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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

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)

 

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. However, with the imminent release of full-band 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 (hence no Misery). 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)

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

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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