Rock Band™ Takes On New Wave with Devo and Duran Duran

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Harmonix and MTV Games announced today the addition of tracks from New Wave pioneers Devo and Duran Duran to the Rock Band™ Music Store catalog of downloadable content. On August 19, Devo’s “Girl U Want” and “Through Being Cool,” and Duran Duran’s “Rio” and “Girls on Film” will make their music gaming debut.

Considered to be one of the most influential acts in pop music history, Devo originally formed in 1973 but didn’t find commercial success until the 80s with the help of their colorful music videos. Devo re-recorded exclusively for Rock Band, “Girl U Want” from their third studio album, the 1980 release, Freedom of Choice, and the synthpop hit “Through Being Cool” from their fourth studio album, New Traditionalists, released in 1981. These tracks join “Uncontrollable Urge”, from Q: Are We Not Men, A: We Are Devo!,which is featured on Rock Band 2’s disc.

Two-time Grammy® winning, New Romantic act Duran Duran joins the Rock Band DLC catalog with original master recordings of “Girls on Film” and “Rio.” “Girls on Film” is from their 1981 eponymously titled, multi-platinum album debut and most notably was one of the most banned music videos of its time. With “Rio” from their 1982 release Rio, Duran Duran found success in the music video age and their second hit in the U.S. One of the most commercially successful bands of the New Wave movement, Duran Duran have had 21 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 and have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Duran Duran are also among the classic tracks on Rock Band 2’s set list, with their smash hit “Hungry Like the Wolf” standing out from a strong set of 80s songs.

Each track will be available for $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points) per track.

Rounding out the August 19th Rock Band DLC release schedule is the track “Get Your Rock On” from MTV’s The American Mall, an original made-for-TV musical airing this month. “Get Your Rock On” will be available for .99¢ (80 Microsoft Points).

Release date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 (Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360)
Thursday, August 21, 2008 (PLAYSTATION®Store)

Tracks: Duran Duran* “Girls on Film”
Duran Duran* “Rio”
Devo** “Girl U Want”
Devo** “Through Being Cool”

Price: $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track

*(Both Duran Duran tracks utilize the original master recordings)
**(Devo re-recorded both tracks exclusively for Rock Band)

Tracks: The American Mall “Get Your Rock On”

Price: .99¢ (80 Microsoft Points)

(track utilizes original master recordings)

Locations: Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PLAYSTATION®Network

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **