"Shit so thick you could stir it with a stick..."
I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about R.E.M. You know them. I love them. Today's going to be a good day because I'm finally releasing this son of a bitch.
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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Bad Day by R.E.M., is my twenty-fourth release and joins a bunch of other customs by the band available in the database. You probably have a number of them in your library. Good! You have tolerable taste.
But you don't taste as good as Peak Stipe.
R.E.M. was not featured in my suggestions thread because Harmonix and the customs community have already spoiled us with so many great tunes. But there are more great tunes out there in need of charting, so this is my contribution. But I definitely didn't do it alone!
Fully custom venue from scratch
Vocal chart from scratch
Dryvox lip sync for all three vocal parts
Vocal tonic note
Reductions for all instruments
Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200024)
Guitar by Kicho
Bass by grubextrapolate
Drums by grubextrapolate and Whizzer
This song originally appeared in the database as a guitar-only chart by Kicho converted for Rock Band 3 by beard216. It was consistently requested on the forums that it be full-banded, and I figured, hey, I might as well step up and service a band I've loved for many years.
In fact, I just saw an R.E.M. tribute band called The Reckoning a few weeks ago and they were fantastic. The band sounded exactly like the real deal and their Stipe was pretty Stipey, but not perfect. Their setlist was awesome, too, because they played so many deep cuts and fan favorites, treating the audience as if they were hardcore fans... which we were! But I digress...
You're all pieces of shit.
beard sent me this custom's Reaper file upon my request and soon after I posted it at the very bottom of my WIP thread so as to demonstrate its low priority status, grubextrapolate hit me up and said he'd be interested in contributing. His enthusiasm pushed this custom to the top of my list and, well, here we are. But there are more collaborators to name!
grub handled the bass part on his own, but he was helped in his drums-charting effort by none other than Whizzer and TheWay123. Without them, this custom would not shine as brightly as it does. A heartfelt thanks to the both of them for their generosity.
I tweaked Kicho's guitar part very slightly by moving a few gems and adding hammer-ons, but he (or she) deserves the vast majority of the credit. The vocals are my baby, though. And I say confidently these are the most fun harmonies I've charted in a long, long time. Get three vocalists together and go to town! The venue and dryvox hopefully do the song justice. Oh, and shout-out to BornGamerRob for his tuning-cents tip, which saved me a lot of agony and experimentation...
If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Take a picture!