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Sad Song? More Like Rad Song!

 

Yeah, that’s the title I gave this article.

It’s hard to believe that Otis Redding died at 26 years old. That means that by the time he was two years younger than me, he’d already written some of the most loved soul songs of all time. Boy, I feel very unaccomplished. The “King of Soul” was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, has three songs listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “The 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll,” and Rolling Stone ranked him No. 21 in their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the No. 8 greatest singer of all time. Not to mention that GQ Magazine this year named him the best looking man of all time.

When I came in for my job interview about a year ago, HMXSean and I had a lengthy discussion about soul music – our favorite singers and groups and songs. I left thinking, “Alright! I could hang out with this dude,” and that started a beautiful friendship that involves me glaring at him while he makes up new names for me. We’re both very excited about the addition of Otis Redding to the Rock Band catalog, with “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song),” “I’m Sick Y’all,” “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” and, one of my all-time favorite songs, “Love Man.”

But that’s not all! We’re also giving you guys singles from All Time Low (“Weightless”), Alphabeat (“Fascination”), Brian Setzer (“Stray Cat Strut”) and The Chemical Brothers (“Let Forever Be”). This is a good week for music lovers! 

These tracks will be available for purchase as “Otis Redding Pack 01” and as individual tracks on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system, and as individual tracks only on Wii. Individual tracks are $1.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and $2 on the Wii. The pack is $8.49 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The tracks will be available Feb. 16 on Xbox 360 and Wii and Feb. 18 on PlayStation 3. 

To discuss this DLC, check out the official discussion thread in the Rock Band forums.