A couple of weeks ago I picked up the Pat Benatar pack for Rock Band, mostly out of curiosity. Last night I played “Love Is a Battlefield” for the first time and found it to be a lot more fun than I was expecting. I suppose I hadn’t listened to what the guitar was doing in the background before.
I did 95% on sightread, which was good enough for 1,496th on the leaderboard.
It’s not the best Benatar on Rock Band, though; that honor goes to “Heartbreaker.”
My Rock Band activity page is here, by the way. I really wish Harmonix provided RSS feeds or another way to ingest this information elsewhere. I turned on the Facebook integration today, but I prefer to bring this stuff into my own site where I can control it.
Last month, I gathered in Seaside, Florida with my Automattic colleagues for the company yearly meetup, which ended up being a week of awesome working together, fun, and a lot of getting to know my coworkers even better still. I love working with a distributed company, but it’s amazing the different things you learn and pick up on when you are in the same place as the people you work with every day.
(Who, by the way, are the very fine people you see in the image above.)
On the final night, we of course gathered as many of us as possible into one location, which very much crowded one of the houses we were staying in—having been christened earlier that week as the VaultPress Discotheque. Naturally, this was accompanied by much music, starting at first with some sweet beats and moving at one point in the evening into classic rock and awesome impromptu-karaoke tracks for everyone to enjoy.
It was a during that part that I took over for the music selection and dare I say we continued to rock the night.
A few people have since asked me what the list was that I worked from, and here’s what iTunes says was played to round out the evening:
Just What I Needed
Never Gonna Give You Up
Whenever You Need Somebody
Blue Monday (’88)
(The Best Of) New Order
More Than a Feeling
Alex Chilton (LP Version)
Pleased to Meet Me
Message in a Bottle
Regatta de Blanc
A Night at the Opera
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
The Best of The Proclaimers
Go Your Own Way
The Essential Toto
Tears for Fears
Shout – The Very Best of Tears for Fears
Wanted Dead or Alive
Slippery When Wet
Next to You
Who Are You (Single Edit Version)
My Generation: The Very Best of The Who
Any Way You Want It
Journey – Greatest Hits
Back in the USSR
To Be with You
Lean into It
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Anthology – Through the Years
Anything required you think I missed? Feel free to add tracks you think should have been in here, or vehemently disagree with musical selection or taste.
In a future entry, you’ll hear the story of how a video game brought me to respect and understand the classics of rock—and how you can get started playing it, too.