Should you play Mustang Sally?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by TC2112, Apr 11, 2012.

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  2. I only play Mustang for two reasons:

    1. Big tips.

    2.Something very close to #1.
  3. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
    Long Island
    Haha that's great. I HAVE to play it at a wedding Friday...
  4. It should have been called Mustang Mama which was the original title.
  5. duff beer

    duff beer

    Dec 2, 2007
    I've been in bands where Mustang Sally is a better song than every single one of the 12 "original" songs written by some hack song writer with delusions of grandeur...
  6. TinIndian

    TinIndian Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Micco Florida
    HA! I'm going to have to copy and print this for my band!
  7. Biggbass

    Biggbass Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Funny graphic.
    but the short answer for our band is


    In fact, our B3 player has this sticker on the side of his Leslie ...
  8. dtripoli


    Aug 15, 2010
    From "The Do's & Don'ts for Band Performance, songs to avoid"

    Playing these songs in these type bands will get you fired, banned or beat up:

    *Rock n Rock: Tush
    *Southern Rock: Free Bird
    *Progressive Rock: Stairway to Heaven
    *Jam Rock: Layla
    *Metal: Enter Sandman
    *Jazz: Moondance
    *R&B/Soul: Mustang Sally

    And, never, ever play "Jumping Jack Flash". Nobody has ever once played this song decently and many highly skilled musicians have tried. Everybody from Tina Turner to Peter Frampton have attempted it with less than stellar results. Even the Stones themselves fumble with it live. It's just one of those studio songs that doesn't translate to live. Do yourself and the audience a favor, leave it off the set list.

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  9. KwinS


    Oct 30, 2006
    Dallas/Ft. Worth
    Hmmm. I thought that there's fine print somewhere that states you have to play that song, as well as several others, if you actually buy a B3.
  10. GigJones


    Jun 10, 2009
    This thread is a real coincidence. I just turned down an offer to play bass in a “blues” band because they play the same old, worn-out, beat-to-death songs that I played as a teenager in the late 70’s, early 80’s:

    Mustang Sally
    Play That Funky Music
    Long Train Running

    I know -- a gig’s a gig. But I promised myself that I’d never play these songs again as a part of a regular set list.
  11. Very good. The more of us stopping this nonsense, the sooner we get rid of those tiring songs.
  12. Mmmmm, my band has to play Jumping Jack Flash at my next gig this coming Saturday. The person who is throwing the event (and paying us) requested it. We rehearsed it for the first time yesterday and it sounded ok but not nearly as good as our best songs.
  13. gweimer

    gweimer Guest

    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    Exactly. If you have to ask this question, you are in a cover band. You are NOT making art; you are entertainment. Get over it and play the song. I've done it in a few bands, I have fun with it. Better to play a song that people dance to than a song everyone ignores. I played it as a cross between the original and "Born Under A Bad Sign", and that worked pretty well.
  14. nickbass79


    Nov 11, 2009
    North Carolina
    We only play it when it is requested. Which is every time we play. Ugh...
  15. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    This man gets it.

    We don't put it in set lists, but we play it when requested. And guess's requested almost every gig. You guys can stand on your principles; I'll play what the audience wants to hear.
  16. exactly -
    If you notice, anything on the above chart that involves hot chicks requires you to play the song. All you guys that refuse, thank you. Just means more paying gigs and hot girls dancing for me.
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    One of the busier wedding bands I work with does Mustang Sally pretty much every wedding and without fail the crowd loves it. So, couple that with the $300-$500 I get for those gigs and I wouldn't care if we did an entire set of Mustang Sally.

    We could do a calypso version, then a metal version, then a smooth jazz version, then house, then a bluegrass version with an "I am a man of constant sorrow" break, move into disco and then finish with the original Pickett vibe. That would kill basically an entire set.

    And food for thought... if you hate a song and play it like you hate it, it'll probably suck. Guess who's to blame?

    I try to have fun with whatever I'm playing (I figured out a loooong time ago the gig isn't about me and what I like) and crowds usually pick up on that.

  18. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man-

    Most of the joints I play in have a "No Mustang Sally" rule. But I will not play "Stairway to Freebird" under any condition. I'll leave that to the experts.
  19. seanm

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

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    We play it at every gig. Always packs the dance floor. But we are off the hook since the flowchart says to play it ;)
  20. Winemule

    Winemule Guest

    Feb 27, 2005
    Why do you play? Are you into it for Art, or are you into giving people what they want? I can and do go either way. If the money is right, I'll play Mustang Sally and convince the crowd I really mean it. I figured out a long time ago what kind of girl I was.

    On the other hand, I play with a band that doesn't make enough to keep a gerbil alive, but we get up in front of audiences in the Carolinas and tell them we ain't gonna play music by any bands whose names start with "L" which means no Led Zeppelin and no Lynyrd Skynyrd. Later in the evening we tell them we lied and play some Little Feat. You have to take your amusements where you find them, you know?