Misjudging your audience

Those of you who keep up to date with my blog know that I write custom DLC (downloadable content) for Rocksmith, which is arguably what computers and the Internet were designed for.

One Sunday afternoon, I was at a loose end and thought to myself it would be a wizard wheeze to write a custom track for “Waterfront” by Simple Minds – you know, the one which just goes “dum-de-dum-dum-de-dum-de-dum” all the way though, the same note played for about twelvety five minutes.

Well, it seems that I completely misjudged my audience. From the stats below showing the Simple Minds content I’ve created, it’s apparent that Waterfront is extremely popular:


That’s nearly 300 downloads for something which took seconds to produce. Quite why Love Song isn’t ahead of The American is open to question.

I’m still astounded that there are so few downloads of what I’d call classic bass lines:




My current Top Ten is:


David Bowie’s untimely death clearly helped him gain the top spot and last podium place, but everyone has gone mad for “ABC” by The Jacksons. I’m going to add DD (dynamic difficulty) to all my customs in the coming weeks/months and it will be interesting to see how that affects the order. Simply adding vocals to “Life On Mars” ramped up the download count dramatically.

New Project – Turning a Sow’s Ear into a Silk Purse….

This is my step son Dan’s old bass. When he moved out, he left it behind and said he didn’t want it any more. I’ve always wanted a Music Man but can’t be bothered to save up for a real one, so I thought I’d take this ancient relic and do it up.

It needs:

  • A new bridge
  • New tuners
  • New volume/tone knobs
  • New nuts to hold the volume/tone controls on
  • New strings

I’ve sourced replacements from e-Bay and will shortly start rebuilding it. It’s a Nevada clone, so probably not worth much more than the cost of the replacement parts, but it’s a challenge and if I can make a daily player out of it, it will be money and effort well spent.