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What's the oddest combination of cover songs your band plays?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Blazer, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I'm pretty sure we all play a cover or two in our bands and that some of us decide to have fun with the format and sometimes will play one song and then follow it up with something VERY different.

    As for me, with Rote Sau being a punk rock band, 90% of our material is our own but there is a song that I played live since the nineties because I know it'll have people singing along.

    (We actually do that not safe for work version but you get the idea.)
    Now what we do is leave it at the end of our set as a high point of our show but as soon as I sing that final line of "But I'll never get used to living next door to Alice", we'll launch straight into...

    And talk about the crowd going ape...

    So yeah putting "Living next door to Alice" and "Breaking the law" back to back is a VERY odd combination of songs but it works!
     
  2. Wulf

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    from neil diamond..billy fury..to..a bit of smooth jazz...to punk or psychobilly...bit of beatles ...bit of surf...skiffle ...anything...and try to do covers in the spirit of the original as a live song...not trying to directly emulate a record...throw in a ton of our own for good measure...sometimes specialise depending on gig audience...but sometimes do the lot...one mate gets up and does georoge formby songs with a banjo ukulele
    be versatile and bamboozle them...and you get more work
     
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    Years ago, my band did a mashup/medley of My Girl by the Temptations, and Jack Daniels If You Please, by David Alan Coe.
    It was something the other guitarist, Rick figured out.
    It worked!
     
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  4. ndcaster

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    that's hilarious, same beat

    +1
     
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  5. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Ode to Billy Joe (just a few verses) into Dancing in the Streets.
     
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    Our band's calling card is ( all older music) variety, and we kind of change genres with every song- I think I ( as bandleader) like to show that off.

    Nothing really quirky, so much as I hope entertaining,
    So a segment of a set may be:
    a Grateful Dead song> Bluegrass > Jump.Blues>Surf> Bob Dylan...
     
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    If your band plays covers, just break up and be a DJ instead.
     
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    One of the last bands I was in, Discount Assassins, covered Colt 45 by Afro Man in between an original and either Pennyroyal Tea or Mary Jane's last dance.


    Oh, and once we pretended to be starting 99 red balloons, and the drummer threw down his sticks, the bass player dropped his bass, the rythm guitarist walked backwards and out the back door, and I looked around "confused " and ended the set by running after him. Much funnier and more memorable end to an overcrowded bar gig than your "Thank you, we are INSERT FORGETTABLE NAME HERE goodnight!"

    Oh, and my punk band used to do Some kinda hate into that Biz Marquis song. So from "woa, ooh ooh, ooowoah........"to"have you ever met a girl who you wanted to date but a...."
    Good times. I miss those guys. Might call them next year to gig and do a better recording than the 2009 attempts.
     
  9. Mike Eskimo

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    Oh God...I don’t even want to go there ...:(
     
  10. StrangerNY

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    My band took the music from 'When The Levee Breaks' and welded the lyrics from 'Rock On' to it.

    I recently did a recording of it on my own.

    https://covidagogo.com/2020/09/14/rock-on/

    Runner-up: We used to do a mashup of 'Hocus Pocus' and 'American Idiot.'

    - D
     
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    Heaven forbid anyone actually have fun right? Never mind the fact that 90% of profitable bands are cover bands...
     
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    What ever it takes to play live. Brings a smile to my face every time!!
     
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    In the same setlist (band + choir) we had "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", an Italian swing tune from the 30s about a Penguin in love ("Il Pinguino Innamorato") and "Shine on you crazy diamond" o_O

    We are in it for the fun, and there are very different musical tastes in this pretty large community of 40-ish persons. Plus, playing "Shine on" was a childhood dream of mine so can't complain about playing the others ;D
     
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    We are learning this one... it mixes Smoke on the water and Fight for your right to party

     
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    Played Roy Orbison's "Oh Pretty woman" and Dwight Yoakam's "Fast as you" back to back years ago. They have some similarities in their guitar lines. It was fun though, everyone would dance to those.
     
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    Silver Machine melting into ich liebe das Leben by Vicky Leandros. Right now wectry to get the grip on good vibrations by the beachboys in a punkish version.
     
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    Thats damm good.
     
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    My bluegrass band plays a version of Folsom Prison that segues into an instrumental of little wing that we've rechristened as Chicken Wing.
     
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    We (The Elderly Brothers of Chicagoland) often start a show with 1920’s and go decade by decade through the 1990’s.
     
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    A place we played in the 90’s had bartenders that took pleasure in shouting out awful request. They had settled on “Devil Went Down to Georgia” and would shout at us to play it getting the crowd to join them because they knew we hated it... we endeavored to learn a retaliatory version. We did an aromatic blend of “Devil” mixed with “Walk This Way” changing quite radically from country to to rock as we played it...

    ~Devil went down to Georgia he was looking for a soul to steal. He was in a bind and way behind willing to make a deal.
    So he took a big chance at the high school dance with a missy who was willing to play...etc,~”

    It back fired on us as they requested that nightly...
     
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