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#101 Atruejedi

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Posted January 16, 2018 - 05:35 AM

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Kasabian

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Songs planned or already in the works:

None

 

Background: How does one categorize Kasabian? Alternative rock? Punk? Psychedelia? Trance? Whatever they are, I love them. While the two Harmonix-released songs are Obvious Choice caliber, the customs in the database, while no doubt good tunes, are really surprising choices when there are so many other songs that are better known (if not simply better, too). Like what? Like these. Below are the songs for which I'm actively searching for collaborators. If you are interested in contributing anything but vocals, contact me. With a significant six albums under their belts, I've had to leave off many tracks that would be great to chart, but these are some of my favorites.

 

The Confidence Builder:

Days Are Forgotten

Available now! Download here

Album: Velociraptor!  (2011)

You say I'm old hat

A fuckin' dirty rat
Call me a cliché

How right you are

 

The word swagger comes to mind when I hear this song. You've gotta have confidence to open a track with vocals like that. I have fond memories of singing along during the chorus when seeing them in 2012. So much energy... almost ritualistic and tribal.

 

Vocals: Aggressive talk-singing? Check. Soaring chorus? Check. Screeching eagles and monkey brains? Check.

Guitar: Full of swagger. Hope those fingers are limber. C-c-c-combo breaker.

Bass: Standard stuff.

Drums: Solid.

Keys: Something is probably going on here, but I'm unsure.

Miscellaneous: Gosh, even I have no interest in charting whatever ...singing that is as the song fades out.

 

The Punk in Disguise:

Where Did All the Love Go?

Album: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009)

The rivers on the pavement are flowing now with blood
The children of the future are drowning in the flood

 

My favorite song from my favorite album. Punk lyrics in psychedelic rock. Awesome.

 

Vocals: I love punk music, so the lyrics are the star for me with this one. But I do enjoy the melody and backing vocals very much.

Guitar: Sparse.

Bass: Subtle but very interesting! I'd love to play this.

Drums: A workout. And some bongos.

Keys: The strings are the stand-out instrument here. Angelic.

Miscellaneous: Abrupt ending which sounds cut off, even though it actually doesn't transition into the next track. Is it possible to chart jawbone?

 

The Fan Favorite:

L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)

Album: Kasabian (2004)

Come on
We got our backs to the wall
Watch out
Before you kill us all

 

I'm actually shocked this track wasn't official DLC or "at least" released as a custom. The lyrics are somewhat punk and contrast well with the dreamy soundscape. This one is immensely popular with fans, myself included.

 

Vocals: Primal moaning backing vocals.

Guitar: This is a fairly electronic song, but I think a guitar is making a noise somewhere. I hear it during the chorus, but it's sparse elsewhere.

Bass: Sounds fun to me.

Drums: Standard stuff.

Keys: Something is making a melodic noise that could go here, especially noticeable during the opening and continuing throughout.

Miscellaneous: Abrupt ending.

 

The Latest and Greatest:

Bless This Acid House

Album: For Crying Out Loud (2017)

You know we change for the better
I said it's easy to remember
All we will ever need is right where we are

 

Tell me this isn't one of the catchier songs you've heard recently. I can't get the damn thing out of my head. I'm a sucker for positive (but not corny) anthems like this. *swoon*

 

Vocals: Great group vocals. The star of the show. This would be a blast.

Guitar: I'd say the primary instruments are the vocalists, but the guitar is a close second.

Bass: Standard.

Drums: Keepin' the beat.

Keys: Something fits here. I thought I heard some subtle piano.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#102 Atruejedi

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Posted January 25, 2018 - 09:13 PM

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Soul Asylum

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Songs planned or already in the works:

Runaway Train (Available now! Download here)

Misery (Available now! Download here)

 

Background: This entry is long overdue. Soul Asylum is one of my favorite bands and Dave Pirner (above, with the hair) one of my favorite lyricists, but I never added them nor him to this thread because Black Gold is already available in the database from Nunchuck and Sygenysis, along with a guitar-only custom of Runaway Train. I thought I'd highlight a few of my absolute favorite Soul Asylum jams here for your listening pleasure. It's just a shame I have to leave so, so many out, so I apologize in advance to the fans offended by my selections! I'm aiming for the lesser known or completely unknown here. It's also a shame I couldn't highlight any gems from Dave's solo album from 2002, but don't worry; I'll drop many breadcrumbs throughout the post linking to many more wonderful Soul Asylum songs as compensation... :)

 

The Song Better than Runaway Train:

Closer to the Stars (live)

Available now! Download here

Album: While You Were Out (1986)

Caterpillar crawling up the big phone pole
Is there somebody that you want to talk to?

You know that pretty soon you'll be able to fly
How is this going to affect you?

 

Upon hearing the opening lyrics to this song, I was hooked. Captivated. Enthralled. The live version embedded above was recorded in Toronto in 1995 and can be found on their greatest hits album entitled Black Gold. I insist that if this song ever becomes a custom, it's this live version that is used. It is... sublime. That isn't to imply the album version is bad... it's just so different and doesn't fit with the lyrics compared to the live version. It's like Dave realized nine years after he recorded the song what it should sound like. And I'm glad he did! He also breathed new life into Stranger during the same concert. Mind-blowing.

 

Vocals: Dave Pirner at his finest, both vocally and lyrically.

Guitar: Acoustic and gorgeous.

Bass: Bass and drums finally make their entrance a minute into the song, but it's worth the wait.

Drums: If I could drum, it would be like this. A moderate pace with plenty of bad-ass soul to spread around.

Keys: Beautiful, beautiful organ. I melt.

Miscellaneous: Luckily, this live recording is top quality. Ends with some audience applause (well-deserved!), but no big deal.

 

The Outhouse Introspection:

Just Like Anyone

Album: Let Your Dim Light Shine (1995)

She reaches through the darkness
Her fingers touch the porcelain seat
She spins and pulls her pants down
The cold air holds her like a thief

 

More genius lyrics from Dave freaking Pirner. I can't be the only person to hold this guy in such high esteem, can I? I can't. I just can't.

 

Vocals: I never imagined a song about using the toilet could be so introspective and philosophical. See!? He's a genius.

Guitar: Every instrument is bad-ass in this song, so I don't know what else to tell you. You will feel like a rock star.

Bass: Bad-ass, duh.

Drums: A rockin', bad-ass good time. Makes my brain hurt.

Keys: None.

Miscellaneous: Fades out.

 

The Demonstration:

Oxygen

Album: The Silver Lining (2006)

Just a couple more breaths of oxygen will do
But it's a couple more bills and a couple more pills
And a couple more-- oh, why do you do those things you do?!

 

One of Soul Asylum's most bad-ass tunes, and that's saying something, especially considering it came out well after their heyday. Everything just comes together so well to create a... an experience. This album is the last to feature original bassist Karl Mueller, who played on most of the tracks as he was dying from cancer, hence the album's title. And it features the hidden (and rare) track Fearless Leader, another absolutely incredible example of Pirner's songwriting abilities and one of my favorite songs by him and the band.

 

Vocals: This song is less about Pirner's writing and more about the delivery. The man can be an animal when it's warranted. And those backing vocals almost make this an anthem.

Guitar: Every instrument is an important part of the overall sound, but the guitar is particularly impressive.

Bass: Probably the least important and least bad-ass, but somebody had to come in last.

Drums: Big. Big, big, big! I love it!

Keys: Unlike actual oxygen... who needs 'em?

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

The Most Bad-ass Song You've Never Heard:

April Fool

Available now! Download here

Album: Grave Dancers Union (1992)

Night drivin' without headlights
Wearin' sunglasses, too
Lookin' good but sure don't feel right
Anything to be cool

 

Remember how I just described Oxygen as one of Soul Asylum's most bad-ass tunes? One of. Well, April Fool is the absolute most bad-ass. I swear it. Press play.

 

Vocals: Charting these vocals would be interesting, to say the least. Gosh, Dave. If you aren't under the influence of something... well, that goes against the lyrics, so I'm sure you are.

Guitar: That riff. Man alive.

Bass: Like the exhaust pipe on a dragster.

Drums: I suddenly feel so... aggressive. JEDI SMASH.

Keys: Unnecessary because I don't know if keys can be bad-ass enough for such an arrangement.

Miscellaneous: Abrupt ending.


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#103 Atruejedi

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Posted January 31, 2018 - 05:07 PM

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Social Distortion

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Songs planned or already in the works:

None

 

Background: I always find it a bit incredible when I'm reminded that Social Distortion has been around since the early '80s. I never knew of them until their 2004 album began making the rounds on radio waves. I was instantly attracted to the, uh, interesting voice of lead singer and songwriter Mike Ness (above, center left). Since then I've become a fan (especially of their '90s material) and had the pleasure to see a rough lookin' Ness perform with the latest iteration of the band around 2012. Eventually he'll become an anthropomorphized tattoo, but until then, let's enjoy what aches from his throat. Harmonix has been generous enough to give us one on-disc and three downloadable songs, but only a single custom (a conversion from Guitar Hero) has graced the database thus far. Here's hoping that'll change! P.S. Apologies for leaving out certain Obvious Choices and fan favorites. I thought Prison Bound was simply too depressing to include. :crying:

 

The Triumphant Return:

Reach for the Sky

Album: Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll (2004)

So, if you please, take this moment
Try if you can to make it last
Don't think about no future
And just forget about the past
And make it last

 

I still vividly remember when this song came out. My local alternative rock radio station played the hell out of it and I can't blame 'em. Social D still had it, they said (at this point in my life, I had no basis of comparison). And this song still holds up! I'm a bit surprised that, of the three Harmonix releases, this wasn't one of them. Maybe I'm being biased, but this song (beyond Mike's voice) has a very Offspring vibe to it.

 

Vocals: Almost inspirational lyrics, which, for Mike Ness, I'd call a departure.

Guitar: At this point, I'd call it classic. So many neat little sections, too. Would be a blast!

Bass: Nothing special, but by no means boring.

Drums: I'm sweating just listening to it.

Keys: None.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

The Change of Pace:

When She Begins

Album: Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992)

Well, minutes seemed like hours
And days seemed like weeks
How could a year last so fucking long?!

 

One of my favorites because it's a love song and it sounds upbeat... definitely a bit different for Social D! I'm bouncing in my chair just writing this entry!

 

Vocals: I love the falsetto!

Guitar: If you're familiar with Social D, you know what to expect.

Bass: See above. That little part around 3:30 is so adorable.

Drums: See above. Yeah.

Keys: Nope.

Miscellaneous: Mini Big Rock Ending, maybe?

 

The Return to Form:

Don't Drag Me Down

Album: White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996)

You're eighteen, wanna be a man
Your granddaddy's in the Ku Klux Klan
Takin' two steps forward and four steps back
Gonna go to the White House and paint it black!

 

Time to get the adrenaline pumpin'. Social D sure knows how to rock when Ness isn't moping about feeling sorry for himself. A fine example of why the band is often heralded as punk legends.

 

Vocals: Tortured Mike Ness vocals with backing harmony. So, the usual fare, except for the very punk lyrics.

Guitar: Is James Avery playing guitar? Because that guy sure is a shredder. Man oh man, this sounds fun. And difficult.

Bass: In a word... driving.

Drums: Seriously... it just sounds like so much work.

Keys: Of course not.

Miscellaneous: Big Rock Ending!

 

The Same Old Song:

Ball and Chain

Album: Social Distortion (1990)

Well, I sit and I pray
In my broken down Chevrolet
While I'm singin' to myself
There's got to be another way

 

Look, I'll be the first to admit that so many Social Distortion songs are thematically similar. You know: Life sucks, so many regrets, I messed up, etc. But Ball and Chain still holds a special place in my heart, even if we've already got Bad Luck, Story of My Life, and I Was Wrong in our libraries. These songs are also the reason I didn't include Born to Lose in this entry, even though I do love it.

 

Vocals: Something about the way Ness sings this is just... I don't know. Genuine. I can feel his pain. And they're amplified by the moaning backing vocals.

Guitar: The soul in this... *swoon*

Bass: Relaxing compared to the selections above.

Drums: Also comparatively relaxing.

Keys: No.

Miscellaneous: Big Rock Ending!?


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#104 Atruejedi

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Posted August 4, 2018 - 10:31 PM

The original post has received a significant update to provide links to all of the customs I've managed to get published in the past year with the help of this fantastic and generous community. I'm also patting myself on the back for following through and getting shit done. When I created this post over a year ago, it was to suggest songs that I thought would be enjoyed not only by myself but by the entire community, or at least a large portion of it. Frankly, I feel pretty damn proud of what I've done so far. If you will it, it is no dream. Remember that, aspiring authors! If I could go from providing rudimentary vocal corrections for other authors to bringing my dream songs to Rock Band, you can, too!

 

I've also gone through and repaired broken image links and provided links to the customs published in the past year in the artists original featured post. I might make more edits to bring those posts into my modern standard, like providing a lyric snippet under the music video, but that's in the future. I may also add a few new artists to the original post at some point. But I've covered many of my favorite bands already, and there's so much more work to be done. Plus, now I can get the wheels moving behind the scenes without posting here. ;)

 

That being said, this thread is still here to serve its original purpose: get awesome songs into the game. If any authors here see something they fancy and want to work together to bring it to life, you know how to reach me (if you don't, that's via the private messenger in the top right corner of this page!). But now that I'm able to do a lot of the custom creation work by myself, the content of the songs featured here might change a bit in the future. For example, I went back and added Furr to the Blitzen Trapper post because, hey, an opening that is 75 seconds of just guitar and vocals doesn't bother me if I'm the one charting it. So expect more personal favorites to be listed here, since I can do some of the heavy lifting myself.

 

Many thanks to all of the authors who have helped make my Rock Band dreams come true! They know who they are. And if you don't, dear reader, they're always listed in the database entries of anything I publish.

 

Thanks as well to the community for downloading, following, liking, and posting comments on my customs. It's definitely a form of gratification and motivation for me. I'm only human, after all. It makes the many hours of work I put into these projects worth it.

 

Cheers!


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#105 Atruejedi

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Posted August 4, 2018 - 11:12 PM

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Raconteurs

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Songs planned or already in the works:

None

 

Background: I love Jack White. I love Brendan Benson, who has his own suggestions post. So why wouldn't I love the Raconteurs? It's the best of both worlds. They only ever released two albums, but both are fantastic if you like either of the artists on their own. Harmonix gave us three songs as DLC by the band, and Guitar Hero gave us two more (available in the database), but no true custom has ever been released featuring them. I hope to change that. And here's hoping they reunite for a third album in the future, even though it's been a decade since their last release...

 

Personal Favorite #1:

Level

Album: Broken Boy Soldiers (2006)

Oh well, how can I see the road
If I'm lookin' at the signs?
I'm carrying a load
And steppin' out of line

 

Maybe not the best pick for Rock Band, but hey, now that I can make custom songs, here we are. Deal with it.  B)

 

Vocals: I love the back and forth vocals and the occasional falsetto. I want to chart these vocals!

Guitar: Pretty bad-ass, as you'd expect.

Bass: Nothing to shout about.

Drums: Sounds basic to me.

Keys: Nope.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Personal Favorite #2:

Carolina Drama

Album: Consolers of the Lonely (2008)

Well, now you heard another side to the story
But you wanna know how it ends?
If you must know the truth about the tale
Go an' ask the milkman...

 

I'm actually surprised nobody has released this one. Definitely a fan favorite, for good reason! It honestly makes me emotional listening to it. Yikes.

 

Vocals: A fantastic story, with haunting backing vocals between the verses.

Guitar: Pretty subtle at times.

Bass: Vocals are the star, but bass sounds fun at times!

Drums: You know I have no opinion.

Keys: Haunting piano.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Personal Favorite #3:

These Stones Will Shout

Album: Consolers of the Lonely (2008)

I feel compelled to just yell out for you
To say the words that you can't bring out
But I cannot do everything for you
And if I don't then these stones will shout

 

It's gentle and it rocks. The best of both worlds again. Benson and White are a winning combination.

 

Vocals: The harmonies are beautiful. I want to chart them, dammit!

Guitar: An awesome guitar part that sounds really fun!

Bass: Bass and drums don't really appear until like halfway through the song. Oh well!

Drums: You'll spend three fifths of this song sitting around doing nothing. Sorry!

Keys: Nope.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#106 Atruejedi

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Posted August 12, 2018 - 07:07 PM

Florence + The Machine

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Background: I boarded the Florence train a bit late, so I'll admit I'm still absorbing her and the band's discography. Some of their best songs don't seem a good fit for Rock Band (like Shake It Out) or have already been released by Harmonix (the fantastic Dog Days are Over) or our very own authors (the awesome Ship to Wreck is in the database, courtesy of Ruck Bogers 22!) so I've tried to select the tunes that would be the most fun to play. Additionally, their latest album just released a few months ago, and I have barely had time to digest it. I expect to disappoint the hardcore fans, but these songs are at least accessible to still-casuals like me. Feedback is welcome!

 

An Obvious Choice:

Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

Album: Lungs (2009)

This is a gift
It comes with a price
Who is the lamb
And who is the knife?

 

One of the most memorable songs from the debut album. A solid anthem with charming lyrics.

 

Vocals: An alternating gentle and intense lead vocal part with great group backing vocals.

Guitar: I can't really tell if there's a guitar part... lots of stuff is happening at once.

Bass: Yeah, it's there.

Drums: Sounds fun!

Keys: Lots of choices for this part.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

A Personal Favorite:

What Kind of Man

Album: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015)

To let me dangle at a cruel angle
Oh, my feet don't touch the floor
Sometimes you're half in and then you're half out
But you never close the door...

 

Starts off gently enough... and then mutates into a banger full of fiery indignation. Hard not to stomp your foot to this one.

 

Vocals: Similar to the first choice, and plenty of fun for the entire band.

Guitar: Yes, there's a very distinct guitar part for this tune, thankfully.

Bass: Definitely not the star of the show, but it's there.

Drums: BOOM. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM.

Keys: Take your pick.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

A Fan Favorite:

Kiss with a Fist

Album: Lungs (2009)

You hit me once, I hit you back
You gave a kick, I gave a slap
You smashed a plate over my head
Then I set fire to our bed

 

Probably the most traditional choice for Rock Band. Short, sweet, and rockin'.

 

Vocals: Mostly a song for the lead vocalist, but some backing unisons at the end. Cute, violent lyrics.

Guitar: Definitely a guitar-driven song. With a solo to boot!

Bass: Nothing special, but I'm sure it'll keep you busy.

Drums: Pretty vanilla to my ear, but that ain't a bad thing.

Keys: Nope.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#107 MrPrezident

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Posted December 28, 2018 - 12:49 AM

I'm gonna add Joel Plaskett "Fasionable People" to my next batch of canadian customs.  

 

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#108 Atruejedi

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Posted January 29, 2019 - 03:47 AM

Sarah Shook and the Disarmers

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Background: I got an email about this chick this summer and became an instant fan... and I usually hate country music. This? This is fantastic. The lyrics, the instruments, the twang. I'm certain I'll eventually chart something by her, so collaborators, take notice!

 

The Obvious Choice:

The Nail

Album: Sidelong (2015)

When I think about the end, and, boy, I think about it often
I can't decide which one of us will be the nail in this here coffin

 

This playful song about a doomed relationship is sure to be a party favorite! Yes, I'm serious.

 

Vocals: Sounds like devil-tiered vocals to me... and I'll end up being the one charting it...

Guitar: Classic country stylings.

Bass: Bouncy and fun.

Drums: A rockin' good time! Makes me wish I knew how to drum.

Keys: None.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-Up:

Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don't

Album: Years (2018)

I didn't mean to stay out 'til the god-damn cows came home
Please believe me, it just happened this way...

 

Drinkin' too much has consequences... but we've all been there, right?

 

Vocals: A bit easier than the Obvious Choice. Thank goodness.

Guitar: More rockabilly-style guitar that reminds me of a less insane Reverend Horton Heat. And a solo!

Bass: Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down...

Drums: I like it. I want to learn to drum now.

Keys: None.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-Up:

Fuck Up

Album: Sidelong (2015)

If you tell me what it is that makes your life worth livin'
I'll be obliged to find a single damn that I'll be givin'...

 

A bit slower paced than the above choices, but it definitely has heart.

 

Vocals: Vocals are the star, of course. Sarah is special.

Guitar: A nice lil' solo between the chord fest and picking.

Bass: Nothing special this time.

Drums: Basic stuff.

Keys: None.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#109 Atruejedi

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Posted January 29, 2019 - 03:51 AM

I just went through the original post and all the subsequent artist posts to add links to all the customs that are now in the database that have been featured in this thread! I also updated broken video links and image links and added a new entry, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers! I'll probably be adding more in the future. All this charting has burnt me out. I deserve to listen to music now!


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#110 Atruejedi

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Posted January 31, 2019 - 10:52 PM

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Nerf Herder

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Background: Fans of Nerf Herder are fortunate enough to have access to two of their (arguably) best songs available on the Rock Band Network and one custom in the database, while singer and songwriter Parry Gripp (above, with the keytar) has an additional five songs on the RBN. But a number of their (arguably) best songs from the band's (arguably) best album are absent from our libraries. Here are the three missing gems I think we nerd rockers most need:

 

The Obvious Choice:

Nervous Breakdown

Album: American Cheese (2002)

Nervous breakdown... Doc, what should I do?
Never fall in love with a girl from BYU
She came in the record store and I fell down in the stall
Those Salt Lake City girls play kick-ass basketball

 

A simultaneously charming and bad-ass song about having a mental break.

 

Vocals: Fun lyrics and sing-alongs with great harmonies.

Guitar: Classic pop-punk guitar stylings. Power chords and lengthy sustains.

Bass: Rumbling pop-punk goodness.

Drums: Hardcore shiz. It sounds pretty violent.

Keys: None.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-Up:

High Five Anxiety

Album: American Cheese (2002)

Don't wanna play on your team in your game
The last one picked
Hey loser!
Hey loser? That's my name

 

Yeah, another from their American Cheese album. Their best album. Arguably.

 

Vocals: Honestly, see above. Same deal!

Guitar: See above, but this time there's a solo!

Bass: More rumbling awesomeness.

Drums: A little less intense than above... but not by much.

Keys: None.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-Up:

Jacket

Album: American Cheese (2002)

I saw the DEVO patch on your sleeve
You were in my jacket but you weren't with me...

 

For whatever reason, I have fond, nostalgic memories of this song. Sigh...

 

Vocals: It's a sweet song. Perfect for Valentine's Day, right?

Guitar: Nerf Herder has one style.

Bass: One style.

Drums: One. Style.

Keys: None.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#111 murlatok

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Posted February 1, 2019 - 06:35 AM

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'Cashmere' was partially done by MiltoniusPrime and is available in his thread - http://customscreato...l=+nerf +herder



#112 Atruejedi

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Posted February 3, 2019 - 09:02 PM

The Front Bottoms

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Background: Something about the Front Bottom's music is compelling. I attribute it all to their singer/songwriter Brian Sella, who is like a big kid writing whatever he wants seemingly without a care for how it's received. But it works! As a lyricist, he's definitely got his own style, and his delivery magnifies that. Not all of their songs are great; there are many misses in their discography, but when they hit, they hit. You can find their song Twin Size Mattress in the database courtesy of TomGuy. Above is a picture from their fantastic NPR Tiny Desk Concert you can check out here. Below are the songs I think would be the best fit for Rock Band.

 

The Obvious Choice:

Au revoir (Adios)

Album: Talon of the Hawk (2013)

She says that it's French... "I know what it means
You don't have to be so mean..."

 

This sub-two-minute song from their strongest album is charming, emotional, and a great introduction to the Front Bottoms. Starts off pretty slow, but by that two minute mark you're rocking hard. The perfect way to start your setlist.

 

Sidenote: This album is so good nearly any of the tracks could have been the Obvious Choice. So check out Skeleton, Swear to God the Devil Made Me Do It, and Funny You Should Ask as well.

 

Vocals: Simple, to-the-point lyrics, with harmonies and heart.

Guitar: Perfect for voxtaring.

Bass: You'll be bored for 60 seconds, but then it'll be worth it.

Drums: See above.

Keys: Something could probably go here as icing.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-Up:

Help

Album: Back on Top (2015)

You say, "This is what I want, motherfucker
Make it happen for me"

 

Honestly, I was sold as soon as soon as I heard the word motherfucker in this poppy of a song.

 

Vocals: The usual disregard for any rhyme or reason for his writing. Which is totally cool.

Guitar: All the instruments work together well, but you want this song because of the vocals.

Bass: It's there. Nothing special.

Drums: See above... again.

Keys: Yeah, once again, something could probably be charted to keys.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-Up:

Peace Sign

Album: Going Grey (2017)

She started talking backwards
But nothing good it brings her
So next time that she sees him
It'll be peace sign, middle finger

 

A slower selection from a middling album. Probably my favorite track from Going Grey, and it's got some unique moments, instrumentally.

 

Vocals: Easy-peasy.

Guitar: Lots of chords.

Bass: Shrug. It's there.

Drums: The kick pedal sounds fun, if I didn't suck.

Keys: Yup. Something.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#113 Atruejedi

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Posted February 3, 2019 - 09:30 PM

The Struts

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Background: I'm honest to goodness shocked the Struts haven't had songs released by Harmonix or as customs yet. For shame! This band is such a perfect choice for Rock Band. Fun, exciting, accessible, smart rock 'n' roll! The total package. Get to work, authors, and count me in! I mean, look at them! Look at these beautiful British men. Who make awesome music. A modern day Queen.

 

The Obvious Choice:

Put Your Money on Me

Album: Everybody Wants (2014)

It's true, baby, I sleep 'til noon for breakfast
I have a little smoke then I get up and go
And yes, I'm always two hours late for work, babe
It's hard being a slave to your body and soul

 

Seriously. If you don't like this song, something is wrong with you. Seriously. I'd be hard-pressed to name a song that's more fun than this.

 

Vocals: Great vocals, great harmonies, great sing-alongs, fun lyrics. Woo!

Guitar: A little bit of everything here, and a solo, of course! It sounds incredibly fun!

Bass: Funky fun!

Drums: Body movin'!

Keys: Nope!

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-Up:

Kiss This

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Album: Everybody Wants (2014)

I!
...
Did all I could!
...
So kiss this one more time, 'cause I'm gone for good!

 

If you don't enjoy this song, I'm done with you. I mean, that's the song's theme after all, right?

 

Vocals: The usual disregard for any rhyme or reason for his writing. Which is totally cool.

Guitar: Simply bad-ass.

Bass: Sounds quite fun! It's got some nuance to it.

Drums: I can dig it.

Keys: Something could go here.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-Up:

Mary Go Round

Album: Everybody Wants (2016)

I can't even pour myself a little wine
'Cause every glass is stained in your lipstick shine

 

The best new song from the reissued album. It gives me chills, and it's definitely a different speed than the other choices! A love ballad!

 

Vocals: It's a ballad! Of course it's got great vocals!

Guitar: Lots of power chords. And a solo, of course. It's a ballad. It needs a solo.

Bass: Nothing special.

Drums: Comparatively toned down.

Keys: There are strings, but, eh...

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#114 murlatok

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Posted February 4, 2019 - 06:30 AM

 

 

Body Talks

Album: Young & Dangerous (2018)

Your lips are a conversation
That face is a song
If it's my imagination
Stop me if I'm wrong

 

I hate sexy songs. For this, I'll make an exception. Play this at my wedding as I walk down the aisle.

 

Vocals: People will find you attractive if you sing this to them. Make sure to chart the air sucking sounds.

Guitar: Some rockin' guitar.

Bass: Not as exciting as the above, but still a good time, I'm sure.

Drums: You'll be tired by the end.

Keys: None.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

 

It was just released as RB4 DLC a week ago



#115 Atruejedi

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Posted February 19, 2019 - 02:23 AM

It was just released as RB4 DLC a week ago

 

Ha. Well, good! Especially because I prefer the other songs above it in my post. I'll replace it with something else! And it was released at the same time as Elle King... I'm also a big fan of her! So Harmonix had two great releases in one week. About time ;)


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#116 Atruejedi

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Posted February 19, 2019 - 03:18 AM

Marina and the Diamonds

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Background: I've been a fan of Marina since I first heard her 2015 release Froot. Smart lyrics deviously stored inside accessible, modern pop music. I got to see her that summer and I was one of the only dudes and only straight dudes there. I didn't realize she was and remains a LGBT community icon because who cares? Good music is good music, and Marina's got beauty and brains. Having said this, Marina didn't make her debut in this thread until now because there are a few customs available featuring her in the database. Embarrassingly, I haven't played any of them. If anybody has, I'd love to hear about your experience! Those are all older songs, so this post will focus on her newer releases... because as an author, these are what I would want to chart.

 

The Obvious Choice:

Froot

Album: Froot (2015)

Hanging around like a fruit on a tree
Waiting to be picked, come on cut me free...

 

grubextrapolate describes it as video game music featuring Lady Gaga. He isn't far off, but in any battle, Marina kills Gaga.

 

Vocals: Deep and rich. Clever and sweet. Fun and challenging. Her crowning achievement.

Guitar: Definitely something guitar-like during the chorus, but if not, there are definitely seventeen other parts that can be charted here or to keys.

Bass: As murlatok said, this bass line is amazing. Sign me up!

Drums: Predictable.

Keys: Good luck choosing what goes here. Your choices are legion.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending to a very long song.

 

Runner-Up:

Savages

Album: Froot (2015)

I'm not the only one who finds it hard to understand
I'm not afraid of God
I am afraid of Man

 

This song immediately grabbed me because the content just seemed so... unexpected. The album is electro-pop with smart lyrics, but nothing particularly weighty. And then at the end of the album, this hits you. It sure made an impression on me, and cemented my instant fandom.

 

Vocals: Depressing, but I love 'em.

Guitar: Something could go here, but I'm not sure there's a reason to fill the slot.

Bass: Not as exciting as Froot, but I can dig it.

Drums: Probably another drum machine, but pretty traditional.

Keys: Proper piano.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

Runner-Up:

How to Be a Heartbreaker

Album: Electra Heart (2012)

I love you...
...At least I think I do

 

UNT UNT UNT UNT UNT UNT UNT UNT... find me in the club. Probably the most "traditional" fit for Rock Band.

 

Vocals: This is where the fun begins.

Guitar: Buried at times, but it's there. You know how these electro-pop songs go...

Bass: At least a bass, plus a lot of bassy things.

Drums: More machine now than man, twisted and evil.

Keys: Uh-huh.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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#117 murlatok

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Posted February 19, 2019 - 07:26 AM

Love your picks for Marina. But there's so much more songs I'd like to see eventually authored. Big fan of her debut album, second one got some nice almost-guilty-pleasure-quality-songs (see Primadonna) and the third-one has that special 'FROOTy' flavor to it. 

 

What I love about her is that she willingly shares multitracks/stems to her songs that potentially can make really quality customs. Unfortunately for now we lack authors for them.

 

Loved playing customs already released in the database. Nice for parties and super fun on everything (though a bit simple). (BTW there are stems available for some of the already released customs - if anyone is willing to take on the job of upgrading already existing charts with stems, shoot me a PM, I'll gladly supply the audio).

 

PS

As to your suggestions there are also stems available for Froot and How to Be a Heartbreaker. Just letting you know ;)



#118 Derekô

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Posted February 19, 2019 - 08:02 PM

First time seeing this thread. Back when I joined the C3 community a while back, I immediately wanted to create something very similar and reading this thread had sort of inspired me to do it. We had a lot of the same ideas for formatting but I will make sure I do enough with the execution to avoid ripping you off. ;) I admire the obvious passion you put into presenting these suggestions, which also have a general recommendation angle. That is to say, I have heard of many of the artists featured in the thread... but I have not necessarily taken the time to listen to them. The few songs I sampled were great though, and I will undoubtedly be scrolling through the first post to see what are currently active as C3 customs. Keep up the great work.

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#119 Dangus

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Posted February 20, 2019 - 04:36 AM

Wanted to say... i need that Raconteurs pack. But i'd love the entire Counselor's of the Lonely album at some point haha!



#120 Atruejedi

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The Refreshments

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Background: Unlike a lot of people here, it wasn't King of the Hill, for which this band performed the opening title theme song, that put them on my musical map. Years ago, I was at a bar my friend owned to hear a local band play a few tunes, and one of the songs mentioned Jean-Luc Picard and divvying up loot at a mission and I was intrigued (and not because it was Star Trek! That's just the only specific lyric I remembered in my intoxicated state!) I activated the googles and discovered that this song was actually by a band called the Refreshments. The song was called Banditos, and I decided to give the entire album a listen the next day. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I loved every song. How refreshing! Banditos, which would have been my Obvious Choice, and Hank Hill's favorite, Yahoos and Triangles, are already available as customs in the database, but I'd love to make a couple more from that album. Roger Clyne is a fantastic lyricist, and while I'm not too familiar with his prolific career beyond the Refreshments, topping this album would be a difficult task for anyone.

 

The Personal Favorite:

Mekong

Album: Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy (1996)

Barkeep, we need to go around again
One for me and what's-his-name, my new best friend...

 

I like songs about sadness and alcohol and finding some sort of happiness within it all. This song pretty much encapsulates all that. I adore this one.

 

Vocals: A lovely melody with gorgeous backing harmonies. It would be such a joy to sing this with somebody! And it really rocks during the chorus.

Guitar: There's a big tempo change during the chorus, where things really heat up for all instruments. And there's a wicked guitar solo at the end.

Bass: A rollickin' good time. Sounds really fun throughout the song, and I actually find it less interesting during the chorus.

Drums: Active and tempo-dependent.

Keys: None.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

The (Other) Personal Favorite:

Mexico

Album: Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy (1996)

Well, the good guys and the bad guys well, they never work past noon around here
They'll sit side by side in the cantinas
Talk to senoritas
And drink warm beer

 

Hey, another song about boozin'. But this one has hookers! No blackjack, though. Sorry.

 

Vocals: Really fun lyrics, delivered almost like a crooner.

Guitar: A standard rock 'n' roll guitar part, but with lots of acoustic strumming during the bridge, and a nice electric solo near the end.

Bass: Nothing amazing, but solid.

Drums: They are present.

Keys: Horns!

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.

 

A Song from that Other Album:

Broken Record

Album: The Bottle & Fresh Horses (1997)

Well, I fed your dog while you were on vacation
Covered all your shifts for your operation
But when you got back
You still wouldn't show me your brand new silicone boobs...

 

Their sophomore album is significantly less rockin' and therefore less awesome, but it has redeeming qualities. This one would probably be the best choice for Rock Band.

 

Vocals: You tell a story like a broken record. Purposely repetitive in spots, but the verses have fun lyrics.

Guitar: A delightful riff that would make for a fun time, and a solo!

Bass: Takes a back seat to the guitar.

Drums: Standard stuff.

Keys: None.

Miscellaneous: Crisp ending.


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