Punk rock time again, yee-ha! Don’t tell us you didn’t want one more track from the Ramones, the Clash and, in one of their punkier moments, the Police. Only one of these three songs (the Clash) was a single rather than an album track, but all now stand with these bands’ most-loved moments.
The Ramones — “Teenage Lobotomy”
Here’s where a lot of people realized that the Ramones were smarter than they were letting on: How could a pack of illiterate punks come up with a line as brilliant as “Now I guess I’ll have to tell ‘em, that I got no cerebellum”? (Yeah, we know they don’t actually remove the cerebellum during a lobotomy, but call it poetic license). This tune also features a trickier-than-usual guitar riff, and lots of the sicko humor that was a trademark. This was nearly always the second song played at a Ramones concert; they’d usually open with the quick instrumental “Durango 95” and then slam into this. You were of course expected to shake your fist during the “lobotomy!” part.
The Clash—“Complete Control”
Along with Radiohead’s “My Iron Lung”, which we already offered as DLC, this is one of the classics in the “band tells its record label to flake off” category. The Clash were on tour in the UK when their record label decided to make a little money by releasing one last single from their debut album; they close the song “Remote Control” without asking the band. Mighty miffed when they found out, the Clash wrote this song with a similar title, laying their grievances on the line (“They said, release ‘Remote Control’, but we didn’t want it on the label…”) Never mind that the Clash were making money from the “Remote Control” single, these guys had principles. As a result the “Remote Control” single was instantly deleted and became a rare collectors’ item. (Making matters more confusing, the US version of the album wound up having both “Remote Control” and “Complete Control” on it).
The Police—“Truth Hits Everybody”
Early Police was one park punk to three parts reggae. This one of the few moments on their debut album where punk took over entirely—though as usual, Sting can’t resist getting a little intellectual on us. The lyrics catch him in a moment of existential angst, but the band revs it up like it’s a protest song. The band revived the song on its 2007 reunion tour though—perhaps in a concession to their advances ages—they played it at about half the recorded speed.
“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 multiplayer online, all players will need to download the song.