Elite Beat Agents as my Gateway to New Music

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Imagine being in the mid 2000’s. The internet is not yet the behemoth it is today, Blockbuster is the king of a Netflix-less entertainment niche, and mp3 keeps gaining ground against the CD.

And then I read about this “Men In Black but they cheerlead with pop songs” rhythm game.

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Elite Beat Agents was released late 2006, with an impressive (for the format) list of 19 tracks, from various artists and musical genres:

  1. Steriogram - “Walkie Talkie Man” (by Jason Paige)
  2. Sum 41 - “Makes No Difference” (by Vinn Lombardo)
  3. Avril Lavigne - “Sk8er Boi” (by Angela Michael)
  4. Freddie Mercury/Queen - “I Was Born to Love You” (by Paul Vician)
  5. Stray Cats - “Rock This Town” (by Mark Latham)
  6. Deep Purple - “Highway Star” (by Kaleb James)
  7. Village People - “Y.M.C.A.” (by TC Moses)
  8. Earth, Wind and Fire - “September” (by TC Moses)
  9. Jamiroquai - “Canned Heat” (by Jason Paige)
  10. Madonna - “Material Girl” (by Melissa Garber)
  11. Ashlee Simpson - “La La” (by Laura Jane)
  12. Chicago - “You’re the Inspiration” (by Julian Miranda)
  13. David Bowie - “Let’s Dance” (by Delaney Wolff)
  14. Good Charlotte - “The Anthem” (by Kevin Ridel)
  15. Hoobastank - “Without a Fight” (by Kevin Ridel)
  16. The Rolling Stones - “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (by Billy Fogarty)
  17. Cher - “Believe” (by Lynn Rose)
  18. The Jackson 5 - “ABC” (by TC Moses and Brittany Kertesz)
  19. Destiny’s Child - “Survivor” (by April Harmony)

Imagine being a kid, with a small knowledge of popular music, and you get handed this summary of genres (funk, jazz-funk, dance-pop, punk, pop-punk, rock, rockabilly, rock-pop, soft-rock, disco...). It’s like a buffet! That you get to listen over and over and over again the song when you fail and retry, just make things better.

Of course, once I could Internet, these were the first albums I looked for.


This low-effort post is part of the Sixtay Days of Writting Challenge. Post Count: 30+18

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