This can be one of my pet peeves about hobby bands: band members will pressure you to play songs that they can play “cool parts” on. No thought about the overall arrangement or about audience reaction. Having a band leader who clearly makes set list choices reduces this....I also rarely experience this in the more professional gigs I take. And if the band leader is the one pressuring for the obscure and/or don’t fit the theme songs it’s not a band I want to play in.
All that said I do have to say I was in a band that played Bobcaygeon by the Tragically Hip....not one you’d expect anyone but a Canadian expat to know in the US. The band played it great, singer sang the hell out of it and it always got a killer reaction. So a few left turns may not always be a bad thing....as long as the band is all enthusiastic, plays it well, pays attention to how the audience responds and doesn’t stray for too long.
In my last band it was the singer who wanted to do the weird stuff. Idiocy is not dedicated to non-musicians.I don't understand why non-singing band members think they can suggest songs and that they should be listened to after the suggestion.
My answer to these non-singing players is usually "Do you want to sing it?"
People don't like this, but there is a hierarchy in bands. Non-singers have less say and input.
Don't like it? Learn to sing.
Thank you for this. I think it's what I've needed to hear, but no one's put it to me this way before.the great cover band dilemma
the band wants to work, so they play the hits. But a couple guys also want to play offbeat stuff to show how hip they are or that they're "real musicians" to the guy up front with the folded arms judging them.
had a bandmate that played the circuit for years, he was tired of playing the same old songs. You know, the ones that people dance to and get thirsty and buy beer to and make bar owners happy. So he tried to start a band that would only play slightly off the beaten path songs and deep cuts. Took him a couple of years to finally get something going. They found a bar or two that would hire them, and they knew enough people that their first few gigs were fairly successful. But their early crowds were fellow musicians who of course dug the songs, and co-workers and relatives. Well, fellow musicians have gigs too, and family don't usually go out every week - they made the 1 or 2 gigs as a special occasion. So their "following" quickly dried up. The band was done within a year.
it comes down to ego
you're in a cover band, you're playing a bar, your job is to sell liquor
the sooner you recognize and accept this, the better a time you will have. Sweet heysus on a tilt-a-whirl, is there anything better than watchin' ladies move their jiggly stuff to Earth, Wind, and Fire right in front of you?????
you reeeeeeeally need to flex your musical chops? That's what the last set is for. At that point the drunks won't care if you slip in a deep cut or two. Just don't go crazy.
Yah, they are an example of a band you can get away with playing a cover that lots of people don’t know. Just because the material is so good. A song like Poets just flat out rips....toss it in between a Stones and a Black Crowes cover and no one is complaining.I would love it if a band started playing a Hip song!
I hear ya! One of my previous bands did Three Pistols. People got into it.Yah, they are an example of a band you can get away with playing a cover that lots of people don’t know. Just because the material is so good. A song like Poets just flat out rips....toss it in between a Stones and a Black Crowes cover and no one is complaining.
No you aren't being 'close minded'. And you handle your band with a straightforward talk with Mr. Obscure. any suggestion on how I should handle this? am I being too close minded?