Badass songs your band covered and no one got

drlucky

Member
One of my bands used to do the intro to Over The Hills And Far Away then segue into 3 Is A Magic Number from Sesame Street. Usually went over pretty good except for the time we played it while opening for a LZ tribute band. Their fans hated it, and the band was ready to kill us (they were VERY SERIOUS Zep fans...ironically we were also huge Zep fans, just with a more warped sense of humor).
 

drlucky

Member
We juxtaposed melodies in a contrapuntal arrangement of Rush's Cygnus X-1, Book 2 along with excerpts from Yes' Tales of Topographic Oceans and performed it at a local bar. The audience reaction ranged from "WTF is this?!" to indifference, looking down at phones, etc. Being bitterly offended at the reaction, we immediately stopped playing and said to the crowd "Clueless much?!?! - I'm sure there's a 100 bands perfectly willing to play Freebird for ya!!" We packed up and left. Never again!! :p:p
Really? Interesting...
 

atallen

Member
We literally cleared the room with a cover of "Nearly Lost You" by The Screaming Trees.
Cult of Personality by Living Color - I thought for sure everyone would know this one, but only a couple of people at each gig seem to be into it.
I started reading the thread and immediately thought of these two before even making it to the second page. I was never a big fan of "Nearly Lost You" but thought it would go over well. It didn't. Ever.

"Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" was another that was so hit or miss that we couldn't not do it. Sometimes it would fall absolutely dead, sometimes it would get a great reaction.
 
The biggest bomb we ever played was “ Take the Skinheads Bowling” by Camper Van Beethoven.
I’m not sure what I thought the reaction might be but the 3 times we ever played it the crowd just stared at us. I don’t know if they were skinheads that were offended or they hated skinheads and would never take them bowling, but I never had a reaction to any song like that. The third time was the charm. Never played it again.
 

Alpione

Supporting Member
We juxtaposed melodies in a contrapuntal arrangement of Rush's Cygnus X-1, Book 2 along with excerpts from Yes' Tales of Topographic Oceans and performed it at a local bar.
Umm, you just used the words "juxtaposed," "contrapuntal" and "excerpts" in the same paragraph as "at a local bar." Not sure the problem was with the clientele. Edit: Tho' now I read it again and bet you were kidding. :D

We literally cleared the room with a cover of "Nearly Lost You" by The Screaming Trees.
That one surprises me. That's a great, catchy tune.
 

BlueRiff

Member
Umm, you just used the words "juxtaposed," "contrapuntal" and "excerpts" in the same paragraph as "at a local bar." Not sure the problem was with the clientele. Edit: Tho' now I read it again and bet you were kidding. :D
Yes - I was messing around - had to look up those words though ! :D:D
 
It's a good song, and as a player, the rapid chord-changes were always fun and challenging. I think it was just too obscure to cut it in the clubs we were playing, little roughneck dives. We had enough better-known stuff in the tank that it got outshined, I suppose.
Our band played “It Won’t Be Long” for awhile in the early 80’s during the “we play mostly originals but also play cool covers that we kinda do in our style” era. Well, it was a thing here in Detroit, anyway ;). It went over well but, at that time, it was cool to find some more obscure songs to cover. While it was The Beatles, it wasn’t a big hit by any means.

In a later 80’s band, we played “Postcards From Paradise” a kick ass song by Flesh For Lulu. Fans of our band liked it but I’m sure it went over the heads of the casual crowd.
 

JJFlash

Member
When I was 15, back in 1983, we got a gig at a club called McGreevy's that had an underage night on Sundays. Our first real gig and this was the setlist. Needless to say, nobody got any of it. Except the owner, he dug it. So much so, we played there every other Sunday for the next year. Great times. And, I actually have this set on tape.

Rock and Roll Swindle - Sex Pistols

Hot Love - T Rex

White Light - VU

Driving Sister - Mott

All the Way from Memphis - Mott

Well Respected Man - Kinks

Sweet Virginia - Stones

Five to One - Doors

Metal Guru - T Rex

Hang on to Yourself - Bowie

Ziggy Stardust - Bowie
 
Our band played “It Won’t Be Long” for awhile in the early 80’s during the “we play mostly originals but also play cool covers that we kinda do in our style” era. Well, it was a thing here in Detroit, anyway ;). It went over well but, at that time, it was cool to find some more obscure songs to cover. While it was The Beatles, it wasn’t a big hit by any means.

In a later 80’s band, we played “Postcards From Paradise” a kick ass song by Flesh For Lulu. Fans of our band liked it but I’m sure it went over the heads of the casual crowd.
I'm a fan of obscure covers, which is why I went along with IWBL, among other deep cuts. Even back then (early 90s), I'd already played "Play That Funky Music" enough to last a lifetime, it's kinda the "Mustang Sally" of my generation. Yes, it can light up a dance floor, but golly, it gets old fast.
 

fjblair

Silver Supporting Member
Exile-I Want to Kiss You All Over

We knew the first time we played it that it didn’t work, but we were so entertained by ourselves that we subjected the audience to it for about 3 weeks.

Management told us to stop playing it, so we stuck it on the end of an Alabama(who he loves) song. We finally got bored of it and cut it.
Cool song. I would have been impressed!
 

mixwiz

Member
Cult of Personality by Living Color - I thought for sure everyone would know this one, but only a couple of people at each gig seem to be into it.

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Same thing when we did it years back. It took a lot of work to get it right (especially the breaks in the end). It' one of those tunes that if you miss one turn, you're screwed. I was really proud of it but it was the sound of one hand clapping.
 

Laurence

Silver Supporting Member
Years ago. A nice little band with Robert Palmer before he went solo. We rocked this pretty hard, so it actually often worked - sometimes not...

 

2HBStrat

Member
"Brown Eyed Lover" - Allen Stone
"The Dynamo of Volition" - Jason Mraz
"Suit and Tie" - Justin Timberlake
"Best Part" - Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.
"Cake by the Ocean" - DNCE
"Blues Hand Me Down" - Vintage Trouble
...haven't played it at a gig yet but soon to be...
"Blow" - Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton, Bruno Mars
 

brain21

Member
Do people know that one in the US?
Hell yes! I would have recognized that one from the first chord or two. The Shaboo Shoobah and Listen Like Thieves era stuff was my favorite.

And from the same era, many of us in the US remember The Church and The Hoodoo Gurus. Your be hard pressed to find anyone in a bar that would recognize their songs, unless it's a big town.
 

teefus

Silver Supporting Member
i played in an 80's band in the early 90's. it was called college alternative back then. we did some cool songs.
frankie goes to hollywoods cover of born to run

and u2's electric co
 

rmconner80

Cantankerous Luddite
Silver Supporting Member
Let Me Roll It- Wings
That’s awesome. We used to do a pretty slavish version (minus the Moog) of Band on the Run. Three part harmonies, acoustic guitar, lead slide parts with delay, etc.

Most people didn’t get it, but when they did, they were in total awe. We also had a request for it once from some dude who didn’t know we played it, and he freaked.

It’s those times that it’s worth it. It’s the pure audacity of those covers that is mind blowing for fans of music.
 

Leonc

Wild Gear Hearder
Gold Supporting Member
We used to cover Hocus Pocus in one of my bands. We played it well and our singer could do Van Leer's yodeling too! It was usually ignored by patrons who just wanted to hear big hits from well known bands.
 


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