Help with bar songs...

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, May 11, 2005.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Since our orginal music is our passion, our cover set list is lacking and needs updating bigtime. Since I haven't had a car or house stereo in about a year and hate MTV and VH1, I'm kinda at a loss for choosing new, happening, material to cover. Help please with songs and band names like as Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse, Jet and other such new bands. What the hell are people listenin to these days...? I'm still stuck on Morphine at the moment - too bad that guy had to die.

  2. worthyjoe


    Oct 5, 2004
    Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
    Modest Mouse - Float On, Paper Thin Walls

    I'm assuming you don't want to go totally into that indie-rock direction but other bands that fit are:

    Death Cab for Cutie - Sound of Settling
    Hot Hot Heat - Bandages

    Hope this helps. Might want to give an example of material you already plan on playing. That way we could taylor the suggestions.

    Other "hip" bands along those lines might be:

    The Unicorns
    Arcade Fire
    The Hives
  3. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    I'm in the same situation as you. We are an originals band, and, as such, our covers are lacking. Whenever we DO pick covers, we pick songs that lots of people that are into our kind of music would like. We avoid new "hip" music, because it has not proven its worth, as it were. We are an alt/rock band, and the covers we use are stuff by the progenies of our genre. We have covered The Smashing Pumpkins (Bullet with butterfly wings), Stone Temple Pilots (sex type thing, plush, interstate love song on those lighter gigs), The Foo Fighters (everlong, monkey wrench), that kind of thing. We assume that the music that was formative to us has been formative to our fans, and, as long as we stick to the more popular, but not TOO popular, side of that music, it has worked out great. If you want some more suggestions, let me know.
  4. Foo Fighters are always a good choice


    Ben Harper
  5. Though I doubt you want to cover emo songs...

    My Chemical Romance
    Story of the Year

    Here's some better stuff (imo) but not terribly good

    Dashboard Confessional
    Green Day
    White Stripes
    Foo Fighters
    Kings of Leon (don't know their single)
    Blink 182

    Half that stuff isn't good, but it's what people like. I'd say Foo Fighters are always cool.

    Hope that helpsish

    Oh, and if you like older rock, check out Oasis!
  6. DeadMike


    May 17, 2005
    Des Moines, IA
    Its not a bad thing to be stuck on Morphine. I have been too for about two years. I'd go with some classics. I'm in the same boat as you are, I don't watch MTV or VH1 and barely listen to commercial radio. I guess I see most of that stuff as a fading bleep, so why learn it if you're doing originals. Throw in some Band or Big Brother and see what happens.
  7. Download iTunes from, go onto their online music store, and scan their sales charts. They also have airplay charts for most of the radio stations in the country, which should also be a help.
  8. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    I'd say you'd do well playing some Foo Fighters or Audioslave. Jet seems to be playing at all the non-dance club bars around here so I guess at least somebody likes them.
  9. The Nanny

    The Nanny

    Dec 23, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    - Franz Ferdinand
    - Black Eye'd Peas (Let's Get Retarded...people are going apesh** when we do that one)
    - Jet
    - Maroon 5

    Don't forget...sometimes "retro" is "new" to some of the young folk. Right now, I think that 80s pop is the rage for people 20-25 yrs old...however, there are 2 categories of songs in 80s retro: those that were huge at the time, but not played anymore (these songs go over huge with an older crowd who haven't heard these tunes for a long time), and those tunes that still have legs...the ones with legs are huge with those kids who don't even REMEMBER the 80s.

    Stuff with legs for the young kids:
    - Bon Jovi
    - Twisted Sister
    - Def Leppard
    - Rick Springfield
    - The Buggles
    - Michael Jackson

    TRUE retro for the older crowd:
    - Pet Shop Boys
    - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    - Survivor
    - Toto

    Good luck!

    The Nanny
  10. Justin V

    Justin V

    Dec 27, 2000
    Alameda, CA
    In line with The Nanny's 80's pop song idea. A band from the bay area that had a very "80's" type sound (pop-punk with synths, really) did a REALLY cool cover of "Under the Milky Way Tonight" by the Church. Went over well with the kids too (especially the ones who had seen Donnie Darko).
  11. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Someone recently played some songs for me from a band, I think they're called, Interpool. I really liked it. It seems like a good band to check out.