Pixies' "Doolittle" Coming to "Rock Band" This Month

June 13, 2008 12:01 PM ET

The Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation" is already included on Rock Band, but as of June 24th (for Xbox) and June 26th (for PlayStation), users will be able to download "Tame," "Here Comes Your Man," "Gouge Away" and the other 11 tracks on the band's 1989 album Doolittle and impersonate Kim Deal, Frank Black, Joey Santiago and David Lovering in the comfort of their own homes. The record is the third full album to see release in the game's music store (after Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance and the Cars' self-titled LP). Each track costs $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360), or you could nab the whole album for $18.99 (1520 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360).

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