What Songs have you Reworked into Different Styles?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Shovel, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. Shovel

    Shovel Guest

    Jun 4, 2013
    I'm sure this thread has been done before and maybe its not in the right category, but yeah, basically the title.

    I'm currently working on a funk and hardcore versions of "Hey There Delilah".
  2. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    "Clap Hands" done with a latin flavor, same with "Jockey Full of Bourbon"

    "Your Mind is on Vacation" as a 12 bar blues.

    "Ring of Fire", "Folsom Prison Blues" medley...Johnny Cash meets the Clash

    "Sweet Home Alabama" as a reggae tune

    Don't know if this qualifies as the lyrics have been altered, but "I Need Somebody to Love" as a punked up "I Need Somebody to Shove"

    We've been messing around with "Bat Chain Puller" and "Floppy Boot Stomp" but no love so far.
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  3. Hi,

    Because of my main genre, we're always putting a country spin on pop and rock songs. I think some of the covers that country artists do are better than the originals.

    The band "Boy Howdy", which was led by bassist Rick Steele, was really good at covering other genres. Like this:

    They also kicked butt on their cover of "You Really Got Me" (Kinks), but I couldn't find it on the 'tube. Rick Steele has had some success in Nashville as a producer and songwriter. He's a local guy and our bands used to play the same club circuit back in the day, but he probably doesn't remember me.

    We do Blake Shelton's version of "Footloose" (Kenny Loggins). We used to do Trisha Yearwood's version of "Piece Of My Heart" (Janice Joplin).

    My band covers a lot of pop and rock songs, from Journey to Michael Jackson to No Doubt, and while we don't purposely try to do so, they always have a little country edge to them. It's fun and the crowd loves it.

    Last Thursday, when I filled in with Rodeo Revival at The Brandin' Iron, we played "Wagon Wheel" and went into a reggae feel during the breakdown verse/chorus. It was fun musically but the two-steppers don't really care for it when we drop the one. ;)

    Here's my former band putting a country spin on a few rock songs...

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  4. KPJ


    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    I was in a band that did "Rock and Roll All Night" as a country waltz. We had a fill-in drummer one gig and he told us to never play that song that way again. LOL. It always went over well. We also did Huey Lewis' "Bad is Bad" as a slow Texas swing and has a contest with the audience to see who could name the original artist. I think someone got it right once.
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  5. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    I love it when bands do a completely different take on a well known (and oft overplayed) song.
    It takes great creativity and imagination to make it really work.
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  6. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    Big JJ Cale fan here. I always love to see the reaction on people's faces when we introduce "Traveling Light", "Call me the Breeze", and "Cocaine" as JJ Cale songs.

    Sounding good man!!
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  7. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    All of them. Not always on purpose, though. Probably the most complete redo started with the Flamingos version of "I Only Have Eyes For You" and went somewhere else. The latest project plans to see about transmorgriphying Diana Krall's version of "Temptation" into a rockabilly song without wiping out its identity. That's the goal, anyway. We are also trying to figure out how to do James Brown's "I Feel Good" with an upright bass and no horns or keyboard and get away with it. And maybe vocals. Maybe not.
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  8. Well, Meditation makes a nice up-tempo samba, and All the Things You Are works nicely as a waltz. Giant Steps is quite nice as a ballad, and that's the only way anyone can really solo on it, it seems! And "I Feel Fine" with a tumbao.
  9. Hi,

    Thanks! I always introduce "Crazy Mama" as "a relatively unknown, yet obscure, song from JJ Cale". ;)

    And we always do "Call Me The Breeze" like The Mavericks, just a big ol' three chord country shuffle. Great stuff.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  10. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Billy Jean country feel with fiddle.
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  11. tbirdsp


    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    Too bad these two broke up...
  12. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Wow--too many to list them all--that's one thing I have done for many years--
    -Love is Blue (instrumental rock)
    -Communication Breakdown (Acoustic and slow)
    -Book Of Love (semi-punk)
    -etc, etc.
  13. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Wife and I saw those two a couple years ago good singers but pretty boring live. One thing I loved about being in an Indie folk, Ameriana band was creating the music and sound.

    Getting to twist cover songs was a blast. We also folked up Werewolves of London and I will survive...people loved them.
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  14. tbirdsp


    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    A local guy does a great reggae version of "The Authority Song" by Mellencamp.
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  15. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    They are both married but not to each other and apparently that was the problem.
  16. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    Not very radical of a change but this one springs to mind.

    And I always though that Silver Ships by the Doors would make a great Jazz ballad.
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  17. Blues version of AC/DC's Dirty Deeds (done dirt cheap) on acoustic.
  18. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Yea kind of seen that coming.
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  19. Dec1975


    Aug 30, 2006
    Cedar Park, TX
    I've always wanted to do a country version of Rush's "Time Stand Still." Sadly, I don't play in a country band. Or listen to country music.
  20. Justice


    May 24, 2002
    Houston TX.
    Baby Got Back - By Jonathan Coulton. His arrangement was stolen for an episode of Glee...

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