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Old 10-09-2009, 10:31 AM
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Hello everyone
If you were in a cover band, what would your top ten cover songs be to keep the house rocking? I think mine would be (in no particular order)

Nirvana - smells like teen spirit
Rage against the machine - killing in the name
Blur - song 2
Violent femmes - blister in the sun
Motorhead - ace of spades
Ac/dc - back in black
Ac/dc - rock and roll singer
Deep purple - highway star
system of a down - toxicity
Nirvana = breed

what do you think? to heavy?
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:02 PM
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Depends on the crowd, but in my ideal crowd it would be,

1) I'm a believer- Smash mouth version
2) Feeling alright- Joe Cocker/Dave Mason hybrid
3) Mustang Sally- Kind of a must for most cover bands
4) Proud mary-CCR
5) Long train running- Doobie Brothers
6) Santa Monica- Everclear
7) The Loco-Motion-GFR
8) Hot Legs- Rod Stewart
9) Rock and Roll- Zeppelin
10) Early in the Morning- The Gap band
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:47 AM
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Hello everyone
If you were in a cover band, what would your top ten cover songs be to keep the house rocking? I think mine would be (in no particular order)

Nirvana - smells like teen spirit
Rage against the machine - killing in the name
Blur - song 2
Violent femmes - blister in the sun
Motorhead - ace of spades
Ac/dc - back in black
Ac/dc - rock and roll singer
Deep purple - highway star
system of a down - toxicity
Nirvana = breed

what do you think? to heavy?
regards Benny
I love Highway Star, but don't know many (well, make that any) guitarists that can play that lead solo note for note with Lord Blackmore.
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Ten covers from various bands I've been in that got the punters going back in the Paleozoic Era:

Rock and Roll - Zep
Fire - Jimi
Pump It Up - Elvis Costello
Birthday - Beatles
Boots - Nancy Sinatra (played fast and hard in one band, as a rockabilly in another)
All of the Day and All of the Night - The Kinks
Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash
Suffragette City - Bowie
Dust My Broom - Elmore James
Couldn't Stand the Weather - Stevie Ray (ok, I just really liked playing this one :)
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:21 AM
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some really cool songs there, and some i haven't heard too.
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I should add that if I was to play all of the ones I mentioned as a set I'd need to be carried off in a stretcher. I'd not heard of The Gap Band number. Very Prince-y keyboard sound.

Agree with Strangelove that Highway Star's a helluva tough cover. That's why every man and his dog covered Smoke on the Water and Space Truckin' in the 70s :)
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:56 PM
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I should add that if I was to play all of the ones I mentioned as a set I'd need to be carried off in a stretcher. I'd not heard of The Gap Band number. Very Prince-y keyboard sound.
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Yeah, it's not tough at all on drums but is fun to play and really gets people dancing. Works great if you have someone in the band who can make a good rooster sound at the beginning too : )
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I would love to have a 90's rock cover band and play these tracks:

Alice In Chains - Rooster
Soundgarden - Burden In My Hands
Filter - Welcome To The Fold
Nirvana - Come As You Are
Living Colour - Cult of Personality
Primus - Over The Electric Grapevine
Jeff Buckley - Dream Brother
Deftones - Change (In the House of Flies)
Collective Soul - December
Live - Lakini's Juice
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Yeah, it's not tough at all on drums but is fun to play and really gets people dancing. Works great if you have someone in the band who can make a good rooster sound at the beginning too : )
Yeah, every band should have a rooster sound :) It's a funny song to pick amongst all those others. There's a lot of rock and roll in your 10 songs and then suddenly at the end there's this 80s plastic funk number. I can imagine people jumping to it, though.

It used to kill me if we played Jimi's Fire and a high speed / heavy version of Boots together late in the last set when everyone was drunk. My hands would hurt, sweat would be running in my eyes, and I'd feel so not in control. It used to amaze me that people got off on it. I learned that beer goggles are a useful accessory for a tiring drummer.
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Ten covers from various bands I've been in that got the punters going back in the Paleozoic Era:

Rock and Roll - Zep
Fire - Jimi
Pump It Up - Elvis Costello
Birthday - Beatles
Boots - Nancy Sinatra (played fast and hard in one band, as a rockabilly in another)
All of the Day and All of the Night - The Kinks
Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash
Suffragette City - Bowie
Dust My Broom - Elmore James
Couldn't Stand the Weather - Stevie Ray (ok, I just really liked playing this one :)
Right up my alley here Polly. There's a set list that I'd find a hell of a lot of fun to play...and even more fun standing at the bar getting hammered to.
I just wish I'd thought of Pump It Up whenever we sat around scratching our heads for a new up tempo number!
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Right up my alley here Polly. There's a set list that I'd find a hell of a lot of fun to play...and even more fun standing at the bar getting hammered to.
I just wish I'd thought of Pump It Up whenever we sat around scratching our heads for a new up tempo number!
I've played Pump It Up in both a regular band and a scratch band. The energy is pretty awesome when you have a strong bassist pouring that line out. Another very physical song that used to leave me pretty screwed up by the end - lol. It really gets people up and rockin though. Do it :)
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Another very physical song that used to leave me pretty screwed up by the end - lol.
Pearl Jam's Rearviewmirror used to leave me in a similar state (hey, it was the 90's...THAT was my heyday). I dunno, I'm sure I've played longer/faster songs, but that one always left me knackered!
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Can't believe no one has mentioned...

Alien Ant Farm doing Smooth Criminal!
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Pearl Jam's Rearviewmirror used to leave me in a similar state (hey, it was the 90's...THAT was my heyday). I dunno, I'm sure I've played longer/faster songs, but that one always left me knackered!
Oh yeah, that sounds like hard work. And the Alien Ant Farm number would be the end of me. I'm sooo glad my current band is slow and gentle :)
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There's a lot of rock and roll in your 10 songs and then suddenly at the end there's this 80s plastic funk number.
The Gap Band seemed to me more of a fusion between Funk and Hard Rock, even moreso than Kool & the Gang. The distortion that bass player gets really distinguishes them.

Speaking of them, I remember closing down a number of night clubs back in the day, to "Party Train" by The Gap Band. That song is a huge line dance just waiting to happen. So long as the locomotive and the caboose are sober enough to stay on their feet, it works pretty well, too.
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listening to the Gap on you tube as i type, it's pretty funky i can see how that would get the house jumping.
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Can't believe no one has mentioned...

Alien Ant Farm doing Smooth Criminal!
yeah i like that one too.
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you've still got eight songs to go, trueblue :)
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Little Wing SRV. Great guitar playing
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Tough one for me. My list is not based on technique but rather influence.

I Should Have Known Better The Beatles
Luck Man ELP
Roundabout YES
Whole Lotta Love Zeppelin
26 or 6 -2- 4 Chicago
Purple Haze Jimmi Hendrix
Larks Tongues in Aspic Part 2 King Crimson
Soul Sacrifice Santana
I'm Your Captain Grand Funk
I'll Be Around The Spinners

Only 10 huh! I could go on and on.
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A favorite compilation ( and evolution ) from my wonder years with the first few bands I ever played in:

1) Black Magic Woman -- Santana
2) Highway Star -- Deep Purple
2) Baba O'Rielly -- Who
3) Sweet Lorraine -- Uriah Heep
4) Strange Brew -- Cream
5) You Dont Love Me -- Allman Brothers
6) Wooden Ships -- CSNY
7) Little Wing -- Hendrix
8) Babylon Sisters -- Steely Dan
9) Stratus -- Billy Cobham
10) Night in Tunisia -- Dizzy Gillespe

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1. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" - Lenny Kravitz
2. "Day of The Eagle" - Robin Trower
3. "Live Wire" - AC/DC
4. "Stranglehold" - Ted Nugent
5. "You Got Another Thing Coming" - Judas Priest
6. "So This Is Love" - Van Halen
7. "Highway Star" - Deep Purple
8. "You Really Got Me" - The Kinks
9. "Won't get Fooled Again" - The Who
10. "Whole Lotta Love" - Led Zeppelin
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Learning To Fly - Pink Floyd
Witches Promise - Jethro Tull
Working Man - Rush
Satellite - Dave Mattews Band
Seven Days - Sting
Going For The One - Yes
Mr. Know It All - Primus
Your Smiling Face - James Taylor
I Wish It Would Rain - Phil Collins
Hand Of Doom - Black Sabbath

So hard to limit this to 10 songs.

Over The Hills And Far Away - Led Zeppelin
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
Suite Madame Blue - Styx
Lady - Styx
Heaven And Hell - Black Label Society
Crash - Dave Mattews Band
Soulshine - Gov't Mule (3-member version)
Smooth - Santana (featuring Rob Thomas)
My Girl - The Temptations
Black And Blue - Van Halen
Holy Water - Bad Company
Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
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Blue Collar Man - Styx
Over The Mountain - Daisley, Rhoads, Kirslake, Osbourne
What Do You Do For Money - AC/DC
Mississippi Queen - Mountain
Smooth Up In Ya - BulletBoys
God Knows Why - Kid Rock
Fell On Black Days - Soundgarden
Live Wire - Motley Crue
Breaking The Chains - Dokken
Wheel In The Sky - Journey (Darn Straight!)
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you've still got eight songs to go, trueblue :)
I listed mine at the start of this thread pollyanna. but there are so many fantastic songs out there i'd more than happy to make an other list.
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Heaven And Hell - Black Label Society


Thats between heaven and hell right? Or is there a version of Black sabbath's heaven and hell thay they do and I have not heard?( I would be upset : )
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I listed mine at the start of this thread pollyanna. but there are so many fantastic songs out there i'd more than happy to make an other list.
Ah, yeah, you did ... where's my brain? Has anyone seen it around? Damn, I must have left in the car. Sorry about the malfunction, normal service will resume shortly ...

By all means fire away with list #2, trueblue. Another Purple song the punters like is Black Night. It's fun for drummers too.

I know I'm too old for it and it's a million miles from what my band plays but I'd love to have a go at this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykgh0SV_yCs

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Thats between heaven and hell right? Or is there a version of Black sabbath's heaven and hell thay they do and I have not heard?( I would be upset : )
Yes.......That's the one, Thank You.

Between Heaven And Hell - Black Label Society
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I'm Eighteen - Alice Cooper

I love that song, our bands covering it right now, but we're gonna try and make it more grungy/metal

and as for Smells Like Teen Spirit...Its the one song i'd hate to cover, its the only song most people know from nirvana, and nirvana wasnt just that one song, the have so many other great songs, cover one of them
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Rude Mood- SRV (No time for ten songs coz the guitar solo is so long;-)

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1. Freeway Jam - Jeff Beck
2.Smooth - Santana
3.Voodoo Chile - Jimi
4.You Can Leave Your Hat On - Joe Cocker (where did all those pole dancers come from?)
5.La Grange - ZZ Top
6.White Room - Cream
7.Crossfire - SRV
8.Higher Ground - Stevie or RHCP
9.Lovin',Touchin', Squeezin' - Journey
10.Swwet Home Chicago - Clapton
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It would all depend on who showed up on the night but heres a few

Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning for the ladies

The Eagles - Hotel California just for the guitar solo

Elvis Presley - Return To Sender for the older people (60's 70's)

Bachman Turner Overdrive - Taking Care Of Business Look at me I'm self-employed
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Prince - Purple Rain tissue anyone

B-52's - Rock Lobster so everyone can have a boogie

Peter Frampton Show Me The Way keep the house rocking

Black Crows - Hard To Handle Cause mama I'm sure hard to handle now gets around

Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive if the singer can sing that high

Roy Orbison - Pretty Women how can you not like the big O
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Let's not forget the C&W male vocalist genre of cover songs:

10. I Hate Every Bone In Her Body But Mine

9. I Ain't Never Gone To Bed With an Ugly Woman But I Woke Up With A Few

8. If The Phone Don't Ring, You'll Know It's Me

7. I've Missed You, But My Aim's Improvin'

6. Wouldn't Take Her To A Dogfight 'Cause I'm Scared She'd Win

5. I'm So Miserable Without You It's Like You're Still Here

4. My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend And I Miss Him

3. She Took My Ring and Gave Me the Finger

2. She's Lookin' Better with Every Beer

And the Number One Country & Western song is...

1. It's Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chewed My Ass All Day

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Haha!

Isn't it just wunnerful the joy that we give to you guys? :)

The top female C&W tune - He came and went :-P
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Love Machine
Girls Aloud (Original): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8A6Vc4LR9s
Arctic Monkeys (Cover): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjA2wDzp5XM

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Rihanna (Original): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eeyhtlJp5A
The Last Shadow Puppets (Cover): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9YL_...eature=related

Take It Or Leave It
The Strokes (Original): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csD4ZgMPgvg
Arctic Monkeys (Cover): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZCf9ls51D0

Red Right Hand (Original makes me laugh after hearing AM's version)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (Original): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUlgN__Jrxk
Arctic Monkeys (Cover): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcvGOUuDGXc

No particular order. Not much variety, sorry :)


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I would one day like to do a tribute to Queensr˙che, performing their Operation Mindcrime album. More than 10 songs iirc though :)
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these are mostly terrible songs to play, but people LOVE these songs:

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrisson
Sweet Child 'O Mine - Guns 'N Roses
Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Back In Black - AC/DC
Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Any Way You Want It - Journey
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
I Love Rock n' Roll - Joan Jett
Fight for Your Right - Beastie Boys

my favorite covers my band does (even if they are mostly ironic covers)

folsom prison blues - johnny cash
eastbound and down (smokey and the bandit theme song) jerry reed
devil went down to georgia (with a europe final countdown interlude) charlie daniels
suspicious minds - elvis
sweet caroline - neil diamond (drunk people LOVE neil diamond)
is she really going out with him? - joe jackson (this is really funny to play when a hot chick is obviously dancing with a guy for his money)
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OK i'm ol school played all these song at one time in or another .

these frist 7 are part of our set list in my current band

Whole Lotta Love" - Led Zeppelin
Stranglehold" - Ted Nugent
too rolling stoned –robin trower
Rock and Roll- Zeppelin
Bag a gong – t rex
Day of the eagle - Robin trower
bad company - bad company

Sweet Jane from Rock n Roll Animal – lou reed
Smoke on the water –deep purple
La Grange - ZZ Top
Mustang Sally
rocky mountain way – joe walsh
Mississippi Queen - Mountain

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