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7:53pm on Sunday the 22nd of July
FIDDLE HERO

I had a rude awakening recently when I looked at a video game.

It was called Guitar Hero and is wildly popular with the younger set. I heard they had used one of my songs but I hadn't seen it until recently and when I did I was in for some unpleasant surprises.

The game features a rock band playing heavy metal covers of different songs and enables the player to become part of the band, pushing colored buttons on a faux guitar neck which correspond with colors going by on the screen as the song plays.

Actually the game really has a dark side complete with grotesque monsters on stage with the band, strange, eerie lighting effects and all manner of weird things popping up on the stage.

To tell you the truth the whole thing bothered me and struck me as something that is not the healthiest thing in the world for young, impressionable minds to be exposed to, but the thing that really got me was what they had done with my song.

The song, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," which I wrote, is supposed to be a lighthearted novelty about a fiddling contest between a country boy and the devil and the devil always loses.

That is not the case with the Guitar Hero version which comes complete with a horned, guitar-playing devil who battles the player and very often wins.

Charlie Daniels digg this

Unless children, after listening to Daniels' classic "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," actually believe skilled fiddle playing summons the devil, maybe he aught to call this a draw.

P.S. To balance things out Activision should have added Belinda Carlisle's delightful diddy "Heaven On Earth," then we'd see if she cashed her royalty checks too.

(h/t Kotaku)

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