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Early Alternative Rock

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by agreatheight, Sep 21, 2008.


  1. So I am working in a newly formed alternative rock cover band. We are looking to be able to play bars / clubs but also want to do some corporate stuff, which requires us to play to some diverse people. As alternative didn't really begin until the 80s, we'd like to add some "proto-alternative" stuff from the 60s and 70s that will appeal to an older crowd and still fit thematically with the alt stuff. So we have picked a few already (Suffragette City by Bowie, Back in the USSR by the Beatles, Once in a Lifetime by the Talking Heads, Kick Out the Jams by MC5... you get the idea), but we could use some help! Upbeat and dancy perfered!

    Who has suggestions?
     
  2. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    867-5309 gets em dancin'

    New Age Girl by Deadeye Dick (for the LESS professional crowd)
     
  3. baalroo

    baalroo

    Mar 24, 2008
    Wichita, KS
    The Smiths (early 80s)
     
  4. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Chicago
    Velvets, and Stooges if you're feeling ballsy.;)
     
  5. alapantera

    alapantera

    Mar 22, 2004
    Wisconsin
    magic carpet ride - steppenwolf

    american woman - guess who
     
  6. sarcastro83

    sarcastro83

    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    Nothing says "cut loose, dudes!" to drunk, office party people than "My Sharona".
     
  7. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    "Love Is The Drug" by Roxy Music should be an eye-opener.
     
  8. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    "Pump It Up".... Elvis Costello.
     
  9. Excellent suggestions, thanks everyone!

    Anyone got anymore?
     
  10. sarcastro83

    sarcastro83

    Jul 27, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    Uncontrolable Urge - Devo.
     
  11. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Effing GREAT song!!!!! Fun song to play, also. We played that in my high school band; the band members were all huge DEVO fans, the high school partygoers/dancers/whatever were kind of perplexed. We also played "Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mommy" and "Mongoloid" as well as about 3 songs from Gary Numan "First Album". Good days....
     

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