Thursday, January 1, 2009

Rock Band covers

I love the game Rock Band and now Rock Band 2, but I don't understand why they sell near pitch-perfect cover versions of famous tunes in the music store. Do they make more money off them? In some cases, such as the David Bowie track pack, they have both covers and originals of the same artist, so it probably isn't because the artists won't play ball. Perhaps it's the individual record labels and/or publishers? Or they just really love the songs in question, but can't get the masters, so they re-record them?

In any event, there seems to be no slowing down on cover versions in Rock Band downloadable content. I don't see a lot mentioned about it online either. Here is a Wired article on the subject, though not a lot of specualtion on the why:
link to Wired article

Harmonix does acknowlegde the covers with an asterisk in the music store, but they don't give any details on the actual performers. to get that information, you have to visit their website:
link to DLC credits

Personally I wonder how the artists feel. In some cases, they are probably getting paid for the cover, but in other cases they might not hold the publishing rights, and therefore might not get paid a dime. I guess for the time being I will avoid downloading these tracks, and stick to the real deal. Which is a shame, because who doesn't love singing along to Brass in Pocket since Lost in Translation?

here is a list of the downloadable content covers, current as of 01-JAN-2009:

“Beetlebum”
Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven James, David Rowntree
EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
All rights reserved. Used by permission
[listed as a cover, but no credits are given for the cover artists]

“Ten Speed (of God's Blood & Burial)”
Claudio Sanchez, Michael Todd, Joshua Eppard, Travis Stever
2005 Foray Music (SESAC)
All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission
Performed by: Mark Edwards: Vocals, George Nastos: Guitars, Ric Fierabracci: Bass, Joel Taylor: Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“Working Man”
Gary Weinrib, Alex Zivojinovich 1981 Core Music (SOCAN/SESAC)
All rights reserved. Used by permission
Performed by: Mark Edwards: Vocals, George Nastos: Guitars, Ric Fierabracci: Bass, Joel Taylor: Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“Action”
Andrew Scott, Brian Connolly, Stephen Priest, Michael Tucker
1976 Sweet Publishing (PRS). All Rights On Behalf Of Sweet Publishing (PRS). Administered By WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) and Red Rose Programming Ltd. /Sweet Publishing Ltd. Administered by Maxwood Music Ltd. All rights reserved. Used by permission
Performed by: Mark Edwards: Vocals, Nick Gallant: Background Vocals, Lance Taber: Guitar, Ric Fierabracci: Bass, Joel Taylor: Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“Last Train To Clarksville”
Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
Screen Gems- EMI Music Inc. (BMI) All rights reserved. Used by permission
Last Train to Clarksville Performance Credits: Performed by: Mark Edwards: Vocals, Lance Tabers: Guitars, Nick Gallant: Bass, Scott Dugdale: Drums, Additional Percussion
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“The Number of the Beast”
Stephen Harris
1982 Zomba Enterprises Inc. (ASCAP)
All rights reserved. Used by permission
Performed by: Brandon Bayless: Vocals, George Nastos: Guitars, Ric Fierabracci: Bass, Joel Taylor: Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“Limelight”
Neal Peart, Gary Weinrib, Lifeson, Alex Zivojinovich
1981 Core Music (SOCAN/SESAC) All rights reserved. Used by permission
Performed by: Mark Edwards: Vocals, Ric Fierabracci: Bass, Scott Dugdale: Keyboards, Joel Taylor: Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“Hard to Handle”
Otis Redding, Allen Jones, Alvertis Isbell
Universal Music Publishing. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used by permission
Performed by: Chris Perry: Vocals, Nick Gallant: Guitars & Bass, Scott Dugdale: Programming, Keyboards, Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“Song with a Mission”
Jasper Anderberg, Johan Bengtsson, Maja Ivarsson, Fredrik Nilsson, Felix Rodriguez
2006 Tom Bone Music (STIM)/Dimensional Music of 1091 (ASCAP) Tom Bone Music and Dimensional Music of 1091 administered by Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission
Performed by:Becca Nueneubel: Vocals, Moorea Dickason: Background Vocals,Nick Gallant: Guitars, Bass, Scott Dugdale:, Programming, Additional Percussion, Joel Taylor: Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“Brass In Pocket”
Christine Kerr, James Honeyman-Scott
EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP) All rights reserved. Used by permission
"Performed by: Moorea Dickason: Vocals, Lance Taber: Guitars, Nick Gallant: Bass, Scott Dugdale: Programming, Keyboards, Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“Ever Fallen in Love”
Peter MacNelsh
BMG Music Publishing. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Performed by: Nick Gallant: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Joel Taylor: Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“N.I.B.”
Terence Butler, Anthony Iommi, John Osbourne, W.T. Ward
TRO - Essex Music International, Inc. (ASCAP) All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Performed by: Mark Edwards: Vocals, George Nastos: Guitars, Darryl C. Anders: Bass, Joel Taylor: Drums, Scott Dugdale: Additional Percussion
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“Sweet Leaf”
Terence Butler, Anthony Iommi, John Osbourne, W.T. Ward
TRO - Essex Music International, Inc. (ASCAP) All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Performed by: Brooks Lundy: Vocals, George Nastos: Guitar, Ric Fierabracci: Bass, Joel Taylor: Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“War Pigs”
Terence Butler, Anthony Iommi, John Osbourne, W.T. Ward
TRO - Essex Music International, Inc. (ASCAP) All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Performed by: Mark Edwards: Vocals, Marcus Henderson: Guitar, Darryl Anders: Bass, Scott Dugdale: Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“Heroes”
David Bowie, Brian Eno
1972 Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. (BMI), Tintoretto Music (BMI) admin. by RZO Music, Inc. and Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI) All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Performed by: Kid Beyond: Vocals, Lance Taber: Guitars, Ric Fierabracci: Bass, Scott Dugdale: Programming, Keyboards, Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“Queen Bitch”
David Bowie
1972 Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. (BMI), Chrysalis Music (ASCAP), Tintoretto Music (BMI) admin. by RZO Music, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
"Performed by: Kid Beyond: Vocals, Lance Taber: Guitars, Nick Gallant: Bass, Scott Dugdale: Programming, Keyboards, Additional Percussion, Joel Taylor: Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

"Fortunate Son"
John Fogerty.
Jondora Music courtesy of Concord Music Group Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Performed by Mark Edwards (vocals), Lance Tabers (guitars), Darryl C. Anders (bass), Joel Taylor (drums).
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

"Juke Box Hero"
Mike Jones and Lou Gramm.
1981 Somerset Songs Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Performed by Nick Gallant (vocals, bass), George Nastos (guitar), Scott Dugdale (drums, keys).
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

"Bang a Gong (Get it On)"
Marc Bolan.
TRO - Essex Music International, Inc, (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Performed by Danny Shorago (vocals), Nick Gallant (background vocals, guitar), Darryl Anders (bass), Scott Dugdale (programming, keyboards).
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

"My Sharona"
Doug Fieger, Berton Averre.
1979 Wise Brothers Music, LLC (ASCAP), Eighties Music and Small Hill Music. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Performed by Nick Gallant (vocals, guitars), Ric Fierabracci (bass), Scott Dugdale (drums).
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

"Cherry Bomb"
Joan Jett, Kim Fowley.
Peer Music, LTD / Jett Pack Music (BMI). All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Performed by Moorea Dickason (vocals), Nick Gallant (guitars, bass), Scott Dugdale (drums).
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

“Brass In Pocket”
Christine Kerr, James Honeyman-Scott
EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP) All rights reserved. Used by permission
"Performed by: Moorea Dickason: Vocals, Lance Taber: Guitars, Nick Gallant: Bass, Scott Dugdale: Programming, Keyboards, Drums
Recorded and Produced by WaveGroup

1 comment:

Flyte said...

I actually enjoy some of their cover version equal too or more than some of the originals...one that I have so much controversy over is deciding which version of Heroes I like...but I can't find a download of it or anything anywhere!
do you know of a place where I can actually get the tracks to LISTEN to (rather than play)?