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Cover songs you think should go over well but don't?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Haysoochreesto, May 7, 2010.

  1. In another thread, the Cake version of I Will Survive was brought up as a crowd pleaser, but it always bombed when we did it. Like I stated in the other thread, we thought it was one of our best songs and even had a sax player to make it really go. But no one, and I mean no one dug it. It is a fairly obscure tune (the Cake version) but we always thought it would find its place and do well for us. But it didn't so we dropped it.

  2. We played Ocean Avenue by Yellow Card once expecting a huge response due to the popularity it had back in the day but it didn't get a very big cheer.
  3. EddiePlaysBass


    Feb 26, 2009
    Over here, there is a Dutch translation of Chuck Berry's "No Particular Place To Go" which is known by all. We figured that since we play '50s and '60s rock'n'roll the original would go over really well, but it hardly even provoked a polite clapping ...
  4. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    We learned Devil Inside by INXS about seven years ago. We figured it was a big 80s hit, danceable with a good groove, recognizable, and, for a bass player, had lots of cool bass lines. We have played it off and on since then and hardly anybody ever responds to it even though it sounds great when we play it. We get a few dancers and some people applaud but that is about it. We have pretty much given up on it. Why play a song that has more than three chords and lots of changes and cool riffs when we can bore ourselves and play Wooly Bully and the dance floor gets packed? Go figure.
  5. I did a gig at a "Relay For Life" cancer benefit once and our singer/acoustic gtrist usually starts off the songs. He started w/ the Fray's "How To Save A Life":eek::rollno:

    oddly, we didnt go over big that day/night at all. one of our worst gigs, and we play many and are usually always well received . . .
  6. t bake

    t bake

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rehab (amy winehouse) Guess the drunks dont want to face the facts lol
  7. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    Hmmm...my last band did the Cake version of "I Will Survive" and it always went over great. We started off with a soft and slow version of Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon" (same chord progression), paused for a moment, and then hit "I Will Survive" pretty hard.
  8. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    We tried "Some Like It Hot" by the Power Station for a while. Objectively, it's a smoking funk tune, and Tony Thompson's drums just killed. It had that cool slap bass line. It was sort of an '80s cliche tune though, and I figured that in order to pull it off we would need to play it like we had written it a week ago, with absolutely no irony.

    We couldn't. Every time we played it a few of us were smirking inside and it wound up coming off like some kind of joke. It usually cleared the floor.
  9. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Another obscure tune that I LOVE, and love to play, is Paul Pena's "Gonna Move". Great tune, nobody ever got it when we'd play it. I still practice it sometimes because it's such a bitch to sing and play the bassline at the same time.

  10. ...interesting. My band (out of rochester, ny) just played a relay for life cancer benefit. I didn't know it was more then just the one event.

    unrelated, as for 80's cover songs, we play "where's my mind" by the pixies. We hate playing it (it's boring), but it is always a big hit. Might have something to do with Fight Club, but I can't talk about that.
  11. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Used to do that with my old 3 piece band. Even more fun was the more obscure 'Hey' which was used in Zach & Miri Make a Porno, though we did it long before then (like 2002).

    My favorite cover song that was hit or miss depending on the crowd, was The Toadies' Possum Kingdom
  12. Katy Perry Kissed A Girl - we just can't get this one off the ground.
  13. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    Kung Fu Fighting in 7/8. I thought it sounded cool but people couldn't dance to it (though it was fun to watch them try!).
  14. We play Tell Me Baby by the Peppers. We thought it was a pretty cool tune that people would appreciate hearing and dancing to. But people just don't respond. Bit of clapping, the odd wayward dancer. But mainly indifference.
  15. Now I feel like an idiot. Audience demographic. I like to think that if I don't know anything else, I know what our audience likes. It's that simple. Our audience isn't/wasn't the type that would dig that tune, no matter how well we did it and certainly no matter how cool we thought it was.
  16. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    With my blues band, we played "Who did you think I was " by John Mayer Trio.

    In a blues bar , it bombed , big time.
  17. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    Flock of Seagull's "I Ran." Every other '80s tune my band does goes over like gangbusters, but for some reason that one empties a floor and inspires blank looks at the bar.
  18. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups

    That must be some sort of demographic thing..... We cover that song and in fact have opened with it many times and it gets a good response........Audiences, so fickle!
  19. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    mr. roboto - great reception
    just what i needed - either really good or really bad (you never know)
    welcome to the working week by elvis costello - most people think we wrote this song and are very impressed (pretty funny, only a local dj knew it was a cover)
  20. Hey Crazy,

    We had a go at that and it just didnt work. We now do a punk (so faster version) of Hot and cold & for the bridge do one bar of kissed a girl.

    Also umbrella punkified goes down REAL well! ;)

    However, on topic. We did a cover of Sweets ballroom bliss and NOONE liked it. Got the occasional smattering of applause but thats it.

    Has no one seen waynes world!

    ...wait its cos the singers a guy....not the chick from WW. SchWING!

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