Internet says this is a Cover Band set list.

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  1. Tim Bowen

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    I've covered most of those at some point, sure, as many jaded, grizzled bar vets have. Number of those tunes I need to hear ever again: zero. That's the way it goes with popular numbers.
     
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    I have 5 gigs this week starting last night at a casino and a full time teaching job.I will play almost all the songs on the list plus some funky jazz ,old country,alternative 90s /80s / jazz standards etc...I get paid well and get to enjoy my instruments/amps and the experience of making people happy.Next week I will do it all over again.My band of 27 years has been very successful and will be so until we hang it up. A bunch of below average players with their arms folded sneering and judging me is not my audience.
    Next week I get to do it again.If you are skilled and can work with good people being an entertainer is rewarding and fun.It is however not for everybody especially on The Judge Others Page lol!

    I slept in the back of my car whilst doing the original “we are going to make it “ bs for a while but had to make a decision. I know a lot of touring musicians who get paid very little and have to scrape by doing odd jobs until the next “tour” comes along. Those guys wish they could do what I do.But they are kind if doing their own thing kind a sorta?
     
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    Regarding the original recording(s), after Superstition (also grossly oversaturated), I'd rather hear Mustang Sally than anything else on that list. But what about the AC/DC number? No. Too many times. Repetition is key. To me hatin' on some popular tuneage.
     
  4. slybird

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    The few times I watched them the MC had a notebook on a stand. They have to put up with a lot of bad singers.

    https://livebandkaraoke.com/

    https://livebandkaraoke.com/songs

     
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  5. DrumBob

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    I have played 90% of those tunes at one time or another. I'm not bragging, mind you. I had to play "Sweet Caroline" at a party two weeks ago. Thought I'd vomit, until the hostess gave us all $50 tips.
     
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    It's hard enough with the words synced, what they do has to be a train wreck 90% of the time. Even good karaoke singers would struggle without the bouncing ball.
     
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    Very good list actually - and for once includes some more recent material which is the usual problem with these things. Thanks for posting
     
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    Vince Guaraldi is a jazz pianist who played the music for 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'.

    Neil Giraldo is the guitarist. I like to think of Pat and Neil as a duo.
     
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    Playing covers in bars is all about filling the dance floor and make people buy drinks. You need to tailor your setlist to the audience and in some places those types of songs work well.

    That particular collection of songs would probably be geared towards a slightly older audience (and would reveal the writer to be slightly older as well).
    Playing to a younger crowd I'd maybe play 3-4 of those songs, no more.
     
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    I prefer obscure covers. For example, back then we'd cover Corporal Clegg instead of Comfortably Numb. Break out the kazoos!
     
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    That would be a band that scares away anyone younger than 40.

    Personal note, how does Poison ever get lumped into a list like this is beyond me. I mean....they are the Menudo of the worst of 80's hair bands.
     
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    I could do 8 or 9 of these songs but hopefully will not have to. Good list though. Glad I get to play 50's and 60's music.
     
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    I always think in ratio’s. In the 90’s and early 2000’s I use to try for 3-4 current on radio, 15-2O within the last 10 years and the rest whatever. So 10% brand new, 40% within 10 years and the last 50% just great songs across era’s.

    The hardest arguments were reminding other musicians that the songs selected MUST BE DANCEABLE. If a song didn’t get a good reaction after 3 tries, drop it.
     
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    I've gigged every one of the songs on that list, EXCEPT mustang sally.

    To this day, I think we still do 2 or 3. Despite wanting to drop American Girl, it inevitably makes its way into the show every night...whether on the set list or not. And it works every time. Damn truth.
     
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    Looks like the set list from my last band.

    I have played every one of those.....shoot me now.
     
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    The Internet is wrong.
     
  17. Teleplayer

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    I've only played 14 or 15 of them. However, I WILL go that extra mile and play either Mustang Sally or Roadhouse Blues 35-40 times in one gig.

    So that's sorta 50 isn't it?
     
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    Yep, affectionately known as "The List" in my band, as in, "you guys think we should mostly stick to The List tonight or should we throw in more new stuff?"

    Great analogy. Usually the cooler-than-thou "musician" types chime in with how The List sucks, play B-sides instead, etc., but anyone who's been out there knows these songs work because they're safe bets. But some are definite head scratchers like the Doors, Doobies, Steppenwolf, etc., unless you're playing to the geriatric crowd.

    I'd be interested in your setlist and your numbers using that approach. It can work if you don't care about repeat gigs or you're playing for free or at backyard parties, but in my experience this is how many cover bands start out, then start shifting toward The List when they realize they're clearing the room everywhere they go.
     
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    I play in a pretty popular local cover band and I'm proud to say we only play 7 of these tunes. Many cover bands all play the same thing BECAUSE of these lists. It takes time and effort to find other tunes that work. I'd say our rejection rate is probably 50%. ie we learn a tune, play it at a few gigs then decide whether to keep it. But finding those gems where people go nuts is totally worth it.
     
  20. RockDebris

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    I know it may be a shock to some people, but an audience in a bar listening to a cover band isn't full of people with sophisticated tastes. What they are full of are people who want to act goofy for a bit after downing a few drinks and, if that is happening, put money in a tip jar.

    If you are looking for musical satisfaction, do not play in a cover band.

    I tried that. I made a set list that in my mind would kill. Great songs that I liked. We did them well. How did it go? We now have TWO Pat BenatOr songs on the list. A singing, dancing crowd playing a song I don't care for is better in this biz than playing a song I love and getting a polite smattering of applause. I still get to sneak a couple songs in that the band like, just for ourselves, but we know those aren't what is getting us invited back.

    Success as a Cover Band has a lot to do with how strong your gag reflex is. We stop short of the Brown Eyed Girl, Mustang Sally stuff ... we play a list that's about 50% stuff we want ... and this is why there are cover bands who play more often and get paid more than us. I've accepted that. I know I could turn this into more, but as it is I feel that I'm already tickling the dragons tail.
     
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