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Three words, Rock Band: Crazy On You

Three words, Rock Band: Crazy On You

I’m going to preface this post by saying that I know I’ve written a lot about Rock Band lately, but stick with me here. Why is it that there are so few songs by female singers in the game? Even when you factor in the extra tracks you can buy in the Rock Band store, the percentage of female to male singers is ridiculously low. There’s one song by Joan Jett, two by Blondie and two by Pat Benetar, but about five by Jimmy Buffett. What is there beyond “Margaritaville”?

Rock Band peeps, listen up: I’m more than willing to sing AC/DC and David Bowie and Bon Jovi, but don’t ignore your female audience. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Heart. “Barracuda”, “Crazy On You” and “Magic Man” are no brainers. They should be in the game already.
  • Annie Lennox. I’d be happy with either her solo stuff or her stuff from The Eurythmics.
  • Tina Turner. Another no brainer.
  • Cher. I’d settle for “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” and “Half Breed”.
  • The GoGo’s. The entire catalogue.
  • Fleetwod Mac. Yes, there are a few songs available, but this number should be upped. Ditto for The Pretenders.
  • Beyonce. All I really ask for is “Single Ladies”.
  • Kate Bush. Can you even imagine how hard it would be to get 100% on “Wuthering Heights”?
  • Pink. Another no brainer.
  • Bonnie Tyler. Okay, only “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.
  • Gwen Stefani. There’s already some No Doubt content, but not nearly enough.

Who am I missing?

kp

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Living in a Gong Show

Gong Show

Gong Show

The past week has been…well…a bit of a Gong Show. Work has been crazy busy, the kid has been sick with her first cold of the school year (three days in), the hubby’s been having post-surgery issues, I think I’m coming down with the kid’s cold, and I’ve been too tired to Tweet let alone blog. Like I said: a Gong Show. Thank goodness for Lainey , La Dauphine and a husband that’s in the know, or I would have no idea what was going on in the world.

In between all of that mayhem, I do have a few things to talk about.

After a week’s vacation, I am back to riding the subway to and from work, and if you’re familiar with the Toronto morning commute via transit, you should be feeling sorry for me right about now. There is little worse than the morning train in the first few weeks of September–everyone’s home from their summer vacations, students are heading back to school, and people are shoehorned into cars. This is a real treat at the best of times, but with H1-N1 and the flu on everyone’s mind, it’s extra exciting to imagine what’s living on those poles. The only thing that’s been getting me through these  rides is my pale pink Nintendo DS loaded up with Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. I love this game. Like its predecessor, it’s a mystery game that features a hundred-and-some-odd puzzles–everything from math and number games to mazes and logic puzzles. It keeps my mind off of the ride and kick-starts my brain for the day ahead. I highly recommend it. Check out Chad’s review from the Globe & Mail for more info.

With Professor Layton nearly wrapping up (I’m so close to solving the mystery of the vampire it’s not even funny), I need another diversion, so today I decided to settle on that other Professor L–Robert Langdon. I picked up Dan Brown’s latest, The Lost Symbol, and feel like it will be a good subway choice. Anyone else reading this? Rumour has it this is the book that will save the publishing industry, so I imagine I’m not the only one putting my cash down. Let me know what you think. Oh, and I also bought Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood , which I’m highly excited about. But as Chad pointed out, I’m so stressed out right now I should start with the Brown, as it’s lower hanging fruit and that Atwood might force me to think more. I’ll save Atwood for a time when my brain is less muddled.

One final thing: the kid did the Terry Fox Run this week at school and took the whole thing very seriously. She gave Chad and I the lowdown on who Terry Fox was and what he did. Here were her key points:

  • Terry Fox tried to run across Canada
  • He had a different kind of leg
  • He had to stop running because his leg really hurt
  • He died
  • He was a person, not a fox
  • Everyone needs to raise money so people don’t get sick like Terry Fox anymore

I love it.

kp

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Good thing I’m on vacation this week

Top 16 Bust a Move

Top 16 Bust a Move

It’s been an action-packed 24 hours, so this post is a bit of a hodgepodge.

In no particular order, here are the highlights.

1) We are the proud owners of the newly released Beatles anthology (Stereo). Since The Beatles: Rockband landed on our doorstep several weeks ago for Chad to review, we’ve been living in a modern-day Beatlemania. The kiddo is offically obsessed with The Beatles, and insists on singing as “John” all the time. Funny, I seem to remember calling dibs on that when the game was first announced, but my four year old somehow muscled her way in. She has about 10 songs down pat, and basically wants us to play them over and over again. Lots of “Yellow Submarine”, “Octopus’ Garden”, “Hello, Goodbye”, “And My Bird Can Sing”, and her all time fave “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.” The game is fantastic–I highly recommend it. Oh, and the 45th song is “Let it Be” “All You Need is Love” (oops).

So, to add to our Beatledom, Chad picked up the completely remastered box set of all of The Beatles’ albums. I’m fully expecting her teacher to report that she is leading the class in singalongs of “Altogether Now”.

Which leads me to point number two:

2) The kid started Junior Kindergarten today. I painstakingly picked out an outfit, did her hair, and packed her backpack. I took photos, shot video of her getting out of the car, and walked her into her class with my heart in my mouth. She then ran to the rug for circle time and barely waved as I walked out of the room. It was probably the least dramatic JK initiation in the history of JK. Tomorrow she starts her second JK class. I’m guessing it will be about as traumatic as today’s. All good news.

Finally…

3) Last night I got to go to a taping of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. It was the boot-off episode (it’s called “elimination episode” in polite circles), so much shorter than the dance taping. It was a great experience, and makes me eat some of my “it’s a boring season” words. Seeing something live is always more exciting and dramatic than on TV. It’s also a real wakeup call in regards to how incredibly young these dancers are. I was surrounded by students at the dance school where Jenna Lynn (the girl who was eliminated last night). They were devistated when she got kicked off and it was a bit heart wrenching to see her cry onstage. She’s 18. I don’t even want to think about what I was like when I was 18.

A few other notes: Jean Marc is really wee. So small. Tre Armstrong is drop dead gorgeous. Leah Miller looks better in real life than on TV and was wearing a stunning dress last night. Nicolas shouldn’t have been booted off–his solo was even better in person than on TV. And finally, TV really is magic. The stage is actually tiny, and the crowd wasn’t huge, but watching it on TV later, I marvelled at the clever camera work used to make the studio look gigantic and the crowd massive.

Overall, a great show. Thanks to Rene S. for helping me get tickets.

I’ve got to run. The kid is now performing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” using a Light Sabre as a microphone, and needs me to back her up with a tambourine. Good thing I’m on vacation this week.

kp

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The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Song

I call dibs on John.

I call dibs on always playing John

My house is filled with video games. Like, really, FILLED with video games. It’s part of the deal when you marry a video game journalist (Holler, @chadsapieha !). If I had to do the math, I’d say I don’t care about 99% of what comes through the door via courier. I am occasionally roped into picking up a controller so Chad can try out a multiplayer mode, but I tend to ignore most of what he plays. However, I am chomping at the bit for the upcoming The Beatles: Rock  Band. I loved the original Rock Band and Rock Band 2, but I really can’t wait for the September 9th release [Full disclosure: the PR agency I work for works with Xbox], largely because I’ll actually know most of the songs.

The song list has been trickling out for release, and 44 out of 45 songs have been confirmed. I’m dying to know what the final song will be. “Hey Jude” isn’t on the list. Neither is “All Together Now” or “Maxwell Silver Hammer”. I tried to engage my hubby into a discussion about the final mystery song at dinner. His response? “It doesn’t really matter what the last song is. Almost certainly you’ll eventually be able to buy Beatles track packs in the Rock Band store.”

Right. Well, whatever.

What do you think number 45 should be? Here’s the list so far…

kp

  • I SAW HER STANDING THERE
  • BOYS
  • DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET
  • TWIST AND SHOUT
  • I WANNA BE YOUR MAN
  • I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
  • A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
  • CAN’T BUY ME LOVE
  • I FEEL FINE
  • EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
  • TICKET TO RIDE
  • DAY TRIPPER
  • DRIVE MY CAR
  • I’M LOOKING THROUGH YOU
  • IF I NEEDED SOMEONE
  • PAPERBACK WRITER
  • TAXMAN
  • YELLOW SUBMARINE
  • AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING
  • SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
  • WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
  • LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS
  • GETTING BETTER
  • GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING
  • I AM THE WALRUS
  • HELLO GOODBYE
  • REVOLUTION
  • BACK IN THE U.S.S.R.
  • DEAR PRUDENCE
  • WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
  • BIRTHDAY
  • HELTER SKELTER
  • HEY BULLDOG
  • DON’T LET ME DOWN
  • COME TOGETHER
  • SOMETHING
  • OCTOPUS’S GARDEN
  • I WANT YOU (SHE’S SO HEAVY)
  • HERE COMES THE SUN
  • DIG A PONY
  • I ME MINE
  • I’VE GOT A FEELING
  • GET BACK
  • WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU / TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS

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