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Geek Out: First Seven Tracks of Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s Announced

Posted by Andrew Unterberger on May 12, 2007

23 chances left to finally include some fucking Yngwie

At least twice a week since news about Guitar Hero: 80s Edition was announced last January, I’ve been Google Blog searching the words “Guitar Hero 80s” in the hopes of pulling news on the prospective tracklisting. Almost four months later, I’ve finally got my first taste–seven of the thirty tracks have been confirmed as avialable titles in the game, out of thirty total. It doesn’t make up for the fact that the release date was pushed from a definite-sounding June 13th to a much more irritatingly vague “Summer 2007,” but it’s a start. Here’s what I’m thinking about the titles announced (in alphabetical order).

  1. A Flock of Seagulls – “I Ran (So Far Away) This must be one of the Group 1 songs. Probably the least exciting song announced here–don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the Flock, but their hits are hardly remembered for their masterful fretwork, and though it’ll be cool to play the echoing opening riff at least, I don’t see this one standing up to repeat plays so much. Glad they’re at least trying to rep for some New Wave, though.
  2. Asia – “Heat of the Moment Sort of the same deal here. That opening five-note iff has deservingly become a classic, but between that and the solo-ish business at the end, there’s really not much six-string burning to speak of. Sure it’ll be a crowd pleaser regardless.
  3. Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy I could see this one being a lot of fun, actually. The twisty-turny New Wave-cum-rockabilly riff could provide “Tattooed Love Boys“-style GH thrills. Playing that super-fast muted guitar part that goes throughout the song would be especially awesome (HEY!)
  4. Dio – “Holy Diver This is definitely more along the lines of what the game should be about. Personally, I prefer “Rainbow in the Dark,” but that song’s more about the synth line anyway I suppose, and really any Dio is good Dio. Should become a Guitar Hero classic in relatively little time, shame it doesn’t have some more soloing though.
  5. Quiet Riot – “Metal Health (Bang Your Head) Yes, yes and fucking yes. This was definitely on my GH: 80s wishlist, one of the best hard rock songs of the decade easy. Besides that immortal riff (way, way better than anything in “Cum on Feel the Noize“), this one has a pretty nifty slinky bass line going throughout it as well, so it should be a solid co-op choice. If that mode’s still available on the new one.
  6. Ratt – “Round and Round” Another solid choice–you get the riff of Van Halen’s “Unchained” while still leaving VH free to hopefully have one of their better songs available in the game as well (“Hot for Teacher,” please?) More hair-metal one-hit wonders (or second tier genre efforts, at least) should hopefully provide one of the game’s musical cores.
  7. Twisted Sister – “I Wanna Rock Like “Metal Health,” another band’s second-biggest hit that makes for a much wiser choice than the biggest. The a capella “ROCK! ROCK!” chant-along part is gonna be fucking awesome in a room full of GH enthusiasts.

Still on the wishlist for the remaining 23:

  • AC/DC – “Back in Black”
  • Accept – “Balls to the Wall”
  • Aerosmith – “Love in an Elevator”
  • Anthrax – “Caught in a Mosh”
  • Big Country – “In a Big Country”
  • Billy Idol – “White Wedding”
  • Bon Jovi – “Wanted Dead or Alive”
  • The Cult – “Love Removal Machine”
  • Def Leppard – “Photograph”
  • Dinosaur Jr. – “Freak Scene”
  • The Fixx – “One Thing Leads to Another”
  • Golden Earring – “Twilight Zone”
  • Guns n Roses – “Mr. Brownstone”
  • Iron Maiden – “Wasted Years”
  • Journey – “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”
  • Judas Priest – “Hellion / Electric Eye”
  • Living Colour – “Cult of Personality”
  • Magazine – “Because You’re Frightened”
  • Yngwie Malmsteen – “Black Star”
  • Metallica – “Master of Puppets”
  • Megadeth – “Peace Sells”
  • Ozzy Osbourne – “Over the Mountain”
  • The Pixies – “Vamos”
  • The Plimsouls – “A Million Miles Away”
  • The Police – “Synchronicity II”
  • Prince – “Let’s Go Crazy”
  • Queensryche – “Eyes of a Stranger”
  • R.E.M. – ‘Radio Free Europe”
  • Rush – “Spirit of Radio”
  • Scorpions – “Rock You Like a Hurricane”
  • Skid Row – “Youth Gone Wild”
  • Slayer – “Angel of Death”
  • Sonic Youth – “Total Trash”
  • U2 – “I Will Follow”
  • W.A.S.P. – “Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)”
  • X – “Los Angeles”
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