Things I Learned from Guitar Hero III—Part II

gh3_womenGenerally I like Social Distortion, but “Story of My Life” is one dull barf-fest.  You had a crush on a girl and didn’t act on it, now you’re sorry you didn’t.  I get it.  Unfortunately this song is the musical equivalent of drunk-dialing your ancient crush at 3 in the morning and pleading with her to take you back.  Try again when you’re sober.  And less whiny.  Jeez.  And I thought Springsteen’s countless elegies for Blue Collar America were annoying.

  • Muse’s “Knights of Cydonia” continues to be excellent and one of my favourite pieces of music recorded this decade.  You just can’t go wrong mixing westerns, kung fu and sci fi.  Also it is humanly impossible not to headbang at 4:14 when the unicorn-riding warrior woman shows up.  The only downside is that this song looks kinda scary to play at the expert level.
  • Somebody please tell me what kind of controlled substances one has to take in order to find “Holiday in Cambodia” a pleasurable experience.  Wikipedia wants to classify the Dead Kennedys as “hardcore punk”, but next to the Dayglo Abortions these guys are about as hardcore as Ward Cleaver.  On second thought Ward was a Seabee and World War II vet, so that makes him about ten times as hardcore as the Kennedys’ frontman, that Jello Pudding Pop guy.
  • Britain continues to be the home of all that is speedy and head-bangy, as evidenced by DragonForce’s “Through the Fire and Flames“.  This is another excellent bonus GH3 track.  I am guessing that these guys need fresh finger transplants at the end of every show.  It is just crazy hard on expert level, so you can imagine how ridiculous it must be to play on an actual guitar.
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2 Responses
  1. Alan says:

    Isn’t you analysis of the DKs v. DGA missing the 10 or 12 year gap between their respective haydays? In 1977, punk included geek ville and there was no time for skateboards or any other athletic activity or any activity in which you had any contact with sunlight. Of course they are not hardcore – they are punks.

  2. Chris Taylor says:

    Yeah it is a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison, given the time lag.
    My sense is a lot of the early “politically aware” punk music suffers because the zeitgeist has gone ahead at Warp 9, and it’s hard to relate to current-events “issues” songs when the issues are 30 years behind in the rear-view mirror, lacking a modern analogue.
    That and no punk band alive today would record “Holiday in Peshawar (or Tehran, or Riyadh, or Mogadishu)”
    In 1977, punk included geek ville and there was no time for skateboards or any other athletic activity or any activity in which you had any contact with sunlight.
    Pure gold.