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Starting a 90's Alternative tribute band......

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by powmetalbassist, May 30, 2017.

  1. powmetalbassist

    powmetalbassist Supporting Member

    Been humming and hawing about this for a while. Looking for song suggestions (I have a list I've started) and things to look out for in starting a tribute band. Up until now I've done cover bands, original bands, etc. this will be my first foray into semi-tribute (ie tribute to an era/genre).

    Alternative is fairly broad (especially in the 90's). You got your Grunge/Noise Rock, your Soft rock alternative bands, your alternative metal (NU-Metal/Rock), your hippie rock, Pop-Punk, etc, etc, etc. Ideas, suggestions, etc from the bass brotherhood?

    Come at me my bass bros!
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  2. Song 2
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  3. powmetalbassist

    powmetalbassist Supporting Member

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  4. Any number of Collective Soul songs...
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  5. One really cool tune from the Nu-Metal era - Poem by the band Taproot. Killer groove, great vocal. Love that song - I'd love to find guys that liked to play that type of music around here....
  6. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    In no particular order of genre

    Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog
    Rusty Cage - Soundgarden
    Would - Alice In Chains
    Interstate Lovesong - Stone Temple Pilots
    Nookie - Limp Bizkit
    No Rain - Blind Melon
    What it's Like - Everlast
    Every Morning - Sugar Ray
    Everlong - Foo Fighters
    Come as you are - Nirvana
    Freak on a Leash - Korn
    Sabotage - Beastie Boys
    Temple of Love - Sisters of Mercy
    In the Meantime - Space Hog
    Space Lord - Monster Magnet
    Killing in the Name Of - RATM
    Animal - Nine Inch Nails

    If I'm on the right track I'll drop in with some more later.
  7. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
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  8. Duder


    Dec 6, 2014
    I approve of this message.
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  9. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Stars - Hum
    Banditos - The Refreshments
    Flavor of the Weak - American Hi-Fi
    Not an Addict - K's Choice (if you have a female singer)
    Yeah Whatever - Splender
    Deny - Default
  10. The Deep End

    The Deep End Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    New York City
    Crazy - Seal
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  11. Klaxxi

    Klaxxi Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2017
    Beaumont, TX
    Tool. Something from Undertow or Aenema
  12. Systolic

    Systolic Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    I've been in a band like this for about a year and a half. 1-3 gigs a month. I'll grab our setlist tomorrow for ya.
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  13. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Redding CA
    Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
    Rooster - Alice In Chains
    Both have interesting bass lines and are fun to play.
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  14. MTN.bass72

    MTN.bass72 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2010
    Blue Ridge, Ga
    Soul Asylum,
    Hootie and the Blowfish
    Mother Love Bone
    Pearl Jam
    The list could be very long... good luck!
  15. murphy


    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    Beck..New Pollution...Loser...Devils haircut

    Prodigy ....Fire starter

    Foo Fighters...Alone and Easy target

    OPP..Naughty by nature

    Garbage...Push it

    Cardigans.....favorite game



    Rob Zombie....Dragula

    Big wreck....That song

    Smashing Pumpkins...we must never be apart

    Placebo...a friend in need
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  16. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Sounds like a fun project.

    Just DO NOT name the band ANY version of "Generation X", "Genex", "Gen X", etc. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a band with a name like that. It's been done...... WAIT! Song Idea!

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  17. Plake

    Plake Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2010
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  18. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    Maybe throw in some Mazzy Star, Cowboy Junkies, Screaming Trees.
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  19. There is a ton of great 90's material. Bands in my area that have done strictly 90's alternative have struggled hard (including a band I was in) to get gigs. Which stinks because I really do enjoy the music, especially if I get to play guitar for it.
    That said, one idea I had was to do one set of 90's alternative and 2 sets of mixed music. That way there is still some variety.
    Also, I played an all 90's benefit show split with my band that did a variety of 90's alternative, a sound garden tribute band, a stone temple pilots tribute band and an Alice In Chains tribute band. The single artist tribute bands said they do pretty well as weekend warriors and get some really good shows. But they do have to travel a bit.
    As for what goes over well in my experience.
    Man in a box
    Tomorrow by silverchair
    Seven Mary 3 - Cumbersome
    Candlebox - far behind
    Lenny kravitz - fly away
    Sugar ray - fly
    Zombie - cranberries
    Story of a girl
    My own Worst enemy
    Pretty much the more mainstream radio hits of the day.
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  20. Systolic

    Systolic Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Alright, here's what we do, should be worth noting that we do dip out of the "Alternative" designation fairly often, but.... in no particular order:

    Plush - STP
    Sex & Candy - Marcy Playground
    Shimmer - Fuel
    Machinehead - Bush
    Tomorrow - Silverchair
    Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam
    Zombie - Cranberries
    American Woman - Lenny Kravitz
    My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
    Wrong Way - Sublime
    All The Small Things - Blink 182
    Song 2 - Blur
    Gone Away - The Offspring
    Basket Case - Green Day
    Buddy Holly - Weezer
    Come As You Are - Nirvana
    Creep - Radiohead
    Fly - Sugar Ray
    Semi Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
    Hit Or Miss - New Found Glory
    The Anthem - Good Charlotte
    Dammit - Blink 182
    Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (UGH!)
    Epic - Faith No More
    Only Happy When It Rains - Garbage
    Santa Monica - Everclear
    99 Red Balloons - Goldfinger
    Pardon me - Incubus
    Sweet Dreams - Marilyn Manson
    Man In The Box - Alice In Chains
    Bound for the Floor - Local H
    Zero - Smashing Pumpkins
    All Over You - Live
    About A Girl - Nirvana
    When I Come Around - Green Day
    Favourite Game - The Cardigans
    Who Will Save Your Soul - Jewel
    Criminal - Fiona Apple
    Volcano Girls - Veruca Salt
    Bitch - Meredith Brooks
    Ready To Go - Republica
    Rebel Girl - Bikini Kill
    Stay - Lisa Loeb
    Violet - Hole
    Celebrity Skin - Hole
    If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crowe
    No Rain - Blind Melon
    Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters
    Mudshovel - Staind
    Unsung - Helmet
    One Step Closer - Linkin Park
    Like A Stone - Audioslave
    Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
    Spoonman - Soundgarden
    Sober - Tool (Coming Soon to a poopie hole bar near you)
    Last edited: May 31, 2017
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