Here's the situation. I'm starting a funk / hip hop band soon. 4 of the guys and i have been playing together for a while but never in a hip hop context. my plan is to cover a bunch hip hop songs and take old funk songs and put a hip hop twist on them as we write original stuff. i plan to start playing shows after we get a bunch of covers down (by that time i'm sure we'll have a few originals). when are you considered a cover band? part of me wants to introduce the background of every tune because it's not really mine. jazz and blues guys play covers like there is no tomorrow and usually don't point out the original artist...but you don't call them cover bands. opinions???