Friday, June 26, 2009

If I Had to Pick the Songs in Beatles: Rock Band

The Beatles: Rock Band is set to come out September 9, 2009 and Beatle fans are getting excited. So far we know of ten songs which will be in the game. But what other ones will be included? I decided to make a list of what I want to see. By the time I finished it was clear that Harmonix, the game's creators, have a HUGE task ahead of them. Just on my made up list I left off about ten songs I absolutely love.

First, some ground rules. My list is limited to 45 songs because the game is (though I stretched the rules at the end). The songs and venues we already know are in the game I included (they are in bold). For the group of songs that I think should make use of soundscapes, I just wrote "soundscapes" for the venue.

The Cavern Club
Liverpool, England: 1962
  1. Hippy Hippy Shake
  2. Roll Over Beethoven
  3. Sweet Little Sixteen
  4. Twist and Shout

The Ed Sullivan Show
New York, New York: February 1964
  1. All My Loving
  2. She Loves You
  3. I Want to Hold Your Hand
  4. I Saw Her Standing There
  5. Please Please Me

The Set of A Hard Day's Night
London, England: March 1964
  1. I Should Have Known Better
  2. If I Fell
  3. Can't Buy Me Love
  4. A Hard Day's Night

Shea Stadium
New York, New York: August 15, 1965
  1. I Feel Fine
  2. I'm Down
  3. I Wanna Be Your Man
  4. Help!

Tokyo, Japan: June 1966
  1. Paperback Writer
  2. Nowhere Man
  3. Ticket to Ride
  4. If I Needed Someone
  5. Day Tripper
Soundscapes, 1966
  1. Drive My Car
  2. In My Life
  3. Taxman
  4. Rain
Pepperland, 1967 (These would be soundscapes too, but I just want to play as the cartoon Beatles from "Yellow Submarine")
  1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  2. Strawberry Fields Forever
  3. I Am the Walrus
  4. Hey Bulldog
  5. A Day in the Life

Abbey Road Studios
Summer, 1968
  1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
  2. Yer Blues
  3. Revolution
  4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  5. Helter Skelter
Roof of Apple Corps
London, England: January 30, 1969
  1. Don't Let Me Down
  2. I've Got a Feeling
  3. One After 909
  4. Get Back
More Soundscapes, late 1969
  1. Here Comes the Sun
  2. Octopus's Garden
  3. Suite from Abbey Road:

    a. Mean Mr. Mustard
    b. Polythene Pam
    c. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
    d. Golden Slumbers
    e. Carry That Weight
    f. The End

  4. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  5. Come Together

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009


  • The pyramids were built by Ancient Egyptians as a monument to their kings, who always encouraged healthy eating.

  • Sometimes I watch Hannity's America because I like comedic shows. One day we'll all sit around the fireplace with him drinking hot cocoa and laugh about all the bat-shit insane stuff he says. Then when we wake up in the morning we'll realize, collectively as a nation, that Sean Hannity has left and our wallet with all our credit cards in it is missing. He is a con-artist and his show is just an elaborate plot to steal our credit cards.

  • Crunchy peanut butter was invented by lazy peanut butter makers. They just quit half-way through the peanut butter creating process and push the product off on an unsuspecting public. Unacceptable.

  • Historical Fact of the Day: The Cold War, fought during the Ice Age upon the backs of Woolly Mammoths between the United States and USSR, introduced the world to a new kind of potato, the Spudnik. This wonderful agricultural feat led to the creation of the french fry by French-Scottish impressionist painter, Norm MacDonald, and his restaurant McDonald's (the first "a" was dropped in a lawsuit during the 1970's).

  • The greatest invention of all time is the wheel. Second best? Those pretty colors meteorologists use to show where rain is on their Doppler Radar 7600's. Third? Cheese from a can.