Music For and Inspirational to Ciem is a digital playlist that functions as an unofficial soundtrack for Ciem. It parodies the album Music From and and Inspired by Spider-Man, and also spoofs the idea of motion picture soundtracks in general by reversing the relationship between the production and the music.
Instead of the music being made for the the production, the production is made independently of most of the music and music is merely grabbed for association with the production as an afterthought.
- "I Believe" by Abra Moore
- "Falling" by Staind
- "Sleep" by Story of the Year
- "Truly Madly Deeply" by Cascada
- "Strange Condition" by Pete Yorn
- "Picture" by Mute Math
- "My December" by Linkin Park
- "Yesterdays" by Junkie XL
- "Thinking About You" by Norah Jones*
- "The Fire" by Papa Roach
- "Victorious" by The Perishers
*Not available as of June 5, 2009
Rationale of song selectionsEdit
Staind, Abra Moore, and Story of the YearEdit
The song "Falling" from the Staind album Chapter V was decided as a song for the credits page back in 2006 when that version of Ciem was being worked on. "Hero" by Chad Kroeger and Josey Scott inspired the choice of the similar post-grunge sound by Staind. Another motivation of the Staind song is the line "become the problem." Candi takes this line to mean: "become their problem," namely, her desire to turn the tide on the Meethlites and their loyalists by letting them see what it feels like to be hunted.
The music by Abra Moore opens up the credits soothingly. This was deemed appropriate because of the way that the story ends: namely, with Candi's renewed inner resolve and assurance that she has a purpose even after the loss of Denny in her life. The choice of the Abra Moore song is also because of the line: "Don't let these monsters make up my mind," treated as a reference to Candi's inner turmoil. Also, Abra Moore's song "Big Sky" was modified into the Simlish language for The Sims 2: University. This game expansion is one of three that was installed for creation of Ciem. The expansion was also one of two used for the 2006 attempt and was used for the 2005 version of Ciem 2.
Cascada, Pete Yorn, and Mute MathEdit
Cascada's adaptation of Savage Garden's "Truly Madly Deeply" added a feminine and 2000's touch to the song that was perceived to be ideal for a "pseudo-film" that featured a female protagonist. The song also chronicles Candi's romantic wishes with both her lovers. The inclusion of "Strange Condition" by Pete Yorn was a deliberate reference to the fact that the same artist's song "Undercover" was used for the first Spider-Man film. At the time the song was chosen, the thought was on Candi having a strange condition in being part-centipede. It was only later learned that the song also features on the soundtracks to the films Me, Myself & Irene, 40 Days and 40 Nights, and The Sweetest Thing.
The song "Picture" by Mute Math was included because of the fact that, like the singer's memories in the song, Candi's only secure place for Denny is in her heart and in their family album. The use of a Mute Math song was deliberate: reference to that band is a tribute to the fact that they became well-known for covering the Transformers theme song for the 2007 Transformers motion picture.
"My December" by Linkin Park was included because the tone in the song of regret and the reference to the month of December is consistent with Candi's wishing she could take back getting pregnant right when the city most needed her not to be. "Yesterdays" by Junkie XL is included because of Junkie XL's work for the soundtrack of The Sims 2: Nightlife. "Thinking About You" by Norah Jones is on the playlist because of its smooth melodies, romantic insecurity theme, and because its jazzy sound adds some variety to the otherwise sterile compilation of mostly pop, rock, post-grunge, and post-hardcore rock.
"The Fire" by Papa Roach also caters to the theme of romantic desperation that defines Candi's character throughout the story. "Victorious" by The Perishers is included as a celebration of Candi and Donte finally fulfilling their destiny of fighting crime together. The use of The Perishers is also a reference to the game engine used to gather the screenshots, where they recorded a Simlish version of their song "Sway."