This week's a slow week leading up to QUEEN the following week, but there are a few gems in there, depending on what you like. One each by Motörhead, Tenacious D, and Testament from the Brütal Legend soundtrack, one by Black Tide, one by blink-182, two live tracks by Kansas, and one by L7. Oh yeah, I forgot. And two by Joe Satriani. Yes, you read that right. Joe Satriani is bringing his unique brand of guitar pwnage to Rock Band.
Let's have a closer look at the songs, shall we? Click the name of the song to find the best YouTube video I could find for that song.
"We Are the Road Crew" - Motörhead
Pretty good song, nothing that stands out though. Motörhead's stuff all tends to sound the same, but it's usually pretty good. Like Ace of Spades (which comes with Rock Band 2) this will probably be a challenge, but I think we will pass on this.
"The Metal" - Tenacious D
I can't be held responsible if you click on the above link. Tenacious D are some silly dudes, I don't really get it, or like it much. Jen likes it, so we might get it.
"More Than Meets the Eye" - Testament
Wait, this isn't from the soundtrack to the new Transformers movie? Never much cared for Testament, but this will be another good heavy song for those looking for a challenge. Definitely a skip, at least for now.
"Show Me the Way" - Black Tide
Not sure what's going on here. Sounds like hair metal. Annoying at first, but it kinda grew on me. Probably skip, but we may get it.
"What's My Age Again?" - blink-182
Here's some good fun pop-rock. This is a definite buy. Still holding out for "Pinch Me", damn good song, criminally underrated. Their songs are kinda hard to sing, but fun, and fun on the bass as well.
"Satch Boogie" and "Surfing With the Alien" - Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani is such a showoff, but one can't deny that he knows his way around a guitar. It would be interesting to see how it translates to a plastic guitar. Obviously hard as hell, see also "Rude Mood", which apparently nobody's gotten 100% on Expert Guitar yet (and proven it), but this video I linked comes pretty close with 99%. Two words. In. Sane.
"Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)" and "Point of Know Return" - Kansas
Not really digging either of these songs, but "Point of Know Return" sounds clever. Probably skip both of these.
"Andres" by L7
Believe it or not, that's the best video of that song. Jury's gonna have to be out on that one. "Pretend We're Dead" is a cool song, but this sounds kinda bad. I'll have to hear a better copy.
So it looks like just the blink-182 track next week, but we'll get at least 3-5 of the Queen songs the following week.
Also "What's My Age Again?" would make track #400, if I don't first delete the covers of "Tom Sawyer" (Rush) and "Number of the Beast" (Iron Maiden) as we have both the cover and the master recording, and there's no point in having both. So that would knock us down to 397, and a Queen song would be #400.
As always, the complete, up-to-date list of all our Rock Band songs can be found at the link at the bottom of the blog, or right here.