Band Games: MIA Artists and Songs

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posted 10/10/2008 by Dan Keener
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1990’s
This is a tough decade for me to choose from as I listened to a lot of music during my college years that influenced me.  It also marked the introduction of Grunge to the mainstream and spawned some of the biggest bands of all time.  It also is a decade that has been picked over to a degree with the existing songs that are in the games and available for download.  However, I was able to identify quite a few artists and songs that deserve the chance to be featured in the game.

Artist: Green Day
Album of choice: American Idiot
Signature Songs: ‘American Idiot’, ‘Brain Sew’, ‘Holiday’
The Skinny: Is there a bigger crime than not having any Green Day songs featured in Rock Band or GHWT?.  I can rattle off about a half-dozen songs off the top of my head I would like to play right now including numerous songs from three different albums.  These guys rock the house, and their music needs to be in one of the games.

Artist: Damn Yankees
Album of choice: Damn Yankees
Signature Songs: ‘High Enough’, ‘Coming of Age’, ‘Where you Goin’ Now’
The Skinny: Who wouldn’t want to play songs from a the group of rock gods including Jack Blades (Night Ranger), Tommy Shaw (Styx) and Ted Nugent?  So what if the songs sounded a little light an fluffy, they were catchy and featured great instrument play.  Unfortunately, there were only two albums recorded prior to the group splitting apart.

damn yankees

Artist: Pearl Jam
Album of choice: Ten
Signature Songs: Jeremy, Yellow Ledbetter
The Skinny: Ultimately crowned the kings of grunge (had Kurt Cobaine not taken his life) Pearl Jam has been putting out hits for years including their explosive debut album Ten.  There are so many choices of titles, it would be fairly easy to put together a full album or compilation album to make a large-scale DLC.  As of this writing, ‘Alive’ is the only song (included on the Rock Band 2 disc) for either game.

Artist: Chris Cornell
Album of choice:
Signature Songs: ‘Seasons’ (Solo), ‘Hunger Strike’ (Temple of the Dog), ‘Black Hole Sun’ (Soundgarden), ‘Like a Stone’ (Audioslave)
The Skinny: Seriously, anything this guy touches is money.  Two hits from the tribute band Temple of the Dog (collaboration with Pearl Jam members), multiple hits with Soundgarden and several great songs from Audioslave make his music desirable.  He also has some fantastic solo stuff (see the Singles soundtrack).  The music is really good, but Cornell’s vocals are the money when playing his music.  No one can sing/scream better in my opinion.

Chris Cornell

Artist: The Cranberries
Album of choice: Gold
Signature Songs: ‘Linger’, Dreams’, ‘Zombie’
The Skinny: Yet another female led band that produced several radio hits and good music.  Dolores O'Riordan had a fantastic set of pipes that would be fun to match, and the songs were varied in speed, style and type.  Adding their songs would be a nice change of pace from much of the DLC that we have seen to date, so maybe a small three-song pack may be what the good doctor ordered.

Artist: KoRn
Album of choice:
Signature Songs: ‘Freak on a Leash’, ‘Make Me Bad’
The Skinny: Although KoRn seems to have slipped into making covers recently, they make my list on the strength of their early work.    Their unique sound and songs should translate well into the games, which should satisfy both the casual and hardcore players of the games. 

Artist: Kid Rock
Album of choice: Devil Without a Cause
Signature Songs: ‘All Summer Long, ‘American Bad Ass, ‘Cowboy, ‘Bawitdaba’
The Skinny: With Kid Rock you get a little bit of everything including Hard, Southern and Country Rock and even a bit a rap.  The one constant is that his songs are pretty good, challenging and would be a great play.  Unfortunately, Kid Rock also has a thing about the commercialization of his music, hence why the hugely popular ‘All Summer Long’ and most of his discography has not shown up on any legit download service.  If he eventually decides to let his music flow from the electrons of the internet, there will be a wealth of titles to choose from.

Kid Rock
 
Artist: Godsmack
Album of choice: Godsmack
Signature Songs: ‘I Stand Alone’, ’Voodoo’, ‘Awake’
The Skinny: A nice blend of hard rock, metal and several radio hits to boot.  Godsmack is another band that flies below the radar, yet you instantly know their bigger songs when they come on the radio.  I would personally love to take a shot at both ‘Voodoo’ and ‘Awake’, as I think they are great songs.
 
Finally, here is a list of 15 individual songs from the 1990’s I would like to see hit one of the games.  Again, not comprehensive, but stuff I would like to play:
 
Beck – Loser (1993)
Incubus – Pardon Me (1999)
Metallica – Hero of The Day (1995)
Megadeath – Symphony of Destruction (1992)
Megadeath – Angry Again (1993)
Dio – Holy Diver (1983)
Bush – Everything Zen (1994)
4 Non Blondes – What’s Up? (1992)
Stone Temple Pilots – Creep (1992)
Ugly Kid Joe – Cat’s in The Cradle (1992)
Soul Asylum – Runaway Train (1993)
Kenny Wayne Shepard – Blue On Black (1998)
Rage Against the Machine - Guerrilla Radio (1999)
White Zombie - More Human Than Human (1995)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication (1999)


2000’s
Music that emanated since 2000 has been quite a mixed bag, with several different types of sounds.  We have seen some of these really good songs and artists already find their way into RB and GHWT, but there are still quite a few that haven’t even been mentioned at all.  So here is the list of artists and songs from the 2000’s I would like to see in the game.

Artist: Puddle of Mud
Album of choice:
Signature Songs: ‘Outside’, ‘It’s Been Awhile’, So Far Away’, ‘Psyho’, ‘Control’
The Skinny: Aaron Lewis and the band have created a nice body of work in a short amount of time.  Even though they burst on the scene in late 1999 during the Family Values Tour, they defined themselves during the early 2000’s and continue to produce today.  Their live rendition of ‘Outside’ with Fred Durst is still one of the best live songs to get radio play in my opinion.

Artist: Staind
Album of choice: Break the Cycle
Signature Songs: ‘Outside’, ‘It’s Been Awhile’, So Far Away’
The Skinny: Aaron Lewis and the band have created a nice body of work in a short amount of time.  Even though they burst on the scene in late 1999 during the Family Values Tour, they defined themselves during the early 2000’s and continue to produce today.  Their live rendition of ‘Outside’ with Fred Durst is still one of the best live songs to get radio play in my opinion.

Staind

Artist: Incubus
Album of choice: Make Yourself
Signature Songs: ‘Drive’, ‘Pardon Me’, ‘Megalomaniac’
The Skinny: Incubus is an interesting group, as many times their albums swing from nice melodic songs into sudden hard hitting metal. They have several fan-friendly radio hits in addition to some great untapped songs.

Artist: Creed
Album of choice: My Own Prison
Signature Songs: ‘My Own Prison’, ‘My Sacrifice’, ‘Higher’, ‘With Arms Wide Open’
The Skinny: So who cares if Scott Stapp is a problem child and a candyass.  The music they put out was good stuff and would be fun to sing and play.  With no less than three albums loaded with songs, I’m sure our friends at MTV/Harmonix and Red Octane/Activision can figure out how to wrest a couple away for the games.

Creed

Artist: Nickleback
Album of choice:
Signature Songs: ‘Rock Star’, ’Hero’
The Skinny: These guys seem to fly under the radar despite cranking out great songs on every album they have made.  Chad Kroeger has a very clear voice that should be fun to try and emulate in game.  The instrumentals also don’t seem overly hard on most songs, but would still be fun to play.

Artist: Audioslave
Album of choice: Audioslave
Signature Songs: ‘Like a Stone’, ’Show me How to Live’, ‘Cochise’
The Skinny: I already gave Audioslave a shout out in the Chris Cornell listing, but I felt they deserved their own slot as well.  This group of talented musicians was only together for six years and had three albums, but they managed to squeeze several radio hits and plenty of other great music onto those discs.  The music is great to play, and Cornell’s vocals should be exceptionally hard to emulate in the songs.  I see this as a big get for both Rock Band and/or Guitar Hero World Tour.

Finally, here is a list of 15 individual songs from the 2000’s I would like to see hit one of the games.  Again, not comprehensive, but stuff I would like to play:

P.O.D. – Youth of a Nation (2001)
Seether – Fake It (2006)
Linkin Park – In The End (2000)
Default – Wasting My Time (2001)
Foo Fighters – The One (2002)
Smash Mouth – I’m a Believer
Three Doors Down – When I’m Gone
Weezer – Hash Pipe (2001)
Finger Eleven – Paralyzer (2007)
Drowning Pool – Bodies (2001)
Disturbed – Land of Confusion (2005)
Santana (Ft. Chad Kroeger) - Into the Night (2007)
Three Days Grace – Home (2004)
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army (2003)
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out (2004)

Agree or disagree?  We want to hear from you, so post your responses or personal favorites that you would like to see in the comments…




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