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Geek Out: Next Seven Tracks of GH: 80s, First 11 Tracks of GHIII Announced

Posted by Andrew Unterberger on May 23, 2007

I’m in the mood, the rhythm is right

It’s been an exciting week for GH freaks. The leaks are slow but steady with regards to the Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s (now only about two superfluous words away from Coheed & Cambria-style titling) tracklisting, but now in addition to the recently released game cover (see above), seven new songs have been added to the soon-to-be-rocked list, in addition to the seven songs already announced.

Two of the new songs–Faster Pussycat’s sleaze-metal pounder “Bathroom Wall” and The Police’s twisty stadium-shouter “Synchronicity II“–I am tremendously excited for (the latter was even on my original 80s wishlist, and the former would’ve been if I had thought for a couple seconds further). Two others, the hair metal standards “18 & Life” by Skid Row and “Nothin’ But a Good Time” by Poison, are mildly enticing though not particularly challenging seeming. And the other three–Extreme’s “Play With Me,” Eddie Money’s “Shakin’,” and Billy Squier’s “Lonely is the Night”–I’ve never heard, and I don’t like listening to GH songs for the first time before playing them. Less revelatory that way.

So far, though a ton of fun songs have been announced, the tracklisting seems kind of narrow–mostly confined to relatively simple mainstream metal, mixed with a couple new wave classics. What I’d like to see announced in the remaining 16 songs is some more alternative stuff–if not My Bloody Valentine and Big Black, then at least Sonic Youth and Black Flag–as well as some more challenging heroic-type stuff. Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, I’m looking in your direction.

But the really exciting shit announced recently wasn’t for Rocks the 80s–it was for Guitar Hero III, not due until Fall and now seeing an eternity away. Soon to be available on just about every major platform, the first 11 tracks to be available for the game have been announced, and are as follows:

* Paint It Black (by The Rolling Stones)
* Cherub Rock (by Smashing Pumpkins)
* Sabotage (by Beastie Boys)
* The Metal (by Tenacious D)
* My Name is Jonas (by Weezer)
* Knights of Cydonia (by Muse)
* Rock And Roll All Nite (as made famous by Kiss)
* School’s Out (as made famous by Alice Cooper)
* Slow Ride (as made famous by Foghat)
* Cult of Personality (by Living Colour)
* Barracuda (as made famous by Heart)

Really, it’s sort of inconceivable how shit-hot this tracklisting is so far. Of these 11, the only one I’m not aching to play is the Tenacious D one, and that’s just because I’ve never heard it. “Barracuda,” “Cult of Personality,” “Slow Ride,” “Cherub Rock“…I’ve been salivating to get my fingers around these each time I’ve heard them on the radio since I became a GH convert. A great mix of classic rock, 90s alternative, new stuffand left-field stuff…so far, so very, very fucking good.

And that whole “by” vs. “as made famous by” thing next to each of the tracks listed–the ones “by” the artists are all master tracks, meaning that SEVEN of the 11 tracks will be the artists’ original recordings and not shady Harmonix re-recordings. When compared to the grand total of two songs that were master tracks in II (and a whopping zero in I), it’s a damn good sign of things to come.

And with Rock Band details still to come? It’s gonna be a fun second half of the year.

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2 Responses to “Geek Out: Next Seven Tracks of GH: 80s, First 11 Tracks of GHIII Announced”

  1. my kinetic android said

    That Tenacious D song should fun. It’s one of their better ones.

  2. my kinetic android said

    … Tenacious D song should BE fun…
    What do you mean you can’t edit comments on a blog?

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