19.6 - The Replacements 4-Pack!
Probably the best punk rock band of all time, and after I already did their classic "Can't Hardly Wait", The Replacements now get their own 4 pack! The pack includes 2 updates of previously drum-only customs, and two brand new songs!
Please note - for all updates, I'm also seriously updating the drum chart (I've gotten better at those), tempo map, etc. So even if you're only a drummer, and you have the old version - I highly suggest downloading the new one! It's much better.
And now, the songs...
Kicking it up with a classic (but honestly, they all are!), "Favorite Thing" is an ultra fast, furious and brilliant punk-rock masterpiece, from the all-time classic album "Let it Be". This one will get you sweating and screaming!
"Kiss Me on the Bus" is a brilliant, catchy, jangle pop/rock track. An all time classic and really a fun song!
Representing the more quiet side of the Replacements, "Swingin' Party" is a gentle rock masterpiece, with brilliant lyrics, from the classic album "Tim". It's beautiful to sing, includes an incredible melodic bass line (especially the chorus) and should be a nice way to chill after rocking out to the other tunes. It's now regarded as a classic, covered by artists like Lorde and many others.
That's it for today! I keep clearing the pipeline. Now I only have, hmm, 13 customs that I started work on and yet to release... I'll get to those before starting a new batch!
And speaking of the new batch - which artists would you like to see? I made a poll from my top options, and it's still relevant. So if you haven't already, make sure to vote here!
Come vote for who you wanna see next!
I'm wondering which packs I should start working on next, so I thought, why not ask the community?
Here's a poll with a few options I'm thinking about. Vote for who you would like to see most!
A few important notes:
-There's a few packs that are already in progress. They will be the next released, and they are not a part of this poll. This poll is about which ones to start from fresh - there will be at least 3 different releases before then.
-I want to hear your opinions and I will take it into consideration. However, I do not guarantee anything, and since I do it for my own enjoyment, I reserve the right to work on whatever I choose, regardless of the poll results.
So I'll take it into consideration but I will not decide solely based on it.
-A note about Leonard Cohen: he's a bit of an odd pick since he's usually a bad fit for Rock Band (guitar only songs/electronic background).
However, the Cohen songs considered are all live versions, mostly from 'Live in London' but also other recent live records. Those are all full band arrangements, include live instruments and will be varied and interesting to play.
Waiting for your responses! Feel free of course to reply here too.
12.6 - Two more!
Amazing song by one of the world's best current bands, The National.
From their 2017 album "Sleep Well Beast", this song quickly became one of their biggest hits, and even appeared on the FIFA 18 soundtrack. Like pretty much every National song = it has absolutely brilliant drums. But quite rarely for a National song, it includes a brilliant guitar solo (in fact I believe it's their first guitar solo ever).
A great song from a great band, and fun to play on all instruments.
Video Preview (note: it shows solo vocals and not harmonies, but the custom has harmonies. Also drums are outdated version and been changed a lot since).
The brilliant 1966 hit from the Easybeats, "Friday On My Mind" is a rock and roll classic. With a surprisingly complex chord progression, cool three-way harmonies and nice guitar lines all over, it's an absolutely brilliant song to play and sing!
Thanks doa for the preview videos!
11.6 - Singles by Suede, Big Star and Chris Bell!
I've promised more soon and here we are!
Another brilliant tune by Suede. Guitar, bass and drums are absolutely brilliant on this one - guitar is just riffs all the way through, bass is ultra melodic. And singing that chorus is just huge! "You're taking me over...". And keys are, well, they're there for completion sake but I don't expect anyone to actually play them. But the rest just rocks.
Video Preview (note: it shows solo vocals and not harmonies, but the custom has harmonies).
A power pop masterpiece and one of the best songs in this genre, September Gurls is just poor fun.
Drums are full of fills and an absolute blast to play - one of my favorites. Guitar and bass are pretty and melodic. And those harmonies are gorgeous! Just a blast all around.
Video Preview (note: it shows solo vocals and not harmonies, but the custom has harmonies).
"Every night I tell myself, 'I am the cosmos,
I am the wind'.
But that don't get you back again".
Where do you even start with a song like this?
One of my favorite customs I've made and songs I've authored, "I Am the Cosmos" is a hugely emotional, devastating and purely beautiful masterpiece. Written by Big Star member Chris Bell, it's a devastating ballad of loss, one of the best songs of the 70's and one of the best I've heard, honestly.
It also works really well in Rock Band. Drums are full of fills, bass is melodic and fun, there's a nice guitar solo in the middle, and those harmonies are simply gorgeous. Also, watch out in the outro, for one of this song's hidden secret - a slight lyrics change near the end. Originally it's buried in the fade out, but here's the fade out is reversed and it's hard in it's full glory.
Thanks doa for all video previews!
10.6 - Singles from Bowie, Sufjan Stevens and Trail of Dead!
It's been a while since I posted new tracks, but I've been working on lots of customs... this is just the beginning!
An update of one of my earlier songs, another brilliant song by Bowie, from his masterful "Low" album. This one has groovy bass, guitar lines all over the place, cool drums, and, well, a really easy keys part. Have fun!
From indie hero Sufjan Stevens, this is just the second Sufjan custom in the database.
"Chicago" is one of his greatest anthems, from his masterful Illinoise album, it's ultra catchy and really beautiful. It includes really cool keys part (piano, trumpet solos, strings) and it's brilliant for vocals. Rest of the instruments are fairly standard (guitar is pretty nightmarish at times), but it's a beautiful tune and one that was really missing from Rock Band IMO.
It's OKKKK I'm a saaaaaaaintttt I forgaaaveee your mistaaaakesss
Even if just to sing this one line, I knew this song had to be in rock band!
From the brilliant Trail of Dead and their 2002 masterpiece "Source Tags & Codes", this is a brilliant rocking song. Guitar and bass are fun but not too difficult with lines all around, drums will definitely test your endurance a bit (especially the chorus), and vocals will have you screaming that huge chorus. I'm a saaaaaaaainttttt!
I've also done drums for a custom by 'Soul Love' by David Bowie, a custom by MrPrezident - get it here.
Thanks doa for all preview videos!
17.4 - Manic Street Preachers three pack!
I know I've been mostly busy with upgrading my old customs, but I felt like I needed a break to work on some brand new songs. And here they are! A three pack by the mighty Manic Street Preachers, with some songs long overdue for Rock Band. It's based on their 1994's masterpiece "The Holy Bible", featuring two tracks from this album, and also the huge single "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next". Now for the first time, with preview videos too! thanks doa for the videos!
The opening track from the Manic's masterpiece, "The Holy Bible", and what an insane opening. Not a subtle opening, the song (right after an opening quote from a pimp), jumps into a tight guitar riff with alternating 7/4 and 4/4 time signatures, before kicking in with the not-so-subtle opening line "For sale? Dumb cunt, same dumb questions" and proclaiming that "All virgins are liars honey". It than explodes into a huge, and hugely NSFW chorus, before a rather calmer bridge with nice harmonies.
It's a huge, rocking explosive song, that gets pretty emotional near the end ("There is no part of my body that has not been used", exploring themes of sex trade and abuse. If "The Holy Bible" has been described as a "voyage into the depths of the human psyche", this song is the album in a nutshell, and it's a must for your library.
Check out the video too! It's not the final version but it's 99% close. I think I fixed one missing yellow tom in the choruses.
Another track from the brilliant "Holy Bible", "Revol" is probably the most rocking song I've done yet. The second single from the album, it's full of explosive guitar riffs, a huge chorus, tricky lyrics which uses names of Russian leaders (and others too) to establish a point about the writer's own sexual frustrations and fears, while throwing in a few Nazi Germany references in the chorus (in German too!), because hell why not. It's the catchiest song in the Holy Bible, and manages to be a big anthem while being as f***ed up as the rest of the album. Have fun.
Check out the video too! It's not the final version but it's 99% close. I fixed the last word in the song - should be "revol" instead of whatever's in the video.
Our final track of the pack finds the Manics 4 years later. Guitar player and Holy Bible lyricist Richey Edwards now isn't a part of the band, after his mysterious disappearance.
This is the Manics biggest anthem, most successful single and big show-stopper. It's a lot more anthemic and accessible than the Holy Bible tunes - even though the lyrics aren't particularly lighter ("If I can shoot rabbits, than I can shoot fascists"). It's probably the song you know from the pack, and it's a brilliant fit for Rock Band 3, using full advantage of the harmonies system. It's one of the most iconic rock anthems of the 90's, and it's here now for you.
Check out the video too! It's not the final version but it's really close. I think I fixed a minor mistake in the vocals in the first verse ("and cold" lyrics aren't in sync), and redone a bit of the guitar solo so it now has more strums I missed the first time around.
Thanks and have fun!
4.2 - David Bowie 3 Pack now fully updated!
Bowie Modern Pack now fully updated!
My most popular custom (before I went full band) get it's full band treatment.
Bowie's last single, amazing song, title track of his Lazarus musical, and just brilliant all around. Not much guitar in it, but bass is brilliant, drums are great, and my favorite is pro keys, with the saxophone solo carefully charted. Have fun!
Masterpiece from David Bowie. Somehow didn't make it to the album 'Blackstar', but it's one of the best songs he's done for years and one of my favorite customs of mine. Beautiful for every instrument.
Sadly no pro keys, as there aren't even chords for this song online, and any of my transcriptions wouldn't have been accurate enough. Too many diminished chords and stuff like that.
Many thanks to atruejedi for helping out on those tricky harmonies!
A classic hit by Suede, "Trash" is one of the catchiest songs you'll find, and one of my favorite britpop classics. With brilliant vocals, tight rhythm section and a cool guitar part all over (nice solo too!), it's a really fun track for everyone! (Well, other than the keyboard player who doesn't really have too much to do).
Yet another classic tune by Bruce!
"Prove it All Night" has been a concert staple for years, and it's more challenging to play than my previous Bruce tracks. Featuring a short but fiery guitar solo (Bruce is an underrated player IMO), very tricky drum fills and rolls by Weinberg, a tight bass line an excellent keys as always (combining piano, Hammond organ and a sax solo by Clarence), it's a joy for everyone in the band. And it's a great song!
Completing the planned Pulp 3-pack (alongside 'Disco 2000' and 'Babies'), "Mis-shapes" opens their classic album "Different Class". And what an opening! A brilliant pop song with a huge chorus, upbeat drums, and just great fun all around. Highly recommended.
Another brilliant classic from Neil, title track of a classic album, with some really nice guitar work and solos, and nice 'la la la's to sing along to. Also, ending edited so it won't fade out!
One of my favorite songs that I authored. An absolute classic from the Replacements, a very emotional song for me. It's lovely to play and sing, and includes some nice trumpets and strings charted to keys. Really recommend to try that one.
Many many thanks to:
grubextrapolate for charting guitar and bass
Jimi369 for charting vocals and harmonies.
The song probably needs no introduction, an absolute classic from Bowie, iconic guitar line, brilliant harmonies, and just a great song all around. Hope you have fun with it.
Also, "Walk On" by Neil Young have been updated thanks to some comments by Kloperte. The drum chart have been updated to fix some mistakes, and there's now a non fade-out ending too. So if you like the song, redownload the updated version! And if you have any feedback or comments about my customs, feel free to contact.
One of my favorite songs that I've done. Nick Cave's music is usually known as gloomy and sad, but this is the total opposite. One word to describe this song - celebration. It's upbeat, fun, catchy, and just brilliant. Pro Keys are really tough and varied, drums are tight, but the highlight is vocals - Nick Cave's insanely varied vocal's take took me forever to chart, as he name-drops everyone from Karl Marx to Dylan Thomas, while accompanied by a church choir - who helps fill up this epic track, and you can sing along to them too. Lots of fun!
The opening track from Neil Young's brilliant 'On the Beach', 'Walk On' is full of brilliant guitar lines, a brilliant bass groove and it's a blast to sing along. Another classic from Neil.
Pulp's voyeuristic anthem, about a teenager who hides in his friends closet in order to watch her older sister have sex, is now in Rock Band in all it's glory!
Come sing this brilliant tune, play along to the catchy guitar lines that are literally all over the song, play the ultra tight rhythm section, or breeze along the easy keys part.
It's been a good week for Springsteen fans. After "Pink Cadillac" and "Rosalita" made their way, two essential classics become full band customs today!
Many thanks to:
Spindoctor - who charted guitar and bass
MrBurpler - who charted pro keys and keys.
One of the greatest anthems Springsteen ever written, “Badlands” kicks off his 1978’s masterpiece “Darkness on the Edge of Town”. Since then it became a live staple (in fact it’s the second most played song in Bruce concert history – only behind “Born to Run”) and one of Springsteen’s most beloved song.
“Badlands” is also a perfect fit for Rock Band, and fun to play on all instruments. It’s based on a piano riff, and pro keys are quite challenging. Guitar is solid with a nice (albeit short) solo played by Bruce, drums by Max Weinberg are filled with entertaining fills (and one really quick drum roll!), bass by Garry Tallent is as solid as ever. And of course, vocals are a blast – both the lead vocal by Bruce, and the ultra-iconic and loud harmony voice by Stevie Van Zandt. In fact, while charting I discovered that for years when singing along, in large chunks of the song I’ve been singing the harmony part and not the lead!
Many thanks to the great bsbloom, who did guitar, vocals, pro keys and keys!
A beautiful folk-rock ballad, and the title track of Bruce’s 5th album, “The River” tells the tale of Bruce’s brother-in-law. Led by an acoustic guitar and an haunting harmonica part, “The River” is a beautiful and touching tale of a man who re-adjusting his dreams, facing the harsh reality of life. It remains one of the most well loved songs in Springsteen’s catalog.
“The River” is based on acoustic guitar, so the guitar player will be playing a nice fingerpicking pattern, which develops into a strumming part. Keys are entertaining as well, alternating between harmonica, piano and organ. Bass is melodic and nice, drums are quite basic but still fun. And of course, singing the song is the highlight – and there’s also a nice harmony party by Stevie Van Zandt.
My favorite custom I did so far. “The Ship Song” is one of those songs that are just magical. Essentially a love song, it’s one of Nick Cave’s greatest moments, a huge beautiful anthem, and one of those songs I feel everyone should know.
“The Ship Song” is at core a piano ballad, so the keys chart is interesting for sure. You’ll be mostly playing the piano part, played by Nick Cave himself, but also a bit of Hammond organ, and the beautiful vibraphone solo in the end. Drums are surprisingly entertaining, bass is melodic and beautiful. Guitar is mostly just chords, so it’s the least interesting chart.
And on top of it all, the 3-part harmony is absolutely beautiful. While the main vocalist sing the song, the other two singers will accompany him with “ohhh”s and “ahhh”s. The second singer will also harmonize in the verse and chorus, and even get to sing the lead vocal in the last chorus (as the lead vocalist has a spoken word part over it), while the third singer keeps the “ahhh”s going. It’s honestly a magical song, and hopefully a magical custom too.
If you've wondered why Thunder Road, one of Springsteen's best songs (and my personal favorite) was suspiciously missing from 3 different Bruce packs... well here's your answer. A full band custom was in the making, collaboration with ejthedj, and now it's ready! Make sure you get it!
I would like to say a huge thank you to ejthedj, who done the majority of the work, including an absolutely insane (seriously, insane) pro keys chart. I've had a blast charting the drums (all difficulties) to this one.
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