With less than 11 full days to go until 09.09.09 (OMG!), you shouldn’t be surprised that I’m inundating you with The Beatles: Rock Band coverage. Especially having played the Best Buy demo on Tuesday (unfortunately only on guitar — stupid Best Buy only having one instrument), I’m more excited now than I’ve ever been. Because playing that demo Was. Fucking. Awesome. And, in fact, I’ve got a massive post coming at you on the last Saturday before the game’s release!
I’ll admit that I’m still a little hung up on songs that aren’t going to be in the game. But I’m also in high hopes that in addition to doing full album downloads, they’ll also do some plain old single song downloads and/or download packs! After all, that would be the smart thing to do, yes? So I’m giving my disappointment as positive a spin as I know how — by making a list not of songs that should have been in the game, but of songs that I desperately hope will eventually be available as downloadable content! It’s a bit heavy on early Beatles, even though when forced to choose I’m definitely a late Beatles kinda person, because I think that early Beatles songs totally got shafted in terms of song ratio. (Hey, something had to get shafted, but I’m just saying!)
Here we go:
1. She Loves You
Again, enormous sin to not have it in the game. As it was recorded on two-track tape, a part of me almost wants to say that Giles Martin implored them “please, no more than these five songs!” — but that’s hardly an excuse. Come on, now. If you are going to make time to separate out the tracks on Boys, you can do it for She Loves You. It’s one of the Beatles’ most signature tunes, and certainly one of the most exuberant, not to mention a great drum track from Ringo.
It’s not even on two-track! No excuse at all. I think that the vocals would be particularly fun, and that it would be a huge DLC hit for them if they did it.
3. Strawberry Fields
John’s signature song. I don’t know how fun it would be for the full band, but guitar simply can win every time. Again — they made I Am The Walrus work, they can make this work. And they should. (Just imagine the dreamscape!)
Ringo’s greatest drum track, and one of the songs I’ve seen the most people lament not being included, and so it would be a perfect DLC.
5. Happiness is a Warm Gun
So many different styles, one song. How much fun would it be to go through them all?
6. Please Please Me
It seems that many U.S. fans completely ignore this song, but I know that U.K. fans have to be in shock over this exclusion. The Beatles’ first number one hit (don’t give me technicalities, die-hards — it was number one on the chart that counted), and a catchy-as-hell little number. Not to mention, we totally need more songs to play in the Cavern!
7. All My Loving
Yet another two-track song. I know I’m killing you here, Giles and team, but what can I say? It’s a classic Beatles hit, not to mention a major staple of their live shows for a year or two. I mainly want it for vocals, guitar, and just plain old love of the song.
8. I’m Down
Just because there’s no keyboard in the game doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be kickass to play! You cannot have a Shea Stadium venue in the game — hell, you cannot just plain old pretend to be the Beatles playing live! — and then not make this song available.
9. Glass Onion
Great, funky track. It’d be a blast.
10. What You’re Doing
Odd pick, perhaps! But someone has to give Beatles For Sale some love, right? Also, I think this song goes unfairly ignored. A throwaway it may be, but what a ridiculously awesome throwaway. It’s catchy as hell, the beginning and ending drums are amazing, the guitar has a great little hook, and the vocals are much too fun to sing along to. An outside possibility, yes, but I’m telling you, it’d be a damn good one.
What do you hope is made available as downloadable content? Leave your hopes and dreams in the comments, and hope further that Harmonix is spending some time googling their own game 😉