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90s (possibly 80s) cover ideas?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Nephilymbass, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. We've got a Halloween theme gig coming up next month as the entertainment for a haunted trail and we have 3 hours to fill. We normally play 30 minutes to an hour originals shows with multiple bands. They approached us and know we mainly play originals and offered a generous amount of money for the gig and agreed to let us play two 60-75 minute sets with a break between sets. Which we're ok with the the set lengths because when we practice we It's often all day one day a week when we don't have gigs. Well this weekend we've got a couple gigs and the following weekend I'm busy with family stuff Saturday so we'll only have one day to run through songs we don't regularly play. We've always mixed in a cover or two per show and have a been a band for about 16 years so we have a ton of originals from 5 albums. But we're thinking of doing some more covers. Just to give an idea And I know there's a lot of bass players in cover bands here on TB so I figured you guys would know best what covers go over well. So any suggestions?

    a couple covers we play regulaly and recently

    Zombie by the cranberries (played in a lower key)
    Mudshovel by Staind (played straight)

    Some others we've done In the past that would be easy.

    Last dance with Mary Jane Tom Petty(in a lower key)
    Nutshell by Alice In Chains (straight)
    Heart shaped box by Nirvana (straight)
    Outside by Staind(straight)

    I suggested doing a danceable but hard rock version of Thriller by Micheal Jackson to go with the theme of the event.

    Instrumentation wise with everyone playing we have similar instrumentation to Stainds acoustic ballads (bass, drums, baritone electric guitar, and singer that plays acoustic) but doesn't necessarily need to be a song with acoustic guitar as more than half of our songs are just the one electric guitar.

    Here's one of our ballads for reference

    And one that's a bit more rocking

    Some picks of the stage from last year they sent us.
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  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Whatever songs you pick, extend each to 7 minutes. 10 songs=70 minute set.
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  3. Haha
  4. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    DJs' groups post lists of the 200 songs requested most each year. Simplest way to come up with a popular list is to google the DJ list for 2016 and scan through it for 30 or so 90s tunes.
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  5. eJake


    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    The ghost busters them is classic for Halloween, and a banging tune!!
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  6. You could try some other Alice in Chains; Sickman comes to mind. Or Them Bones or Dam That River honestly.

    Cold and Ugly by Tool?
  7. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Even though is from the 70s, Werewolves Of London always works for Halloween gigs. If you want, you can morph it into All Summer Long and Sweet Home Alabama.

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  8. Feed my Frankenstein by Alice Cooper
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  9. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    NW Mass/SW VT
    Also 70's, also works particularly for halloween gigs - Time Warp. From Warren, Excitable Boy as well. The Monster Mash is always a graveyard smash. Tom Petty's Zombie Zoo is worth a look. Whenever looking for a danceable MJ tune I pull out Weird Al's version, it's usually more fun.

    Existential Blues fails on decade, danceability, and likelihood you can manage it convincingly, but would be a good choice otherwise. :D
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  10. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    Even though it doesn't fit your time period. My brother's old band used to do the theme to The Munsters tv show. It always went over big time, people loved it.
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  11. JGbassman

    JGbassman Supporting Member

    May 31, 2011
    My own worst enemy by lit is a great party song everyone loves and sings with.

    Ballroom blitz is great for Halloween

    Rock and roll all night by kiss. Everyone will jam with you or sing it

    Adams Family theme song. People love snapping their fingers or clapping to it. Once again great for Halloween.

    More human than a human. White Zombie

    Those songs go over great and everyone knows them. Plus they are easy to play.
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  12. Picton


    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    Oingo Boingo.

    In particular, their tunes "Dead Man's Party" and "No One Lives Forever." "Sweat" has a nice, creepy riff as well.

    Forget the 90s. Many of the other posters are suggesting excellent choices, too.
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  13. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    All You Zombies by The Hooters

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  14. J.D. Detroit

    J.D. Detroit

    Nov 12, 2015
    Pulled these out from a few 90s set lists I had -

    No More Mr Nice Guy -Megadeth
    Outshined, - Soundgarden
    Sabotage - Beastie Boys
    Righteous & the Wicked - RHCP
    Creep - Radiohead
    Heavy - Collective Soul
    Been Caught Stealing, Mountain Song - Jane's Addiction
    Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground
    Are You Gonna Go My way - Lenny K
    Thunder Kiss 65 - White Zombie
    Everlong - Foo Fighters
    Cumbersome - 7M3
    Dead and Bloated, Crackerman - STP
    Self Esteem - The Offspring
    Sober, Stinkfist - Tool
    In Bloom - Nirvana
    Cherub Rock - The Smashing Pumpkins
    Blue On Black - KWS
    Bound For The Floor - Local H
    Banditos - The Refreshments
    In The Meantime - Spacehog
    My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
    Hemorrhage, Shimmer - Fuel
    Touch, Peel and Stand - Days Of The New
    Backwater - Meat Puppets
    Who Was In My Room Last Night - Butthole Surfers
    Clean My Wounds - COC
    Bombtrack - RATM
    Spacegrass - Clutch
    Space Lord - Monster Magnet
    Stone The Crow - DOWN
    Black No. 1 - Type O Neg
    Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck - Prong
    Ball and Chain - Social D
    Inside Out - Eve 6
    100% - Sonic Youth
    Song 2 - Blur
    Superman's Dead - Our Lady Peace
    Save Yourself - Stabbing Westward
    Got You Where I Want You - The Flys
    Twilight Zone - Golden Earning
    I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
    Pet Sematary - I wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
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  15. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    I'm not going to pretend to know what the kids listen to these days, but I can tell you that "danceable" goes a long way in public concerts where the clientele will be of all stripes.
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  16. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Off the top of my head from a band I was in circa 2002..........

    Life Of My Own, Duck And Run - 3 Doors Down
    Flavor Of The Weak - American Hi-Fi.
    Name, Dizzy, Black Balloon, Slide, Falling Down - Goo Goo Dolls
    Sex Type Thing, Unglued - STP
    Yeah Whatever - Splender
    Deny - Default
    Pretty much anything by Creed
    Crawling - Hoobastank
    She - Green Day
    Boom - P.O.D.
    Anybody Listening? - Queensryche
    Revelations - Iron Maiden (yes, it's from 1984)
    Don't Tell Me You Love Me - Night Ranger (another 80's tune)
    Keep Pushin - REO Speedwagon
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  17. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Any Halloween gig needs Dead Mans Party from Oingo Biongo.
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