are another 12 times that the worlds of songwriting and video games collided - with varying results.
It's the first documented song to mention video games, as far as our half-arsed research went anyway. It namedrops no fewer than three actual arcade games: Speed Freak, Star Fire, and Atari's Basketball... perhaps the three greatest games of all time.
Here's an interesting bit of trivia: the band took its name from the Ultravox song "My Sex". However, when you do an online search for "Mi-Sex", Google's autocomplete suggests "Michigan sex offenders".
SAMPLE LYRIC: "I fidget with the digit dots and cry an anxious tear/As the XU-1 connects the spot/But the matrix grid don't care..."
Unlike Bowie, Prince and Corbett, Jones has yet to succumb to 2016's wholesale decimation of the music industry. Alive and well, he continues to tour sporadically with his band The Soul Syndicate (no connection to the video game series of the same name, probably).
SAMPLE LYRIC: "Pinball hockey, tennis, ping pong/Play them video games/Speedway/Starwars/Space Invaders/Love them just the same..."
You only have to look at the tabloid media's response to Matt "le" Blanc doing "donuts" near the Cenobite to realise that you don't mess with the poppy.
Indeed, once he'd been whipped up into a righteous fury by The Daily Star, the game was described by no less a figure than Viscount Montgomery of Alamein as "monstrous".
SAMPLE LYRIC: "Go to your brother/Kill him with your gun/Dying in the sun... So much fun!"
Three decades later, the irritatingly catchy number has finally appeared in a game: it features as lift muzak in the sublime isometric adventure Lumo. A classic.
SAMPLE LYRIC: "Hold my hand very tightly/Very tightly/Very tightly/Hold my hand very tightly/Ooo-ooo ooo-ooo-ooooooo..."
Which just goes to show how far we've come in the past 30 years, that in the early-80s video games were considered a suitable subject for novelty whimsy, much as people now write novelty songs about selfie sticks and Fitbits.
SAMPLE LYRIC: "All I wanna do is... Play play play play play play... Video games! Video games!"
Indeed, it was cited in the 1990 Congressional hearings into video game "nasties", despite featuring no nudity or graphic violence, and the player's actual role being to protect the females from the aforementioned space-slurpers.
Upon reflection, arguably the most offensive thing about it were the soft rock stylings of its theme song. Which, admittedly, does seem to allude to being abducted by a human sex pest.
SAMPLE LYRIC: "Night Trap! That boy will find you! Night Trap! Watch out behind you! Night Trap!"
SAMPLE LYRIC: "Hello, I'm the computer game Dracula/I like to suck necks."
The rap got a second outing in Super Smash Bros. Melee, where it was sung by one James W. Norwood Jr. Additionally, the use of the terribly naughty word "Hell" was replaced by "heck".
SAMPLE LYRIC: "W-w-w-walnuts/Peanuts/Pineapple smells/Grapes/Melons/Oranges and coconut shells!"
Suffice to say, it got old fast, not least because the game was famed for its severe difficulty level.
SAMPLE LYRIC: "You are dead, dead, dead/Your heart has stopped and your brain is cold/You are so so dead and now your body is starting to mould/You are so so dead/This dimension cuts like a knife!"
Indeed, no simple theme song, it became part of the gameplay, with you - as Guybrush Threepwood - attempting to ruin a pirate singalong by introducing the word "orange" into the lyrics.
SAMPLE LYRICS: "We'll fight you in the harbour/We'llbattle you on land/When you meet singing pirates/They'll be more than you can stand."
Though inevitably the audio quality wasn't the best, given the available technology, it wouldn't have sounded out of place as the theme to a Saturday morning cartoon show.
SAMPLE LYRIC: "Clayfighter! Clay-clay-fighter! Come and fight them if you dare!"
With a CV like that, you can see why Konami approached him...
SAMPLE LYRIC: "I face my destiny every day I live/And the best in me is all I have to give/Just like the sun/When my day's done/Sometimes I don't like the person I've become..."