My band aims for a new cover song in every show. Even if our original material doesn't change much, you're guaranteed that you won't have heard us play the cover song we're doing that night. More than anything else I feel it helps our songwriting. We steal a ton of ideas from our covers. My concern is that we aren't very original with these covers. We pretty much do them about as true to the original as we can. Like a good working cover band would. And I feel like that's pretty bad form for a band that is playing 90% originals. I've suggested making covers our own and playing songs that we can't really do true to the original. But I haven't really gotten a great reception to that idea. Is this as big a problem as I'm thinking it is, or should I relax and enjoy playing covers true to the original? I don't have a problem with doing covers, I just feel like doing replicas ain't cool for an originals band.