Classic Rock Corner

Brush Up on Your Beatles Rock Band, Because Rocks Off Will Take You Down

In less than a week, Rocks Off will be giving our dear readers the first chance to play the new Beatles edition of "Rock Band." Next Wednesday we are taking over CoffeeGroundz in Midtown for one night of boozin', Beatles and inept drunken video-game play. A bartender will be on hand dishing out Beatles-themed shots and drinks, including the "Helter Skelter," "Long And Winding Iced Tea," and "Lennon Drop." In addition to the booze, there will also be a costume contest for concert tickets around town. Rocks Off will also be giving away a few of the catalog reissues that hit stores this Tuesday.

Our handlers even let us spring for the limited edition which includes a Paul McCartney-style Hofner bass guitar and a fancy new Ringo-riffic drum set with the band's iconic logo on front. Something tells us that there will be a hideous inter-office fight over who gets custody of the game after the party. Rocks Off has already retained Dick DeGuerin for the imminent court battle.

We first chronicled this edition of "Rock Band" a few months back as the first trailer was released for the game. Some of the imaging was handled by local cats Pi Studios, whose office is somewhere off Highway 59, actually.

Our fellow Village Voicers over at the Topless Robot blog got a copy of the list of Beatles tracks available for play on the new game, including a few songs not released on proper albums and one from 2006's Love remix project. The singles include "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "I Feel Fine," "Day Tripper," "Paperback Writer," "Revolution" and "Don't Let Me Down."

No word yet if you will be able to unlock a secret part of the game where someone can simulate being Yoko Ono, sitting at the feet of the person playing the John Lennon parts and screaming into a barrel of taffy and being a batshit Japanese conceptual artist. Alternately, we wish a Wings edition of Rock Band is in the works, but we can always dream. What we wouldn't give to play all of Linda McCartney's keyboard and tambourine parts. Maybe the game would have a special feature where anytime someone tried to play her parts, the game would shut off and/or explode.

Please Please Me (1963)

"I Saw Her Standing There"


"Do You Want To Know A Secret"

"Twist and Shout"

With the Beatles (1963)

"I Wanna Be Your Man"

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

"A Hard Day's Night"

"Can't Buy Me Love"

Beatles For Sale (1964)

"Eight Days a Week"

Help! (1965)

"Ticket To Ride"

Rubber Soul (1965)

"Drive My Car"

"I'm Looking Through You"

"If I Needed Someone"

Revolver (1966)


"Yellow Submarine"

"And Your Bird Can Sing"

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/ With a Little Help From My Friends"

"Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"

"Getting Better"

"Good Morning Good Morning"

Magical Mystery Tour (1967) "I Am The Walrus"

"Hello Goodbye"

The Beatles (White Album) (1968)

"Dear Prudence"

"Back In the U.S.S.R."

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"


"Helter Skelter"

Yellow Submarine (1969)

"Hey Bulldog"

Abbey Road (1969)

"Come Together"


"Octopus's Garden"

"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"

"Here Comes the Sun"

Let It Be (1970)

"Dig a Pony"

"I Me Mine"

"I Got a Feeling"

"Get Back"

So there ya go, kids. Make sure you brush up on your Beatles during this extended Labor Day weekend.

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Craig Hlavaty
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