Special Request


Here’s a special request to the folks over at Harmonix.

I had originally started to write a post about which new music game I was going to be purchasing since, well, there are so many coming out soon.

But based on the track list and the fact that I already own Rock Band, the choice was rather easy to make: Rock Band 2 will get my money. (C’mon…you can’t deny the musical mastery of Steely Dan’s “Bodhisattva” unless you’re some sort of commie pinko swine.)

And since my “guitar” is pretty much shredded it looks like I’ll have to buy a replacement–or end up buying the whole damn set, which would be a downright shame [Sarcasm Level: Severe].

I also have plenty of DLC songs for the game that hopefully will be transferable. In fact the other night I downloaded a few Stone Temple Pilots songs as well as Judas Priest’s “You Got Another Thing Comin’.” But if there was ever a song born for the Rock Band franchise, it’s this one. And I hope The Powers that Be take notice and get the rights to use it:

The Smithereens’ “Behind the Wall of Sleep” has been one of my favorites for as long as I’ve owned Especially for You, their debut album. And it just doesn’t get any easier than this: guitars, drums, bass and vocals, a nifty solo and some great riffs. In my opinion, it’s just an awesome song that would be perfect for the game.

So there’s my special request. Not bloody likely to happen but hey, it’s worth a shot to get the word out.


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Harmonix Announces Rock Band Add-Ons


Harmonix, makers of the rockingly successful interactive Rock Band game, has announced plans to expand its lineup of instruments, an inside source has revealed.

Speaking under condition of anonymity, they spilled the proverbial beans on several new additions to what Harmonix has referred to as their “franchise” game.

The Rock Band Flute will make players yearn for living in the past as songs from Jethro Tull are planned as downloads. Also packed with the Rock Band Flute will be a pair of kneepads—but boots are optional.

Rock Band’s Steel Drum add-on is sure to make a big splash as well, with the Star Wars hit “Cantina Band” and many Calypso favorites planned for add-on content.

As if that weren’t enough, the Rock Band Concertina will appeal to the oom-pah crowd. This will only lead to speculation that complementary “brasstic” instruments–simulated brass instruments but in plastic form–are on the horizon.

Rock Band’s mature fans will appreciate the Rock Band Wireless Keytar, an exciting addition that will introduce the synth-pop and electronic genres to the game, with music from bands such as Depeche Mode and Devo planned for downloadable content.

“The possibilities are virtually endless,” said the source.

Harmonix also plans polka yodeling, allowing previously reluctant individuals languishing for oddball octaves lively, spirited dancing all year-round.

More details and pictures as they come. Stay tuned.

(UPDATE: Please read the follow-up. Thanks!)

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