The faithful spuds at Harmonix were overjoyed when Devo returned to active duty this summer, launching a reunion tour that had us bopping in the aisles. The pioneering synth-pop band has also made its first visits to the studio in decades, and Rock Band is proud to present the fruit of their labor: “Girl U Want” and “Through Being Cool” are new versions of the classic Devo anthems, re-made with slightly heavier guitars to make them more rockable.
We caught co-founder Jerry Casale by phone just before the band launched its summer tour. Here he waxes cynically eloquent on the songs in question and the underlying philosophy—and reminds us once again that de-evolution is real.
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“I Want My, I Want My DLC!”
The songs in Rock Band are only the beginning. Each week we’ll be rolling out more downloadable songs, essential tracks (and sometimes whole albums) from every era of rock history. Check the Rock Band website to find out what’s new.
Tracks will usually sell for $1.99 each; with three-pack specials costing $5.49. (On the Xbox 360, that’s 160 Microsoft Points per track and 440 per three-pack). Occasional special or discounted tracks may cost a dollar more or less.
Downloadable content for the Xbox 360 is available through the XBOX LIVE marketplace. Downloads for the PLAYSTATION 3 version of Rock Band are available through the PLAYSTATION Network Store. In each case, the songs are downloaded onto your hard drive.
If you’re playing solo, you can start rocking right away. For head-to-head or multi-player online, all players will need to download the song.