Cover Band Flops

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  1. motokev

    motokev Member

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    Any songs from any band except Pink Floyd ;-)
     
  2. gmann

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    We worked this up and played it in a band I was in. Not crickets per say but, it was not earth shattering to say the least. What a killer song.
     
  3. stratotastic

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    Same here.
     
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  4. Moody Tuner

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    Well, going from a song about an existential crisis to one about a penis didn’t give the audience much of a choice. Lol. Maybe they just didn’t like the Pixies.
     
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    :beer

    Now that I have a Catalinbread EchoRec with the Binson simulator, no one can stop me from doing it!
     
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  6. sonofspy

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    Maybe not...but we actually had a crowd pleaser in an original named Shut the F**k Up. Great dirty blues.
     
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    X's and O's.

    We went from Jenny Jenny to X's.. cleared the dance floor.

    Came back with Honky Tonk Women... instant packed dance floor again
     
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    John Hurtt Silver Supporting Member

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    People were dancing at an Iron Maiden cover band show?
     
  9. Tone_Terrific

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    There is a place and time when darn near anything works ...and there are all those places and times when pretty near nothing works.
    I really don't think the tune choice is the sole factor.
     
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    You need to be able to read the audience, a lot of bands can't, or don't. I've been there and done that.
     
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  11. BigSB

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    It was the night of some football thing or another... Jets vs. Broncos, IIRC.

    Room PACKED with people in green jerseys, hats, etc.

    We (acoustic duo) played our first-set closer...

    "Rocky Mountain High"...

    by John DENVER...

    ...a song about how wonderful it is to live in COLORADO.

    I realized what I had done by the end of the first verse. I leaned over to my duo partner during the instrumental break and whispered, "if you see anyone in a green shirt coming towards us looking mad, unplug and RUN!".
     
  12. 64 Tele

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    We were doing a high school prom back in 1980 in Nebraska somewhere. The school had sent the booking agency a letter requesting that the band contracted please learn their class song for the prom ("Sharing the Night Together" by Dr. Hook). We looked at their letter and round filed it.....
    At the prom, they asked us at the 1st break if we'd learned their class song....."not quite" we replied, then kicked off "Let's Spend the Night Together", at which point we cleared the room......
    I really thought we were gonna get beat up in the parking lot after the prom while we were loading out. :rolleyes:
     
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    That's too bad :(
     
  14. fretless

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    Amen to this. Reading some of these posts I'm blown away that any band would think a lot of these songs would EVER play well in 99.9% of the clubs out there. Not a knock on the songs per se but more so on the poor judgement and lack of perception. I've played in cover bands where in a three set gig I liked maybe two of the songs and hated quite a few of them. BUT we were playing term for someone other than ourselves.
     
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  15. Teleking

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    I’ve never understood how anyone could play hours of music they didn’t like. I’d rather jam in my basement with my friends for zero money and have fun. I picked up guitar because I was passionate about music and I wanted to create. I might endure 2-3 songs a night I didn’t like because my band mates liked it, but I’d never play a nights worth of music only liking 2 songs. I’d hate turning something I love so much into a miserable experience just for a few bucks. To each their own and I know some people have to make a living but I’d find (and did) another way just so I could enjoy music.
     
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    Cupid shuffle. Just kidding. Everyone gets up to dance during Cupid shuffle.
     
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    We used to play "Strangulation" by Fear.
    Didn’t work in front of people that wanted to hear The Cure.
     
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    But why would you only like 2-3 songs?
    Any band that is playing only a couple of songs that you like is bound to be playing some very poor material that nobody likes.
    Playing normal 'hit' or selected good songs is far more typical. You should never encounter hours of music you do not like, there is not that much to hate.
     
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  19. BadAssBill

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    Flop: It was xmas time...and we learned Chistmas is the time to say I love you, a song we all loved. Tons of 80's songs...packed floor...we break into it and you would have thought someone farted on the dance floor.

    Best non Flop sucker punch: For a charity...we had to learn The Jeffersons Theme Song...Moving on Up. We were a country band...but we played it at every gig going forward and it was always a crowd favorite.
     
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  20. I Am Misery

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    you've seen how many guys here complain about songs they "hate" because they get heavy play on the radio, and/or how all pop(ular) songs suck since they became jazz converts.
     
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