What do you think of this Setlist? 50s rock covers

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I've decided to start a side project band. I'm calling it Cruiser.

    Here’s the draft setlist I’m working on:

    1. Roll Over Beethoven – beatles version
    2. Johnny B. Goode – chuck berry
    3. I’m Goin’ Home – gene vincent
    4. Be-Bop Alula – gene vincent
    5. Train Kept A – Rolling – Johnny burnette
    32. I Fought The Law

    That's what I have so far. What others should I add? They have to be danceable but not cheesey.
  2. ogrossman


    May 20, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Are you looking for slow ones? House Of The Rising Sun maybe?
  3. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    At this time slow songs aren't on the agenda.
  4. kelleysdad


    Dec 12, 2007
    how about Runaway, Del Shannon
  5. JKT


    Apr 30, 2007
    Buffalo NY
    Endorsing Artist: Barker Basses
    Not tryin to nitpik here but your post said 50's covers. Lots of stuff here are not 50's covers. It IS a good set list IME though only from a 50's heavy, classic oldies perspective.

    I did 14 years in a regional 50's and 60's band, and the gig was somwhat strict in the parameters of what the band did. Mostly because the band was known for a certain product.

    Most of your stuff is well known and danceable and that is what you mainly need for this type of gig.

  6. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Yeah, you're right. I really want to keep close to the 50s vibe, but some songs have that 50s feel even though they are from another decade, such as Rock This Town.

    But I dont want to move too far away from the 50s feel otherwise the distinctiveness of the band will be eroded.

    Any other song suggestions?
  7. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    Great list!

    My band does two that might fit the bill and generally go over big with the crowd.

    Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis version
    I Saw Her Standing There - although the Beatles wrote this in the early 60's, it was on the first album and definitely shows how influenced they were by the music of the 50's.

    Good luck with the band.
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I think your list looks good, but it DOES need a few slow numbers. The audience needs a change of pace after a few hard, fast ones. Varying the tempo occasionally is a characteristic of a good set.
  9. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    That's a good set list for what you're trying to accomplish. Rave On is another Buddy Holly song that would fit well. Rock This Town is a good rockabilly song, you might want to consider one or two rockabilly more tunes from that genre.

    I've gotta say I just can't associate any Who song with the groove you're trying to project - to me the London mod sound is a hard 90 degree turn away from American pre-Beatles, pre-surf rock n roll, even though they covered many of those songs in during an earlier period when they called themselves the High Numbers.

    3 disclaimers:
    (1) Just my opinion, YMMV, IMHO, etc, all the usual disclaimers
    (2) Nonetheless, I love early Who music dearly and wish one of my bands played some
    (3) I'm also being seriously nit-picky here. What you've got is good - run with it!

    Good luck!
  10. KrispyJones


    Dec 3, 2006
    cocain blues

    it aint me or jackson if you can do a duet ...
  11. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    Sounds like a fun project. Here's a couple you might consider.

    1. Little Sister - Elvis
    2. The Twist - Fats Domino
    3. Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
    4. Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley
    5. Kathy's Clown - Everly
    6. Bye, Bye Love - Everly
    7. Sea Cruise
    8. Bird Dog - Everly
    9. Blue Berry Hill - Fats Domino
  12. I like the list!

    One thing, though. I can't imagine anyone doing Stray Cats stuff and NOT doing the Stray Cat Strut!

    Or maybe that's just because it's one of my favorites.
  13. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.

    I thought the Stray Cats were an 80's band doing a retro thing.
  14. Easy8


    Sep 5, 2007
    Austin, Tx
    For a slow instrumental Brian Setzer's version of Sleepwalk brings down the house.

  15. You are correct. The music still fits with the genre of the OP, as I see it. Retro is always cool.:cool:
  16. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Good suggestion. I'll see if the guitarist can handle it.
  17. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    Indeed albeit I never found their stuff all that satisfying. Kind of sparse for all but the guitarist.
  18. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    You may want to include a Bo Diddley tune or two.
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I think that would be a killer roots rock set list and a lot of good suggestions as well. I wish my band would pick up more roots rock like that. We have a lot but lately we've been in a bag of doing some of the more poppy and wimpy 50's music. Makes me want to kill myself. Then I get paid, and suddenly I don't care.

  20. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    LOL!!! Jimmy FWIW, I seemed to have connected the two words 'professional' and 'musician' in my sons mind. As a result he happily does a jazz standard gig, then a hip hop gig, then a blue grass, then a church gig, then a rock gig, etc.

    In any event I'll trade you a day playing wimpy/pop 50's stuff over a day doing accounting and taxes any time you want.