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Rediscovered oldies that are fun to play but you never hear

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Hevy T, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    I was running through my mp3's last night and tonight and found some songs that have fun bass lines but you never hear. Let's call this the Guilty Pleasure List. I'll start

    1. Brick House - The Commadors
    2. Drugs In My Pocket- The Monks
    3. Centerfold - J Giles Band
    4. Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
    5. We Got the Beat - The Go Go's
    6. Day By Day - Doug and the Slugs

    any more out there??
  2. Truktek2


    Sep 5, 2008
    Queens, NY
    Superfreak Rick James
    Hot stuff Donna Summer
    Burning Love Elvis
    You're the one that I want Grease soundtrack
  3. I don't think we play anything written after the mid eighties but the "oldies" we play include:
    Shakin' all over, Lucille (little Richard), Little Queenie, Fever, Feelin' alright, - all of which go over well in the blues/classic rock venues we play.
  4. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    My band, which is an original alternative rock band, has recently started adding covers to help fill up a full 4 sets and get us some paying gigs on the coverband circuit.
    We've got a few 90s songs, but most of our covers would fit right along any classic rock coverband.

    Some of my favorites:

    Mellow Yellow & Season of the Witch by Donavan
    Under My Thumb & Play With Fire by The Stones
    House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
    Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Leadbelly
  5. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Kind of a Drag - Buckinghams
    Susan - Buckinghams
    Any Way You Want - Dave Clark Five
    Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five
    Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
    Young Blood - Coasters
  6. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
    That's my bands "selling point"..we play very few standard covers,there's just too many other great tunes out there that haven't been beat to death to play MustangSally or BrownEye'dGirl. Some of our oldies that got the groove..

    Lady Madonna -Beatles
    Oh Darlin' -Beatles
    Sunny Afternoon -The Kinks
    Manic Depression - Hendrix
    Ramble On - Led Zeppelin
    What Is And Should Never Be -Led Zeppelin
    Stuck in the Middle W/U - Steeler's Wheel
  7. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    Him or Me-Paul Revere and the Raiders.
    Elenore-The Turtles
    Midnight Confession-The Grass Roots
    I Saw Her Again Last Night- Mama's and the Papa's
    Heard It Thru The Grapevine-The Pips

    Tons of great old songs. Countless.
  8. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Funnest song I've played lately is "Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting," by Elton John.
  9. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    We do that quite often and take great old songs that bands don't play much. One song we do that always gets people dancing and bopping their heads is an instrumental tune - Time Is Tight by Booker T. & The M.G.s. We played it again last night and the dance floor got packed instantly. Donald "Duck" Dunn's cool bass groove drives the tune and is fun to play. We get lots of requests to play it since people really like it and know we are the only band around that plays it. And, we do it as a 3 piece guitar, bass, and drums band.
  10. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Played all the time around here by various Variety/Lounge bands.
    Couple years ago, some guys I knew we putting together a '60s-'70s-'80s Pop band. Of course, "Brick House" & "Play That Funky Music" were on their to-do-list.
    I asked "Why? ...these tunes have been played a gozillion times by a gozillion other bands & The Commodores have better tunes, blah".

    Response: "These tunes are played so much because they're the ones people want to hear".

    I didn't last too long...
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Oldies I woulda preferred playing in lieu of "Brick House" & "Play That Funky Music"-

    "Groovy Situation"- Gene Chandler

    "One Man Band"- Three Dog Night

    "Machine Gun" The Commodores
    The Commodores - Machine Gun - YouTube

    On Soul Train...way before Lionel Ritchie became "the star"-

    "Work To Do"- The Isley Brothers or AWB

    ...hell, even "Pleasant Valley Sunday" by The Monkees woulda been cool.
  12. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    - As far as I've seen, nobody seems to know/remember this tune, but it was tremendously popular in my country during the late seventies.

    - This one was used as the intro theme for a long-running Colombian sitcom.

    - And this is another (currently) obscure classic Disco song.
  13. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    That sounds like an instrumental of this song.

    Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting

    Carl Douglas - Kung fu fighting(original) - YouTube
  14. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

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