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Cover Songs in Drop D That Work

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by moten33, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. moten33


    Jan 7, 2012
    Albion, NY
    Hey All,

    I was wonderiing if you have any cover songs in Drop D that work for you when playing out? We currently have Slither by Velvet Revolver on the set list and are working Animals by Nickleback and Heavy by Collective Soul. We've toiled with the idea of doing an entire Drop D set. We play all sorts of rock covers from the standard Summer of 69 and a bunch of AC/DC to the Darkness and Foot Fighters but tend to lean towards heavier rock. Some I have heard but haven't ran by the guys yet and am wondering how they would go over are:

    Girls, Girls, Girls- Motley Crue
    Beautiful People- Marilyn Manson
    Papa Roach- Last Resort
    RATM- Killing in the Name Of
    Soundgarden- Black Hole Sun
    Queen- Fat Bottomed Girls

    Any other good ones you can recommend?
  2. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Blur - Song 2

    ...maybe not what you're looking for!
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Incubus- I Miss You
  4. moten33


    Jan 7, 2012
    Albion, NY
    Isn't that half step down or something like that? I am sure it can be played in Drop D but I thought it was a different tuning. It is something we have brought up though. Thanks!
  5. Waster


    Nov 24, 2011
    Loverboy by You Me At Six is a class wee rocker in drop D. Check it out!
  6. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Seether- Remedy
    It is really in C# but we have played it in D
    It works. I use a 5'er so it didn't matter for me but the GP and singer liked D better
  7. moten33


    Jan 7, 2012
    Albion, NY
    Like the Incubus suggestion. Never heard Loverboy. Will have to check it out.
  8. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    Bad Girfriend by Theory of a Deadman.

  9. Nino D

    Nino D

    Oct 31, 2012
    Check My Brain -Alice In Chains Keep Away - Godsmack Sober- Tool
  10. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    We play Animal, Bad Girlfriend and Slither, but I'm seriously sick of all three. I think the Drop D sound, (that I've heard used so far,) is depressing, and I have tired of it. Slither has me on vocals, and I don't want to sing it anymore, so that one's probably already gone.
  11. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    He knows that - he was just saying that he thought the suggested song was played with the whole guitar tuned down 1/2 step, same interval between strings as standard tuning.
  12. Nino D

    Nino D

    Oct 31, 2012
    My band plays those a half step down with drop d.
  13. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    I like Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden, but always liked Outshined better.
  14. mccoyra

    mccoyra Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    In addition to Bad GF and SLither we do Killin in the name of by Rage in Drop D. Pretty cool song on bass
  15. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    Yeah - I had to learn Slither and Bad Girlfriend for an audition - they wanted me but I passed for a number of reasons. I can see how you could get sick of those songs.

    Playing Slither on my 5 instead of drop D on a four was a pain! (for me anyway).
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Cover Songs in Drop D That Work


    Pretty much any song in E can be transposed down a whole step to drop D. Also any song in D can be played with a low D on bass.

    The same goes for Eb, Db, C and B

    That's why a 5 string bass is awesome ... transposing keys is simple.
  17. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    The Pot or Sober by Tool
    Fear Of A Blank Planet by Porcupine Tree
    Killing In The Name by RATM

    Great bottom end rockers.
  18. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse

    Jun 5, 2009
    Outshined Soundgarden
    Spoonman Soundgarden
    Freedom Rage Against the Machine
  19. Metallica - Sad but True.
  20. RATM - Take the power back.
    RHCP - By the way