This week’s Rock Band DLC has gone a little bit country, which induces me to grimace at horrible, horrible memories of when Shania Twain and Billy Ray Cyrus were on the radio every other day - thank goodness that particular fad has passed before I was forced to go all Van Gogh on myself. But still, music is personal after all, and if you want to listen to hokey tunes with madatory banjo solos, that’s your business. However, I would still consider this to be a ’niche’, and as such I feel that Harmonix now owe us some more British band DLC, because surely those who appreciate British rock bands must be more numerous than those who are into country. I hope. Sure we’ve had some like David Bowie, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Radiohead, The Police, The Stone Roses, and Oasis, but come on, Britain has a rich culture of music that is going massively untapped compared to the number of tracks from North American bands.
I can rattle off a huge list of UK bands that have been cruelly overlooked: Arctic Monkeys, The Bluetones, The Charlatans, Coldplay, Def Leppard, Elbow, Franz Ferdinand (cover in GH1 only), Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, James, Kaiser Chiefs (yes, I know Ruby was in GH3 but that was rubbish), The Kinks, The Kooks, The La’s, Led Zeppelin (unlikely because of master track paranoia), The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers, The Magic Numbers, Morrissey, Nine Black Alps, Ocean Colour Scene, Pink Floyd, Primal Scream, Queen (see below), Razorlight, The Seahorses, Shed Seven, Snow Patrol, StarSailor, Stereophonics, Super Furry Animals, Supergrass, Travis, U2, The Verve, The Zutons - and I’m sure there are loads more.
On both a positive and negative note, I saw that Queen is finally due to make an appearance in Guitar Hero : Metallica - which is both encouraging and perverse. Encouraging that Queen is finally ready to release master tracks in band games, perverse because they have to stow away on a Metallica disk. Queen is a supporting act to Metallica? On whose planet?
I guess it’s because all these decisions are made in the States, where musical taste is somewhat different. For any Americans reading this, how many in the above list had you heard of, and would you be interested in any?