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What are your "Desperation" songs ?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Gman, Apr 2, 2002.

  1. Gman


    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    Hopefully nobody else has been in this situation, but I'm sure I'm not the first.

    I jumped in with a new band. We only have a few practices in and a show was already scheduled before I got there. We don't have quite enough songs to do a show. We'd like to have at least five more, and we only have two practices left.

    So my question is:

    What are the songs that you've been able to pull out of the back pocket and work up in just a rehearsal or two ?

    I know there are a million three chord standard progression songs out there, but for some reason, we can't seem to think of them. I guess it's harder to memorize lyrics than it is to play the easy stuff. At least that's what the singer says.

    Well, what are the easy songs that have saved you in the past. We play everything from 60's rock to brand new alternative.

  2. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Brown Eyed Girl
    Hang On Sleupy
    Louie Louie
    You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

    What more do you need?
  3. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Pink Cadillac
    Green River
    Suzie Q
    Born on the Bayou
    Mustang Sally
    House is a'rockin
    Pride and Joy

  4. smells like teen spirit
    enter sandman
    sugar (system of a down)
  5. Destroyer - Kinks

    Blister in the sun
    Add it up
    Kiss off - Violent Femmes

    Roadhouse Blues - Doors

    Stranglehold - Ted Nugent

    Fortunate Son - CCR

    Fire on the Mountain - Greatful Dead

    Walking on the moon - Police

    just a few of the "Pulled out of our Hat" tunes of my past. Not all 3 chorders... but always got the drinkin crowd going :)
  6. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    How about "I Wanna Be Sedated" or "Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones, "Real Wild Child" by Iggy Pop, or U2's "New Year's Day" or "With Or Without You"?

    All of them simple, yet catchy and very recognizeable. Good luck!
  7. I'd say anything by The Doors could be a life saver. Everyone knows them, they span the musical generation gap like no other, they aren't really difficult (at least on bass).

    Yes, I know that Ray Manzarek used the old Fender keyboard bass, and thats precisely why the bass lines are quite simple.
  8. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    Paranoid - Black Sabbath
    Pride & Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughn
    My Hero - Foo Fighters
    Wheat Kings - Tragically Hip
    Push - Matchbox 20

    Anything by the Sex Pistols...
  9. Chip


    May 2, 2000
    my teacher was telling me about how they had nothing to play
    and the crowd wanted more
    so they just said pick a key, and they jammed in it :)
  10. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I can't remember when a cover song has taken more than two rehearsals to get down. It's a cover tune, so I darn well better know it going in. Then it's just a matter of their particular arrangement.
  11. "One" by U2 is a cool and simple song (just like most U2 songs).
  12. juanpauribe


    Dec 16, 2001
    anything by greenday or most punk bands. outside by staind, anything by nirvana, some metallica songs.
  13. You can at least count out any Rush song not appearing on the first album...
  14. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Mellow Yellow
    Should I stay or should I go
    Peter Gunn(instrumental)
    Lean on me
    My Girl
    Get it on
    Blue Suede Shoes
    Hound dog
    Be Bop a Lula
    Aint too proud to beg
    Is she really going out with him
    The power of love (Huey)
    I'm a believer
    Second that emotion
    Johhny B Good(e)
    Batman theme (Nelson Riddle not Danny Elfman)
  15. Gman


    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    Good stuff guys. Thanks.

  16. JP Bassman

    JP Bassman

    Jun 18, 2001
    bRo hYm rOxOrS!!!!!

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