So you think you can play a song upside-down, inside-out just because your band made it? Wrong. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic found this out the hard way when he couldn’t quite get it right on Harmonix‘s and MTV Games‘ Rock Band 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii), playing their song “In Bloom”.
So you think you can play a song upside down, inside-out just because your band made it? Wrong. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic found this out the hard way when he couldn’t quite get it right on Rock Band 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii), playing their song “In Bloom”.
According to his funny account on Seattle Weekly:
I know about Rock Band, because Nirvana has some songs on it. I had never tried the game before, so I gave it a go. I worked through the menu and found the song “In Bloom”. I picked up the little guitar-shaped controller and hit the stage. I knew the bass line to the song, of course, but I couldn’t quite master this new, different way of playing it.
The game reminded me of Space Invaders. I tried to hit the notes cascading down the screen, but could barely keep up.
To make matters just a wee bit more humiliating for the bassist of one of the best rock bands ever to set foot on stage:
Meanwhile, this kid was watching me fumble with the game. I became self-conscious and took the controller off. I handed it to him, and he proceeded to jam on the song — and was really good! He had no idea that I was the musician he was emulating on the game, and I didn’t tell him.
Who would have thought there will ever come a time that you wouldn’t want to be known as one-third of Nirvana? But despite that traumatic initial experience with the game, Novoselic still gives Rock Band its seal of approval.
Regardless of my first experience with the game as a player, I’m loving Rock Band (Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii). Instead of file sharing, people are actually buying music again! HA!!!
Putting that issue aside, I like how the game makes the player focus on certain components of the music. When I listen to songs, I’ll usually tune my ear to the bass line. With Rock Band, you can do that, but also see the procession of notes.
Take it from the pro, wannabees.
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