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Recommend some songs we should play! Come on, its fun!

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by spectorbass83, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. spectorbass83


    Jun 6, 2005
    My band is playing an outdoor show for the May two-four weekend. I need some suggestions for cover songs. The crowd will be very mixed - anywhere from 15-45. There are 3 of us, and the lead singer plays lead guitar, so we can't really pick songs that have a lot of difficult lead parts..any suggestions which cover songs to play? Something easy, catchy and popular is what we are looking for.
  2. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Have you considered covering some American garage rock & early British Invasion tunes from the mid-sixties? A lot of them are very fun, very simple to play, and very catchy. The older people in the crowd might remember them from their youth. And the kidlets might just dig hearing 'em for the first time.

    Some examples:

    Gloria - The Shadows of Knight
    We Gotta Get Out of This Place - The Animals
    Wild Thing - The Troggs
    You Really Got Me - The Kinks
    Louie, Louie - The Kingsmen
    Dirty Water - The Standells
    Psychotic Reaction - The Count Five

    You get the idea...

  3. txbasschik


    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    These some of the easier tunes on our set list. Feel free!

    Cherie :)

    Bad Time (For Being In Love), BTO
    Take It On The Run, REO Speedwagon (the guitar lead's not as hard as it sounds)
    Not Fade Away, Buddy Holly -- easy-peasy
    Bitch, The Rolling Stones
    El Paso, The Gourds
    Sex & Candy, Marcy's Playground
    I'm A Man, Spencer Davis Group
    You're Gonna Miss Me, The 13th Floor Elevators (3 chords, 'cept for the bridge)
    Sedated, The Ramones
    Rocky Mountain Way, Joe Walsh (blues, played real big)
  4. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    The last band I was with was three-piece classic rock and variety - The song that got the most uproarious response every time was Johnny Cash's folsum prison blues.

    Also in my list of favorites are Can't Explain by the Who, Soundgarden's version of Girl You Want. Walking on The Sun went over pretty good too.

  5. Bluesbreaker5


    Mar 24, 2006
    Woo-hoo! These all are GREAT suggestions!

    How about Crossroads, Suzie Q, Keep Your Hands to Yourself, Roadhouse Blues....
  6. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Smelly Cat by Phoebe
  7. Brick House

    This always gets mixed crowds grooving together.
  8. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    Tool- Sober
  9. Joy Division - She's lost control, Love will tear us apart (perhaps the Moonspell version if you can't do keyboards)
    Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like you
    T.rex - 20th Century boy, Get it on
    Greenday - Hitching a ride, Boulevard of broken dreams
    Alice Cooper - Schools out
    Beatles - Twist and shout, I saw her standing there
    JJ72 - Snow
    Little Richard - Tutti Fruity, Good golly miss molly...
    Buddy Holly - Peggy sue...
    Dave Clark 5 - Glad all over
    Sweet - Blockbuster
    Mud - Tiger Feet...

    theres loads of 'em;) :bassist: :bassist: :bassist:
  10. txbasschik


    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    <<<Sweet - Blockbuster>>>

    OMG, I was *totally* mad for Sweet back in the day!

    Cherie :)
  11. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    A lot of interesting suggestions here. But just keep in mind that some of them have keyboard parts, second guitar parts and backing vocal parts that it would be difficult to cover with just a three-piece band. Right?

  12. BigTopBruno

    BigTopBruno Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2002
    NJ, USA
    Here a few easy ones:

    - Love me 2 times (the doors) or Break on thru (both always go over big regardless of the age group)
    - Vertigo (U2)
    - Hard to Handle (Black Crows)
    - What I like about you (romantics)
  13. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Any hit by ZZ Top. Sharp Dressed Man is very simple and gets them on the dance floor. Works well with a trio. Just resist the urge to make the bass line more interesting.

    How about some rocking blues? Anything George Thorogood does is easy but goes over well. And the extended version of "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" helps fill out a set ;)

    Neil Young should go over well with the two-four crowd. "Rockin' In the Free World" or "My My, Hey, Hey".

    Or Kim Mitchell if you can handle it. "I Am A Wild Party!".
  15. mvw356


    Mar 2, 2006
    write your own songs.
    if you really want to do covers, do something like hot for teacher by van halen, its really difficult to play ( not only for the guitarist) and that way your band will improve. bodhisattva by the dan is a good try too. have fun anyways
  16. spectorbass83


    Jun 6, 2005
    Good suggestions, thanks a lot :D
  17. RyansDad


    Jan 31, 2006
    Tolland, CT
    Here's some suggestions:

    Goo Goo Dolls - Slide
    Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
    The Cult - any of their older stuff
    DMB - Ants Marching
    STP - Animal
  18. I didn't even have to look at where you're from after I saw "May two-four weekend".

    Seven Nation Army - White Stripes.
    Pretty much anything by Jet, but Are you gonna be my girl is probably one of the better ones.
  19. vlado


    Mar 14, 2006
    Buje, Croatia
    Day tripper -The Beatles
    Bo Diddley (anything from this guy is great for parties)
    Set me free - The Kinks
    All day and all of the night - The Kinks
    Paperback writer - The Beatles
    Teenage kicks - The Undertones
    Sunday morning - The Velvet Underground
    I wanna be your dog - The Stooges
    Fame - David Bowie
    Machine gun - Jimi Hendrix (this one´s if you really want to kick some a++es and leave the guys in the audience with their mouth opened, but might not be good for any time before the ending of the show).

    Now those are just a few songs I remembered I´d really enjoy playing and I´d play them with the cover band I´m with if my boss wasn´t a jerk. I don´t really know what are Your musical preferences, I just let my own imagination and wishes lead and enjoyed at least the idea of playing those songs. They are also not really picked to stand together, I just instantly named each song I´d like and don´t play, with no particular order. Of course there are still many more.

    Enjoy Your gigs!

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