Speaking of cover songs, of which mind are you?

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  1. brookdalebill

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    I still (gladly) play/sing that one.
    I learned it when I was 16, in 1973.
    I still (for better or worse) play it the same way.
    Being southern, and being a guitar nerd of my vintage, I love(d) Skynnyrd.
    I saw them in April 1975.
    I’ve still never seen a band that big play so tightly.
     
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    We must shop at different grocery stores! For the speed up, start at 2:55

     
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    Flat6Driver Friend of Leo's

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    Ha! Yours too?

    - lovelight
    - big boss man
    - good morning little school girl
    - I'm a king bee
    - mama tried
    - I think one or two others.

    Plus stuff the Dead actually wrote.
     
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    Wow, I had to look that one up on Wikipedia. It was a U.S. number one hit. When it finally got to the chorus it sounded vaguely familiar. The '80s to me was pretty much a musical wasteland. I'm sure I've never heard that song all the way through. (still haven't)
     
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    Forewarned is forearmed!
     
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    This ^
    The crowd in the end is paying you to play. So play what THEY want. I've seen places empty out in 20 minutes with bands playing obscure songs and dance floors empty while some guy is head down and cranking out a long solo no one gives a crap about.
     
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  7. OlRedNeckHippy

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    We live by "Will the line dancers like it?"
    The goal, the only goal, for us anyway, is a full dance floor.
    Line dancers in the middle, swing dancers going around the outside.
    So...
    If they can't line dance to it, we ain't playing it.
     
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    As Blind Faith suggested, do what you like!
    I generally do what I feel like doing and hope the audience feels it too.
    But drunk audiences may not be feeling much, so YMMV.

    Been a while since I played for an audience, and they were not a dancing crowd.
    Didn't need familiar songs to wake them up, went with exaggerated playing.
    But return gigs have their own set of requirements I guess, and I've never managed to tailor myself to playing bars regularly.

    So forget my first answer and do what you need to do to keep doing what you do!

    It seems like there are ways to lay down an infectious beat that almost any crowd will get into, but those may not fit our style.
    If it sounds funky, maybe has a New Orleans sort of celebrationally raucous thing as opposed to a punk rock bad attitude thing; that seems hard for an audience to resist.
    But there really isn't one solution to the problem of keeping gigs and keeping yourself happy in them.

    The whole please yourself and the band while pleasing the paying club owners thing is something I never really was any good at.
     
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    The Dead did Good morning little schoolgirl?
    Can't recall that one, but I only cohabitated with a deahead and never became one.
    I hear Alvin Lee on that tune.
     
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    I used to go to those dances and love that music but it just wasn't in my DNA I guess, though I did play some music in that vein when I was finding my voice, so to speak.

    It seems like in the '60s something happened that divided music from most or all being danceable to the still dance oriented branch and another branch of Rock that you could dance to but wasn't really tailored to the dance hall as much as to a (swaying) arena crowd.
    Might have been the audience being on drugs as much as the music changing, but IIRC the radio played a wider range of music and most of it was fine for dancing.

    Also not sure if stuff like mosh pits were a result of the music changing, or if the music chnged in response to kids wanting to mosh.
    Do kids today still want to mosh?
     
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    Best advice. Although at rehearsal I get damned tired of playing some of the crap we play, it ALL comes full circle and feels great when the girls are dancing and wooing at you at the gig. When the audience is happy it makes it fun. I can always tell when a deep cut fails because the audience reaction is way different, and sometimes once you've lost them, they don't come back.
     
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    Yeah. Lot of that blues stuff was Pig Pen singing it. So they probably stopped it early on when he died.
     
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    I'm pretty sure I've heard just about every durn album and bootleg but much of the time I was playing along with the recordings (or jamming on the tunes with actual humans) plus maybe in some sort of altered state.
    I do recall a good bit of unfamiliar Dead stuff so I suppose I heard it, plus some covers they changed enough you'd have to be sober to notice the origin.
    Then some of those tapes were copies of copies...
     
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    I just learned last night that Sing Me Back Home was a Merle Haggard tune. Probably heard 50 versions by the Dead. Had no idea.
     
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    I agree with you in your last statement... that old but good forgotten song

    I do a mix of 1 and 2

    Start the gig with some #2 Total classic and everybody knows then switch to #1 and finish the gig with some #2

    We also mix songs, we start a not so famous song but maybe the guitar solo is from another song more famous... we sing an old rock song from the 60's in Spain but the lead part is Missirlou as Dick Dale did. That makes people noddle and stay alert. In between a Flamenco/Rock song we play some Sex Machine (james Brown) and then we go back to the firstn one...

    Just trying to make if funny
     
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    @blowtorch - is your unstated premise/context an "originals" band?

    We do a bit of both for our 1 or sometimes 2 (rarely) covers in a set.

    We play kind of a mashup of Blitzkreig Bop and I Wanna Be Sedated. People dig that.

    But we also play Possum Dixon - In Buildings or Camper Van Beethoven - Eye of Fatima from time to time.

    Most of the crowds who come to our shows are familiar with the latter, but have forgotten about it. Some (but less) are familiar with Possum Dixon (if you are not, check them out) but we have so much fun playign it we do it anyway.
     
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    #1
    #2 for our annual halloween show
     
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    A new costume for every number?

    How long to switch to a Gwar cover?
     
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    I envy you.

    Here's the album cover of another release from the same "artist":

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    Not necessarily. I mean, everyone plays a cover now and then, right?
    Here's the Ramones covering a Motorhead song about The Ramones
     
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