80s coverband suggestions?
Im building a few sets of songs to learn, all closely related to 80s NewWave/Darkwave, stuff like Berlin, Tears for Fears, Bauhaus, a few Joy Division tracks (released in 1980), The Cure, Blondie, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Cars, The Pretenders, Devo, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, etc...
Im looking for some more tunes to build a better set, as some of my selections will likely get cut (if they dont test well) and as a coverband I think its best to have an ever-expanding repertoire.
So I ask you, my TB friends, if you were to see an 80s NewWave cover band, what songs would you want to see/hear played?
You might want to google some of the bigger agencies and take a look at some of the set lists other new wave 80s bands are doing.
What songs would you like to hear if you were to go and see such a band, blue?
C'mon...Rick Astley...Never gonna give you up!
One obvious crowd-pleaser would be some Human League. Cheesy as all hell, but then ...
On the "what would I want to hear from an 80s cover band?" front - probably more material in the Killing Joke / PiL direction. Maybe learn a few from that area as well to keep in your back pocket for the right crowd?
A couple off the top of my head:
Men at Work
I know of Killing Joke & PiL, but Im not that familiar with their music. Would you consider their tunes to be danceable?
No Thugs in Our House
Senses Working Overtime
Mayor of Simpleton
Pulling Mussells from the Shell
Black Coffee in Bed
"Love My Way" Psychedelic Furs
"I've Got You" Split Enz
early Police like "Message In A Bottle" or "Can't Stand Losing You."
BTW, there is a band here in the Denver-Metro area called That 80s Band. A little softer than you're planning Matt, a bit more Madonna, Prince, Duran Duran, MJ, etc. But still a very popular concept, these guys (and gal) dress the part and they pretty much write their own ticket at venues and private upscale gigs. But they pull it off with both the visual and lots of help (sequencers, samples, sound processing, etc.). But, that 'twas the 80s.
Flock of seagulls
Frankie goes to Hollywood
Level 42 (your time to shine)
That should give you a few
You can never go wrong with "Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
The Cure - Last Dance
A Letter To Elise
From The Edge of the Deep Green Sea
Love and Rockets - So Alive
Mazzy Star - Blue Flower (I know it's technically the early 90s, but it fits the genre)
The Smiths - Barbarism Begins At Home
How Soon Is Now
William It Was Really Nothing
What Difference Does It Make
Siouxsie - Little Sister
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels
Everybody Wants To Rule The World
A-Ha - Crying In The Rain
The Sun Always Shines On TV
The Church - Destination
Under The Milky Way
XTC - Dear God
Well, seeing as you said you're doing some joy division songs, I would recommend tossing a song or two by New Order in there. Possibly "Blue Monday" or "Shellshock" (just two personal favorites)
Funny enough, when I started making my list I kept in mind "what did they play at the 80s club I used to go to?".
The name of that club (well, one of them) - Blue Mondays.
Some of this isn't New Wave, but thinking back to some of the stuff that was on MTV a lot in its early days:
The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
Madness - Our House
The Tubes - She's a Beauty
Devo - Whip It
Adam and the Ants - Goody Two Shoes
Billy Idol - anything from Billy Idol.
Duran Duran's "Rio". I rarely hear a cover of it because no keyboard player seems to want to work out the programmed synth arpeggiation with the drummer.
Regardless, that John Taylor bass line is fantastic and really fun to play.
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