Speculation: Spooktacular Singles headed to Rocksmith 2014

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Greetings Rocksmith ghouls and gals!

Next week’s Rocksmith 2014 DLC has been revealed via a clue from the ever puzzling @DanAmrich! Check it out.

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The password was: Samhain

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Translation:

Magicians two were imprisoned, accused of quackery amid whispers of black magic . A third partner was also arrested and suspected of clairvoyance , so sharp was his vision.

The trio were found guilty and sentenced to death . Once beheaded , their bodies were returned to their native Ireland and buried near each other.

 

Dan’s explanation follows:

Well done! “Hocus Pocus” by the Dutch progressive rock band Focus is one of the four songs coming out Tuesday in the mixed-artist Spooktacular Singles pack. The songs in Spooktacular Singles are appropriate for Halloween in either name, subject matter, or both, so a morbid riddle seemed like a good approach this week.

The people weren’t people; they were words. The two magicians travel together because “hocus pocus” is a phrase that charlatans used to deceive people with fake magic. “Focus” is synonymous with visual clarity. For the purpose of the riddle’s metaphor, the three are traveling companions.

As for Ireland and beheading, that was added as a confirmer, but was not necessary to solve it. If you behead each metaphorical person — remove the first letter of the words hocus, pocus, and focus — you get the same remaining letters:ocus, which is Gaelic for “near.” Some concerns have been raised about my puzzles being too Americentric, so I was happy to be able to add Dutch and Gaelic elements. (But I maintain that if you work together and use a search engine, there’s really no information that is out of your grasp, regardless of its country or origin.)

A second song will be confirmed on Monday via Facebook posts, and then the remaining tracks will be posted Tuesday in the gameplay trailer. Thanks for chasing this one down — I knew you could do it if you kept thinking out loud and working together!

Great guess by dp3fgsa2! Also, not to rub it anyone’s face or anything but…

Flute-tar confirmed?

Update: This is the version appearing in next week’s DLC and it’s in E Standard

So what other three songs might be included in next week’s pack of Spooky singles? Let’s see what The Riff Repeater staff thinks:

Oscar Benard (@OsagaTheGreat)

This was actually DLC on Guitar Hero

Ted (@pcgamingisted)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDpYBT0XyvA

Ted, you do know we have Sweet Home Alabama already, right?

I hate people when they’re not polite

“oh, THAT song”

Daniel (@forrest11903)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guQvDOGvRIM

It’s in Lego Rock Band!

Clavitar?

Elliott (@toymachinesh)

If you are watching American Horror Story this season you probably heard this song.

Look, I love Danzig, but there’s no question that this is the best pick for a Misfits single to appear in Rocksmith 2014.

Now I’m just trying to get you to listen to weird music, I apologize.

Bring the King to Rocksmith!


Are you excited for the highly requested Hocus Pocus to finally come to a music game? What Spooky songs are you hoping to see? Let us know!

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7/11 Was a Part-Time Job
7/11 Was a Part-Time Job
October 26, 2015 10:31 pm

Dude discuss Dien Thurber innovative ejected

RowdyStevie
RowdyStevie
October 26, 2015 9:52 pm

I was super excited to be finally getting a Spooktacular Halloween pack, the first two songs seem as much spooktacular and Halloween as Villagers are ST. Patrick’s day.

Blue Oyster Cult, Rob Zombie, King Diamond, Ghost, Overkill, Savatage would have all been great choices.

Louis
Louis
October 27, 2015 6:21 pm
Reply to  RowdyStevie

Villagers are proper Irish, singing about serious Irish stuff. Whilst there is many songs about chasing snakes not many of them are about of Ireland.

Michael
Michael
October 26, 2015 4:08 pm

Ummmmmm…..I think we should have Metallica and led Zeppelin and pink Floyd and guns n roses and van Halen and all that normal stuff we always get

Jeam95
Jeam95
October 26, 2015 8:11 pm
Reply to  Michael
Daniel
Editor
October 26, 2015 9:17 pm
Reply to  Michael

Is this a joke?

Yanimal6
Yanimal6
October 26, 2015 4:05 pm

Speaking of Hocus Pocus… I Put A Spell On You?? Haha sorry I love that movie and wouldn’t mind seeing any version of that song on Rocksmith

Calim
Calim
October 26, 2015 3:54 pm

Better to have the cover, imho, complete with a monkey in place of dreaded yodeling.

https://youtu.be/KK5sL7YmTSk

Terminus
Terminus
October 26, 2015 4:50 pm
Reply to  Calim

I’m not opposed to the Gary Hoey cover, but way prefer the original. Although some of us would have some practice in on the Stranglehold homage portion.

Louis
Louis
October 27, 2015 6:23 pm
Reply to  Calim

The problem is this cover comes off as a singular instrumentation, whereas the original sounds like 70’s Dutch bollocks, which is why it’s fun.

The yodelling is what makes the song..

pluggyboy
October 26, 2015 2:11 pm

oingo boingo? wtf

They need to hire some new people to pick songs!

Kramer
Kramer
October 26, 2015 7:31 pm
Reply to  pluggyboy

A mass firing needs to take place for sure

bobw2829
bobw2829
October 26, 2015 2:02 pm

Can we list the songs instead of just posting YouTube videos? I can’t get YouTube videos at work. And yes, I’m working while browsing this comments section. So there.

Chalkers123
Chalkers123
October 26, 2015 12:41 pm

Bah, was excited for the Halloween pack but now I see it’s a pack of scarily bad songs!!!

Chalkers123
Chalkers123
October 26, 2015 1:04 pm
Reply to  Chalkers123

Of course, some people will be excited by what they see as scarily good songs.

You can’t always get what you want, and if everybody liked what I like then life would be boring!

So onto another week and hopefully I get something I like. 🙂

For me Sloe Gin and Blue on Black were good enough to see me through the whole month!

j
j
October 26, 2015 12:36 pm

I requested a whole bunch of Talking heads… I don’t know if David Burn would like the idea of other people using his music. I remember when he was interviewing someone on 52nd street he really didn’t like the idea.

Colonel_666
October 26, 2015 1:37 pm
Reply to  j

If we could get an entire pack of Talking Heads I would be soooo happy.

Dan
Dan
October 26, 2015 4:06 pm
Reply to  j

Byrne

Kramer
Kramer
October 26, 2015 1:15 pm
Reply to  Elliott

Yoadeling and keytars, scary pack indeed.

chris
chris
October 26, 2015 2:40 pm
Reply to  Kramer

they probably picked it because rodney dangerfield always looks scared like he saw the gofer from caddyshack with his coke

Bluecharm
Bluecharm
October 26, 2015 8:45 am

I DEMAND THE CULT / Fire woman, The witch, little Devil…. the list goes on, almost all there titles could be related to Halloween. I suppose I could just keep asking for it EVERY WEEK!

Chalkers123
Chalkers123
October 26, 2015 8:49 am
Reply to  Bluecharm

Oh yes!!! Fire Woman would be awesome!! Best song by The Cult in my opinion.

pluggyboy
October 26, 2015 10:45 am
Reply to  Chalkers123

Yes, I’ve requested several Cult songs including Fire Woman.

Nick
October 26, 2015 6:10 am

I hope the yodelling is charted!

Chalkers123
Chalkers123
October 26, 2015 5:19 am

Since there arent enough songs by The Cure on Rocksmith, Halloween is a great excuse to sneak Lullaby in!

Then let’s have Cure packs 2 and 3!!!!

Mother's Getting Weaker
Mother's Getting Weaker
October 25, 2015 10:47 pm

I’ll second The King Diamond since no one else is! So many great Andy LaRocque riffs and solos to choose from.

Pj-10
October 25, 2015 3:44 pm

Ghost riders in the sky by Johnny cash??

Francois
Francois
October 25, 2015 2:56 pm

I am surprised no one mentioned Am I Evil by Diamond Head.

pluggyboy
October 26, 2015 10:46 am
Reply to  Francois

yes I am!

Louis
Louis
October 25, 2015 2:28 pm

Not since Two Princes have I been this psyched to sing in this game. I can’t wait to see how it’s typed up.

(YODEL) (YODEL)
(INCESSANT YODELLING)

(YODEL CRESCENDO)

Rhett
Rhett
October 26, 2015 3:39 pm
Reply to  Louis

Where’s the “Like” button for this comment!

JD
JD
October 25, 2015 10:06 am

Superstition -- Stevie Wonder
Magic Man -- Heart
Black Cat -- Janet Jackson
Thriller -- Michael Jackson
Dragula -- Rob Zombie
Scary Monsters -- David Bowie

Dan
Dan
October 26, 2015 4:07 pm
Reply to  JD

Oh boy oh boy, I sure do hope we get some Janet Jackson!!

FFFunk
October 25, 2015 8:57 am

“The songs in Spooktacular Singles are appropriate for Halloween in either name, subject matter, or both” …So let me hope for :

Iron Maiden -- Hallowe(en)d be thy name
Helloween -- Before the War

Pj-10
October 25, 2015 8:53 am

I just hope 1 song in this pack is good… But after last week anything would probably be a plus!!

Dino Tanker
Dino Tanker
October 25, 2015 8:51 am

Spooky -- Atlanta Rhythm Section
Warren Zevon -- Werewolves of London
Heart -- Magic Man

Michael McFadden
October 25, 2015 8:09 am

Season of the witch by Donovan. Werewolves of London warren Zevon

Pieter
Pieter
October 25, 2015 5:01 am

Tubular bells ofcourse

Exorcism4Les
Exorcism4Les
October 25, 2015 4:05 am

I don’t wanna get buried, in a Pet Sematary

Exorcism4Les
Exorcism4Les
October 25, 2015 4:32 am
Reply to  Exorcism4Les

But I wanna play that song?

jarryd
jarryd
October 25, 2015 4:00 am

Slayer repentless or black magic would be awesome. Not really a fan of the power metal band ” Halloween” but if they’re in the pack it would be awesome. Hocus pocus seems pretty interesting.

Casey
October 25, 2015 2:36 am

Hoping (and dreaming) for:
Opeth -- Ghost of Perdition
Symphony X -- King of Terrors
The Sword -- Tres Brujas
AFI -- Third Season or Fall Children
Gentle Giant -- Spooky Boogie
Stabbing Westward -- Haunting Me

Trav
Trav
October 25, 2015 2:31 am

Sweet! This will be a day one purchase for me no matter what the other songs are. I hope Donovan’s Season of the Witch makes the cut too, I love that tune.

kons2
kons2
October 25, 2015 5:26 am
Reply to  Trav

Agreed, Donovan’s Season of the Witch is a good song, but I do prefer Dr.Johns
version.

Trav
Trav
October 26, 2015 1:01 am
Reply to  kons2

I blush while saying I haven’t heard that version. Thanks for giving me something to search out Monday morning at work though.

Skelyerath
Skelyerath
October 25, 2015 12:15 am

I’d love some Mosquito Song by Queens of the Stone Age.

Secret Squirrel
Secret Squirrel
October 24, 2015 11:54 pm

I’ve been waiting so long for Hocus Pocus. Wish we could have gotten a whole pack by Focus. So excited to see what else next week brings!

Allan
Allan
October 25, 2015 5:54 am
Reply to  Elliott

Hocus Pocus II

Hocus Pocus III

Where'sRammstein?
Where'sRammstein?
October 25, 2015 7:31 am
Reply to  Allan

Sylvia and House of the king are also great tracks.

SH
SH
October 25, 2015 9:04 am
Reply to  Elliott

House of the King and Sylvia were the other hits over here.

Louis
Louis
October 25, 2015 2:25 pm
Reply to  Elliott

One of the songs has a very similar chord structure to a Abbey Road Beatles cut, I was on a course a few years back and there was this 60 year old man espunging the youth about Focus, he hated The Beatles.

It’s cool stuff, but it’s also 70’s prog rock with a flautist, so be aware of wanky dutchmen.

Secret Squirrel
Secret Squirrel
October 25, 2015 6:28 pm
Reply to  Elliott

Sylvia, Tommy, Anonymous, House Of the King, Glider, Early Birth or most their songs that have the word “Focus” in them (Especially Focus II) are good places to start, but they have a lot more great stuff than that.

Hocus Pocus is one of their most ridiculous songs. I love it anyway.

Terminus
Terminus
October 25, 2015 8:49 pm

Totally a Focus fan myself. Lots more to choose from. Psyched even though it’s way out of my league.

C
C
October 24, 2015 10:08 pm

Anyone see Wicked Sensation by Lynch Mob coming? I know it’s on the other game but so was Slash

Along those lines Souls of Black by Testament would be awesome

ken
ken
October 24, 2015 9:58 pm

I’m Your Boogie Man by KC and the Sunshine Band or White Zombie. Lil’ Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Psycho by Puddle of Mud

YYZ
YYZ
October 24, 2015 9:25 pm

Queens Of The Stone Age -- Burn The Witch
Stevie Wonder/Jeff Beck -- Superstition
Talking Heads -- Psycho Killer
Also:
Pink Floyd -- Careful With That Axe, Eugene.
I can dream, can’t I?

St3
St3
October 24, 2015 8:33 pm

Hocus pocus sweet! How about season of the witch,by Donovan. Sweet dreams,by Marilyn Manson. And something from Rob zombie. Living dead girl or something. Nice random mix

Dan
Dan
October 26, 2015 6:06 pm
Reply to  St3

I’d prefer The Beautiful People if we’re going to get some Marilyn Manson.

Ricky
Ricky
October 24, 2015 7:49 pm

If we dont get “Bark at the moon” by Ozzy Im breaking someones fret hand, just sayin (:

Chris
Chris
October 24, 2015 7:39 pm

I love this song i just want to know what mix of drugs inspires someone to create this

hammer1021
hammer1021
October 24, 2015 9:12 pm
Reply to  Chris

Good ones

Just Dave
Just Dave
October 24, 2015 7:31 pm

I think the Halloween track by carpenter would be ok, but weak. I would like American nightmare by the misfits, Mary Jane by my obvious choice…Jeff Beck would be cool. black number one by type o negative is a spooky tune. Danzig bringer of death, that would be fun.

Charlie
Charlie
October 24, 2015 7:02 pm

ROB ZOMBIE

Where'sRammstein?
Where'sRammstein?
October 24, 2015 6:57 pm

Let’s hope it’s the original version and not the awful U.S. single remix.

Where'sRammstein?
Where'sRammstein?
October 25, 2015 7:29 am
Reply to  Elliott

Looking forward to not being able to play it very well!

DRein9
DRein9
October 24, 2015 6:50 pm

Hoping for Jeff Beck’s I Ain’t
Superstitious, have requested it.

Jacob
Jacob
October 24, 2015 6:45 pm

The best song for this dlc would be Hedwigs theme from harry potter

Tom
Tom
October 24, 2015 6:41 pm

I’d really like to see Horror Movie in this pack too. There’s not enough Australian songs on Rocksmith, and I would like that changed ASAP.

JP
JP
October 24, 2015 6:46 pm
Reply to  Tom

I never thought i’d be up for Skyhooks on RS14, but on reflection, the riff in Horror Movie is pretty cool. I’d be up for it much more so than most/all of the content over the past 6-8 weeks.

Kramer
Kramer
October 24, 2015 6:41 pm

That Focus song is ridiculous. They are seriously putting yodeling in rocksmith now? I really hope they bring it with the next 3 tracks otherwise this month has been insanely terrible

Kramer
Kramer
October 24, 2015 6:49 pm
Reply to  Elliott

Haha I do appreciate your sense of optimism

hammer1021
hammer1021
October 24, 2015 6:50 pm
Reply to  Elliott

Besides the yodeling the band shreds on the song.

Louis
Louis
October 25, 2015 2:27 pm
Reply to  hammer1021

Yodelling is vocal shredding though.

Dan R
Dan R
October 24, 2015 9:38 pm
Reply to  Kramer

Get a grip you whining simpleton.

Kramer
Kramer
October 24, 2015 10:08 pm
Reply to  Dan R

Really got to my heart strings there 😉

Just calling it as it is and has been all month, junk.

Vincent McClain
Vincent McClain
October 25, 2015 3:29 am
Reply to  Kramer

okay bro but what about that guitar you seriously gonna skip because of less then 1 minute of yodeling get a grip those guitar solos are mind boggling

Kramer
Kramer
October 26, 2015 7:47 am

Hey, bro, didn’t realize people still say bro, bro. Sorry bro, but I tend to like songs with good lyrical meaning bro. But thanks for the opinion bro.

spiritualist
spiritualist
October 25, 2015 5:19 am
Reply to  Kramer

I think it’s awesome!!

Mike
October 24, 2015 6:38 pm

This DLC will be 2Spooky4Me. I predict Time Warp and Beautiful People, but I can’t think of anything else.

Kramer
Kramer
October 24, 2015 6:50 pm
Reply to  Mike

Disposable Teens was recently licensed for a different game. Would be a good addition here