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Easy Songs to Cover

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by JmD, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. JmD


    Sep 13, 2005
    Hi All,

    A group of friends and I have just formed a band. None or us have a lot of experience or skill (most of us have only been playing for about 4 months).

    For now we're looking to do covers, easy ones. Large range of musical interests in the band, from RATM to Kasabian and Radiohead. One of us likes Punk-Pop stuff, the other Indie and I'm more of an Alternative Rock sort of person.

    So anything considered really, any easy covers?

  2. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army.

    Easy. Really easy. Mostly bass - and it's a song people hear on the radio so they might be impressed even though it's easy. Did I mention it's easy?
  3. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Another one for ya: Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit.
  4. DaftCat


    Jul 26, 2004
    Medicine Hat
    Keep Your Hands to Yourself
  5. jake_tim


    Jun 28, 2005
    North Carolina
    if your fruend likes pop-punk blink 182 has some rally easy songs **really easy***. but if i were you, i dont liek blink 182, but Carosel is pretty kool
  6. Hot Cross Buns
    Polly Wolly Doodle
    Mary Had a Little Lamb

    My post sucks. Sorry, I'll go home now. :p
  7. Jiro


    Mar 15, 2004
    ACDC in generally is pretty easy for the bass... i dunno about the other guitar / drum parts haha guitar parts sound tricky like in thunderstruck haha...

    Blow at High Dough by the tragically hip is pretty easy one...
  8. pil


    Feb 17, 2005
    Pimlico, UK
    Ever Fallen in Love - The Buzzcocks

    First song my band ever played...and the reason why we carrried on...and very very easy
  9. Ray-man

    Ray-man Guest

    Sep 10, 2005
    You forgot Happy Birthday. Not the Stevie Wonder song - the other one.
  10. McHaven


    Mar 1, 2005
    I Can't Explain by the Who. Its incredibly easy, maybe doesn't fit your genre but its real easy and fun.
  11. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Old school punk and Metal "easy songs"

    Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK

    Black Sabbath - Sweet Leaf
  12. Mysticflame


    Feb 8, 2005
    Beverly Hills by Weezer is really easy.Other easy ones are Birthday by The Beatles (a good one to know), Seven Nation Army, and Blue Orchid, both by The White Stripes.
  13. I think RATM is a good choice. Although some songs and parts are pretty complex at first, it's not too hard overall, and I found it good to help build a groove between the bass and drums. Some funky drumming, that is. It'll also get your guitarist to play a bit with effects.
  14. nataku


    Jun 21, 2004
    San Jose, CA
    creep - radiohead
    very very simple, and one of my favorite covers :bassist:
  15. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    bad moon rising - ccr

    i feel fine - beatles

    gloria - van morrison

    boys dont cry - the cure
  16. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    when i come around- green day
    fat lip- sum 41
    santeria- sublime
  17. "I wanna be sedated" by the Ramones. Simple and catchy.
  18. bonscottvocals


    Feb 10, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Anything from ZZ Top, but your timing has to be metronome perfect for many of their hits. Some good examples are:

    Sharp Dressed Man
    Cheap Sunglasses
  19. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    When I want to convince someone that they can play guitar - when they've never played one, that is - I have'em bar an open A-chord, and strum evenly (a little shuffle on it would be better, really), while I sing Hank Sr.'s Honkytonkin'.

    "If you are sad and lonely
    and have no place to go
    just call me up sweet mama,
    and braing along some dough,
    and we'll go Honkytonkin' honkytonkin'
    We'll go Honkytonkin' honkytonkin'
    We'll go Honkytonkin' 'round this town!"

    Yup. One chord. Yee-haw!

  20. Justin V

    Justin V

    Dec 27, 2000
    Alameda, CA
    Bust out CD's by these bands for what I call "starter covers" (songs that every band I've been remotely involved with seemingly have gone into during one of the first three practices):

    Green Day
    Foo Fighters (Everlong comes to mind)
    No Doubt (kinda tricky bass parts but fun as hell to play)
    Beatles (especially the 64-65 era stuff)