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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Steve, Apr 13, 2009.
The 1st part should have stated that the more drunk & vague you are when making your song request the easier the band will remember the song.
How many times have we heard "ffhmhey yo play dat song from that band you know uhh, pfna pfnana, buhdaht (garbled lyrics) nuhna" yeah "Play that song mahn"
Yeah... some of that is really great and so true. Took some thought to put that together..nice..
As these things tend to disappear after awhile, here you go:
Someone sent me that a few years ago and it was still funny this time! I had lost it so thanks for posting.
"Your request is all that matters. Once you've
figured out what genre of music the band plays, please make your requests
from a totally different genre. The more exaggerated the better. If its a
blues band playing, yell for some Metallica or Slayer or Pantera.
Likewise, if its a death-speed metal band, be sure to request Brown-Eyed
Girl or some Grateful Dead."
I've had too many nights like this. We've spent the last 35 minutes playing 70's rock covers of the Zepellin/Who/Cream variety. Chances are, we don't know any Disturbed.
Well, the person bothering you sounds pretty disturbed.
This past Saturday my blues band (we play Storyville, SRV, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, etc.) got the obnoxious, would-not-leave drunk woman standing in front of the stage and screaming for us to play "American Pie." It was hilarious. After about 40 minutes one of the waitresses convinced her to go sit down. Of course we got a few "You Suck!"'s out of her on her way back to her table.
Next set: Waitress brings up a napkin with a scrawled request:
"PLAY Americken (sic) Pie by Don McQueen (sic) or else!!!!!!"
Well said there
I actually started putting a mic and mic stand in front of me just so it would look like i was singing so people would stop coming up to me during songs. I guess since i was singing i must not be busy playing the song or anything.
This is classic!! The wonder of it is, that I think everyone who has gigged or is still gigging, has experienced pretty much about every behaviour listed. I've experienced it in bands that played original music! I still experience a lot of these behaviours listed to this day. I guess we musicians are supposed to be cosmic jukeboxes in the eyes of some folks. Now that would truly be quite an accomplishment for any musician or band to be able to pull off. This is one funny post indeed. Thanks to the OP for giving me a much needed laugh.
awesome! I laughed my @ $ $ off!
Thanks for a very informative and accurate precis, gave me quite a giggle! Bet you have never been asked "Do you play any ABBA?"
It should include "Always request Freebird. Every band knows this song, even if they say they don't, even if they play a completely different genre. If at first your request is denied, try, try again, and more loudly. The band loves playing Freebird and loves when drunken audience members request it at every damn show. And if you are merely joking, don't worry, it is a fact that this is always funny."
I can't even listen to that song or that band now because I hate this so much. My usual response to this particular request of late has not been very friendly.
I'm in a tribute band. We only play THAT band. ....hence the term "tribute"....had someone at a gig last year come up after our first set and ask..."Do you do any Skynyrd??" (we aren't a skynyrd tribute, by the way...pretty clear from our first set..our banner...etc)...I'm like..."umm, no, we only do AC/DC"....he says, "oh" and walks away. 20 minutes later, I'm tuning up and getting ready to play again...he leans in and says "How about some Motley Crue?" ....I almost lost it laughing...he looked genuinely bewildered.
I love the part about someone grabbing your head and screaming into your ear. I've had this happen more times than I can count.
OMFG I nearly cried. Read it out loud to my drummer, he nearly wept. They forgot one; Don't forget to try to shake the bass player's hand during the tune. Bass players have a third hand they can produce at will with which to greet to greet drunken dance floor denizens. Be sure to squeeze the hell out of the hand too. makes the hand stronger for playing. And what ever you do, dont let go.
Wow! I never had em' wanting to shake my hand during a tune, but my band once experienced a more than happy college age drunk, step behind our backline of amps, tripping over cables and crap, and unfortunately he made it over to me, where he stands next to me, puts his hand on my left shoulder like I was his buddy, as I'm trying to pull away from him, all while we are playing our version of Elizabeth Reed the great Allman Bros Band classic, and he's swaying along to the music at first, and then he's yelling in my left ear " Dude! You,,,,got to play,,,Shhhonny,,,I mean Johnny Beeee,,,Gooode". Thankfully club security finally showed up and figured out what was going on, and they grabbed the doofus and tossed him out. It was one of my more memorable song request moments.