RockBand Signs Social D, Steely Dan, Disturbed, Elvis Costello & The Replacements

May 11, 2009 Written by Richard Allen

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SOCIAL DISTORTION ROCKS A THREE PACK ON TO THE ROCK BAND® MUSIC STORE

STEELY DAN, DISTURBED, ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE REPLACEMENTS ALSO ADDING TRACKS

Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that three tracks from American punk rockers Social Distortion will be added to the Rock Band®Music Store of downloadable content next week for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and the Wii™ system. Also coming in next week’s lineup is music from Steely Dan, Disturbed, Elvis Costello and The Replacements.

Social Distortion is recognized as one of the biggest names in American punk rock with six full-length studio albums to date and considerable commercial success. The “Social Distortion Pack 01” will feature “Ring of Fire” and “Story of My Life,” both from the band’s 1990 self-titled third album, and “Bad Luck” from the band’s fourth album Between Heaven and Hell (1992).Social Distortion made its Rock Band debut with “I Was Wrong” featured on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack.

The jazz-infused rock sound of Steely Dan makes its first Rock Band Music Store appearance with “Black Friday” from 1975’s Katy Lied and “My Old School” from 1973’s Countdown to Ecstasy. Steely Dan’s notoriously difficult “Bodhisattva” is featured on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack.

Next week’s content update will also give fans access to two tracks from Chicago-based metal outfit Disturbed including “Stricken” from Ten Thousand Fists (2005) and “Stupify” from The Sickness (2000). The band is no stranger to the Rock Band music library with three tracks released to the music store in June 2008 and the band’s single “Down with the Sickness” featured on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack.

Elvis Costello, who made his debut on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack with “Pump It Up,” adds the hit “Radio Radio” to the Rock Band catalogue next week. The track was originally featured onThis Year’s Model (1978). The Replacements round out this week’s update with their track “Kids Don’t Follow” from 1982’s Stink. The Replacements made its Rock Band debut with “Alex Chilton” on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack.

Tracks:

  • Social Distortion “Bad Luck”
  • Social Distortion “Ring of Fire”
  • Social Distortion “Story of My Life”
  • Steely Dan “Black Friday”
  • Steely Dan “My Old School”
  • Disturbed “Stricken”
  • Disturbed “Stupify”
  • Elvis Costello “Radio Radio”
  • The Replacements “Kids Don’t Follow”

(All tracks are original master recordings)
The Social Distortion tracks will be available for purchase as part of the “Social Distortion Pack 01” or as individual tracks for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system. These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks only for Wii.

Release Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
(Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360® and in-game Rock Band 2 Music Store for Wii)

Thursday, May 14, 2009
(PlayStation®Store)

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **

Price: $1.99 or 160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360 per track
$2.99 or 200 Wii Points for Wii track
$5.99 (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for “Social Distortion Pack 01”