Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Unexpected Non-Rock Songs of Rock Band

I still remember the music videogame craze, the time when everyone wanted to own a set of plastic musical instruments.  Those were the days.  I was one of the many gamers who picked up Rock Band on the day it launched, and looking back at all the hours I've spent on the game (and Rock Band 2, and The Beatles Rock Band), I don't regret it at all.

Now in a game called "Rock Band," you expect the soundtrack to consist entirely of rock songs right?  This was not the case; for example the game shipped with a Beastie Boys song, and as the DLC rolled in, we were treated to music of varying genres.

Speaking of the DLC, some really questionable songs managed to make it to the download store, including music by this fellow right here:

Why Harmonix, why??
Yes I kid you not, there are songs from Spongebob Squarepants available for purchase in the Rock Band download store.  I guess Harmonix was trying to appeal to all ages?  Whatever they were thinking, these songs are extremely out of place in Rock Band, and if you still don't believe that Harmonix has committed such an atrocity, see for yourself:




Another questionable inclusion is a South Park version of Lady Gaga's Poker Face (the original Poker Face is also available for download, and it has no business being in Rock Band either).  Truth be told, this song seems even more out of place than the Spongebob music, seeing as it's a non-rock song being covered by Cartman from South Park.




Lastly we come to an out of place and extremely awesome song for Rock Band: Still Alive from Portal.  This song was originally released as April Fool's Day DLC, and even though you get some laughs from seeing the in-game singers performing with GLaDOS' voice, you can't help but love this song no matter what game it makes a cameo appearance in.




That wraps up our look at some of the non-rock songs in the Rock Band DLC.  Out of curiosity, did you guys make any questionable download decisions in the Rock Band download store?

6 comments:

  1. Spongebob wasn't there for the kids with Rock Band. It was there for the stoners ;)

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    1. Now that you mention it, it all makes sense now! In that sense, Spongebob definitely belongs in a game about hard rockers haha

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  2. Spongebob FTW!
    *for the record I'm not a stoner, and I don't even own Rock Band...but our neighbors own almost all of the music games like this, so we have played them. Not sure if they downloaded the Spongebob song though.

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    1. The "Best Day Ever" Spongebob song is so absurd that I downloaded it (it costs half the price of the standard songs), I'm not a stoner either! It would be funny if your neighbors had the entire set of Spongebob Rock Band songs, I think there are three or so in the download store.

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  3. Spongebob songs. Hmm, why haven't I heard of this before? Thanks for sharing these videos.

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    1. No problem, thanks for the comment! The Spongebob songs are pretty cheap, and definitely worth it for the laughs and general awkwardness of hearing the Rock Band lead singer belt out music in Spongebob's voice.

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