Rocksmith 2014 DLC 8/19 – Duran Duran

Greetings Rocksmith fans!

As previously shown, this week’s DLC is a three pack from the hugely successful English rock band, Duran Duran!

We had first heard rumblings of this bands addition at the beginning of this year!

Don’t you love it when someone gets the DLC they request?

Anyway, this week’s DLC features two very familiar songs to anyone that has played Guitar Hero or Rock Band. Yes, just as you expected both Rio and Hungry Like The Wolf are being added to the growing Rocksmith DLC libraryThe biggest surprise however is the third song off their 1993 self-titled album, Ordinary World!

While this pack is definitely geared towards our 4 string bass overlords (Rio may be one of the hardest bass arrangements yet), I (personally) found the lead arrangements on guitar to be pretty engaging, with some great tones. Especially Ordinary World which gave me chills on both Guitar and Bass.

Have at it!

Duran Duran Song Pack – $7.99 / Steam

Another all E Standard week! Bassists, are you excited to keep up with John Taylor? Guitarists, is this your worst 80’s pop nightmare come to life? Let us know!

 

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Kenwould
Kenwould
August 22, 2014 10:52 pm

I haven’t been too excited about the dlc lately so I’ve been going back and picking up songs that I wanted but skipped. Jeremy by Peal Jam is not available, or at least I can’t find it. Is there a way I can get it or is it gone? I use xbox 360 if that makes a difference.

Myles Marrero
Myles Marrero
August 23, 2014 2:54 am
Reply to  Kenwould

Are you looking to buy the entire pack or just the song? It’s so much more tedious to sift through hundreds upon hundreds of individual songs.

Kenwould
Kenwould
August 23, 2014 8:57 am
Reply to  Elliott

Thanks. I could find it in a pack from the shop in game but not as a single. I already owned one of the other songs so didn’t want the pack. Thanks again

Chris
Chris
August 22, 2014 6:27 am

Love how all the bassists have come out of the woodwork for this…

Rich
Rich
August 22, 2014 1:31 pm
Reply to  Chris

And we can all hope they aren’t just sitting there playing the Schism riff over and over like at Guitar Center. 😉

But yes, this is a super DLC for bass. I believe I need to work on some of the timings “offline”… and I haven’t even played the guitar parts yet. So if next week’s DLC is not my jar of bourbon, I will still be enjoying this stuff.

victorvonbass
victorvonbass
August 22, 2014 3:58 am

I played Hungry Like the Wolf on drums for rockband so many times that I think the rhythm of the song was ingrained into my blood. The bass is very very fun. Super bouncy.

Rio is fairly difficult as already noted. Will probably take me a while to get the 100%.

Ordinary World has that one slide-y part, but it isn’t too bad besides that

j
j
August 20, 2014 12:00 am

Enjoying these songs a lot!!

Javier
Javier
August 19, 2014 6:42 pm

Excellent…!!! That is all I have to say…

Chris
Chris
August 19, 2014 6:15 pm

No doubt was a lot more fun on bass than these songs plus no doubt wont induce nightmares of waking up to discover that someone stole my makeup bag

Andrew
Andrew
August 19, 2014 5:01 pm

Ordinary World gives off a Journey vibe to me, and just makes me want Journey T_T. Good song though in its own right. Awesome pack this week, the tones in game sound pretty great. I usually restrain myself from playing the bass parts to any song since I don’t have a bass (Though I will soon) but I caved on Rio/Hungry Like the Wolf.

Thomas
Thomas
August 19, 2014 2:07 pm

Rio isn’t easy but it’s definitely not even close to hardest bass song. Black Betty has that title I think.

Honky thom
Honky thom
August 19, 2014 3:13 pm
Reply to  Elliott

Another one of the toughest on bass is Space oddity. It just goes all over the shop for the whole song, it’s nuts. Crazy genius…

Rich
Rich
August 19, 2014 3:33 pm
Reply to  Honky thom

Agreed. Space Oddity is fairly nutty, just like BOWIE himself. 🙂

I find it best on any difficult song to practice a song by section as one would if this particular rhythm game did not exist… Especially Rush. Oh, that Geddy…. RS just makes it much more fun to play through a ton of songs without having to memorize anything.

victorvonbass
victorvonbass
August 19, 2014 5:38 pm
Reply to  Honky thom

That song. Its like playing bass in hell. So damn difficult for me.

Honky thom
Honky thom
August 19, 2014 8:26 pm
Reply to  victorvonbass

Yes, it’s one of those you need to pretty much learn completely to be able to play. I do love it though.

the defenestrator
the defenestrator
August 19, 2014 4:23 pm
Reply to  Elliott

Does anyone but me have trouble keeping up with “Drift Away” on bass?

Honky thom
Honky thom
August 21, 2014 1:23 pm

I haven’t tried it myself.

Ant
Ant
August 19, 2014 1:17 pm

This pack could be better it’s a shame that they put rio and say it’s a challenge put girls on film that’s a challenge on guitar and bass, like last week another pack that is claimed a challenge for bass players but it’s not.

Ant
Ant
August 19, 2014 1:25 pm
Reply to  Elliott

Are you trying to pressure me into buying Rio Elliot 😆 I’ve never done videos but I’ll do a score attack when I get out of class

victorvonbass
victorvonbass
August 22, 2014 3:56 am
Reply to  Ant

Rio is pretty hard IMO with all the muting going on. It isn’t the hardest DLC, as there are harder songs, but I feel it is slightly above Spiderwebs. Mostly because of that bridge section and how tricky it is to get everything perfect.

Rich
Rich
August 22, 2014 1:36 pm
Reply to  victorvonbass

The chorus is a bit tricky for sure. The main parts are nice “boxed” lines, so that is nice. The dead notes really make this song, but it does take a little bit of practice to get the timing right…and then play it to speed, which is rather fast!

Really solid stuff there. John Taylor is pretty damn awesome.

Rich
Rich
August 19, 2014 12:53 pm

The Les Paul will be dusted off for Hungry Like the Wolf. 😀 I have always loved that damn song but never remembered to learn it.

Rio -- Wow, so damn cool. Love, love, love the groove. John Taylor is a beast and creates awesome bass lines that carry a song.

Ordinary World -- Surprised me! Fantastic song and displays a nice disparity between the two decades.

Overall, I am super-happy about this pack. Both guitar and bass may get equal play here just so I can wear down the cassette tape. 😉

Jeff
Jeff
August 19, 2014 10:07 am

Really happy with this one! And quite surprised by the response; I figured it would be more dismissive.

Ordinary World has always been on the list of songs I wanted to learn at some point, so I’m quite pleased it was included.

Just bought my first bass about a month ago -- looking forward to putting it through its paces.

j
j
August 19, 2014 9:20 am

Yeah “Ordinary world”, I new it had to be included after seeing how many you tube view the original film clip had. It has good guitar so I’ll be getting the pack.
…would have got it anyway.

dave
dave
August 19, 2014 8:49 am

It’s a buy for me … next week finally SLAYER?

Dave
Dave
August 19, 2014 8:35 am

Duran Duran a ROCK band? More like synthpop.
I like the Ordinary World, takes me back…
The other 2 I don’t really care about.
I’d like more metal, but don’t really have the skill to play fast. Bummer.

bob
bob
August 19, 2014 12:00 pm
Reply to  Dave

Duran Duran is typical of the experimentation in Rock music in the 80s.

Joao
Joao
August 19, 2014 7:27 am

I don’t like Duran Duran 🙁 … wait for next friday for a hardest band…
I asked for Slayer on twitter and de @rocksmithgame asked “what songs”?
If release more Slayer, I hope will be here! \m/

Jeam95
Jeam95
August 19, 2014 7:41 am
Reply to  Joao

I would like:

Raining blood
Chemical warfare
South of heaven
😈

Rockwarrior86
August 19, 2014 10:42 am
Reply to  Jeam95

definitely raining blood and south of heaven and i would love dead skin mask

Dave
Dave
August 19, 2014 8:54 am
Reply to  Joao

Doesn’t work like that, buddy, sorry.

Joao
Joao
August 19, 2014 8:56 am
Reply to  Dave

ok

just more Slayer songs and I’ll be very happy

Rich
Rich
August 19, 2014 1:56 pm
Reply to  Elliott

Slayer would be a welcome addition. Hooray for proper metal! Slayer, Death, Sepultura….good times.

Myles Marrero
Myles Marrero
August 23, 2014 2:57 am
Reply to  Rich

Not this newfangled nu-metal!

ravey
ravey
August 22, 2014 3:34 am
Reply to  Joao

Agreed. Very happy for this DLC and also quite blown away by the generally good response.

With any luck, this might mean Ubi may offer us a few more DD songs at some point, such as Planet Earth and Girls on Film.

old guy
old guy
August 19, 2014 7:21 am

Nice. 2 for 3 on my prediction/wish list. Buy.

deltaXkila
deltaXkila
August 19, 2014 7:00 am

Ordinary World? It sounds vaguely familiar, and sounds better than most 80’s ballads.
And the other two I’ve come to expect from this band. Overall my ass is bassed off.

MrFuddle
MrFuddle
August 19, 2014 6:27 am

Could it be? Songs from other music games!? Who would have thought it possible!?

Honky thom
Honky thom
August 19, 2014 5:27 am

3 of my favourites, excellent!

AJ
AJ
August 19, 2014 2:34 am

heck yeah….this is a great one. Im so in. thats two weeks in a row. Great job Rocksmith DLC selectors.

Jack
Jack
August 19, 2014 2:16 am

I hope better dlc will come next week
I got 3 dollars left in my steam
and there has been no dlc i like for a long time

raynebc
raynebc
August 19, 2014 1:48 am

Nice pack. I’d have liked to see “Reflex” in there, but this will do nicely.

Tony Tunes
Tony Tunes
August 19, 2014 1:20 am

Get’in it.

Bob
Bob
August 19, 2014 12:59 am

Hardest bass arrangement yet? I think Geddy Lee might take offense to that!

I’ll try it when it pops up on Steam.

Rich
Rich
August 19, 2014 12:47 pm
Reply to  Elliott

Yeah, I was looking at the TAB for Rio last night. Definitely not the hardest, but it is challenging for folks with less bass experience (like me).

I played the first few bars, and while the positions are not hard, he uses a lot of well-placed dead-notes to give it that super awesome funky groove. I was actually surprised to see it is played finger-style as opposed to slap-pop. THIS MADE ME HAPPY!

Rich
Rich
August 19, 2014 1:31 pm
Reply to  Rich

Actually, there is a slap-pop part in the chorus. My bad. Well-placed and certainly it is a good showing of how to blend the technique in without it being a distraction. I like it!

james boot
james boot
August 19, 2014 1:22 pm
Reply to  Elliott

i was gonna say the same thing as Bob! good save Elliot! 😉

james boot
james boot
August 19, 2014 1:23 pm
Reply to  james boot

THAT does not look like a wink! it looks like someone straining going to the toilet! wtf?

mrMuddle
mrMuddle
August 19, 2014 12:58 am

Rad. Painful but productive week in store on the P.

Rich
Rich
August 19, 2014 1:49 pm
Reply to  mrMuddle

I love playing my P-Bass as it builds stamina. Such a beastly instrument.

mr_muddle
mr_muddle
August 19, 2014 8:44 pm
Reply to  Rich

yeah man, the P is the workout machine. I typically play a T-Bird IV, but for this kind a stuff, the balance of the body just makes it too difficult to slap properly and play this kind a stuff. Break out the beast this week I say.

Rich
Rich
August 20, 2014 2:24 am
Reply to  mr_muddle

Ugh yeah I need to lower the action a hair on the P. I have it rigged big like Steve Harris. Fat Roto flats. I think a quarter turn of the truss rod and some saddle adjustment should do the trick.