Songs you refuse to play

Marc Morfei

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Anything by Styx, Loverboy, Journey, REO, or that whole genre of 80s arena-rock bands.

IN fact, quickly googling now to remember the name of the Journey song I hate the most, I am unfortunately reminded of all their other songs I hate almost as much.
 
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Amy!
I played that ol Pure Prairie League song so many times back in the 70's & 80's that I just can not stand to do it ever again. Thank goodness they don't request it like they did back then...
Now a days the most requested turd seems to be Wagon Wheel. Ugg!
 

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There’s quite a few I won’t play, just because I dislike the song or I think it’s a stupid song (a lot of Bro-Country falls into that category).

I won’t play sexually explicit or vulgar songs, or songs with profanity in them, holiday music or “happy birthday” (all for religious reasons).

I will play certain songs I’m less…enthusiastic…about playing, (mostly due to playing them too many times) but a lot of those same songs get butts out of seats and onto the dance floor, which makes people thirsty, which makes people buy more drinks, which makes the bartenders and bar managers happy, which makes me get more gigs…

The same thing can be said about playing “uncool” songs that make the ladies and girls happy; if the ladies are happy, the gents will bring those ladies back to see you again, which = more gigs.
 

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I play in a countrybilly band in Germany, so I get to play pretty much whatever I want. Mostly older stuff put through the wringer of my personal style(read:limitations). Since about 90%of the audiences aren't familiar with the material, as long as it's got a good rythm, once they get a few beers down, they'll be out of their seats moving around... Guess I wouldn't want to play any ABBA(I don't look good in a satin jumpsuit). I did once tell a drummer i was gonna quit if he didn't get rid of the chimes.
 

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It looks like ( I already knew this, before thread), my bandmates and I play a lot of songs that others refuse to play.

There was maybe a time when I was on that other side too, more individual ( though still all covers, for me), but now, I just wanna keep a good gig (s), entertain the baby-boomer audience we seem to have.
So we just embrace these songs as if they were our own, open them up a bit, and jam with really good musicianship ( all very good players), folks dig it.

First up tonight- " Take It Easy " - Ha!
 

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Just an observation by a bedroom player here:

5 pages and no one has mentioned "Free Bird?"

Yeah, I know someone said "any Skynyrd," but still...

Freebird, and Stairway To Heaven both bear the distinction of being too slow, and too fast to dance to.
In 48 years of gigging, I have played neither.
I hope my luck holds!
 

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I used to play in a cover band that covered everything from Lady Gaga to Garth Brooks and I found even if I didn't care for the song learning it made me a better player. I'd still be happy if I never have to play Wagon Wheel again even though I'm proud of the solo I came up for for it.

This...though I haven't a clue what Wagon Wheel goes like, maybe I should look it up and learn it anyway.

I used to go to a college evening class and we would chose the term's songs between us. Obviously a wide taste in music and we would come up with quite a disparate set list and I confess I'd sometimes roll my eyes at the choices once the tutors had picked out from the selection. However, almost without fail the songs I thought I'd hate turned out to teach me something new and many are the ones I tend to play out of choice now.

I've got to love the comments about 'any covers' though. :rolleyes: Originals are fine (and I've written plenty myself) but don't seem to get the audience excited in the way that popular covers do: No excitement means we're not going to get asked back...
 

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There are definitely songs I wouldn't do in particular contexts. My alternative/deep-cuts/songs-for-aging-hipsters cover band will never do "Moondance." If I were playing a wedding gig I wouldn't include "I Wanna Be Your Dog" on the setlist unless the happy couple had very particular relationship dynamics.

But I think there's musical worth in pretty much everything, even if you have to dig for it. And if you're half a musician you can put some in.
 
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I've got to love the comments about 'any covers' though. :rolleyes: Originals are fine (and I've written plenty myself) but don't seem to get the audience excited in the way that popular covers do: No excitement means we're not going to get asked back...

This is true. There are two ways to get people to freak out and hit the dance floor when you start a song: be massively famous or play covers.
 

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I don't play out anymore but did for 30+ years so I've played most of the afore mentioned songs. The last band that I played in, the leader was very defiant on what he would & wouldn't play, his prerogative IMO but I nor our keyboard really agreed. So when we played a duo gig, many times we would pick songs we knew & liked that our band leader wouldn't play such as Eagles, CCR, Buffett. I have always felt that folks who come to hear me or anyone else play can't help what they like whether I like it or not. If it's one that I really don't want to play, requesting it's on the back of a $20.00 bill might inspire me!

I'm sure most have seen this sign but a little blues bar I go to has a sign on the bandstand that says, "All Request $5.00, Mustang Sally $20.00!"
 

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This...though I haven't a clue what Wagon Wheel goes like, maybe I should look it up and learn it anyway.

I used to go to a college evening class and we would chose the term's songs between us. Obviously a wide taste in music and we would come up with quite a disparate set list and I confess I'd sometimes roll my eyes at the choices once the tutors had picked out from the selection. However, almost without fail the songs I thought I'd hate turned out to teach me something new and many are the ones I tend to play out of choice now.

I've got to love the comments about 'any covers' though. :rolleyes: Originals are fine (and I've written plenty myself) but don't seem to get the audience excited in the way that popular covers do: No excitement means we're not going to get asked back...
I totally agree. You have to wonder how much the people who say covers actually play out.
 




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