If We Pretend That We’re Rockstars

I never really got into the whole Rockband video game thing probably just because the plastic instruments looked a little Fisher Price, but I would always grab the mic when at a certain friend’s house. None of the songs I heard (other than Faith No More’s “Epic”) were ever ones I could really get into though, until now. That’s right, the Rockband 2 song list has been dropped and some of the tracks have got me ready to wail again.

Highlights are L7’s “Pretend That We’re Dead,” SY’s “Teenage Riot,” the Beastie’s “So Whatcha Want,” Idol’s “White Wedding” and Alice in Chains’ “Man in the Box.”

Here’s the entire “set list”:

01 AC/DC – “Let There Be Rock”
02 AFI – “Girl’s Gone Grey”
03 Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know”
04 Alice in Chains – “Man In The Box”
05 Allman Brothers – “Ramblin’ Man”
06 Avenged Sevenfold – “Almost Easy”
07 Bad Company – “Shooting Star”
08 Beastie Boys – “So Whatcha Want”
09 Beck – “E-Pro”
10 Bikini Kill – “Rebel Girl”
11 Billy Idol – “White Wedding Pt I”
12 Blondie – “One Way Or Another”
13 Bob Dylan – “Tangled Up In Blue”
14 Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on A Prayer”
15 Cheap Trick – “Hello There”
16 Devo – “Uncontrollable Urge”
17 Dinosaur Jr. – “Feel the Pain”
18 Disturbed – “Down With The Sickness”
19 The Donnas – “New Kid In School”
20 Dream Theater – “Panic Attack”
21 Duran Duran – “Hungry Like the Wolf”
22 Elvis Costello – “Pump It Up”
23 Fleetwood Mac – “Go Your Own Way”
24 Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
25 Go-Go’s, The – “We Got the Beat”
26 Grateful Dead, The – “Alabama Getaway”
27 The Guess Who – “American Woman”
28 Guns N’ Roses – “Shackler’s Revenge”
29 Interpol – “PDA”
30 Jane’s Addiction – “Mountain Song”
31 Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
32 Jimmy Eat World – “The Middle”
33 Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation”
34 Journey – “Anyway You Want It”
35 Judas Priest – “Painkiller”
36 Kansas – “Carry On Wayward Son”
37 L7 – “Pretend We’re Dead”
38 Lacuna Coil – “Our Truth”
39 Linkin Park – “One Step Closer”
40 Lit – “My Own Worst Enemy”
41 Lush – “De-Luxe”
42 Mastodon – “Colony of Birchmen”
43 Megadeth – “Peace Sells”
44 Metallica – “Battery”
45 Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “Where’d You Go”
46 Modest Mouse – “Float On”
47 Motörhead – “Ace of Spades”
48 The Muffs – “Kids in America”
49 Nirvana – “Drain You”
50 Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit in the Sky”
51 The Offspring – “Come Out & Play (Keep ‘Em Seperated)”
52 Panic at the Disco – “Nine In The Afternoon”
53 Paramore – “That’s What You Get”
54 Pearl Jam – “Alive”
55 Presidents of the USA – “Lump”
56 Rage Against the Machine – “Testify”
57 Ratt – “Round & Round”
58 Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Give it Away”
59 The Replacements – “Alex Chilton”
60 Rise Against – “Give it All”
61 Rush – “The Trees”
62 Silversun Pickups – “Lazy Eye”
63 Smashing Pumpkins – “Today”
64 Social Distortion – “I Was Wrong”
65 Sonic Youth – “Teenage Riot”
66 Soundgarden – “Spoonman”
67 Squeeze – “Cool For Cats”
68 Steely Dan – “Bodhitsattva”
69 Steve Miller Band – “Rock’n Me”
70 Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger”
71 System of a Down – “Chop Suey”
72 Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer”
73 Tenacious D – “Master Exploder”
74 Testament – “Souls Of Black”
75 The Who – “Pinball Wizard”

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Heavy Metal in Baghdad

With no shortage of anger in a place like Iraq, it should seem obvious that the country could spawn such radical concepts as a heavy metal band. But to be the only one in the country? Seems like a dream for Metallica.

Acrassicauda (Latin for black scorpion) is the moniker the 4 guys play under, and

Thanks to generous donations made on their behalf, the band now resides in Turkey after living a year as refugees in Damascus, Syria. In their seven years as a band they have managed to play only 6 concerts in Baghdad, 2 in Syria and one in Turkey. The war has all but destroyed their dream to live in peace, grow their hair long, bang their heads and play metal as loud as they want. Life in Turkey is proving extremely difficult for them. Acrassicauda is literally a band on the run.

Maybe not for long though. There is a feature documentary (playing limited engagements starting 5/23, nationwide sometime in June), which you can check out the trailer for below. Looks pretty interesting if we could only get that SLIPKNOT shirt off the kid in the audience.

According to the film’s SITE it

is a feature film documentary that follows the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present day. Playing heavy metal in a Muslim country has always been a difficult (if not impossible) proposition but after Saddam’s regime was toppled, there was a brief moment for the band in which real freedom seemed possible. That hope was quickly dashed as their country fell into a bloody insurgency. From 2003-2006, Iraq disintegrated around them while Acrassicauda struggled to stay together and stay alive, always refusing to let their heavy metal dreams die. Their story echoes the unspoken hopes of an entire generation of young Iraqis.

Oh yeah, if you happen to live in Austin, you can catch the film 5/20 at the Alamo.

Those of you who’re agoraphobic can also pre-order the DVD here.