Put Another Token in the Jukebox, Baby

Tuesday 15 February 2011, 7:52 pm   //////  

“D.P.O.” is a pretty amazing X-Files episode, featuring not only an arcade, which is central to the episode, but also a Lenscrafters cameo, glimpses of a Jerry-Springer-like show and a music video, a reference to the land art piece Lightning Field, a rural boy pranking cows, Jack Black, and a Playboy centerfold with at least a passing resemblance to Sarah Michelle Gellar.

I particularly like how Mulder picks out the suspect by locating his initials on the high score screen of a Virtua Fighter machine. One thing I’m wondering about the arcade in this episode, though: It has a jukebox, which is rather instrumental (no pun intended) to the way the episode … plays out.

Was it really common for arcades to have jukeboxes? In my recollection, which may be rusty, arcades were noisy enough thanks to the games themselves. I suppose one could have turned the games’ volumes down to let other music be heard, but there weren’t jukeboxes in the arcades I remember, from, say, The Gold Mine up through Le Fun. Did your arcades have other soundtracks, beyond those coming from the cabinets?


  1. The arcade I frequented in Montreal in the 90s had a jukebox. It always seemed to be playing Enter Sandman.

    Comment by Adjusting — 2011-02-15 @ 8:24 pm
  2. I think the arcades I went to did play music, but they were also combination pool halls and bars. I do know for sure, though, that FunSpot plays 80s music. And so does the dusty arcade in Tron Legacy.

    Comment by Doug Orleans — 2011-02-15 @ 8:49 pm
  3. My memory at this point is fuzzy, but I’m pretty sure the arcades I went to did not have jukeboxes. Some of them had music playing over a PA system.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — 2011-02-15 @ 10:54 pm

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