Grab your favorite weeping pillow, don your thick black eyeliner, and put on your favorite pair of ripped fishnets, because things are about to get a bit glum in the world of Rock Band. Joystiq reports that some some Nine Inch Nails tracks from their debut album "Pretty Hate Machine" with Pro Guitar support, as well as "Pro Guitar upgrades for legacy DLC including two Creedence tracks."
Xbox 360 / Wii / PS3 Available: March 1, 2011
Pretty Hate Pack 01 (560 MSP / 700 WP / $6.99)
* "Terrible Lie" (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)
* "Head Like a Hole" (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)*
* "Sanctified" (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)
* "The Only Time" (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)
*Pro Guitar/Bass expansion available (80 Microsoft Points / 100 Wii Points / $0.99)
Pro Guitar/Bass Upgrades ($.99 each, must own original DLC track)
* Blink 182 - "Dammit"
* Boston - "More Than A Feeling"
* Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Bad Moon Rising"
* Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Fortunate Son"
* Eve 6 - "Inside Out"
* The James Gang - "Funk #49"
* The Knack - "My Sharona (Cover Version)"
* Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Simple Man"
* Metallica - "...And Justice for All"
* The Offspring - "Self Esteem"
* Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - "Pride and Joy"
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I tease, of course, because I love. I may be the resident pretentious industrial fanboy -- I prefer the old-timey "Germans beating on sheet metal" to the more radio-friendly tracks of the 90's -- but I, like many of my generation, got my start with Nine Inch Nails. While the lyrics may not have aged terribly well -- the forlorn, weepy scribblings of Trent Reznor's velvet diary no longer stand out in my mind as the most exquisite of poetry -- this music remains absolutely fantastic. "Head Like A Hole" was the first "industrial" song I ever heard, spurring a love of the genre that has lasted into my adult years. NIN may seem pitifully mainstream compared to its predecessors, but releases like "The Downward Spiral" were masterfully composed, and peppered with subtle details -- layered keyboard riffs or little shots of static -- that were so integral to the particular, yet became apparent only years later.
For all the flak (justified or not) that Trent Reznor may have received over the years -- he's often cited as the man who de-legitimized industrial music -- he remains in my mind a seminal figure who introduced me to a genre that, over the years, has caused me to reconsider the limits of music and turn me into the snooty art-boy musician I am today. So Mr. Reznor, while I do begrudge you for trading in your angst and delectable lankiness for biceps that simply do not end (Uncle Trent has become quite the meat stick after saying goodbye to his sorrows -- i.e. mountains of cocaine), but I nonetheless thank you for the memories. There's no question that, whatever your opinion of games like Rock Band or Guitar Hero, they serve to broaden the musical horizons of players -- incidentally, such games are incredibly fun, despite my loathing of plastic guitars. For those like myself who are rather stuck in their ways when it comes to musical tastes, the enjoyment of these games, as well as that all-consuming desire to achieve sweet, sweet victory -- forces exposure to an array of different artists. Some are mediocre, some are downright awful, but every now and again you find yourself bobbing your head along to an artist whose work you would have otherwise never encountered. Thus it is with a tinge of sadness that I witness what seems like the end of the "fad" that was music games. Hopefully, even in its last throes, Rock Band will give those of the younger generation a taste of the work of a man who, for better or for worse, became the poster child for a genre.
Trent Reznor: Whether you're gay, straight, or anything in between, you know you would hit that.