MAY ISSUE: POST #30
Since I lost a lot of motivation to write anything today, I thought I would do a simpler post and also share some good (or good in my opinion at least) music while I’m at it. I like rock music, and I like Wii games, so when I finally received Rock Band for Christmas one year, I didn’t put it down for months. Years, even. I was constantly rocking. I didn’t actually play Guitar Hero at all until 2016. I was a full-on Rock Band person.
The first Rock Band game was released on Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii around 2007/2008. It was developed by Harmonix, distributed by EA and published by MTV Games. The game allows you to play with up to four people (or you can wing it solo, like me. Because I didn’t have friends that were as cool as me. Cough cough). You can play guitar, bass, drums or sing (if you want to deafen your neighbours), and even keyboard in the later editions of the game. The great thing about it is that you actually play physical plastic instruments, and that was the real fun part.
So what songs can you expect from Rock Band? Well, I’m mainly talking about Rock Band 1 and 2 here, although there is, of course, another two games and Rock Band: The Beatles and Lego Rock Band to browse through if you so wish.
Let’s have a listen. Here are some songs that I played many many times.
Thank you to all the YouTube channels I got the videos from, and thank you to all the bands for making these great tracks in the first place.
1. Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
No, I’m not singing along at all. Why would you even think that?
2. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
This song was on the first Rock Band but I’m linking this video because of the good quality. I love this song to death. This is probably one of the songs that I’ve continued to love and listen to for years and years.
3. Detroit Rock City – KISS
Can’t go wrong with some KISS. I remember buying the song after I played it in the game, although I don’t really love it as much recently. But, of course it’s still great, and I would love to be able play it on guitar one day.
4. Foreplay/Long Time – Boston
Boston is a great band. ‘Nuff said.
5. Tom Sawyer – Rush
This song is one of the best songs in existence though, to be honest, and I’m going to bless you with Rush playing it as well as the song itself. I’m too kind. Please, rock out all you wish, but don’t give yourself a concussion.
6. Welcome Home – Coheed and Cambria
I definitely played this song the most. Oh man, this was one of my favourite bands for a while, and a lot of their songs are still my favourite songs to date. I really need to play this on Rock Band again. I’m ready for some nostalgia.
7. Aqualung – Jethro Tull
I actually have a big history with Jethro Tull and his music. My Dad was and still is an avid fan, and he passed that onto me. So, I’ve seen him live numerous times. He’s incredibly talented.
8. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Come on, you have to mention this song. I’d be a criminal if I didn’t.
9. Man in the Box – Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains is another great band. I’m so glad this game introduced me to a lot of this genre music, whether it’s good that it was the game that did that though, I don’t know. But, hey, at least I got into rock even when I was a weird looking nerdy kid.
10. White Wedding – Billy Idol
And finally, don’t lie and tell me you don’t do a little shakey-head-nodding thing at the opening guitar riff.
What were your favourite Rock Band songs? Comment below!
Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!