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Songs you just won't play

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Scott Loveless, Sep 13, 2019 at 4:33 PM.

  1. Scott Loveless

    Scott Loveless Supporting Member

    May 3, 2019
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    Totally intended to be lighthearted conversation, and not serious discussion. Play what you like.

    However, there some songs I just won't play. Ever.

    1. Anything from Lynyrd Skynyrd.
    2. Radio country.
    3. Eye of the Tiger. (My high school's mascot was a tiger and I was in the marching band, jazz band, pep band, all the bands. We played this horrid song a zillion times and if I never hear it again it'll be too soon. In fact, just recently I left a restaurant while waiting for a table because it came on the overhead. Grrrr......)

    So, what won't you play? :)
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  2. landrybass


    Oct 23, 2011
    The Proclaimers - I’m gonna Be. Learned it for a saint paddy’s gig and ended up double booked so we didn’t end up playing it. We learned it for a gig we didn't play and I’m never playing it again haha.

    Radio Country for sure.
    Hardcore Metal is a no for me too.
  3. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    I only play my own tunes, so if I'm dead set against any of them, I screwed up somewhere.
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  4. Scott Loveless

    Scott Loveless Supporting Member

    May 3, 2019
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    Ha! I love it.
  5. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I'll play whatever, over-played hits, polka, country, metal, whatever. I have no shame, if you hire me to play I'll do my best at whatever the gig is. There were a bunch of little kids boppin around in front of us at a recent food truck fest the 80s cover band I'm in played, so we busted into "baby shark" :cool:
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2019 at 9:50 PM
  6. Winslow


    Sep 25, 2011
    Group "W" Bench
    Xmas music. Never have liked it, and will studiously avoid having to play it.

    tzohn, seanm, BooDoggie and 14 others like this.
  7. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    BTO's "Taking Care Of Business". Because never, ever, ever, again. Ever.
    Mike N, philpm, avvie and 10 others like this.
  8. Was in a Police cover band and I hated "every breath you take" before then. I hated listening to it . Practicing it and playing it!
    Beds to big without you and So Lonley was fun!
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  9. THIS!
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  10. oZZma


    Sep 13, 2018
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  11. mwbonsall

    mwbonsall Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2000
    Casa Grande, Arizona
    I play whatever the band I am playing with is playing. I'm just the bass player, I have no diva status to refuse to play a song.

  12. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    If the band plays the song correctly, or very close to in the ballpark, I’m open to just about anything. I’ve learned a lot playing music that I don’t necessarily enjoy, and in some cases even grew to appreciate the songs beyond the modicum of respect I had for them originally.
  13. Someone noticed a sticky note on our rehearsal space wall which said "Waterloo" and mistook it for the ABBA song.

    No, not that Waterloo!

    The sticky was for The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset" ...but my band has not played that one yet either.
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  14. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Purple Rain. Guess what? New gig calls it every night!!!
    folsom Prison. Guess what? " " " " " ". Gets the biggest crowd reaction.
    If I refused to play Skynard I would not gig much.
  15. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    "Stairway To Heaven"

    That's simply a song that doesn't need to be covered by anyone.
  16. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg , Conquest Sound
    I will never play rap or hip hop.
  17. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    You can be a professional or you can refuse to play songs the audience wants to hear. It’s pretty simple.
  18. CyberSnyder

    CyberSnyder Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I Endorse Alien Audio Basses
    I will play or attempt to play anything. Some songs I will enjoy more than others, but if the band wants to do it, that’s enough reason to play it for me.
  19. FugaziBomb


    Jun 5, 2017
    John Cage's 4'33"
    Nashrakh, Skammie, RocknRay and 14 others like this.
  20. Lance Bunyon

    Lance Bunyon

    Jul 17, 2018
    It's Raining Men (hallelujah)!
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