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Covers you refuse to play now or ever again

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by 60bass, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. 60bass

    60bass Supporting Member

    Apr 24, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    I thought I'd see what cover tunes everybody either hates and will never play, or played before and you swear you will NEVER play again.

    I can think of many, but my top three that I will NEVER play again are:

    1. Walk This Way :spit:

    2. Cocaine :rolleyes:

    3. Free Bird :scowl:

    Ok, lets have your lists.

    Keep Low :bassist:
  2. lawsonman


    Dec 19, 2005
    NW IL
    Old Time Rock and Roll

    Proud Mary
  3. sevenyearsdown

    sevenyearsdown Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY
    Man is this embarrassing......I once played the Killers version of a Morrisey song called Why don't find out for yourself. I was the new guy in the band, and didn't want to step on any toes.

    BTW - it was a rockabilly-surf kinda band.....so a Killers/Morrisey songs = fail. big time.

    I quit about a month later.
  4. zackattack

    zackattack Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2006
    San Francisco
    bohemian rhapsody
  5. Hutch1


    Mar 19, 2009
    Twin Cities, MN
    Love Hurts
  6. DW1969


    Feb 24, 2008
    1. Little Wing / Clapton style

    2. Take the money and run

    3. No Journey what so ever!
  7. BillMason

    BillMason Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    IMHO, it's never the fault of the song, just the band's ability or inability to get a groove going. I've picked a few for our cover band that you woulda thought would kick it, but whether it's our guitar players' approaches to the song or the drummers approach to the song, or my approach, or a combination of all of the above (most likely), I just don't get a feeling from those tunes, and they seem to fall flat with the audience as well. Take another band, have them play the same song, and its a completely different story. Take the MOney and Run is one of those for us, I hate playing it, we just have zero groove, likely because the bass part is just mind numbing and my lack of enthusiasm comes through. I've seen places really get into performances of Cocaine, believe it or not, even with people dancing to it and yelling the words, and it wasn't at a Biker Bash.

    Mess with the arrangement is my advice, and force everyone to get creative. Make it a Reggae version, or a surf version.
  8. Play thatfunky music white boy...I need a bucket just thinking about it!

  9. DW1969


    Feb 24, 2008
    +1 Bill it's all about the groove. I still hate playing Take the money and run.
  10. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I get paid to play in my cover band. That makes it a job. If my boss at my day job tells me to jump on a plane and go fix a customers machine, I go. If a patron at a place my band is playing wants to hear Mustang Sally, I put my bass face on and play it.

    There are songs that I don't want to hear played on my IPOD, but if I have a job to do, I'll do it.
  11. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    Mony Mony
    Brown Eyed Girl
    McArthur Park

    ....to name just a few
  12. Do you mean that covering a Killers' Morrisey cover = fail, big time? [I agree]

    Or that covering any Killers song [agree] or any Morrissey song [disagree and I can provide several strong examples] = fail, big time?
  13. amroach


    Feb 11, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    MC hammer - Cant touch this
  14. I refused to even consider anything by Faith Hill about a year ago and severely strained relations w/my beloved drummer, and although I love no musician like I do this man, I'd do the same thing today. My issue w/her is 1- she'd be completely unknown if she weren't a picture-perfect blond, & 2- she did a cover of Take a little piece of my heart and claimed not to know Janis Joplin did it first(lying or ignorant- can't decide). :spit:
  15. I never say never, but if I didn't have to play a Jimmy Buffet song ever again, it would be really niiiiiice.
  16. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I can't add anything to that. Well put.
  17. 60bass

    60bass Supporting Member

    Apr 24, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    I agree with that. Doing your band's own version of a cover is a great way to show your stuff and mix it up. On the other hand, I'm sitting here wondering how I could arrange the songs Cocaine and Play That Funky Music White Boy into something I would actually want to play.

    Well said and I know exactly where you are coming from on the "job" thing. I did over 10 years straight road work in clubs and believe me it WAS a job albeit a fun one at times. Our band did strictly club work 6 nights a week, 4 to 5 sets a night. None of the multi-band stuff you see today. We were the show. We had to be entertainers first and musicians second. Back then you had to get the people in, keep em there, and make sure they got drunk. So the bar could make money and you could get paid. Plus the "band house" forget about it. Those are some memories I'd rather forget. Thankfully towards the end of the "club" years we were in lots nicer clubs so the sleeping arrangements got way better.

    The "job" thing is the reason I won't ever again play certain tunes. Just plain sick of them after playing them for too many years. I've been asked to join bands and when I looked at their set list and said "sorry but I ain't playing that song" it sometimes led to my being asked to leave. If that makes me a snob to some, oh well, I don't care.

    There's a difference between getting paid to play versus having fun with what you choose to play. Now that I'm an "old geezer at 57", a "seasoned player", or just another "old hack", It's the best of both worlds. I can finally get to play just to have some fun and not to pay the bills :)

    Keep Low :bassist:
  18. 60bass

    60bass Supporting Member

    Apr 24, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    Keep em coming guys or gals. I'm going to compile a list and see where it falls in on the musical spectrum.

    Keep Low :bassist:
  19. RexNFX79


    Jan 12, 2009
    I have never and will never play Mustang Sally....ugggh!
    Some others that I've done but will not play anymore, Freebird, Don't stop believing, Brown Eyed Girl, Brick House.
  20. QORC


    Aug 22, 2003
    Elberon, New Jersey
    I will play ANYTHING that works, as long as the band sounds good doing it.

    My personal taste never dictates what I will play in a band.

    Are there songs that I'm sick of doing and don't inspire me? Absolutely.

    But if they work, I will still play them!

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