The Beatles: Rock Band‘s imminent release means I’m neglecting Rock Band II, which could well be a first for me. It doesn’t help that three days ago I downloaded Drop7 to my iPhone and am now hallucinating numbers like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind.
Nevertheless, as addictive as that game is (it’s like crack and heroin got spliced in a telepod with a heap of bacon bits), it’s not going to feature Here Comes The Sun, so it will have to take a backseat soon. As I’ve said before, I’m not the biggest Beatles fan, which makes my enthusiasm for this game all the more surprising. I’m so eager that I’ve decided against buying Batman: Arkham Asylum, instead saving those pounds so that I can belt out Back in the USSR a week from now. The Batman-loving part of my brain is very angry at the Rock-Band-loving part of my brain.
Until the day TB:RB comes out, or is superseded by potential follow-ups such as The Rolling Stones: Rock Band, The Beach Boys: Rock Band, Radiohead: Rock Band, or Dewey Cox: Rock Band…
…I can still keep wishing on a star for new Rock Band DLC. The recent additions to the library have been superb: ten Spinal Tap tracks, an assortment of Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac songs, and the one Kaiser Chiefs single I like (I Predict a Riot, predictably). Even better than that, tomorrow will see the release of a five song Talking Heads pack, comprising Girlfriend Is Better, And She Was, Take Me To The River, Crosseyed and Painless, and Once in a Lifetime. All we need now is a Big Suit peripheral, and it’s gonna be Stop-Making-Sense-HQ up in this bitch.
Of course, filling this blog with wishes is one very unreliable way to get my favourite songs on the game. The Rock Band website, however, is just fantastic, linking with the game and allowing you to make requests for future Rock Band songs on your own home page. Of course, I really doubt that my exhortations will be heeded, just as they probably won’t here, either, but it’s a lovely feature, as is the photo gallery, which allows you to create photos of your band members. Here is the full roster of The Vic Mackeyz, with (left to right) Daisy Hellcakes, McJoggah, Jen Sanity, and George Murderer:
Sadly, I am currently unable to rescue our Oscar night band — Illitaritt Natzys — from Rock Band I obscurity. Shame that. Also a shame I won’t be able to customise the Beatles line-up in TB:RB, otherwise I’d have Stuart Sutcliffe, Pete Best, Yoko Ono, and Will Oldham (for variety).
Anyway, what do I want on Rock Band now? One song occupied my head completely during a recent trip to the States. From Electric Version — an album I listened to after falling for the title track in Rock Band, aptly enough — it’s The Laws Have Changed, which is a strong contender for Greatest Pop Song Ever Recorded. (And yes, that is indeed Nicki “Cally from Battlestar Galactica” Clyne going mental in the video.
And then Harmonix can follow it up with all of Neko Case’s magnificent album Middle Cyclone. For my forthcoming birthday. Thanks in advance, chaps.