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Colbert and Rock Band Ride Again

"1986" "classic" from television "pundit" hits Rock Band as a free "download." Er... forget that last set of quotes.

You've seen Rock Band appear on The Colbert Report a handful of times recently, with artists such as Rush showing up and failing their own song, Nas coming in and apparently killing it, and so on.

Well, in a move that I have to imagine is a clear example of how to create and leverage some synergy between different branches of the Viacom tree, a song from TV's Stephen Colbert titled Charlene (I'm Right Behind You) has surfaced as a free download in the Xbox 360 version of the Rock Band music store. We've received conflicting reports from people that we're taking ot mean that you might have to be an Xbox Live Gold member to get it.

It's not currently showing up in the New Releases section (at least not in the version of Rock Band that we're playing), but if you search by song or artist or whatever, it's in there. They've even dated it 1986 and given it an album cover, which is pretty funny.

Here's the video for the song, which helps. The song doesn't work quite as well on its own.

  


This all has to end with Colbert singing the song in Rock Band 2 on his show, I imagine. That should be pretty good. In my mind, he's singing while three way-too-famous musicians back him up with the new wireless guitars and drums.

[UPDATE] This track is now available for free on the PlayStation Store for PS3 owners, as well.
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Posted by Jeff
You've seen Rock Band appear on The Colbert Report a handful of times recently, with artists such as Rush showing up and failing their own song, Nas coming in and apparently killing it, and so on.

Well, in a move that I have to imagine is a clear example of how to create and leverage some synergy between different branches of the Viacom tree, a song from TV's Stephen Colbert titled Charlene (I'm Right Behind You) has surfaced as a free download in the Xbox 360 version of the Rock Band music store. We've received conflicting reports from people that we're taking ot mean that you might have to be an Xbox Live Gold member to get it.

It's not currently showing up in the New Releases section (at least not in the version of Rock Band that we're playing), but if you search by song or artist or whatever, it's in there. They've even dated it 1986 and given it an album cover, which is pretty funny.

Here's the video for the song, which helps. The song doesn't work quite as well on its own.

  


This all has to end with Colbert singing the song in Rock Band 2 on his show, I imagine. That should be pretty good. In my mind, he's singing while three way-too-famous musicians back him up with the new wireless guitars and drums.

[UPDATE] This track is now available for free on the PlayStation Store for PS3 owners, as well.
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Posted by duxup

That video is creepy.

Posted by TMThomsen

His mascara is creepy. I actually found the video quite funny, though.

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Posted by Oni

That video completely makes it. A++ would watch again!

Posted by Kohe321

Colbert is cool, and rockband owns. Win.

Posted by kingmasters

even tho its free I won't download it

Posted by ItalianStallion

Colbert for Prez 2012!!

Posted by Tovan

I love Colbert. He is truly a God.

Posted by RHCPfan24

I love Stephen Colbert.  He is great and I am gonna try and find this song now.

Posted by Pico

Laughed my ass off the first time I saw it. Even if it's no fun to play but this ends up on The Report, it'll be worth it.

Posted by AvD

This is awesome, that's a point for Rock Band in my book.

Posted by JakJ
I'M RIGHT BEHIND YOU NOW CHARLENE, WAITING WATCHING OH SO CLOSE

I wish all corperate synergy was so bitchin
Posted by hawkeye

Awsome

Posted by MetalGearSunny

And yet Midnight Brown isn't in here!

Oh well, downloading now.

Posted by Mexalen

awesome. I hope 'Stephensongs Productions' is offering more in the future ;)

I'll have to check, if you can download it, even if you don't have Rock Band...
Posted by HatKing

I'll be getting that....but I wish the video would play in the background instead of the tradition rocker guys playing it.

Posted by Torb

Wow. That man is awesomeness in a can.

Posted by Lies

Colbert can do it all. What a great guy, seriously.

Posted by zoozilla

Don't know that this is a great choice for Rock Band in terms of gameplay, you can't deny it's funny as hell.  As only Colbert could do.

Posted by NarcolepticBat

d00ds a creeper man

Posted by sociald1077

I just looked for it and couldnt find it :(

Posted by MrKlorox

He's looking more like a rolling stone with the wrinkles and mascara than anything else.

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

That clip is like a trailer for a Robert Downey Jr. starring movie about a guy stalking a girl called Charline. Epic.

Posted by Hexogen

This song totally sucks to play, but it sure is hilarious.