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#41 Atruejedi

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Posted July 17, 2017 - 12:51 PM

Fitz & The Tantrums
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Background: Okay, let's get the two awkward parts out of the way. One: yes, this band has no guitarist. Two: yes, HandClap by this group is available as Rock Band 4 DLC. Should these two facts completely disqualify Fitz & The Tantrums from appearing on my suggestions list? I'd argue no. Why? Two reasons. One: while HandClap is a great pop song, it should never have been released for Rock Band, especially when there are so many better songs by these guys, particularly on their first album (which I worship and you really should give a spin). Two: their bass parts are incredible. Don't believe me? I'll give you two tunes to tantalize your tastebuds earbuds ears. Dig this:

 

The Obvious Choice:
MoneyGrabber
Album: Pickin' Up The Pieces (2010)

 

I saw a live cover of this at a local arts festival and holy moly did the crowd love this. I can't blame them: it's a phenomenally fun song, especially live, and especially by the writers themselves. Fitz & The Tantrums know how to perform live... too bad most of the songs they now perform are vastly inferior to this selection. You will be jumping around.

 

Vocals: Really, really fun for a male and female vocalist together. A definite party pleaser!
Guitar: None. Horns could go here, though.
Bass: Oh my goodness what a tastey jam...
Drums: I feel like they're awesome. But it might just be the song itself.
Keys: Piano.
Miscellaneous: Fades out, like the original sound the band had...

 

Runner-up:
Breakin' the Chains of Love
Album: Pickin' Up The Pieces (2010)

 

To be honest, all subsequent albums released after their first are packed full of pop music, and while I enjoy those songs for what they are, I really miss their earlier, more organic sound. Because of that, I picked another song from their debut. I'm hoping some day they'll return to form and make more music like this... but I'm not hopeful. Success has changed them. But don't frown :(. Instead, smile :) as you enjoy what they were...

 

Vocals: Some nice, thick layers. Lead male vocals with prominent female backing vocals and harmonies.
Guitar: None, but like above, horns could go here.
Bass: Putting the fun in funky. Yowza.
Drums: I hope they're fun, because they sound fun.
Keys: Yup.
Miscellaneous: I know it's cheating, but I wish "Make you god damn pay!" were charted like a talkie so I could scream it. I'll just do it anyway and break combo, no biggie. Oh, and it fades out. Sorry.


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#42 Atruejedi

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Posted July 17, 2017 - 01:02 PM

Band of Skulls
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Background: I can't think of a more consistent band than these Brits. Now four albums deep, every album is as solid as bone and rocks just as hard. I consider them the best rock 'n' roll band out of the United Kingdom in the past decade and one of my overall favorite bands ever. That being said, I am cheating a lot with this post... because these guys do have a song available on the Rock Band Network and I've played the living digits out of it, but it is an utter travesty that I haven't (yet, I hope!) been able to get the Rock Band Harmonies Project upgrade to work with it. That song is so deserving of having dual vocal parts that not only will I suggest a band already represented in my library, I will suggest four songs by them. Such is my dedication. However, to make up for this, I will mostly select not-so-obvious choices highlighting their female singer/bassist/giant Emma on vocals instead of male singer/guitarist/biker Russell. (Note: While it wasn't explicitly one of my suggestions, Sweet Sour is now available!)

 

The Obvious Choice:
Black Magic
Album: By Default (2016)

Put your black magic over me
I never gave up so easily
'Cause every insult is an injury
When you put your black magic over me

 

Simply put, it's a fantastic rock 'n' roll song. I've seen the band twice live, but not recently enough to see this performed. I cannot wait for that opportunity. This song kicks tons of bee-hind and perfectly encapsulates what kind of music Band of Skulls makes. If you like this song, you'll like the entire album, which goes for every effort they release.

 

Vocals: Cool lyrics. Beautiful harmonies.
Guitar: Bad-ass guitar.
Bass: Once the chorus kicks in, it gets unexpectedly interesting.
Drums: Sounds like it could be tricky.
Keys: None.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-up:
Himalayan
Album: Himalayan (2014)

Put on your Bonnie and Clyde grin, your crackle and sin
Gonna hear the coin drop, that's when it's gonna begin

 

The title track off of their third album, and that's the reason I chose it over so many other solid options. If you liked the Obvious Choice, you'll like this, too.

 

Vocals: Russel sings the melody during the verses with Emma on harmonies, but they swap during the chorus! Cool!
Guitar: Definitely a guitar song. Rockin' solo.
Bass: Nothing spectacular.
Drums: No opinion.
Keys: None.
Miscellaneous: Crisp and abrupt ending.

 

Runner-up:
Patterns
Album: Baby Darling Doll Face Honey (2009)

There's four for the reason and five for the tricks
But nothing's going to save you from the six six six

 

While the Rock Band Network already gave us this album's "real" Obvious Choice I Know What I Am, most fans would probably default to Death By Diamonds and Pearls as the next runner-up and therefore Obvious Choice of this post. I'm going to pass on it, however, because while it is nevertheless bad-ass, I wanted to choose a song featuring Emma more than Russel on vocals because it's nice to have a female vocalist featured more often in Rock Band. But don't worry, dudes, guitarist Russel sings backup nearly the entire time and will keep you busy!

 

Vocals: Creepy, haunting, catchy female lead vocals with a fun simple chorus.
Guitar: Rock 'n' roll chords drive this song.
Bass: A steady rhythm of nothing special so you can sing lead vocals like Emma!
Drums: No opinion.
Keys: None.
Miscellaneous: This song could almost have a simultaneous three-way guitar-bass-drum solo, which probably makes no sense but could work.

 

Runner-up:
Navigate
Album: Sweet Sour (2012)

We are drifting on a deep sea
And I can't navigate the stars like my father

 

Wow, what an album. It bears repeating that nearly any song by Band of Skulls would be perfect for Rock Band, but I chose this little number (over such excellent jams as Sweet Sour, Wanderluster, The Devil Takes Care of His Own, and You're Not Pretty (But You Got It Goin' On) because it's quite different from the other picks and one of my personal favorites by the band for that exact reason. It one starts slow but builds a bit as it goes. Yes, it's long and gentle, but it's masterpiece.

 

Vocals: Emma on melody, Russel on harmony, which is constantly sung alongside the main part.
Guitar: Lots of picking.
Bass: Simple bass part, but if you want to be accurate, you have to play it the whole time you sing melody.
Drums: Really easy. In fact, sometimes there are no drums at all.
Keys: No keys, but there are some strings buried here somewhere.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#43 Atruejedi

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Posted July 20, 2017 - 02:10 PM

Noah and The Whale
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Background: They have a bunch of albums, but the release hosting the tracks below is far and away their best. Because I was dead-set on choosing at least one song from this record right off the bat and I barely considered their other (in my opinion inferior and depressing) efforts, I'm only going to pick two tunes by these disbanded Britons. It won't make you a fan of the band, but it will make you a fan of the songs.

 

The Obvious Choice:
L.I.F.E. G.O.E.S. O.N.
Album: Last Night on Earth (2011)

On my last night on Earth, I'll pay a high price
to have no regrets and be done with my life

 

The title track soaked in wisdom, anecdotes, and infectious instrumentals and hooks. It would be difficult for a human to dislike this track. Yes, that's a challenge.

 

Vocals: Smooth vocals and lyrics with nice group backing vocal with harmonies.
Guitar: Strummin' lil' chords, then pickin' a bit. It's quite nice.
Bass: Electronic bass lines. Brrrrrrrp.
Drums: Standard stuff.
Keys: Violin could go here.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-up:
Tonight's the Kind of Night
Album: Last Night on Earth (2011)

Tonight's the kind of night
Where everything could change

 

Hope. Change. It's morning in America. Make music great again. This song makes me feel like anything is possible.

Vocals: Great soulful backing vocals.
Guitar: Alt-strumming a single string most of the time, but during the refrain there are chords.
Bass: Nothing special.
Drums: They sound fun!
Keys: Piano!
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#44 MrPrezident

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Posted July 20, 2017 - 02:14 PM

I would love to work on some Vandals songs one day but Josh Freese's drums are quite daunting.  Actually I can see myself doing a few of these songs in the fall.  Thanks for keeping this thread going!


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#45 Atruejedi

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Posted July 20, 2017 - 02:18 PM

April Smith and the Great Picture Show
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Background: April Smith and her backing band only ever released one album, but it's full of short, catchy tunes that would fit well in Rock Band, especially for women with powerful pipes. Or men. I don't judge. Since there's only one album, all three choices must come from it. I've selected three tracks which felt the most varied while still being a great fit for the game and fun for all participants but still focused the most on the vocals and lyrics.

 

The Obvious Choice:
Movie Loves a Screen
Album: Songs for a Sinking Ship (2010)

A smile means things turned out alright
Despite an oversight or two
I just want to mean something to you

 

Not my personal first choice, but it's fun for the whole band and It's adorable... and if you think about it, kind of co-dependent... Ah, crap. Did I just ruin this song for myself? Nah, it's too fun to over-analyze.

 

Vocals: A beautiful female voice backed by the same beautiful female voice singing harmony. Good luck with that note near the end!
Guitar: Sounds like a ukulele, actually!
Bass: Simple but enjoyable.
Drums: Could be fun.
Keys: No, but there's a trumpet.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-up:
Colors
Album: Songs for a Sinking Ship (2010)

Like a lighthouse guides a shipwrecked sailor safely from the sea
I'll wear your colors 'til you come back home to me

 

I don't know why, but I get such a Beatles vibe from this song for some reason, and that's obviously a compliment. I mean, clearly it sounds nothing like the Beatles vocally or lyrically, but... something! And why do I suddenly want to work in a factory? Or build a railroad? I'm so conflicted!

 

Vocals: Catchy lyrics and gorgeous singing as usual.
Guitar: Guitar and some ukulele again, I think.
Bass: Like a piston.
Drums: Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp.
Keys: Nope.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending. And come on. There's a kazoo solo.

 

Runner-up:
Terrible Things
Album: Songs for a Sinking Ship (2010)

Oh how you'll run
If you knew a single one
All of the things that I've done

 

This one is creepy, not cute. Chick's got issues. But her voice is so compelling.

 

Vocals: Somehow she sounds simultaneously sexy and tortured. I'm conflicted. No harmonies.
Guitar: The standard chord strumming experience, but it's on-and-off.
Bass: Not bad.
Drums: Could be fun.
Keys: Truncated but haunting organ.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#46 Atruejedi

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Posted July 20, 2017 - 02:28 PM

Civilian
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Background: NoiseTrade sent me an email about these guys re-releasing their debut album for free a while back so I, of course, investigated. Skimming through it, I was quite impressed and I decided to download it. What a mistake... because it dominated my speakers for the next week. The lyrics might be a bit too deep or poetic for some people who'd prefer a more pop-oriented rock sound, but I tried to choose the catchiest of their tunes for potential inclusion in Rock Band. Know, however, that there's plenty of inaccessible and snobby songs by this band if you want to dive in. *adjusts eyeglasses*

 

The Obvious Choice:
Everybody's Hungry
Album: Should This Noose Unloosen (2012)

God blessed with large breasts, straight teeth and light skin
Every demographic wants what you have

 

Breasts. Yeah, you read that right. Now you're intrigued and want to listen. That's exactly what happened to me, friend. This is the opening track from their debut album, and that lyric snagged me from the get-go and coaxed me into listening more. Civilian's gamble paid off and they made a fan that day. Beyond that, it's just a really good indie rock song full of something for everybody, so put on your bib and dig in.

 

Vocals: Smooth vocals for a lead and backup singer but intensity increases dramatically.
Guitar: Multiple guitar parts from which to choose.
Bass: Not bad at all!
Drums: They might be difficult or fun or both. Sounds like both.
Keys: None.
Miscellaneous: Abrupt.

 

Runner-up:
Borrowed
Album: You Wouldn't Believe What Privilege Costs (2016)

I want the most
A magic bullet that assures me love is real
And worth the trouble

 

While Michael is probably my favorite song from this album, its lyrics are just too depressing for me to want to sing it... ever. For whatever reason, I get way too emotional at the lyrics "Get fucked, faggot" and the words from the album title following shortly after. That being said... I went with something a bit more cheery and upbeat. At least, that's what it sounds like. It's actually a groovy, realistic song about the roots of love. Borrowed lives up to its name and seems to borrow a bit of style from many different places. And it doesn't make me cry. (Note: Apologies for the language, italics and boldface in the quoted lyric, but if you're offended, but you're supposed to be. Give Michael a listen if you're curious, but it is not a good fit for Rock Band.)

 

Vocals: Great backing harmonies, great lyrics, catchy as all get out.
Guitar: Groovy, cool, sinister and varied.
Bass: Groovy.
Drums: Unknown, but probably cool because the other songs seem to have cool drums.
Keys: No.
Miscellaneous: "Thing I want the most" is the best harmony in the song. I want to belt that.

 

Runner-up:
Teach That Girl to Dance
Album: Should This Noose Unloosen (2012)

This icon of insurrection stands opposed to the populace
With eyes wide open, her arms wide open

 

A catchy chorus about dancing enveloped by the most bizarrely intellectual lyrics. It's either brilliant or idiotic. Either way, I like it. Double-dipped on this album because they only have two thus far. Deal.

 

Vocals: Pretend you're smart and the crowd will buy it. Harmonies included with the... unique lyrics.
Guitar: Strumming power chords. A solo.
Bass: Standard except for the second quarter where it gets interesting.
Drums: See above.
Keys: Nope.
Miscellaneous: Abrupt ending.


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#47 Atruejedi

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Posted July 20, 2017 - 02:37 PM

Hollerado
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Background: Why are Canadians so darned loveable? These songs are such great examples of pop rock done right. I won't have to do much convincing, and their debut album is so strong I do not have a problem breaking the rules by suggesting two songs from it. Now press play and rock out on the dance floor.

 

The Obvious Choice:
Juliette
Album: Record in a Bag (2009)

She's got houseplants
To keep her company
I bought her a goldfish
She named it after me

 

You'll be hooked from the opening guitar riff. Click. The. Button.

 

Vocals: Juuullliiieeettte!!! Prepare your band and their upper registers.
Guitar: So catchy.
Bass: Awesome.
Drums: No opinion.
Keys: No.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-up:
Do the Doot Da Doot Doo
Album: Record in a Bag (2009)

This song makes a guy dance
Like his hips are attached to his tongue in a toaster

 

I instinctively snap my fingers to the beat and bop up and down to this ditty. Don't judge me, whippersnapper. I'm still hip. When I hit the dance floor, I do the Smurf, the Popeye, the Jerry Lewis, and the Doot Da Doot Doo. Do you?

 

Vocals: It's a question, fool. So answer! Do you do the Doot Da Doot Doo dance? I thought that was obvious. Point is: group effort.
Guitar: Everything going on here is intense.
Bass: Everything else is crazier, but that isn't saying much.
Drums: A workout. Prepare your body.
Keys: No.
Miscellaneous: Big rock intro. What?! Oh, and an abrupt ending.

 

Runner-up:
So It Goes
Album: White Paint (2013)

In 45' at Nuremberg, horrific words and justice served
But you testified to set your jailer free
I asked you why
You said he was a decent guy
And I'm sure he would have done the same for me

 

Life isn't black and white, and these lyrics are as gray as they come. Not often does a pop rock song make you question the human construct that we call morality. By the way, this is not a cover of the similarly named Nick Lowe song, who also lacks representation in Rock Band. I would say that's criminal, but that's, well, that's just, like, uh, my opinion, man.

 

Vocals: Entertaining lyrics and great vocal parts for a band effort. Lots of backing vocals and harmonies
Guitar: Strum, strum, strum.
Bass: Acceptable.
Drums: I feel like drummers would really enjoy this.
Keys: No.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#48 Atruejedi

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Posted July 20, 2017 - 02:43 PM

Shovels & Rope
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Background: Goosebumps. That is why this husband-and-wife duo are on this list. Typically I listen to music for how the instruments make me feel or move or how the lyrics make me feel or think, but this woman could sing entries in a phone book and I'd still shiver. Her ability only magnifies the topics of the songs, and the juxtaposition of voices between her and her man sharpen everything further. They might not be a rock band, but they should certainly be considered for inclusion in Rock Band.

 

The Obvious Choice:
The Devil is All Around
Album: Swimmin' Time (2014)

I'm going down a long road
Maybe it's the wrong road
Either way, I've got to find my way back home again

 

When I first heard this song, I wasn't sure what to think at first... did I like it? Was this my type of music? Was it going somewhere? The answers shortly revealed themselves to be yes, yes, and yes. After the intro, these voices blew me away, almost literally when you consider my eardrums being pummeled by her highest, most intense notes. Fitting flagellation.

 

Vocals: Break out your Devil Stars for the difficulty rating. Appropriate. Two incredibly distinct harmonies, but I'll be damned if any human you or I know can sing like this woman. And her hubby ain't bad neither.
Guitar: Nice chords, but everything here and below takes a backseat to the singing.
Bass: Minimal.
Drums: Of course.
Keys: Organ.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending of a fading organ.

 

Runner-up:
Evil
Album: Swimmin' Time (2014)

I'm a lunatic looking through a key hole
I hit my kids but I don't mean to...

 

A grim song about the failure to resist temptation... beauty that will make you squirm. This is the second selection from this album because (1) it's an amazing album, (2) their third/latest album is more electric and therefore a bit less unique (but still good), and (3) like this entry's namesake, I'm evil.

 

Vocals: If you liked the contrast between voices above, you'll enjoy this as well.
Guitar: Electric and despondent.
Bass: Minimal again.
Drums: Somehow menacing.
Keys: Consistent piano tapping.
Miscellaneous: A long song, but a crisp ending.

 

Runner-up:
Birmingham
Album: O' Be Joyful (2012)

Rock of Ages, cleave for me
Let me hide myself in thee

 

This one feels hopeful compared to the fare offered above, and I guess that makes sense considering it's from an album calling on you to be joyful.

 

Vocals: If you've been paying attention, you know what to expect. This is why they're here.
Guitar: Gentle guitar chords.
Bass: It's there.
Drums: Keepin' the beat.
Keys: None this time.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#49 Atruejedi

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Posted July 20, 2017 - 03:32 PM

Nick Lowe

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Background: As of this writing, I've suggested 37 bands or musicians for your consideration. The following artist is by far the oldest and the most well-known, important, successful, and lacking in Rock Band, even if he isn't my favorite on the list. How did this happen? Surely if Harmonix was too short-sighted to include some Nick Lowe compositions, C3 would pick up the slack. I full-well expected the three songs listed below to be official C3 releases when I began searching the database for the very first time. If not official, at least some crumby author would try to do Nick justice, right? Nope. Nothing. It's a travesty. Everybody has heard at least two of the songs below, so I've included a bonus song he wrote for Elvis Costello as a punishment/reward for your insolence. The Costello version, the definitive version of the song, one of my favorite of all time throughout all history and space known and unknown, should already be in Rock Band, but I won't bother trying to talk you into it. Instead, just enjoy the song, since Costello already has songs in Rock Band he wrote himself. Gosh, I'm sweaty.

 

The Obvious Choice:

So It Goes

Album: [single] (1976)

In the tall buildings
Sit the head of our nations
Worthy men from Spain and Siam
All day discussions with the Russians
But they still went ahead
And vetoed the plan

 

This song oozes cool. Smart, catchy, well-constructed pop rock from the late '70s. They just don't make 'em like they used to.

 

Vocals: Fun layered harmonies during the chorus.

Guitar: A really classic guitar part. I wouldn't say it's difficult or unique, but it's definitely timeless.

Bass: Not bad. Not bad at all.

Drums: I have no idea. Sounds like he's doing work.

Keys: None.

Miscellaneous: Fades out.

 

Runner-up:

I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass

Album: Jesus of Cool (1978)

I love the sound of breaking glass
Especially when I'm lonely
I need the noises of destruction
When there's nothing new

 

Just read the description of the song above. Every word applies.

 

Vocals: Harmonies throughout the song. Reflective lyrics.

Guitar: Sexy.

Bass: Funky as fuuuuunk.

Drums: Unknown difficulty or enjoyment factor.

Keys: Unpredictable piano. Fun for keyboardists!

Miscellaneous: It's the '70s. Of course it fades out.

 

Runner-up

Cruel To Be Kind

Album: [single] (1979)

And I want to know why
I pick myself up off the ground
To have you knock me back down

 

For whatever reason, I remember this song from my childhood, well after it was released as a single. I never realized it was Nick Lowe when I was a kid because I was a kid. I probably like it more now that I'm a big boy, and I definitely respect it knowing now the identify of the writer.

 

Vocals: Harmonies during the chorus. Beautifully sung verses.

Guitar: Strumming chords. A relaxing solo.

Bass: Relaxing bass.

Drums: No idea. But it was the '70s.

Keys: Absent.

Miscellaneous: Still the '70s. Guess.

 

 

REWARD/PUNISHMENT:

 

And here's an adorable picture of old man Nick Lowe, still makin' new music

but looking like the Elvis Costello from the above video was subjected to an aging ray.

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Fun fact: Lowe had a song called Little Hitler in 1978.

Lowe then produced Costello's 1979 album on which Costello wrote a song called Two Little Hitlers.

The '70s loved songs about Hitler


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#50 Atruejedi

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Posted August 3, 2017 - 10:24 PM

The Fighting Jamesons

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Background: This band was either suggested to me a few years back either by Spotify's Discover Weekly playlist or NoiseTrade's email digest, so I owe one of them a debt of gratitude. I have a big soft spot for Flogging Molly, the Pogues, and the Dubliners so the Fighting Jamesons fit right into that niche I enjoy so much: Irish-inspired pub-style rock 'n' roll. These guys have two albums, but I'm cheating and choosing three songs from their debut, which is shorter but with more memorable tunes. Oh, and while it doesn't make my list, they do a great cover of Drunken Sailor, so enjoy that.

 

The Obvious Choice:
One More Drink
Album: The Fighting Jamesons (2011)

We got the ladies in a place on the dance floor

Well, that bourbon got 'em loose and got 'em free

 

I'm here for the stereotypes. It's a fun rock song based with an Irish accent. What's not to like?

 

Vocals: Only a melody, but it's definitely a sing-along at heart.
Guitar: Lots of sounds to choose from.
Bass: Nothing special.
Drums: Adequately fun, I'm sure.
Keys: Strings could go here.
Miscellaneous: Gets really intense during the ending, poof, it's over. Bottoms to the ground.

 

Runner-up:

Sink
Album: The Fighting Jamesons (2011)

Rest my head on the bar

Well, this ledge, it barely can hold me

And the bar maid, man, she told me I was fucked

 

This is easily my favorite Fighting Jamesons song, and I hope you'll give it a listen and appreciate it as well. Something about depressing songs about getting blasted that are upbeat and sound deceptively chipper really do it for me. I know it isn't the Obvious Choice, but hopefully the Luck of the Irish will bring me good fortune and you'll choose to chart this one.

 

Vocals: Just a melody again. Sing with drink in hand, son.
Guitar: Chords.
Bass: Again, nothing special. Poor luck.
Drums: Sounds fun to me.
Keys: Strings? Strings.
Miscellaneous: Ugh. I love it. Crisp ending.

 

Runner-up:

The Irish Rover
Album: The Fighting Jamesons (2011)

With his sparse witty talk he was cock of the walk
As he rolled the dames under and over
They all knew at a glance when he took up his stance
And he sailed in the Irish Rover

 

Many, many bands have covered this Irish folk song, but I think this version is my favorite, even though it isn't as legendary as the original by the Pogues with the Dubliners or as popular as the version by Dropkick Murphys. Definitely a song that I would have expected to be in the database by now, regardless of which version.

 

Vocals: Well, it makes sense that there is only one voice in this song... spoilers? ;) (Technically, someone does scream a count-in at the end, but I wouldn't bother)
Guitar: More chords and lots o' strummin'.
Bass: Busy.
Drums: Cardio.
Keys: Strings! I insist.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#51 Atruejedi

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Posted August 3, 2017 - 10:44 PM

Gin Blossoms
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Background: I said in my original post that I would try to maintain some integrity when giving these suggestions by limiting the number of songs listed, exploring different albums, and highlighting different musical styles. Well, with this post, nearly all of that's out the widow. If it were up to me, Harmonix would have released 1992's New Miserable Experience as a full album years ago and I would have purchased it immediately, just as I did with The Clash's London Calling. However, Harmonix didn't release a single Gin Blossoms song until Rock Band 4 debuted... and I am a Wii user. I'll never get to enjoy Hey Jealousy, Follow You Down, or Found Out About You, but at least I saw all three performed live recently! However, my outrage at the lack of these songs and this artist in my library has instigated this post in which very few !@#$s shall be given and the rules will largely be ignored. If you're a Gin Blossoms fan, you understand my reasons. Sure, they've largely been phoning it in for the past twenty years; their past two albums from the past two decades are middling. The quality of their compositions has definitely deteriorated since Doug Hopkins was kicked out of the band for alcoholism following the release of their breakthrough record. Their songs since his departure are still good, but they aren't great, and that's what Doug brought to the band: tortured genius. Hopkins committed suicide shortly after he received his gold record for Hey Jealousy and the band hasn't soared nearly as high since his death. It's a strange thing to think about... were he still alive, I think he'd be one of the great song-writers of our era. But were he a normal, healthy person, I don't think he would have written all of the amazing lyrics he did... It makes me very grateful and very sad to have his songs in my life when I consider both the costs to him and the gifts to me. So this post is for Doug.
 

The Personal Favorite and therefore Obvious Choice:
Lost Horizons
Album: New Miserable Experience (1992)

She had nothing left to say so she said she loved me
And I stood there grateful for the lie

I'd drink enough of anything to make this world look new again
Drunk, drunk, drunk in the gardens and the graves

 
Hopkins' greatest achievement. Some of the best and my favorite lyrics I've heard in my life. Fittingly, I will take this song to my grave, and I mean that literally. I legitimately want this played at my wake. Cheers, Doug. Thank you.
 
Vocals: Gorgeous vocals, inspired lyrics, beautiful harmonies. The total package.
Guitar: I am biased. Fun.
Bass: I'm still biased. Fun.
Drums: I know nothing about drums, but my bias says these are fun.
Keys: I am bi-- oh wait, no. None.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.
 

The Obvious Choice:
Pieces of the Night
Album: New Miserable Experience (1992)

But you wanted to be where you are
But it looked much better from afar
A hillside in shadow
Between the people and the stars

 
Another song dripping with somber beauty from Hopkins. Goosebumps. Ah, Doug... Damn you.
 
Vocals: I melt. Such a voice coupled with such lyrics... and nice harmonies to boot.
Guitar: If you've listened to other Gin Blossoms songs, you know what to expect.
Bass: See above.
Drums: See above or above the above.
Keys: None.
Miscellaneous: Fades out on the album version, but there's a version on the Rarities Edition that has a pretty piano ending. I've included that song on the Spotify playlist.
 

Runner-up:
Until I Fall Away
Album: New Miserable Experience (1992)

When there's no good answers
And no new questions
Another personal disaster
There's nowhere to go but down...

 
That thing about highlighting different styles? Forget it. If you haven't heard this song before, you've still heard it... This is just more of what the Gin Blossoms do so well: make radio friendly pop rock songs. I will not apologize.
 
Vocals: Fun layered vocals for two vocalists.
Guitar: I'm running out of things to say. There are a few guitar parts, so there are acoustic chords and picking.
Bass: Pretty much the same in every song and I am not complaining.
Drums: No opinion.
Keys: No.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.
 

Runner-up:
Allison Road
Album: New Miserable Experience (1992)

So she fills up her sails
With my wasted breath
And each one's more wasted than the others, you can bet

 
It might sound a bit upbeat considering the name of the album, but at least I'm showing an ever-so-slightly different sound from the band.
 
Vocals: Pleasant melody, fun backing harmonies.
Guitar: An awesome if not difficult electric solo.
Bass: I love it, but I'd probably love any turd they crapped out if it were on this album.
Drums: Shrug.
Keys: Nope.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.
 

The Long-Shot:
Cheatin'
Album: New Miserable Experience (1992)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS7VSf-XKf4
Well, she was tall... and hair dark as midnight
But she had a way just like you do
To make me feel just like a woman should
You can't call it cheatin'
She reminds me of you...

 
Hey, this song sounds different! It's country! And it's a fitting title since I cheat so often by breaking my own post rules, and a great irony that because it's the fifth video linked in this post, it won't display. Karma!
 
Vocals: Very interesting melody-harmony combination for most of the song. Would be a real treat for two good vocalists, methinks.
Guitar: Hey, this one sounds different!
Bass: See above.
Drums: See above or above the above.
Keys: Nah.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#52 Atruejedi

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Posted August 3, 2017 - 11:05 PM

Eli Paperboy Reed
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Background: Another godsend I discovered from the NoiseTrade email digest, Eli Paperboy Reed is like a screaming preacher on his latest album, and because it's so much more interesting than his other efforts, I'm going to sin and covet three tracks from that record for inclusion in our Rock Band book of hymns. While the man has many slower songs on the album as well, I decided to focus on the hyperactive and intense tracks where Eli channels his inner Joe Cocker. If the below jams are literally not your speed, you can find some gospel-inspired slow jams on the album as well. The three tracks below are conveniently the first three tracks from the album. Talk about intelligent design.

 

The Obvious Choice:
Hold Out

Album: My Way Home (2016)

I promised the Lord I would hold out

I got to see what the end gonna be...

 

I'm not religious or spiritual in any way, but I'd go to church for this.

 

Vocals: Intense melody, cool backing vocals.
Guitar: Very cool! And a solo!
Bass: Also cool!
Drums: They sound fun!
Keys: Yessir!
Miscellaneous: Fades out. Don't go into the light.

 

Runner-up:
Cut Ya Down
Album: My Way Home (2016)

Go tell that lonesome liar

Go tell that midnight rider

Tell the gambler, the rambler, the back-biter

Tell them God Almighty's gonna cut 'em down!

 

Man. Such a James Brown vibe. Preach!

 

Vocals: Harmonies, backing vocals, the works!
Guitar: Funky.
Bass: Funky!
Drums: If drums can be funky, I'm unaware. Maybe?
Keys: Church organ, I presume.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending... bonus points if you make this a Big Rock Ending. Ha!

 

Runner-up:
Your Sins Will Find You Out

Album: My Way Home (2016)

Ain't nothin' you can do

Nothin' you can say

When your time has come

You will have to pay

 

Although the pace is a bit slower, it's still awe-inspiring. Songs like this make me wish Rock Band had a way to measure the intensity of a singer's voice. Because yowza. Good luck!

 

Vocals: You might have a stroke singing this accurately.
Guitar: Variety is the spice of life.
Bass: Brooding.
Drums: Slow paced, but they sound fun.
Keys: More presumed church organ.
Miscellaneous: Fades out.


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#53 Atruejedi

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Posted August 3, 2017 - 11:24 PM

William Elliott Whitmore
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Background: I love this folky singer-songwriter, but he's too true-to-form to have many songs that would be fun for a full band in Rock Band. Because of that, I'll only make two suggestions. Do look into him, though, if you enjoy folk music. When I first heard his voice I assumed he was an 80-year-old African-American blues and soul singer from the Delta, but boy was I wrong. I was fortunate enough to meet this guy at one of his shows before he performed. I asked him about a t-shirt he designed with a compass on it. He gave a good response: we're all on a journey, and we all need something to guide us. To me, and I presume him as well, music is that compass. He proceeded to drink whiskey all evening provided by his adoring fans as he sang his songs and strummed his guitar. For his encore, he performed Mutiny, an amazing song which features only vocals and drums. W.E.W. proceeded to beat the snot out of the drum while the crowd calls the lyrics back. I won't put it officially on my list, but god damn, you should listen to it before moving to on to the main course. Let the motherfucker burn.

 

The Obvious Choice:
Old Devils
Album: Animals in the Dark (2009)

When I say devils, you know who I mean
These animals in the dark
Malicious politicians with nefarious schemes
Charlatans and crooked cops

 

The title track, this song is incredibly satisfying because it builds and builds and builds. Fantastic lyrics with incredible thought and feeling. Easily on my list of top songs I've heard in my life. Thank goodness it's full band!

 

Vocals: Raspy, hoarse, and manly. Sing with soul.
Guitar: Guitar is the star.
Bass: It's there, brooding.
Drums: It comes in eventually!
Keys: None.
Miscellaneous: Abrupt ending.

 

Runner-up:

There's Hope For You

Album: Animals in the Dark (2009)

There's hope for you
But it's much too late for me

 

I'm not typically a sap for songs like this, but this one... this one. It's his voice. It's gotta be. He makes me care.

 

Vocals: Wonderfully optimistic lyrics, which is a change of pace for me. Maybe I love it because his voice is just so inherently somber.
Guitar: Subtle, but it turns electric near the ending.
Bass: A bore.
Drums: Simple.
Keys: A church organ.
Miscellaneous: A pretty long song, clocking in at almost six minutes. On the album, it leads into the amazing song Hard Times, but that only has vocals, harmonies, and guitar again, so... damn. Alas...


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#54 Atruejedi

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Posted August 3, 2017 - 11:35 PM

Argent
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Background: I originally began composing this post to hammer home the point that God Gave Rock and Roll To You should be available in the database, but after going through my collection of Argent to see what the three suggestions would be, well, I had a problem... there were at least three songs worthy of inclusion and God Gave Rock and Roll To You, while a great song, might not be the most exciting full-band experience. Remember, kids, I'm a partier. So, if that sometimes epic song doesn't make my cut, what does? Three songs from the same album, apparently...

 

The Obvious Choice:
Hold Your Head Up
Album: All Together Now (1972)

And if they shout
Don't let it change a thing that you're doing

 

It's a song you all know, or should know. Press play and I'm certain you'll recognize it immediately. I'm surprised Harmonix never released it nor C3 ever tackled it. Here's your chance.

 

Vocals: Inspiring. Intimidating.
Guitar: Classic.
Bass: Pacing, but it gets interesting during the keyboard solo.
Drums: Steady.
Keys: Crazy. Good luck.
Miscellaneous: Fades out.

 

Runner-up:
Tragedy
Album: All Together Now (1972)

Sooner or later there'll come a time
That cold wind will blow and you know that's a crime

 

No, sirs and madams, this song has nothing to do with the equally awesome Bee Gees tune. But it is just as funky.

 

Vocals: Probably painful and very creepy, especially compared to how upbeat the instruments sound...
Guitar: You will be busy.
Bass: You'll be busy, too, but not as busy.
Drums: No opinion.
Keys: Synthesizer, of course.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-up:
He's a Dynamo
Album: All Together Now (1972)

 

I was tempted to put Rod Argent's live version of Time of the Season here because it is awesome, but his more traditional version by the Zombies is already an official C3 release. I wouldn't complain if somebody charted it, but hey, little point in multiple versions of the same song, especially by the same dude. So instead, I present you with He's a Dynamo. Good luck finding the lyrics, but who needs 'em when a song rocks like this? (P.S. Screw KISS. Yeah, I said it.)

 

Vocals: Melody is the star, but there's a bit of backing vocals at times.
Guitar: Long solo. Some nasty guitar parts. Yikes.
Bass: You'll be jamming. Yowza.
Drums: No opinion.
Keys: Some Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#55 Atruejedi

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Posted August 4, 2017 - 12:41 AM

Fly Golden Eagle

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Background: These guys do not look like they should or could be making music that sounds like this. They use so many layers and effects and distortions to make their psychedelic rock that I wish you luck understanding anything, but you'll definitely feel something, and that's the entire point this time 'round. They exude cool, and it's probably just because they're confident. A lesson to be learned! As a reward, they get four selections; two from each album.

 

The Obvious Choice:

Psyche's Dagger

Album: Swagger (2011)

'Cause you were more like some gypsy lover I knew from some other place

I can show you some places that are gonna be great

 

A stupidly charming song. Hell if I know what it's about. More drugs, please.

Vocals: The trippy vocal bridge at two minutes forty seconds in is the highlight here. Where's the peyote?
Guitar: Subtle most of the time.
Bass: Second-string. Most prominent during that bridge mentioned above.
Drums: I have no opinion.
Keys: Isn't a synthesizer required to be psychedelic? Check the box.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-up:
Take You There

Album: Swagger (2011)

You sister told me that you were a little bit lesbian

But I said, "It's cool"

 

Typically I'm not one for "sexy" songs, but this one is a jam. What's it about? I'm glad you asked! It's a song about turning a slightly homosexual woman straight for one night. No, I'm not kidding.

Vocals: Sonic sex. No harmonies.
Guitar: Sexy.
Bass: Suggestive.
Drums: Steady as she goes.
Keys: Pretty sure it's a synthesizer making that noise.
Miscellaneous: It's probably best to let it fade out between 5:15 an 5:20 before the outro begins, because the rest of the song wouldn't be very fun or interesting.

 

Runner-up:
Medicine Hat
Album: Quarts (2014)

Moving down the street with no horizon

I've got a one-way ticket and no where else to go

 

For whatever reason, I find this song nostalgic. Something about it is feel-good and from another era to my ears.

 

Vocals: Just a melody.
Guitar: Enveloped by many other sounds, but it's there.
Bass: Sounds enjoyable.
Drums: Fun? I hope!
Keys: Prominent organ.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-up:
You Look Good To Me

Album: Quarts (2014)

I go for miles, no sleep for days

Just to see your smiling face

 

Another sexy song. Slip into something more comfortable. I'll be out in a minute...

 

Vocals: Unexpected and awesome backing vocals near the end.
Guitar: Bow-chicka-wow-wow.
Bass: Interesting.
Drums: A little drum solo! Adorable!
Keys: Synth for days.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#56 Atruejedi

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Posted August 4, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The Libertines
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Background: I'm a massive fan of The Clash, so any album Mick Jones produces will likely be a record I enjoy. This statement is demonstrated with the Libertines first two albums, full of short, sweet, and smashing garage rock at its finest. After their sophomore effort, the band broke up for over a decade but recently reformed and released a non-Jones produced third album which, to me, lacked the magic of the first two. I barely enjoyed it, even though it was released with great fanfare and positive reviews. Nonetheless, I'm skipping it here to capture the essence of what the band was in their explosive and short-lived heyday.

 

The Obvious Choice:
Don't Look Back into the Sun
Album: [single] (2003)

Oh, my friend, you haven't changed
You're looking rough and living strange
And I know you've got a taste for it, too

 

I still remember the first time I heard this song. It was at the very end of the first episode of The Inbetweeners, and, for whatever reason, it made a huge impression on me. I looked up the band and, boom, here we are.

 

Vocals: Playful, amateur, and intense. A song everybody should sing.
Guitar: Absolutely classic.
Bass: Not the star, but fun nonetheless.
Drums: Probably fun.
Keys: Actually, pretty sure there are some at the end.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-up:
What Became of the Likely Lads
Album: The Libertines (2004)

Blood runs thicker
Oh, we're thick as thieves

 

A fun song for best friends with a secret sexual crush! ...Look it up!

 

Vocals: Playful, play-off-of-eachother lyrics for two vocalists.
Guitar: A little bit of everything electric.
Bass: In the backseat again.
Drums: Rockin'.
Keys: None.
Miscellaneous: A fading ending that can easily be truncated, so no problems here.

 

Runner-up:
What Katie Did
Album: The Libertines (2004)

You're a sweet, sweet girl
But it's a cruel, cruel world

 

An adorable song about a girl and drugs... but I repeat myself.

 

Vocals: Shoop shoop, shoop de-lang-a-lang... fun backing vocals for the group. Almost has a doo-wop feel to it.
Guitar: Another classic guitar part from this band.
Bass: A bouncing bass line that should be relaxing and joyful to pluck.
Drums: Simple but fun to my ignorant ears.
Keys: None.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#57 murlatok

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Posted August 11, 2017 - 08:35 AM

Speaking of Band of Skulls i believe i have 'Sweet Sour' charted for guitar and tempo-mapped. Got to check my old laptop for it.

 

And here's a video-preview of the chart for FoF/Phase Shift. PM me if anyone's interested in this:

 

 

Also speaking of some new requests appeared since the last time i visited the thread.

Totally +1 for Noah and The Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. Been dreaming about playing this one since the album it was on came out. Last Night on Earth was a great record and IMO the highlight of the band's discography. I still enjoy listening to it. The highlights of the record are also 'Life Is Life' and 'Tonight's the Kind of Night'

 

Also +1 for Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros - Home - great tune



#58 Atruejedi

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Posted August 12, 2017 - 12:14 AM

Speaking of Band of Skulls i believe i have 'Sweet Sour' charted for guitar and tempo-mapped. Got to check my old laptop for it.
 
And here's a video-preview of the chart for FoF/Phase Shift. PM me if anyone's interested in this:


Send me this Reaper file and I will have it back to you with vocals and harmonies ASAP. How exciting! (P.S. I will count this in my thread win column :P)
 

Also speaking of some new requests appeared since the last time i visited the thread.
Totally +1 for Noah and The Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. Been dreaming about playing this one since the album it was on came out. Last Night on Earth was a great record and IMO the highlight of the band's discography. I still enjoy listening to it. The highlights of the record are also 'Life Is Life' and 'Tonight's the Kind of Night'


Couldn't agree more. This entire album is a gem and their absolute best. Hence my double dipping :)
 

Also +1 for Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros - Home - great tune


Still shocked nobody's leapt at this opportunity... it's karaoke gold.

 

I appreciate your response, BTW. I put a fair amount of time into these posts hoping at the most that a song will be made or at the very least that somebody will discover a new band they love. :wub: That's really all I want... at the minimum, of course ;)
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#59 Atruejedi

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Posted August 12, 2017 - 12:21 AM

Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets
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Background: Years ago I downloaded one of Amazon.com's free Summer Sampler albums and it included a song by a dude named Damion Suomi. I was instantly captivated and needed more. I bought literally every song available by the guy immediately and it was unlike anything I'd ever heard up to that point in my life. It's simultaneously religious and atheist and folk and rock and joy and anger. I am fanatically obsessed with this man's lyrics. I don't even remember who the main act was that night, but I saw him open for the opener at some concert five or so years back and I got to shake his hand and gush and swoon and tell him how much his music meant to me. And since then... well, he's fallen off the map. :( The last time I saw any online activity from the guy he was playing a few shows local to him in Florida, and I can't tell you how depressing I find his departure from the music scene. I sometimes wonder what he's up to these days. I wish he still made new music, but he's already given me so much that I should just be grateful. Coincidentally, he also introduced me to Blitzen Trapper, one of the original five bands included in this thread and now one of my favorite bands of all time, when he played a cover of their classic Furr at that show. Enough words. Go, and hear all the things.

 

The Obvious Choice:
A Dog From Hell (And His Good Advice)
Album: Go, And Sell All of Your Things (2011)

Some people never go crazy
What horrible lives they must lead
There's boring damn people all over the Earth

 

(Note: The embedded video is a live version because, somehow, the album version isn't on YouTube. I've used the proper (and superior) album version on the Spotify playlist.) The song that started me down this path... it's a long song, and it starts off pretty slow, but by the one minute mark everything starts coming together and the magic begins. I adore every lyric in this song. I hope you appreciate at least some of them. My gift to you!

 

Vocals: Brilliant lyrics, fantastic backing vocals, and a complete Michael Stipe vibe in his voice.
Guitar: Banjo? Mandolin? Something difficult.
Bass: A blast!
Drums: Presumably a blast.
Keys: Do horns count?
Miscellaneous: I cannot stress how fun this song would be in Rock Band. Give it a chance! All 5+ minutes! The ending is vocally messy, but could just be faded into oblivion.

 

Runner-up:
Camel
Album: Go, And Sell All of Your Things (2011)

Teacher tell to me how do I save my life?
I did not kill, I did not steal, and I was faithful all my life
"Go, and sell all of your things"
That's the one thing I can't do...

 

(Note: The embedded video is a live version because, somehow, the album version isn't on YouTube. I've used the proper (and superior) album version on the Spotify playlist.) The track with the title in the lyrics, but even that didn't convince me to select this song, simply because the album is so freaking phenomenal. I cannot count the number of times I've wailed this out the window rolling down the highway.

 

Vocals: More brilliant lyrics. Subtle harmonies.
Guitar: A western style guitar, but also a banjo or something similar. And a wicked solo!
Bass: Oh my goodness! I need this!
Drums: Of course!
Keys: No!
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-up:
Darwin, Jesus, the Devil, and Me
Album: Self Titled (2009)

'Cause when the fish came dancing onto the land
And they kicked up the dirt and they formed a man
Built your illusions and your fantasies, you and me

 

(Note: The embedded video is a live version because, somehow, the album version isn't on YouTube. I've used the proper (and superior) album version on the Spotify playlist.) More absolutely brilliant lyrics. This one is pretty haunting and epic in scope and just makes me wonder... who hurt this man? Why is he like this? His pain is my gain, I guess...

 

Vocals: I want to be this man. His writing is just so inspired. Oh, and harmonies.
Guitar: Lots of chords, but also some picking. Variety!
Bass: Acceptable.
Drums: The drummer has his moments.
Keys: Horns could go here.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#60 Atruejedi

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Posted August 12, 2017 - 12:27 AM

The Dirty Guv'nahs
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Background: For a while I've been debating myself on whether to include these guys on my list. Now, bear with me when I say the Dirty Guv'nahs are a completely unremarkable band. I can't think of a single thing that sets them apart from other bands. They're a generic American rock band. But, see, I think that's the thing... they're a solid American rock band, and those three attributes are, today, pretty uncommon to see in one band. I guess other bands have spoiled me by being fantastic, foreign, and eclectic, but that shouldn't lessen my appreciation of this band. I know this doesn't sound like a glowing review of them, but let your ears do the deciding.

 

The Obvious Choice:
Morning Light
Album: Hearts on Fire (2014)

Growing up comes quickly
If you blink your eyes you'll miss
The beauty of the whole world
Don't forget to move your hips

 

I considered other songs from this very solid album (like Where We Stand and, my favorite, Slow Down Easy) but this tune seemed to have the biggest amount of potential in Rock Band.

 

Vocals: Feel good lyrics, enjoyable melody, backing vocals a'plenty.
Guitar: Beyond the vocals, this cool guitar part is the star of the show.
Bass: Forgettable.
Drums: See above.
Keys: A synth would go great here, but it's absent.
Miscellaneous: Abrupt ending.

 

Runner-up:
Baby We Were Young
Album: Youth Is In Our Blood (2010)

Darling, don't you know that
You've got the shaky knees?
Gotta roll the windows
Down inside your mind

 

The opening track with the album title in the lyrics, this song is more of the same: another solid American rock 'n' roll love song. Even my innate snobbery can't ruin a jam like this.

 

Vocals: Harmonizing backing vocals throughout.
Guitar: A nice solo. And another nice, long solo. Definitely a guitar song.
Bass: Present.
Drums: Necessary.
Keys: Man, I don't know what it is, but this keyboard part really reminds me of something... can't put my finger on it.
Miscellaneous: A fading ending that could be faded a bit sooner.

 

Runner-up:
Fairlane
Album: Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies (2012)

I might be the wandering kind
Full of emotion and hungry for violence
I’m a backseat of dreams
And you’re my bottle of wine

 

As I said above, there's nothing wrong with this band and nothing remarkable about them either. This song is simply another solid American rock 'n' roll love song. You'll either find it pleasant or forget it exists, but it's guaranteed not to offend you. Hell, you might even want to listen to it again.

 

Vocals: Melody is the star, but there are some very, very subtle harmonies in the background, or I'm crazy...
Guitar: Sounds like an enjoyable time.
Bass: Yup.
Drums: Uh-huh.
Keys: Really nice keyboard part.
Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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