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Best Bar Songs for 21-35 Age Group

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by crawdad, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Slow Reflexes

    Slow Reflexes Poster Extraordinaire

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    Weezer: Currently receiving airplay for their new singles, "I'm Your Daddy" and "I Want You To." Scheduled for Bonnaroo.

    Green Day: Currently receiving airplay for their new single, "21st Century Breakdown." 2010 Grammy for rock album of the year. Touring in support of their album.

    Cake: Finishing recording of album due for release later this year. Actively touring.

    OK Go: Currently receiving airplay for their new singles, "WTF" and "This Too Shall Pass," from their new album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky." Touring in support of their album.


    BTW, if the part where I noted that the bands themselves had been around longer than many of the college students didn't clue you in - I know they've been around a while. That was kind of the point.

    The reason I mentioned those bands was because they were the ones specifically mentioned as possible sources for the "new" music the OP wanted to play. Except for Cake - but someone said Kaiser Chiefs, which sounds kinda like Pressure Chief, and there's a current TV show that uses a Cake song as its theme - so there!
     

  2. tgfmike

    tgfmike Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Anything by Garth Brooks. Or Brooke Shields.
     

  3. minmei

    minmei TDPRI Member

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    green day and offspring


    wow

    try



    no doubt / gwen stefani

    nickel back

    staind

    lady gaga

    311

    incubus

    rage against the machine

    red hot chili peppers

    bare naked ladies

    big bad voodoo daddy

    reel big fish

    pennywise

    social distortion

    GnR

    Nirvana

    save ferris

    smashing pumpkins

    whitestripes

    jimmy eat world

    my chemical romance

    tool

    korn

    sum 41

    lifehouse

    kelly clarkson

    kings of leon

    one republic

    daugtry

    coldplay

    jason mraz

    linkin park

    radiohead

    bon jovi

    pink

    violent femmes

    bon jovi

    80's 90 stuff like U2, depeche mode, ramones, modern primitive radio gods, eagle eye cherry, police, whitesnake, twisted sister, quiet riot are well known

    nine inch nails

    metallica (black snake album)

    ingrid michaelson

    colbie caillat

    rise against

    paramore

    metric

    black eye peas ( they have a few you can go guitar)

    lady antebellum

    Matisyahu

    maroon 5

    muse

    silver sun pick ups

    verve pipe

    nick jonas / jonas brothers

    John Mayer

    Jack Johnson

    adam lambert

    taylor swift

    ludacris / timbaland

    katy perry

    rihanna

    50 cent / 2 pac / dr dre / snoop dog

    yellowcard

    foo fighters

    fray

    weezer

    cake

    beck

    seether



    some of these require some creative artistic license like some of the rap tunes (you could use a bass and drummer . . .) / lady vocals . . . but



    also look at the song lists for DJ hero, rockband, and guitar hero, we play those games alot and know those songs.
     

  4. firefuocco

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    Crawdad I am sure we will all be interested to find out at some point in the future what new songs your band does try out in the bars, what works & what doesn't. Good luck.
     

  5. JayFreddy

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    Actually it's not that hard to play, it's just hard to play and sing at the same time. If you've got someone who can sing while you play the guitar parts, it's fun. However, that's a good tune to drop on the Mayer-haters. To play AND simultaneously sing "Neon" requires undeniable talent, even if you're just covering it.

    I think a lot of John Mayer stuff will work, but wasn't sure if that's what the OP was looking for. I also like "Waiting On The World To Change", as that's got some nice Curtis Mayfield, type references... Mayers take on "Bold As Love" opens the door to a whole lot of Hendrix-inspired wankery. And yes, as a guitar player, I enjoy wankery... :lol:

    Great suggestion. I also 2nd the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" and the Jets' "Are You Gonna Be My Girl". Fun, high energy tunes that are easy to play. At least they're a lot easier to play than John Mayer... ;)
     

  6. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    Colorado Springs
    People like a good band that does good songs well. I don't think typically they care that much about the band's age. Appearance is a factor, but ultimately, if you're bringing it, no one cares.

    I was in a pretty popular local cover band in a town of about half a million people. Our audience ranged in age from 21 to late 40s/occasionally some 50-somethings. The younger set did like a lot of 80s stuff we did (we didn't do "classic rock"), but they also liked newer stuff too. We were a 5-piece, and two of us were in our 40s, the rest in their mid-to-late 30s. The songs we did that went over the best included songs by the Strokes, the Killers and Franz Ferdinand--no one seemed to mind that our singer was 42.

    Now, if you're 40 or 50 years old and up there trying to act like a 20-something singer... yeah, that can pretty easily flop.
     

  7. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    Colorado Springs
    +1. 80s music has most definitely survived the test of time.

    I also found it hilarious that CHICKS knew every word to "Girls" by the Beastie Boys and would fight for the chance to yell into the mic, "Jockin' Mike D to my dismay!"

    LOL
     
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  8. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

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    +1.
     

  9. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    Colorado Springs
    We did "Red Light Indicates" and "Fake Tales of SF," loved doing those songs!
     

  10. tdu

    tdu Friend of Leo's

    Jan 4, 2005
    Ontario, Canada
    There is an 80's revival, so the younger side of the audience digs those tunes. The people my age (mid-30's) grew up with that kind of music and either like it, or at least recognize it. So it covers the basic demographic of a typical bar (at least here). I generally see bands get the best reaction in the bars around here playing 80's based sets, with some classic rock standards thrown in, and a few 90's tunes.
     

  11. firefuocco

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    WOW!!!! I think I should move to Colorado! They must be very cool girls.
     

  12. firefuocco

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    I think the 80s revival is likely to die reasonably quick now we are in the teenies. Fashion is dictated by 20 year olds. They always think the music and fashion was cool when they were born so they look back to see what was good 20 years ago.
    The 70s had 50s revival e.g. Happy Days, in the 80s we looked to the 60s, 90s to the 70s, etc ergo this decade will see a 90s revival (at some stage anyway).
     

  13. allen st. john

    allen st. john Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Glad your band's doing well. One little observation: you might want to proofread your setlist. There are many typos: Only two Es in Presley, one N in Nirvana, one R in Mary Jane...

    And OP, don't overlook the idea of "repurposing" pop "product."
    Richard Thompson did a great version of Oops I did It Again.
    (He'd been doing it for a while by the time this video was shot, so the audience was kind of waiting for the joke. But in the earlier live versions, you could tell the audience didn't catch on until the chorus...)

     

  14. SackvilleDan

    SackvilleDan Tele-Holic

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    Blister in the Sun get a HUGE response here!
     

  15. tdu

    tdu Friend of Leo's

    Jan 4, 2005
    Ontario, Canada
    Ya, you can't go wrong with that one.
     

  16. Willandthewonts

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    Just play good music that you like. If you're honest about it, the crowd will like it.
     

  17. choupique

    choupique Tele-Holic

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    Up until a few years ago my friends band used to play Achy, Breaky Heart. The chicks loved it.
     

  18. JosephB

    JosephB Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 18, 2007
    Auburn, Alabama
    Robert Plant just came out with an album a couple years back...the Who just played the Super Bowl. The Black Crowes just came out with a new album and i just saw them in concert...Dave Matthews band is on tour now!

    My point is...although these bands are still around...these "college kids" you speak of aren't listening to them or recognizing them as new bands. If i asked a jury of my peers to list 50 new bands...none of those groups you mentioned would be among them.
     

  19. jazztele

    jazztele Poster Extraordinaire

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    chicago

    hey, i used mr. green! that's supposed to indicate i'm just being a smart ass.
     

  20. Jubal81

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    My vote for a fun song from the right era everyone knows:
    'Been Caught Stealing' - Jane's Addiction
     

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