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80s coverband suggestions?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by MatticusMania, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    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?
  2. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008

    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.

  3. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Yeah, Ive been building some sets based around that, but I also would like the opinions of my bass-playing brethren!
    What songs would you like to hear if you were to go and see such a band, blue?
  4. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    C'mon...Rick Astley...Never gonna give you up!
  5. UncleFluffy


    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    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?
  6. pmorlen


    Feb 2, 2009
    A couple off the top of my head:
    Men at Work
    Missing Persons
    The Tubes
  7. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I dont know how that one even slipped my mind! Thanks, its on the list (probably will be used sparingly, though).

    Human League will definitely get on the list!
    I know of Killing Joke & PiL, but Im not that familiar with their music. Would you consider their tunes to be danceable?

    Definitely a good idea.
  8. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA

    No Thugs in Our House
    Senses Working Overtime
    Mayor of Simpleton


    Pulling Mussells from the Shell
    Black Coffee in Bed
  9. "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.
  10. Um,
    Duran Duran
    Flock of seagulls
    Frankie goes to Hollywood
    Level 42 (your time to shine)
    Paul Young
    Thompson Twins
    Spandau ballet

    That should give you a few
  11. UncleFluffy


    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    KJ I'd say veers between the moshpit and the dancefloor depending on song and era. There's probably a youtube mix out there. PiL gets more danceable round about the "This is What You Want" era.
  12. fender099


    Jan 6, 2013

    STRINGSLINGER Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2012
    Omaha/Blair NE
    You can never go wrong with "Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
  14. The Cure - Last Dance
    A Letter To Elise
    From The Edge of the Deep Green Sea
    Fascination Street
    Love Song

    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
    Mad World
    Everybody Wants To Rule The World

    A-Ha - Crying In The Rain
    Scoundrel Days
    The Sun Always Shines On TV

    The Church - Destination
    Under The Milky Way

    XTC - Dear God
  15. Einherjar


    Dec 1, 2012
    Lakewood, CO
    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)
  16. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Blue Monday is definitely on the set, you can't do 80s without it.
    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.
  17. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    Who's Frankie and where is he?:)

  18. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    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
  19. Billy Idol - anything from Billy Idol.
  20. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    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.