RBN Undercover series

FairwoodStudiosFairwoodStudios Road Warrior
edited November 2012 in The Rock Band Network
First off, all credit for the idea goes to RhythmBastard. He just asked that "writers more skilled" make the RB forum post, and he got me. Sorry!

If anyone here is a fan of The Onion A.V. Club, you're probably familiar with the Undercover series. In short, a bunch of mildly-popular bands come in, one after another, to cover songs from wildly-popular bands. But the songs come from a list, and that list is dwindled down over the series' run. Pretty quickly, bands get stuck with songs that make for kinda funny and really interesting tracks.

So if you replace "bands" with "RBN bands", you get what we're going for. We want to bring the far ends of RBN together, getting obscure punk bands to play mega-hit pop songs or whatever ends up happening. Something to show the diverse character of the Network in a fun and potentially ridiculous way. Obviously, these songs aren't for authoring to RBN, this is just for Youtube sort of publicity and the general community fun of being musicians.

There's already a few author-artists interested, but while we construct the final artist list we're going to need a song list. That's what this thread is for! We will be putting a lot of the popular stuff on the list- "Higher", "Bodies", "Blue (Da Ba Dee)", what have you- but we also want to have "cult classics" and generally interesting stuff to throw on the list too. And of course, it's always best to get more opinions.

So aside from saying "this is cool, it's happening", we want your help to build the list. What popular (or semi-popular) RBN songs would you like to see covered? Try and keep your picks to about 10 max, and do remember that people are gonna try to do these songs for real so... be reasonable, I guess. As things narrow down we'll start grouping suggestions into categories in such a way that we get a nice, diverse selection for the bands. I will note that this isn't a democracy, primarily so that none of the bands will know too far ahead what's coming. Half the fun is the surprise.

Comments

  • machetemonkeymachetemonkey Opening Act
    edited November 2012
    MagicMurderBag7;4921430 said:
    Pac-Man Fever done by a metal band would be funny.

    As a RBN artist, if I get my way with the song choices, this may become a reality. =P
  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited November 2012
    Ship With No Sails
    Estranger
    Sweet#hart
    Obfuscation
    Any Rose of Jericho song

    These'd top my list

    Will there be a website dedicated to this? How's this all going to come out.
  • TheOzoneTheOzone Road Warrior
    edited November 2012
    I think "Froggy's Lament" would be a lot better for a metal cover. ;)

    - I'd like to see a female-fronted band do "Pac-Man Fever" or "Do the Donkey Kong".
    - An a capella "BRODYQUEST" could be amazing if done right. If Rockapella were available, I'd say them but that's a long shot.
    - A ska version of "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" would blow my mind.
    - Any style of cover of "The Touch" would be great.
  • edited November 2012
    Ooooh Crash Years by The New Pornographers!
  • TubaDude49TubaDude49 Road Warrior
    edited November 2012
    If I might suggest one of my own songs, I'd love to see someone tackle "Toast"(Heywood Banks)

    "Andromeda"(Bluefusion), "The Batlle Of Lil' Slugger"(dB Soundworks), and the previously mentioned "Two Utensils In One"(Felsen) would also be cool.
  • LiveHomeVideoLiveHomeVideo Trying too hard
    edited November 2012
    Here's some I'd love to see:

    "In the Wake of Evolution" by Kaipa
    "Color Your World" by Devin Townsend
    "Creatures ov Deception" or "Heavy Weather - Storm ov the Undead" by Rainbowdragoneyes
    "The Ultimate Showdown" by Lemon Demon
    "He Sleeps In a Grove" by Amberian Dawn
    "Dance With Me" by Stewart
  • jibjqrkljibjqrkl Eventually Perceptive
    edited November 2012
    amazing horse.
  • edited November 2012
    jibjqrkl;4921454 said:
    amazing horse.

    Rose of Jericho should do that.
  • TubaDude49TubaDude49 Road Warrior
    edited November 2012
    firedoom666;4921434 said:
    Discord would be awesome

    It would be amazing if Bang Camaro covered this, but I'd imagine they're not up for this.
  • edited November 2012
    I can't wait to see the songs I get to choose from here. I'm hoping I get an early pick and there's a Rainbowdragoneyes song available, 'cause that might be really fun to cover.

    But, putting my two cents in to seed the pot a bit, how about a little bit of Knifeman by the Bronx?
  • ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
    edited November 2012
    I want to see Atheist cover I can Swing my Sword :D

    Yeah I know that's backwards, but still :D
  • DeferredGalaxy3DeferredGalaxy3 Rising Star
    edited November 2012
    A Talking Fish should cover something by Jonathan Coulton. Just sayin'
  • jibjqrkljibjqrkl Eventually Perceptive
    edited November 2012
    maybe some Graveyard BBQ?
  • LiveHomeVideoLiveHomeVideo Trying too hard
    edited November 2012
    DeferredGalaxy3;4921465 said:
    A Talking Fish should cover something by Jonathan Coulton. Just sayin'

    I shot him up an email asking if he is interested in this. He's in college, though, so it's kinda iffy if he has time.
  • kitlerckitlerc Road Warrior
    edited November 2012
    Ok, I'm gonna assume that "The Touch" will go without me saying, so here are my 10 picks.

    Doppelg
  • RhythmBastardRhythmBastard Unsigned
    edited November 2012
    I hope Bang Camaro is one of the songs, since any participant can have a group of friends join in :)

    A couple I want to put in:
    "Vault 101" by Kirby Krackle
    "ZTO" by Devin Townsend, just to see how they'd handle the 4th Wall breaking
  • dragoninforcerdragoninforcer UnWashed
    edited November 2012
    Don't Let Me Down (Slowly) - The Main Drag

    someone do this now
  • edited November 2012
    Hey, just to be clear... We aren't requesting specific artists to do covers of specific songs. We're suggesting songs to be added to a pool from which artists will get to pick in random order which one they're covering.
  • jibjqrkljibjqrkl Eventually Perceptive
    edited November 2012
    Holy Grail - "Fight To Kill"
  • Dogmatic2020Dogmatic2020 Rising Star
    edited November 2012
    Awesome idea, here's what I'd like to see covered.

    Can You Tell
    Even Rats
    Fragments
    How We'd Look On Paper
    Jumpers
    Phantom Limb
    Pretty Boy
    Seven
    The Ultimate Showdown
    Very Busy People
  • dragoninforcerdragoninforcer UnWashed
    edited November 2012
    BRODYQUEST
    Relationship Sneakers
    Space Unicorn
    Soy Bomb
    Kitty Fight Song

    and if someone was up for it

    Giant Bombstep: Reloaded
  • PlatStratPlatStrat Unsigned
    edited November 2012
    Paul and Storm covering Push Push Lady Lightning
    Lemon Demon covering Amazing Horse
    Jonathan Coulton covering Blue (Da Ba Dee)
    Amberian Dawn covering Discord
    Thomas Walker covering Buster Voodoo
    Parry Gripp covering Cheesy Pop Song
    Andromeda covering The Touch
    Bang Camero covering Drunken Lullabies
  • DangimarockerDangimarocker Headliner
    edited November 2012
    PlatStrat;4921566 said:
    Paul and Storm covering Push Push Lady Lightning
    Lemon Demon covering Amazing Horse
    Jonathan Coulton covering Blue (Da Ba Dee)
    Amberian Dawn covering Discord
    Thomas Walker covering Buster Voodoo
    Parry Gripp covering Cheesy Pop Song
    Andromeda covering The Touch
    Bang Camero covering Drunken Lullabies

    Omg That's a GREAT list.
    Bang Camero would make a sick ass guitar solo or something doing drunken too!
  • DragoonXDDragoonXD Road Warrior
    edited November 2012
    I'd really like to see a dance-y, pop cover of Fat Kid, but I don't who'd do that.
  • NightmareLyreNightmareLyre Rising Star
    edited November 2012
    Bloom - Fight For Greatness
    Rodrigo Y Gabriella - Buster Voodoo
    Freen in Green - Ramp Truck
    Dying Fetus - Your Treachery Will Die With You (I would kill for a smooth jazz cover of this)

    Also if you need more artists after a while this sounds like a fun project and I would love to jump in (if 1 song in late playtesting and 2 announced technically counts as a RBN Artist that is)
  • jibjqrkljibjqrkl Eventually Perceptive
    edited November 2012
    PlatStrat;4921566 said:
    Paul and Storm covering Push Push Lady Lightning
    Lemon Demon covering Amazing Horse
    Jonathan Coulton covering Blue (Da Ba Dee)
    Amberian Dawn covering Discord
    Thomas Walker covering Buster Voodoo
    Parry Gripp covering Cheesy Pop Song
    Andromeda covering The Touch
    Bang Camero covering Drunken Lullabies
    SingleWhiteInfidel;4921473 said:
    Hey, just to be clear... We aren't requesting specific artists to do covers of specific songs. We're suggesting songs to be added to a pool from which artists will get to pick in random order which one they're covering.
    ...
  • HauntingYourKidsHauntingYourKids Road Warrior
    edited November 2012
    Well, let's see... What would make interesting covers? Hmm...

    Well, let's see... What would make interesting covers? Hmm...

    Top 10
    1. "California" - The Kimberly Trip
    2. "Hope and Ruin" - The Trews
    3. "All Signs Point to Lauderdale" - A Day to Remember
    4. "Hard to See" - Five Finger Death Punch
    5. "Forever In Lies" - Strikken
    6. "I'm Amazed" - My Morning Jacket
    7. "Fragments" - an Unkindness
    8. "You, Me, & the Boatman" - Quiet Company
    9. "Death Metal Guys" - Reverend Horton Heat
    10. "Flag In the Ground" - Sonata Arctica

    Honorable Mentions
    "Love Is the Only Thing" - Andy Kirk
    "You're a Wolf" - Sea Wolf
    "This F***ing Job" - Drive-By Truckers
    "The Waiting One" - All That Remains
    "Pylo the Pylon" - Alternative Deficit Disorder
    "So Says I" - The Shins
    "Serial Killer" - Damone
    "Stand For Something" - Skindred
    "Mouth Without a Head" - Halcyon Way
    "Sexual Man Chocolate" - Attack Attack!
    "The Stache" - Jonathan Coulton
    "River of Glass" - Rishloo
    "El Monstro" - Dance For the Dying

    Also, if I could suggest a band to be a part of this, I'd love to hear SIMPL3JACK try anything.
  • dinomandinoman Rising Star
    edited November 2012
    Sounds really exciting! let's see here.

    Australia - The Shins
    Curse of the Werewolf - Timeless Miracle
    2nd Sucks - A Day To Remember
    Still Alive - Jonathan Coulton & Sara Quin
    Call to the Warrior - Affiance
    Bright Side of Life - Rebelution

    only from the top of my head
  • HMXLachesisHMXLachesis Harmonix Alum
    edited November 2012
    IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This is me posting as an RBN fan, not as an HMX employee.

    Despite my personal love for some of the more obscure RBN wonders, I think the better-known tracks will attract more attention from the community.

    Therefore, I'd suggest:

    "Bodies" by Drowning Pool
    "Higher" by Creed
    "Paralyzer" by Finger Eleven
    "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65
    "Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind
    "Going Under" by Evanescence
    "(Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar" by The Guild ft. Felicia Day
    "Code Monkey" by Jonathan Coulton
    "Business Time" by Flight of the Conchords
  • CosmicBushellCosmicBushell Opening Act
    edited November 2012
    I'd love to see:

    Starlight Speedway - Rocket Ship Resort
    Pretty Boy - the Irresponsibles
    For the Kids of the Multiculture - Sonic Boom Six
    This Gigantic Robot Kills - MC Lars
    30 Lives - The Motion Sick
    Doppelg
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