Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Dear Red Octane

Here is my sales pitch for Guitar Hero 3. There are a lot of awesome goups on here that I figure you, as developers of video games, probably enjoy but might not jump the gun and just put them on here. You have surprised me in the second edition with such bands like Butthole Surfers, Avenged Sevenfold, The Sword and other crazy off the wall groups. My list digs a little deeper at times in more 70's power rock and also into some other bands from the 90's and now that are worthy of Guitar Hero status. Heed my words of wisdom and try to get the rights to some of the powerhouse bands on here that are clearly in desperate need to be on such a game. I figure the next edition will either be more than 40 major songs, but I set it up just like the last edition and in those specific categories. I tried to be as versatile as possible. Enjoy and make the next edition arleady!

1. Opening Licks
Alice Cooper- "School's Out"
The Doobie Brothers- "China Grove"
Dinosaur Jr.- "Feel the Pain"
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers- "American Girl"
The Velvet Underground- "Rock & Roll"

2. Amp-Warmers
The Clash- "Clampdown"
Pavement- "Date With Ikea"
The Fall- "Vixen"
Steely Dan- "Reelin In the Years"
Pink Floyd- "Have a Cigar"

3. String Snappers
Def Leppard- "Foolin'"
Collective Soul- "Heavy"
Weezer- "My Name is Jonas"
T-Rex- "20th Century Boy"
Foreigner- "Double Vision"

4. Thrash and Burn
Pearl Jam- "Dissident"
The Who- "Young Man Blues"
George Thorogood & The Deleware Destroyers- "Who Do You Love?"
The White Stripes- "Blue Orchid"
Yes- "I've Seen All Good People"

5. Return of the Shred
System of a Down- "Innervision"
Priestess- "I Am the Night, Colour Me Black"
Grand Funk Railroad- "Sin's a Good Man's Brother"
Radiohead- "My Iron Lung"
Led Zeppelin- "Dazed and Confused"

6. Relentless Riffs
Neil Young- "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)"
My Morning Jacket- "One Big Holiday"
Built to Spill- "I Would Hurt a Fly"
James Gang- "Funk #49"
Dire Straits- "Sultans of Swing"

7. Furious Fretwork
Muse- "Stockholm Syndrome"
UFO- "Lights Out"
Man or Astro Man?- "Put Your Finger in the Socket"
Adrian Belew- "Writing on the Wall"
Metallica- "For Whom the Bell Tolls"

8. Face Melters
King Crimson- "21st Century Schizoid Man
Refused- "The Deadly Rhythm"
Soundgarden- "Jesus Christ Pose"
Slayer- "Raining Blood"
Ted Nugent- "Stranglehold"

Post your lists somewhere. You know it's brewing inside you. I think this would work. Maybe not enough metal bands or enough recent stuff or classics, but then again it's good to mix it up. Some are unconventional guitar heroes (Malkmus, Young, Martsch, Greendwood) but then again, they are pretty excellent to be mixed in with the likes of those who need to be put into the game (Page, Townshend, Thorogood, Walsh, Knopfler.) So that is sorta what I went for.



j. leo said...

i see your challenge. i will work on it. as for yours....

forget nugent, 20th century ought to be the very last, liek freebird is. Totally dig Velvet, Floyd and Pavement in teh early rounds. Sultans of Swing and Rainign Blood seem like natural choices. My Iron Lung is great, and if Heart Shaped Bocx can be on there, so can that.

I want to hear more on your choices for Who and Zeppelin. If tehy had the chutzpah for Freebird, shouldn't they find room for Stairway next? just kidding... maybe.

Since I know nothign abotu metal or a lot of ther stuff, I can;t comment on much. The only sure thing I will have on my list is of course Phish's Stash. I think I've air guitared that one more than any other song. I used to voaclize all the guitar parts in it and my brotehr would get annoyed and come beat me up. But it was worth it.

Paul Tsikitas said...

No offense to Crimson, but Nugent has a little more of the power to be the final song. If some kid in backwoods Kentucky were to play this and the finale would be 21st Century Schizoid Man, they'd probably burn a cross and throw it through their television. For that matter, I put Stranglehold as the finale as to make it more noticably mainstream.

No stairway.

I actually wrestled my mind for other Who songs and it was hard to choose because their rhythm section was always a little more overpowering than Pete's guitar work. That is why I went with Young Man Blues which is strictly Pete soloing half the time.

Steve said...

Well done. This has encouraged me to revisit my set list.

j. leo said...

yo, Pan's Labyrinth = really good. This guy might have out-Jenueted Jeneut. But darker.