Faking the Band – Male, white, corporate oppression. [5/13/08]

Sonic Youth

Faking the Band is a weekly feature detailing the latest in downloadable content for Rock Band.

I know what you’re thinking. Why does every Rock Band song have to be from the white man? When can we get some multiracial, multicultural riffs up in here – or female ones, at the very least? Enough of this scene and punk and thrash. Cracker rhythms, all of them. Has everyone forgotten that rock as we know it today evolved from the rock ‘n’ roll of the 1940s and 50s, an exciting commingling of gospel, folk, jazz and, of course, rhythm and blues, each style a distinct part of the black American experience? Where’s the diversity, brother?

Well, the trio of master tracks coming May 13 will remedy that!

I’m sorry, what was that? They’re all white? You’re kidding. Oh, I see. Two of the bands have female lead singers, and Public Enemy’s Chuck D does guest vocals on one song. Well, that’s better than nothing, I suppose. Here’s to progress, everyone!

Harmonix, I’m waiting on my Jimi Hendrix Experience albums. And what about some Milli Vanilli singles? So easy to make and to play. You wouldn’t even have to sing! [OH, SNAP.]

Again, no pack. [160 MS points per song]

  • “Hanging on the Telephone” – Blondie [MASTER]
  • “Train In Vain (Stand By Me)” – The Clash [MASTER]
  • “Kool Thing” – Sonic Youth [MASTER]