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C3 releases for June 20, 2014:
New! Mr. Big – Lean Into It (farottone)
- “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)”
- “Alive and Kickin'”
- “Green-Tinted Sixties Mind”
- “CDFF-Lucky This Time”
- “Voodoo Kiss”
- “Never Say Never”
- “Just Take My Heart”
- “My Kinda Woman”
- “A Little Too Loose”
- “Road to Ruin”
- Lawrence Leung – “Choose Your Own Adventure” (Lowlander)
- Men At Work – “Who Can It Be Now?” (funkydunkleman feat. farottone)
- Pixies – “Where Is My Mind?” (Ollie)
- Slayer – “Angel of Death” M 2x (Nightmare Lyra and thewinnerisgeeg)
- The Smiths – “How Soon Is Now?” (Ollie)
- The Verve – “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (Ollie)
A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available.
What defines a “good week” of Rock Band releases? Since 2007, this has been a hotly contested issue. Is it a week with your favorite songs? Is it a week with a lot of songs? Is it a week with famous songs? How about songs that are hard or fun to play? This week, we’d like to posit that the best weeks are all of the above. With (another!) full album from the artist that brought you “To Be with You” in official DLC and some colossally famous singles ranging from Pixies to Slayer, we’ve got it all. We take care of you here at C3. If this was Orange is the New Black, we would be your clique/gang leader. (I’m not actually going anywhere with that, I just wanted to reference Orange.)
Why should you download these songs?
- Lean Into It – farottone, the hardest-working man in customs, says:“Mr. Big is an incredibly underrated but supremely skilled act, albeit famous mostly for the less technical song in their great catalogue (To Be With You). Paul Gilbert (also founder of Racer X) and Billy Sheehan are the main drive of the group, arguably two of the most talented and skilled guitar and bass player in rock music. Translation of their songs in Rock Band is amazing (sans keyboardist), with very original beats, magical bass parts, great riffs and awesome harmonies. I can guarantee that this is one of those albums that you discover through Rock Band, you love playing in game and then you also go to download and listen. In general, be prepared for fairly tough guitar charts and some very challenging bass spots. Also, if you sing, have an oxygen mask ready…Alive and Kickin’, CDFF-Lucky This Time (only the pre-MP3 crowd will fully get the title) and My Kinda Woman are great fun rock/blues tunes with catchy vocals. A Little Too Loose and Voodoo Kiss are wacky as they can be, really different than the usual mainstream rock people are used to. Just Take My Heart is a wonderful slow track, cheesy, yes, but with the most tasteful guitar ever. Never Say Never is flavoured like it was taken straight out of an old fashioned 007 movie, with a nice does of tough bass riffs. Road to Ruin is a fast paced, downhill rush of adrenaline and finally, well, the Driller song is just that, a great fast rock track that has a powertools fuelled guitar and bass solo (seriously, check the video).”
Speaking of Driller, the official release includes tremolo lanes for the eponymous guitar sections, but if you want to break your hand against 25 notes per second, an alternate version without the tremolo lanes is available here.
- “Choose Your Own Adventure” – Lowlander writes, “This was an Australian comedy miniseries that had lots of cool celebrity appearances from Aussie stars you’ve never heard of and flashes in the pan like Tiffany. It was all about the star, Lawrence Leung, looking back on what he wanted to do as a kid and getting around to those fantasies as an adult. Hence the happy chiptune synth in the theme song.”
- “Who Can It Be Now?” – Another release from our fledgling “Show Floor” program, where authors are sponsored by C3 veterans to get more awesome songs out there at C3 quality! This song, conspicuously absent from the official Men At Work DLC releases, has a legendary sax hook on Keys and will stick in your head for days.
- “Where Is My Mind?” – Widely popularized via Fight Club, this track from the famous Surfer Rosa (the album before Doolittle) is a haunting, chill masterpiece from some of alt-rock’s greatest. Nothing blisteringly difficult, but a great song to play with a full band where everyone can really get into it.
- “Angel of Death” – SLAYERRRRRRRRR! Nightmare Lyra writes, “One of the must brutal thrash metal songs of all time, insane challenge and horrors awaits you!”
- “How Soon Is Now?” – Arguably the most famous Smiths song, which you might know from the vocals hook “You shut your mouth / How can you say…” A huge hit for everyone who likes the (excellently) depressing refrains of Morrissey. Fun disco beat on drums and a varied bassline!
- “Bitter Sweet Symphony” – And to close out the week, the song that is always playing on FM radio somewhere in the world at any given moment. This is about as ’90s as it gets, and will hopefully be a great karaoke hit with your group.
See you next Friday!