Published: July 7, 2009 at 8:54 AM
Here comes the rant ... Brace yourselves.
From Day 1, I've disagreed with many that this was a good move for Universal. Financially, maybe, but creatively, no. I argued that the coaster would ruin the aesthetics of the park entrance, which, many people now agree, is true. Additionally, the coaster does not even seem to be a high caliber ride, with too much momentum lost on the various block brake sections.
And now this. The music selection. I know most of these songs very well. There are some good choices, but most of this is, well, crap.
Of all the rock and metal bands to choose from, how did Evanescence, Motley Crue, Finger 11, and Limp Bizkit make the cut? Universal is obviously trying to appeal to a younger generation, and honestly - screw that. Rock is rock. I'm from a younger generation, and I can tell you that most of my friends prefer the older music to the new stuff. "Rollin'" was big when I was in middle school, but I can't think of the last time anyone mentioned Fred Durst. If they were trying to make rock appeal to younger people, why not a song like "Song 2" by Blur? Big fail, Universal. Big fail.
My rock choices:
"Don't Stop Me Now" - Queen
"Crosstown Traffic" - Jimi Hendrix
"Travelin' Band" - CCR
"Shout" - The Isley Brothers
"Johnny B. Goode" - Chuck Berry
"Jump" - Van Halen
I may be even more upset about the rap category than the rock category. They put TWO Black Eyed Peas songs in the mix, plus a Fergie song in the pop category? Black Eyed Peas are a damn disgrace to rap. About the only two passable songs in this category are "Insane in the Membrane" and "Sabotage". Kanye's "Stronger" is OK, but the song is, with the exception of the lyrics, nearly identical to "Harder, Better ..." in the club category. Not to mention that, with Beastie Boys (and maybe Cypress) being the exceptions, not ONE legend of rap is present. No 2pac, Biggie, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang, Snoop, Outkast, Nas, Jay Z, Eminem etc. etc. etc. Another epic fail, Universal.
My rap choices:
"Sabotage" - The Beastie Boys
"Hey Ya" - Outkast
"Bring The Noise" - Public Enemy
"The Message" - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
"California Love" - 2pac, Dr. Dre, Roger Troutman
"Mo' Money, Mo' Problems" - Biggie Smalls, Puff Daddy, Mase
There are two Beastie Boys songs and two Crystal Method songs. How can this be happening with only six choices per category? Not to mention that the Crystal Method choices were pretty weak. "Pump Up the Volume" is a good choice, and "Harder, Better ..." and "Le Disko" are decent selections, but this is still a weak category. In fact, I would just eliminate the club category entirely in order to add another song to the other five categories. Rap, rock, pop, and disco can all be considered club.
My club/techno choices:
"Weapon of Choice" - Fatboy Slim
"Mr. Vain" - Culture Beat
"We Like to Party" - Vengaboys
"Mortal Kombat" - The Immortals
"Get Ready for This" - 2 Unlimited
"Gonna Make You Sweat" - C & C Music Factory
No. More. Fergie. Choose one song from her and stick with it. And how did Donna Summers get two songs, but the King of Pop, MJ, got NOTHING? No, this is not inspired by his death. This is inspired by him being the KING OF POP. How did you miss out on that one, Uni? Copyright issues? Hammer is pretty hilarious, though.
My pop/disco choices:
"Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson
"That's The Way ..." - KC & The Sunshine Band
"Semi-Charmed Life" - Third Eye Blind
"Beat It" - Michael Jackson
"C'Mon N' Ride It" - Quad City DJ's
"U Can't Touch This" - MC Hammer
This is the one category I wasn't disappointed in. I know it's not really country, but I wouldn't have minded seeing "Cotton Eye Joe" here. I also really dig Brad Paisley, but these choices were fine.
I hope these choices change frequently.