You know it. Don’t deny it. Humility is for the common folk; you are a living room sensation. Even if you’ve never picked up an instrument in your life, the Guitar Hero series of games makes it possible to rock out hardcore to thundering applause (trust us, we have the 2am bleeding fingertips to attest for that) like your favorite musician.
Punk rock princesses, [lastfm]Cherie Currie [/lastfm] and [lastfm]Joan Jett [/lastfm] are just the latest addition to the newest Guitar Hero game, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. There was just one caveat; they had to get back together and replay the 34 year old song, “Cherry Bomb.” Ready for an encore?
[lastfm]Runaways[/lastfm] rock goddesses, [lastfm]Cherie Currie[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Joan Jett [/lastfm] fittingly joined feminine forces at [lastfm]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm]’ studio Electric Lady to re-record the star tune of their teenage sensation, “Cherry Bomb.”
Guitar Hero techs couldn’t just use the old song because it was recorded in analog. They needed to isolate all the instruments in “Cherry Bomb” for the more digital oriented world.
Re-recording the song made [lastfm]Cherie Currie[/lastfm] wax nostalgic over putting that tune on wax:
“Well, the first time that Joan and Kim came out and played the song, I was floored. It was saying everything I wanted to say at that time. It embodies the way most teenage girls feel at that time. It’s a great song.”
Although the song is about teenage rebellion, it sounds like Currie and Jett were able to recreate that feeling of adolescent angst. Using the real world venue of CBGB’s probably helped. Jett says “Cbee’s” is where they played their first ever New York City show was fresh-faced young rock chicks:
“I think it’s great that ‘Cherry Bomb’ is featured at CBee’s. [lastfm]The Runaways[/lastfm] played our first show in New York City in, I think it was, 1976. It was hot, and sweaty, and dirty. Just like it should be. And it was perfect.”
Another rocker featured on Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock who certainly knows what it’s like to be “hot, and sweaty, and dirty” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” is [lastfm]Alice Cooper[/lastfm]. Truly of warrior status, Cooper explains his motivation to write one of the most pivotal songs in his rock career.
“‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ is one of those songs where it was me screaming back at the public. At the time, I was guilty of every single thing that was wrong with America. And I ok, that does it, no more Mr. Nice Guy. Gloves are off. And they said, ‘You were being a nice guy?’ And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, I can get a lot worse.’ And it ended up being one of those songs that everybody connected to.”
- What do you think? What artist would you like featured on the next Guitar Hero? Let us know in the comments and maybe some Guitar Hero game developer will read and take heed!