Earlier today, news broke that Harmonix and MTV Games will release “The Beatles: Rock Band” on September 9, and as the reigning rock editor here at MTV News, I was understandably excited by the possibilities this announcement unleashes.
Not the possibilities of actually playing Beatles tunes on “Rock Band,” mind you, because I am terrible at the game (as the old joke goes, those who cannot play music write about it). No, I’m talking about stuff like the limited-edition Beatles instruments MTV Games is promising. Of course, the press release fails to mention what those instruments will be, but I tingle at the thought of sitting down behind a Ringo Starr drum kit pre-programmed to play the drum solo from “The End” or plucking away at a George Harrison “Norwegian Wood”-edition sitar. This is the stuff dreams are made of.
And then, of course, there’s the matter of the songs themselves. MTV Games doesn’t mention a single tune in the release (or on the game’s snazzy, look-inside-Abbey Road Studios Web site), but needless to say, there’s plenty to choose from. It’s a fairly daunting task. If you asked 100 Beatles fans to submit their dream playlists, you’d probably get 100 different responses. And when you factor in the cost associated with actually licensing the songs, well, let’s just say this is going to be a very expensive, very debated decision. I don’t envy whoever is in charge of making that call.
Still, I would be remiss if I didn’t attempt to help him or her out. So, in the interest of corporate synergy (and as an avowed Beatles nut), I’ve compiled a wish list of some Fab Four tunes that I think would be perfect for the “Rock Band” game:
“Tomorrow Never Knows”: All those backtracked guitars, the sweeping drums, the seagull noises. This one would be awesome to attempt to play. And probably impossible.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”: It’s the Beatles, featuring Eric Clapton on guitar. You’d need to plug in about 53 plastic axes to re-create this one accurately.
“Revolution 9″: Could be performed by having everyone just pound away on their instruments for eight minutes while someone just repeats “Number 9″ into the microphone.
“Good Morning, Good Morning”: If only for the bending guitar notes after “It’s time for tea and meet the wife.”
“A Day in the Life”: Just try to play this one. Seriously.
“Back in the U.S.S.R.”: This would be an awesome one to play if everyone is hammered. “The Continuing Adventures of Bungalow Bill” would work too.
“Eleanor Rigby”: Because it’s probably the greatest song ever written.
Anything on the second-half of Abbey Road: Because it’s all one looong song, man!