Modern cover songs.......

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by kikstand454, Oct 29, 2012.


  1. kikstand454

    kikstand454 Supporting Member

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    Some recent threads got me thinking about our setlist and its strong and weak points.

    I've read a lot of set list threads, and found some great material to think about....but I large portion were songs we already do / tried.

    So in the interest of fitting better in a slightly younger club...... what are some 'modern' cover tunes that are working well for you?
    (Modern in this respect is '00 to today.)

    Thanks in advance.
  2. agreatheight

    agreatheight

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    These went over well in my last cover band (alternative bent)

    Paralyzer - Finger Eleven
    Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups
    Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
    The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
    The Fixer - Pearl Jam
    Dani California - RHCP
    Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5
    Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
    Time is Running Out - Muse
    Seven Nation Army - White Stripes
  3. almightycrunch

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    Here is our setlist straight off of our website, a strange conglomeration of overdone, and old "new" songs, we're a HUGE hit at the "dance rock" bars as you can see. LOL

    Set 1

    Paralyzer - Finger Eleven
    Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
    The Crush Of Love - Joe Satriani
    Interstate Love Song - STP
    Another Brick In The Wall Pt II - Pink Floyd
    Cumbersome - 7 Mary 3
    Hashpipe - Weezer
    My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
    Vasoline - STP
    Talks To Angels - Black Crowes
    Open Up Your Eyes - Tonic


    Set 2

    Never Been To Spain - Three Dog Night
    Living In A Dream - Arc Angels
    Used To Love Her - Guns N' Roses
    The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
    Crackerman - STP
    Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
    Possum Kingdom - Toadies
    Santaria - Sublime
    Blue On Black - Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
    Why Part II - Collective Soul


    Set 3

    Backwater - The Meat Puppets
    Little Dreamer - Van Halen
    Summer Song - Joe Satriani
    What I Got - Sublime
    Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
    Gel - Collective Soul
    Sober - Tool
    Everlong - Foo Fighters
    Leader Of Men - Nickelback
    Remedy - Seether
    Evenflow - Pearl Jam


    Set 4

    Heavy - Collective Soul
    American Idiot - Green Day
    Brain Stew - Green Day
    Slither - Velvet Revolver
    Last Cup Of Sorrow - Faith No More
    Meanstreet - Van Halen
    Man In The Box - Alice In Chains
    More Human Than Human - White Zombie
    Cherub Rock - Smashing Pumpkins
    King Nothing - Metallica
    Keep Away - Godsmack
  4. Marko5657

    Marko5657 Supporting Member

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    I just put together “The Middle” (2002) by Jimmy Eat World… Very “dancy” and EXTREMELY SIMPLE to do. I have to drop it one to sing it, though.
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  6. RFord04

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    Lonely Boy, Howlin' for You, or Tighten Up by The Black Keys are all good ones.

    If you can pull it off, Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People is also a good one.

    Seven Nation Army is another favorite, as someone already mentioned.

    Are you gonna be my girl, or Cold Hard Bitch by Jet.
  7. almightycrunch

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    We are adding Lowlife by Theory of a Deadman and Hollywood by Collective Soul for this weekends gig as well.
  8. cableguy

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    almightycrunch, great list. Good combo of old & new. I dig it. Not too sure how well it would fly at some places but at the more rock clubs it would kill.
  9. Marko5657

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    Pumped Up Kicks is the one we just put together before The Middle, and Moves Like Jagger before that.

    I’m on this thread, ‘cause I’m trying to do just like the OP, we’re trying to get some newer stuff in.

    We’re in our 50s, and aren’t looking to bounce around the stage, but we need to put some newer songs in there.

    I'll be checking out the other suggestions, as well, but they've GOT to be dance, and not to "heavy" for this band. :)
  10. Richland123

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    We play mostly classic rock and oldies but we play these newer songs from that timeframe and they all work very well.

    The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
    Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
    Who Say You Can't Go Home - Bon Jovi
    Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
    Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy - Big & Rich
    Life Is A Highway - even though the original version by Tom Cochrane is 20 years old, the cover by Rascal Flatts came out in the mid 2000s

    I recently said we should learn Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People, Halfway Gone by Lifehouse, and Drive By by Train
  11. kikstand454

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    This is exactly my situation..........we have the 60's 70's done well. I've pushed in some 80s were cherry picking the 50s.......our guitarist was a huge grunge fan so were doing ok 90s. But the newer stuff eludes us. I like heavier new stuff...and the other two are just outta touch a bit (satillite radio listeners). So its a quandry.
    Nice suggestions so far! Keep them up...I see some patterns forming!
  12. Bullitt5135

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    We just added Gold On the Ceiling by the Black Keys. I guess you can call Kryptonite, Push, and Low "newer" compared to the nuggets we pull from the 60's and 70's. I've also been pushing to play Get Me Outta Here by Jet. We usually play The Middle toward the end of the show in order to finish with a bang -- that song usually fills the dance floor, then we melt faces with heavy versions of House of the Rising Sun and/or Rockin in the Free World to end the show.

    I've been struck at how the younger people in the crowd dig the classic stuff. Even though most of our crowd is under 30 by the time we hit our last set, we don't feel the need to play a ton of newer material -- they seem to dig it wither way.
  13. almightycrunch

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    yeah, its a somewhat odd list, some of it is dancey, most of it is not the "fun" dancey rock that it needs to be. Several of the members came from hard rock/metal bands, and played local metal bars that catered to that crowd and now those places are no more. Its getting harder and harder to play out live anymore, hard to get paid, hard to get a crowd due to alcohol laws and local po-po. Seems to be a dying scene sadly. :(
  14. Fiset

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    Here are a few of the more modern covers we play:

    Spacehog - In the Meantime (blast of a bassline to play)
    Nickelback - Animal
    Seether - Cowboy Song
    Theory of a Deadman - Bad Girlfriend, Lowlife
    Foo Fighters - Walk, Everlong
    Fuel - Shimmer
    Three Days Grace - Break
    Velvet Revolver - Slither
    Tool - Sober (surprising how well this goes over)
    Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
    Shinedown - Devour, Save Me
    Thirty Seconds to Mars - The Kill
  15. DwaynieAD

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    I'd want to kill myself at that show. I have no problem with pop and pop rock, but man you just seemed to pull out every song that I can't stand all in one set list. I'm sure I'm in the minority and it'd go over great tho.
  16. agreatheight

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    I put in what goes over best like the OP asked, not the entirety of the new stuff we do. You are right tho - these songs KILL, and most are easy and fun enough to play.
  17. kikstand454

    kikstand454 Supporting Member

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    Judging by the responses so far....we have some pretty talented folks replying. Satriani and foo fighters are demanding on guitarists and drummers! A lot more heavier tunes than I was expecting! Cool!
  18. richntiff

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    I've been assembling a 'wish' setlist for a band I'm not actually in, and have very little hope of finding players for in northern Wisconsin. A cover band playing a good mix of 90's alt/rock/grunge/etc all the way through to current, very new music. I just think this would be SO MUCH fun! Here's my start....


    Good Better then Ezra
    Song 2 Blur
    Machine Head Bush
    Going the Distance Cake
    Low Cracker
    Mother Danzig
    Unbelievable EMF
    The Way Fastball
    Basket Case Green Day
    Stars Hum
    Been Caught Stealing Jane's Addiction
    My Own Worst Enemy Lit
    Bound for the Floor Local H
    Backwater Meat Puppets
    Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana
    Morning Glory Oasis
    Lump Presidents of the USA
    Guerilla Radio Rage Against the Machine
    Suck My Kiss Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Cumbersome Seven Mary Three
    Tomorrow Silverchair
    Outshined Soundgarden
    Spoonman Soundgarden
    In the Meantime Space Hog
    Two Princes Spin Doctors
    Plowed Sponge
    Crackerman Stone Temple Pilots
    Vasoline Stone Temple Pilots
    Possum Kingdom Toadies
    Buddy Holly Weezer
    7 Nation Army White Stripes
    Are You Gonna Be My Girl Jet
    Payphone Maroon 5
    Moves like Jagger Maroon 5
    Steady as she goes The Raconteurs
    Driveby Train
  19. almightycrunch

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    Luckily our guitar player can tear it up, I posted this vid in another thread on here, this is us covering The Crush Of Love by Satch

  20. kikstand454

    kikstand454 Supporting Member

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    Richntiff~ that's an awesome list! It would be very cool to start up what essentially would be a 90s tribute band. Hope you can find the right people to make it happen (you need a pretty serious singer to do soundgarden, pearl jam , AIC etc.....and a good guitarist too! good luck!)


    Allmightycrunch~ sounds awesome!

    Keep em comin guys/girls!
  21. Mike M.

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    Very interesting. I'm not in a band and the last time I heard a band in a club they were playing the same old worn out songs that have been played for decades. I mean, if it works for your group and keeps you working then fine. But as a listener I'm bored with that.

    While I've heard of most of these groups I don't know a lot of these songs. I'm going to check them out.

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