Freaky Friday: Top Ten Jet Grind Radio Freaks

It’s no secret I love Jet Grind Radio for the Dreamcast.  The graphics, the music, the grinding, the style, the tagging, I love it all.  But to me, the most important feature of the game are the characters.  Tab! Beat! Gum! They’re all so cool.  But thinking about their looks now, aren’t they a little FREAKY?!?! I thought so.  Hit the jump and check out the top ten freaks of Jet Grind RADIOOOOOOOO!!!! (clearly a Professor K impression, and a great one at that.)

For the life of me, I couldn't find a photo of Yo-Yo from Jet Grind Radio gameplay. Enjoy this bad cosplay instead.

10} Yo-Yo

Something about Yo-Yo has always bothered me.  It’s not that I actively dislike him, but he’s pretty annoying to play as.  Screeching “YO YO!” everywhere he hops and grinds, his high-pitched voice just got under my skin.  That and he’s short.  WEIRDO!

9} Piranha

Piranha is a babe, no doubt about it.  Red goggles, cool hair, and deep clevage are always welcomed. But what’s with the red stars on her shirt? We get it you have nips, we never doubted that fact.  It’s a little much.

8} Garam

Terror incarnate.  Look how scary he is!  Those sunglasses!  He’s wearing a skull around his neck.  Probably from some poor cat that accidently wandered in to the GG’s hideout.  I’m glad he’s on the GG’s side because I would not want to battle him.  What would a Jet Grind Radio Battle be? Racing?  Well if that’s it, he’s a little less scary.

7} Tab

Tab isn’t really that freaky, but he’s my favorite character so I’m shoehorning him into this list.  He wears the uniform of a garbage man, but makes it look pretty darn neat.  Simplicity in its coolest form.

6} Noise Tanks

They dress like robots.  They dance like robots.  They long to be robots.  Weird cats, man.  And they’re semi-evil to boot!  They steal your dog and put a computer in his brain!  What a bunch of assholes!

5} Slate

This guy looks too tall to walk, let alone rollerblade.  And he excentuates that fact with his goofy hairstyle, striped pants, and long jacket.  Everytime I play as Slate, I feel I’m slower than the other characters.  I know that isn’t true, but the optical illusion of sluggishness created by his height is too real for me.  After all, seeing is believing.

4} Goji

Skating around in a tuxedo just looks odd, but classy.  The head of an evil corporation who wants to summon a demon to take over the world?  You bet your ass he’s freaky enough to be on this list.  And that bolero rules.

3} DJ Professor K

The narrator of the game, he runs a pirate radio station that keeps you informed on all the hot talk around town.  A nose ring isn’t that radical anymore, but how about some lighting bolt hair and a K painted on his forehead.  Yeah, he’s not gonna be someone’s big brother anytime soon.

Art by Geometrik

2} Poison Jam

Where as the noise tanks want to be robots, these guys want to be monsters.  Goofy rub masks and gloves paired with overalls would make even Tim Gunn smile.  Maybe.  Actually, probably not, I don’t think Tim Gunn is a big fan of overalls.  But what do I know.  I know that Poison Jam rules, that’s what.

1} Potts

When you unlock Pots, the computer has been removed from his brain.  But that doesn’t mean he isn’t weird.  The entire game, he’s on all fours until you can play as him.  They he’s a bipedal speed demon.  He’s a dog, so of course he’s wearing a scarf.  But he was on the 3D bandwagon long before James Cameron and shortly after Biff Tannen’s friend from Back to the Future.  If you unlock this dog, you know you’re a badass.  And you’ll have spent plenty of time with Jet Grind Radio just to know how freaky this game gets.

  • nice article. I remember buying the Jet Set Radio Future/Sega GT bundle just to unlock Pots since my Jet Grind Radio had gone missing. I believe he skated on all fours in that game though. Anyone know for sure?

  • Manic Maverick

    I remember getting pretty far in this game, but my disc got messed up so I couldn’t finish it. Man, I forgot how much I loved these characters (and the game). I should really get around to getting a hold of an undamaged copy of this, cause I seriously need to unlock Potts. Fucking [i]Potts[/i]. Well, when I say that I forgot how much I loved the game, it’s more like I know how much I love it but I need enough reminding to get a new copy.

    Also, I wanted to impregnate Gum. Daily. Though I’d probably ship the babies off somewhere.

  • Manic Maverick

    Potts**

    …CODE, HOW DOES IT WORK

  • btw, while collecting pics for this article, i stumbled on way too many porn drawings of Gum, Mew, and various other members. Most were being teamed up on by poison jam. Disturbing.

  • I never knew that the dog was unlockable.

  • Manic Maverick


    Alex Barbatsis:

    btw, while collecting pics for this article, i stumbled on way too many porn drawings of Gum, Mew, and various other members. Most were being teamed up on by poison jam. Disturbing.

    JUSTICE ALWAYS PREVAILS IN THE END.

  • Noisetank41

    I love the character designs in this game. Potts took forever to unlock but it was worth it. He wasn’t as cool as the Noise Tanks though. They used robot arms to spraypaint. Robot arms!

  • Robot arms are pretty darn sweet. If I had one, I’d definitely buy beers with it.

  • GamingFiend

    DJ Professor K is definitely one of my favorite characters. I can’t even remember ever playing this game yet I love it.

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