When Guitar Hero came out on PS2, my housemate and I spent one night jamming for hours, trying to unlock as many songs as we could, imagining we were actually in a girl band. Her, the stoic bassist, and I, the crazy string picking, fret-surfing guitarist (we played on Hard). This was after watching Josie and Pussycats, the campy, live movie adaptation of a side story in the Archie comic book world. Rachael Leigh Cook was our hearthrob, and watching this movie got me into learning some guitar.
Fastforward several months later and I’m invited to play with some new friends, all female or womyn-conscious people, who discovered Guitar Hero 2. The energy was wild with a group of people, and there was a good mix of known and unknown classic songs for everyone there to enjoy.
Then RockBand came out, and players found out that there were also drums, and it was over. Everyone was playing this game.
Dara and Karman sits with a RB kit for their VLOG on Afterellen.com.
LesbianGamers.com featured an RB episode for their VLOG.
Afterellen.com had an RB competition at the hottest lesbian party in the US, Dinah Shore. (Forgive them for putting up a Guitar Hero screenshot, for they know not what they did!)
What’s my point? Not only do girls play RockBand, queer girls LOVE RockBand. They have just as much ambition to be sexy heart throb rockstars as Fallout Boy and more. You know what would really make them happy? Give ’em bands that have musicians with a queer vibe. There are enough punk rock bands out there to choose from that fit the game’s style. Lesbian musicians aren’t only Melissa Etheridge and kd Lang.
Music games, you’ve got a loyal following here, wouldn’t it be fair just to throw in some Le Tigre, Sleater Kinney, The Cliks, Gossip, the Butchies, Tegan and Sara???