Playing tired, old, worn out songs...

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by jakelly, Jul 25, 2013.

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  1. jakelly


    Nov 8, 2009
    We have a singer who practically insists on doing Mustang Sally and Crossroads at every gig. I've complained some, but of course I play the songs when they come up, since standing there with crossed arms and a frown isn't an option. :p These are not the only "classics" we do, but they are the ones that I dislike more than the others.

    We have plenty of songs in the repertoire so its not like we need to do them all the time.

    What to do, what to do... If I had my druthers, we'd put these songs in the vault, only to come out when requested.

    Have a similar situation?
  2. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    Playing tired, old, worn out songs...

    No problem doing that as long as I'm being paid with tired, old, worn out money.
  3. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    If the punters are happy, smile and make the best of it.
  4. jakelly


    Nov 8, 2009
    Good points.
  5. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    Yeah, keep playing them as long as the audience isn't tired of them.
  6. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Give them new life! Lay a funk bassline to it. Come up with a fresh arrangement. Unfortunately, patrons want to hear it.
  7. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    So you don't like those songs. What does the audience think? You're playing for them.
  8. el basso

    el basso Supporting Member

    its amazing that audiences still tolerate "Brown Eyed Girl"
  9. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    That's because as often as we have had to play Moldy Old Chestnuts parts 1&2,
    the audience hasn't always had that particular pleasure.
  10. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I do it every gig. The bigger issue is we never change the setlist or order that we play songs week after week :rolleyes:
  11. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    You have a point there, BB
    I usually work off a master list for my 3pc, and change things up every so often.
    Some tunes will go over great in one venue, and fall flat in another.
  12. rockamimjazz


    Sep 10, 2011
    Audience first, no doubt. There's a story in an Aerosmith book that I read, where is talks about how they grew weary of playing Dream On after doing it so many times. Yet, they knew it was something the crowd came and expected to hear. That's just the way it goes for some of those timeless tunes...we musicians have to bite the bullet to play what works.
  13. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    I can not tell you how many times I've heard people say; "how many more versions of (insert song name) must we hear," or "is that the only song anybody does by (insert band name)."

    So we have a short list of tunes that are only played by request and encourage said patron to buy the band a round. We then play that up to get the patrons to buy another round for themselves and have a toast (for whatever reason) with the band. Makes us look good at the cash register and bar management likes sales. ;)
  14. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    I'm going to say something super unpopular here, so I'll hedge it with "No disrespect" or "I'm just saying..."

    Every outdoor event with a band I've been to since I was old enough to start paying attention, has played the same set of songs from the 60's and 70's, over and over and over again. So some of those songs were old 25 years ago, and have only gotten older, as have the audience, and yet they keep playing them.
    What's my point? Is Mustang Sally really that tired in the context of the rest of your set? Is there one song in that set written between 1990 and 2010? If not, aren't they all a little tired?
  15. mrjim123

    mrjim123 Supporting Member

    May 17, 2008
  16. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    If your audience is still responding to said "tired old songs" then the problem is yours, however there are things you can do to spice them up and make them more interesting in much the same way you might try a new move in the boudoir to spice things up a bit if you catch my drift.

    change the arrangement
    add an audience sing along part if thats appropriate
    do a medley of a couple of those kinds of tunes
    change the words to more provactive lyrics ( yeah, go all sexy and stuff)
    try and make them fun again
  17. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    Or get a younger, trendier audience that gets tired of songs faster.
  18. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I'm thinking of doing an all-anthems show that opens with Hotel California, includes Stairway to Heaven, Smoke on the Water and ends with Freebird.

    I will not be including Brown Eyed Girl or Mustang Sally.
  19. baileyboy


    Aug 12, 2010
    Correct, good call!
  20. jakelly


    Nov 8, 2009
    Yes, we do a number of songs between 1990 and 2010. And a bunch from the 80's. And some 70's and 60's too.

    And yes, the audience does respond to Mustang Sally. And to a lesser extent, Crossroads.
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