Suggestions for funky daceable fun-to-play covers

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by basss, Mar 3, 2003.

  1. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    I recently joined this cover band that is just beginning to gig regularly. Right now most of the material we do is a mixture of classic rock and soul/R&B. We've been noticing that when we play the funky stuff people flock to the dance floor and for the rock stuff the dace floor clears. We wanna keep the club owners happy and to tell you the truth I prefer the funky stuff. Any suggestions for funky cover tunes that are danceable and recognizable? The funky songs we do now are things like Bill Wither's Use Me and Stevie Wonder's Superstition. I know there are tons out there, I'm just looking for ideas. The band is male vox, guitar, bass, drums.
  2. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    i'll take you there

    virtual insanity

    anything by p funk or the commadores.

    jungle boogie

    thats all for now...more at 11
  3. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Brick House is always fun.

    I also recommend a very easy, fun song from the 80s. Groove is in the Heart. Never had in flop in a cover situation. Takes about 45 seconds to learn.

    We did it with a male singer and no one cared.

    Land of 1000 Dances works great in a cover band.
  4. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Street Life.
  5. :D Meeeeee toooooo!!!!
    :cool: What a cool tune!!!
    Suggestions: See above, plus:
    "Play that funky music whiteboy" - Never fails.
    "Get down tonite" - KC & Sunshine band - works well also.

  6. slam

    slam Guest

    Mar 22, 2000
    "Groove Is In the Heart" never failed to get people dancing at my ex-band's gigs.
  7. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Check out James Brown; funkiest dude in the multiverse.
  8. Funk pleases crowds like nothing else. And, it's fun to play. I suggest: Brick House, Word Up-Cameo,Dropped a Bomb on Me-Gap Band.
    Purple Rain by Prince is also a real crowd pleaser.
  9. knight


    Nov 3, 2002
    SUPERFREAK! by Rick James is sure to entertain. After all, "she's a very kinky girl..."
  10. That one is being added to our list as we speak.....:D
  11. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    It is.
  12. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA

    James Brown – It’s a Man’s World
    James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)
    James Brown – Think
    James Brown – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag
    Stevie Wonder – I Wish
    Stevie Wonder – Superstition
    Stevie Wonder – I Believe When I Fall In Love
    Stevie Wonder – I Was Made To Love Her
    Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
    Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
    Ohio Players – Love Rollercoaster
    The Gap Band – Burn Rubber
    Commodores – Brickhouse
    Village People – Macho Man
    KC & the Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight
    KC & the Sunshine Band – That’s the Way I Like It
    Sly Stone – Thank U
    Kool & the Gang – Get Down on It
    Kool & the Gang – Jungle Boogie
    Peaches & Herb – Shake Your Groove Thang
    Dee-Light – Groove is in the Heart
    Lipps, Inc. – Funkytown
    Rolls Royce – Car Wash
    Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
    EWF – September
    EWF – Shining Star
    War – Low Rider
    Kool & the Gang – Ladie’s Night
    Archie Bell & the Drells – Tighten’ It Up
    Rick James – Superfreak
    Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
    Lee Dorsey – Everything I Do Gohn be Fonky
    Quincy Jones – Midnight Soul Patrol
    Ike and Tina Turner – Sexy Ida
    The Meters – Cissy Strut
    Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
    KC & the Sunshine Band – Shake Your Booty
    The Trammps – Disco Inferno
    Bee Gees – Staying Alive


    Barry White – Never, Never Gonna Give You Up
    Doobie Brothers – Long Train Running
    Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23
    Bill Withers – Use Me
    Dobie Gray – Drift Away
    Marvin Gaye – Mercy Mercy Me
    Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
    Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
    Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrel – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
    Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrel – Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing
    Gladys Knight & the Pips – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
    Martha & the Vandellas – Dancing in the Streets
    Four Tops – Bernadette
    Four Tops – Reach Out (I’ll Be There)
    JR Walker & the All-Stars – Shotgun
    Isley Brothers – It’s Your Thing
    Isley Brothers – This Old Heart of Mine
    Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
    Johnnie Taylor – Who’s Making Love
    Wilson Pickett – Funky Broadway
    Wilson Pickett – Mustang Salley
    Wilson Pickett – Land of a Thousand Dances
    Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
    John Cougar Mellencamp – Wild Nights
    Aretha Franklin – Baby I Love You
    Aretha Franklin – Respect
    Aretha Franklin - Think
    Parliaments – I Wanna Testify
    Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is
    Pee Wee Ellis/Jaco Pastorious – The Chicken

    80s Pop

    Gary Numan – Cars
    Genesis – In the Air Tonight
    George Michael – Faith
    Joan Jett – I Love Rock N Roll
    John Cougar Mellencamp – Hurts So Good
    Kinks – You Really Got Me Now
    Modern English – I Melt With You
    Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
    Rod Stewart – Hot Legs
    Rod Stewart – If You Think I’m Sexy
    Stray Cats – Rock This Town
    Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut
    Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself
    Billy Idol – White Wedding
    Black Crowes – Hard to Handle
    Brian Adams – Summer of 69
    The Cure – Love Song
    The Cure – Close to Me
    Rod Stewart – Stay with Me
    Black Crowes – Hard to Handle
    Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
    U2 – With or Without You
    Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
    Billy Joel – Still Rock and Roll to Me
    Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right
    Beastie Boys – No Sleep Til Brooklyn
    Soft Cell – Tainted Love
    Devo – Whip It
    Adam Ant – Goodie Two Shoes
    Dexy’s Midnight Runner – Come On Eileen
    Young MC – Principal’s Office
    The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me
    The Police – Every Breath You Take
    Dead or Alive - You Spin Me (Round)
    Genesis – I Can’t Dance
    The Pretenders – Back on the Chain Gang
    Love in an Elevator – Aerosmith
    Maneater – Hall n Oates
    Guns N Roses – Sweet Child of Mine
    Tom Petty – Mary Jane’s Last Dance
    Billy Joel – You May Be Right
    The Knack – Sharona
    UB40 – Red Red Wine
    Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun
    John Cougar Mellencamp – Authority Song
    Georgia Satellites – Keep Your Hands to Yourself
    Romantics – What I Like About You
    The Klash – Should I Stay or Should I Go
    The Cars – Just What I Needed
    Cheap Trick – I Want You To Want Me
    Tommi Tutone – Jenni/867-5309
    Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
  13. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    This may sound horrid because I don't even know who wrote it - but my "money" band did "Living in America" just for grins from one of the "Rocky" movies and the groove thang was all over the place on the dance floorboards at the university we played at.

    Killer bass line if you let it be and the college folks weren't familiar with the tune! During the break, a bunch wanted to know (in a good way!), "What was that?!?!"
  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...wasn't that James Brown in that Rocky movie?
  15. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
  16. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Wow@that list, Jazzbo.

    You forgot one though - Kiss by Prince :D
  17. OneCoolDog


    Oct 15, 2002
    Alabama, USA
    I can tell you from experience at my school's Spring Fling on Saturday night that "Brick House," "Play That Funky Music," and "Kung Fu Fighting" got everyone out there dancing.
  18. Here's a few of the Funk,R&B, classic Soul tunes my band is covering lately
    Signed, Sealed,Delivered:Stevie Wonder
    Hold on I'm Coming; Sam & Dave
    634-5789; Sam & Dave
    I Feel Good: James Brown
    Ain't too Proud to Beg; Tempts
    Soul Man ;Blues Bros version
    Knock on Wood;
    Now that I see them listed I guess they are mostly 60s soul , They work well for us in getting all age groups up and dancing YMMV
  19. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    So --- did he write it, Jim??? I'm certainly not doubting you. You know tons of music.

    I just didn't know if he performed it AND wrote it. Whomever - they sure wrote a bass line that makes your hips slip and misaligns your spine!!!
  20. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    Yeah it is nice to have a song where you can just sit on yo' ass.