Hello and welcome to the first edition of The Gaming Vault‘s Rock Band 3 Tuesday Track Pick! In this series, we take a look at specific songs in the Rock Band 3 library that are especially awesome or extra fun on certain instruments.
This first week’s choice, we take a look at Siouxsie & The Banshees‘ track “Cities in Dust.”
“Cities in Dust” is a post-punk masterpiece, being offered to us over 25 years ago when the Goth and New Wave eras were taking off in the mid-80s. Being the first single off of the Tinderbox album, the song describes the destruction of the city of Pompeii by the volcanic eruption in 79AD in a rather roundabout manner by making references to the eruption itself, the victims of Pompeii and the discovery and excavation many years later.
As a track for Rock Band 3, it’s not necessarily anything to worried about across any instrument, but drummers are warned that there’s a fair amount of punk influence at work here thanks to Budgie. All instrument parts are fun and offer up a fair challenge to players of any type and skill level, whether they’re playing on PRO Mode (for Keyboards and Drums) or standard. Sadly, there aren’t any harmonies for multiple singers, but the vocal parts are definitely fun courtesy of Miss Siouxsie Sioux’s great range.
In any case, the track is a blast with its bleak-but-poppy attitude and great for up to five players to partake! Check out the Expert playthrough video below for a taste of what you’re in for with this classic hit from 1985.
Disclaimer: I am kind of stealing Rock Band Aide‘s idea here with the “Thursday Throwback,” although this series does not focus exclusively on old Rock Band 3 DLC and can be from any in-game era spanning from Rock Band all the way to recent releases for Rock Band 3. Shout out to RBA for being a bunch of stand-up fellas and ladies!