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Most obscure covers your band plays

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Jimmy4string, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. 10cc

    10cc Inactive

    Oct 28, 2013
    Love Key to my heart. Played that one not too long ago. People that have never heard that song can get with it by the second chorus. Nice call!
  2. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    Not current band, but used to play "Andy Warhol" by Bowie and "Satellite of Love" by Lou Reed in a band many moons ago. The way we did the Bowie tune was flat out awesome...rocked out on that cool riff with a full band. People loved it, but never met anyone who recognized it
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  3. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I need to see your band.

    Years ago a band I was in the Cowboy Song by Thin Lizzy. It was so obscure back then people thought we wrote it. But it went over well. It's really fun to play.
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  4. Not anything to write home about as far as musical acrobatics, but nice to just lay back and listen to the great lyrics in those songs.
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  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    It's fun to pull out a song, and hear someone say, "I rememer that song - love it".
  6. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    Almost forgot...I played bass and sang this one in another band. Crowd pleaser

  7. 10cc

    10cc Inactive

    Oct 28, 2013
    Pulled this one out before as well
  8. 10cc

    10cc Inactive

    Oct 28, 2013
    One more
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  9. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Cowboy Song has a killer groove. I heard that tune on the radio for the first time about a year ago, and liked it immediately. Nice choice.
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  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Not if the rest of the audience shrugs their shoulders and leaves :D

  11. ianuaditis


    Apr 11, 2016
    I would say for a 50s rock and roll band that's not very obscure. When the oldies station was still a thing, family members would have it on almost constantly, and they would play that on CBS FM once a day at minimum.

    It was covered by a bunch of 60s R&B artists and reinterpreted by the Grateful Dead and the Clash as well.

    But to be fair, my knowledge about what's current or obscure in the realm of 50s cover bands is minimal at best.
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  12. 10cc

    10cc Inactive

    Oct 28, 2013
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  13. Burwabit

    Burwabit Likes guitars that tune good and firm feelin women

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lubbock, TX
    What I was gonna say haha
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  14. Yes, that was my (understated) point. We don't get very obscure. Mighty white we are. But I enjoyed reading what you wrote about how popular Stagger Lee was back then.

    The Clash didn't really cover reinterpret Stagger Lee. They covered "Wrong Em Boyo" by The Rulers. It's a great song either way.

    London Calling was one of my first two vinyl records, both purchased the same day. The other album was End of The Century, by The Ramones.

    [Edit: I know this thread will inevitably be an obscurity contest, and it's cool for me to see how the other half lives. But the thread title is simply "Most obscure covers your band plays". On my home planet, Boring World, "Stagger Lee" really is as obscure as we get.]
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  15. Juststanley

    Juststanley Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2014
    We do...

    Vehicle-Ides of March
    Stealin'-Uriah Heep
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  16. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Tom Waits
    Clap Hands
    Jockey Full Of Bourbon
    Chocolate Jesus
    Walk Away
    Get Behind The Mule
    John Campbell
    When The Levee Breaks
    Down In The Hole
    Devil In My Closet
    A Johnny Cash Medley that sounds like Cash meets the Clash
    Soul Asylum
    Somebody To Shove
    Bobby Bland
    This Time I'm Gone For Good
    ZZ Hill
    Shade Tree Mechanic
    Someone Else Is Steppin In
    Joe Simon
    It Be's That Way Sometimes
    Drowing In The Sea Of Love
    Boz Scaggs
    Loan Me A Dime
  17. FrankLowend


    Dec 31, 2010
    On the hunt from Lynyrd Skynyrd
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  18. interp


    Apr 14, 2005
    Garmisch, Germany
    Hot Smoke and Sassafras by Bubble Puppy
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  19. asands


    Feb 1, 2011
    Troy Missouri
    I've been trying to get my band to do that Fastway tune for a long time. So simple but I just love it! Good choice
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  20. morgansterne

    morgansterne Geek U.S.A.

    Oct 25, 2011
    Cleveland Ohio
    your audience is full of heathens! my friend's band does that one -- they do a ton of 90's material.
    we do

    Roxy Music -love is the drug
    talking heads - and she was
    bowie: suffragette city and moonage daydream
    the doors: soul kitchen
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