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Old 02-25-2017, 10:10 PM
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Default Gigging drummers, which songs consistently kill?

Any time we pull out a Monkees tune. "I'm a Believer" is the only one we do, but I want to do "Steppin Stone".

"Wagon Wheel" is a big hit too.

Beatles songs do very well too. "I Saw Her Standing There" especially.
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Old 02-25-2017, 10:33 PM
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Any time we pull out a Monkees tune. "I'm a Believer" is the only one we do, but I want to do "Steppin Stone".

"Wagon Wheel" is a big hit too.

Beatles songs do very well too. "I Saw Her Standing There" especially.
Sweet Home Alabama, Play That Funky Music, Mustang Sally. Everyone says they are tired of playing those songs, but they consistently pack the dance floor!
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Old 02-25-2017, 10:56 PM
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We get good reactions to Time Warp and Love Shack, but both need female and male voices to work.
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War Pigs.

Seriously. But maybe thats just us.
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:01 PM
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War Pigs.

Seriously. But maybe thats just us.
I was hoping to get some songs that one wouldn't automatically think of as a song that kills.

If you don't mind, where are you located? And what is the general age of the crowd who responds to this song?
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I Can't Go For That by Hall and Oates. Mostly Hall though.
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:34 PM
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La Bamba has worked well for us. At our last big gig we whipped out "Heartbreak Hotel", "Suffragette City", and "So Long Marianne" by Leonard Cohen, all to big response.
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:39 PM
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War Pigs.

Seriously. But maybe thats just us.
Crikey. That takes me back. About ten years ago I had to sing bits of that to an audience...

Went down a storm.

If somebody played that at a gig, I would be the first to react. What a song.
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:44 PM
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I Can't Go For That by Hall and Oates. Mostly Hall though.
Good funk jam, not surprised. Not an easy song to sing though.
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:58 PM
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I was hoping to get some songs that one wouldn't automatically think of as a song that kills.

If you don't mind, where are you located? And what is the general age of the crowd who responds to this song?
RE: War Pigs...These are bar type gigs in southwest CO USA, where people dance to some tunes, rock out to others. Responding age seems to be 25 to 50. Git player really nails the parts and tones, so we're doing more of a replica rather than a cover, which might have something to do with it.

I was kind of joking about recommending it, but serious about the response we get.
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Old 02-26-2017, 12:31 AM
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We play a really good version of White Rabbit and we kill it on Paint it Black. But the one you wouldn't expect to hear that we kill it on would be Bad is Bad by Huey Lewis & the News.
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Old 02-26-2017, 12:35 AM
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Brick House. That gets a good response.
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Old 02-26-2017, 03:33 AM
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We've been playing J Geils, Whammer Jammer and Hard Driving Man, back-to-back, just like on the live album. We bring up a harp player who plays the solos pretty much note-for-note. Our singer even does all the same banter with the crowd. People go nuts. This is mostly older crowds, 40+, playing at bars.

The local angle is a big part of it. We're playing this in the Detroit area, where that live album was a fixture on AOR radio for over a decade. Everyone who grew up listening to those radio stations in the 70s and 80s heard those songs countless times.
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Old 02-26-2017, 03:45 AM
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Kool and the Gang - Celebration.
I haven't gigged in a while, but it used to work every time!
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War Pigs.

Seriously. But maybe thats just us.
One of the local bands up here does it, and it packs the floor.
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Old 02-26-2017, 07:01 AM
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"Afternoon Delight" by the Starland Vocal Band, and Abbas' "Fernando". Total killers.
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I'm in an originals band right now, gigging mostly about twenty-something venues in Tempe, where ASU is located. Pretty standard rock stuff but I do notice that when we break out this surf tune it really seems to do well. Women start dancing and that makes all the guys in the venue perk up and take notice.
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Old 02-26-2017, 11:31 AM
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Taylor Swift - Shake it Off!
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I played at a 70th birthday this afternoon - beautiful mild summers day at a farm in the hills.

They danced and sang Nutbush and Time Warp. They loved Summer of 69, Higher and Higher, River Deep, I'm a Believer, Mustang, Brown Eyed Girl, ABBA songs, Saw Her Standing There, Twist and Shout and Its Not Unusual.

They also loved heavier Aussie pub rock songs by Cold Chisel and The Angels. Someone requested Long Way to the Top, and they loved that too.
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Old 02-26-2017, 02:30 PM
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we recently added New Sensation by INXS, and it's been packing the floor. More than anything else we do.
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Old 02-26-2017, 03:20 PM
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Last gig I played, the band I was in learned a bunch of 80's rock for an 80's theme night. After the second song the floor was packed and stayed that way all night. Wenger over like a house on fire. People loved it.
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Old 02-26-2017, 03:35 PM
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La Grange, Whipping Post, Use Me, are what I can think of off the top of my head.
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:10 PM
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Any of the "choreographed songs" like electric slide or the Cuban shuffle.

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Old 02-26-2017, 09:04 PM
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My kind of bar..

1 ) Mustang Sally
2) Aint no Sunshine
3) Little Wing
4) Whipping Post
5) Josie
6) Stratus
7) Crossroads
8) Get Up Stand Up
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Superstition
Hallelujah I Just Love Her So

just about anything funky.
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Old 02-26-2017, 09:27 PM
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It's been a while since I was steadily in a cover band.

These things varied a lot from place to place and both because of that area, but also which age demographic would most represent the audience.

I think the variety as a concept was a good reason why it worked. Have a slow blues, some funk, a bit of reggae reggae At that time the Shania stuff certainly got the girls out on the floor, but if we played hat stuff all night, I doubt we'd see the same result.

The problem with the reperotiore was basically some or rockers that the leader insisted on, that were really dated and the rest of us really hated.
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I Can't Go For That by Hall and Oates. Mostly Hall though.
Hah, man it sucks being 'the other guy'. But Oates (and Sara Allen, aka 'Sara Smile') did a lot of work on that song, and many of the other Hall and Oates songs.

I recently read about 'the other guy' in Wham! too. Andrew Ridgeley discovered George Michael. George was a fat shy kid. Andrew saw something in him, made him into the George Michael we all came to know (George himself frequently told the story). But George was never happy, and now he's dead, and Andrew is civil-married to one of the Bananarama girls and settled down in a nice cottage. Maybe not so bad being 'the other guy' ...

Oh! As for songs that 'kill' - think of every song you hate to play :-P I remember my last classic rock band, we put in the time to learn "Who Are You", "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'", songs we thought were fun and complicated and challenging. And they'd get applause, but then we'd do "Brown Eyed Girl" (which my guitarist called "Brown Eye") and the whole place would erupt. Do-do-do-de-do! Do-do-do-de-do!
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Freebird.
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We've been playing J Geils, Whammer Jammer and Hard Driving Man, back-to-back, just like on the live album. We bring up a harp player who plays the solos pretty much note-for-note. Our singer even does all the same banter with the crowd. People go nuts. This is mostly older crowds, 40+, playing at bars.

The local angle is a big part of it. We're playing this in the Detroit area, where that live album was a fixture on AOR radio for over a decade. Everyone who grew up listening to those radio stations in the 70s and 80s heard those songs countless times.
Interesting Larry. Over on this side of the state it's Ted Nugent all the way, along with the standard fare of I Love Rock and Roll, Sweet Home, etc. We often finish the night with Stranglehold (cue the simulated double bass drum 32nds between right hand on floor tom and foot, well overplayed) and there's typically a group of women dancing and a gaggle of guys standing round bobbing their heads with beers in hand. At least if I'm doing my job their heads are bobbing. ;-}

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Hah, man it sucks being 'the other guy'.
Thread drift...

I absolutely recommend watching "Garfunkel and Oates" on the medium of your choice.
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We would always get a great ovation when we did "My Sharona" and "Switchin to glide"
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In my experience, people seem to love taking a popular song, and then completely rearranging it. That way people will recognize something about the song, but they have to really listen to figure out what it is. Once they get it, they tend to go crazy!


For more pop/dance music, when I was playing a with a rockabilly band, it was similar in that they would go crazy for any song that we would re-arrange to sound like a rockabilly tune. We even took Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash and after a few verses, the singer would sing Tommy the Pinball Wizard to the same tune (they are pretty much the same song anyways). Once people realized what was happening they'd start screaming.
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500 Miles by the Proclaimers always went down brilliantly, a set closer in a previous band for many years.
My new Glam Rock band has been closing with Hi Ho Silver Lining (yes don't tell anybody that it was first released in the 60's please) another song as close to "sure fire" as you could wish for.
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Don't Stop Believing.
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Celebration.
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The ones that seemed to get the most response are the old war horses (Rock and Roll All Nite, Gimme Three Steps, Sweet Home Alabama, Bobby McGee). You know...the ones that make me want to puke.

A couple of odd ones that people seemed to like are Bittersweet by Big Head Todd and The Monsters and Satisfied by Ian Moore.
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Also... and I kid you not... we had a night recently where the biggest hit was Money by Pink Floyd. Gotta hand it to the dancers, throwing down in 7 time.

Probably shouldnt recommend it tho.
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I played my first gig with a new band recently and was shocked at how many people got on the dance floor for Celo Green forget You and Four Non Blonds What's Up!
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Old 02-28-2017, 06:24 PM
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Interesting Larry. Over on this side of the state it's Ted Nugent all the way, along with the standard fare of I Love Rock and Roll, Sweet Home, etc. We often finish the night with Stranglehold (cue the simulated double bass drum 32nds between right hand on floor tom and foot, well overplayed) and there's typically a group of women dancing and a gaggle of guys standing round bobbing their heads with beers in hand. At least if I'm doing my job their heads are bobbing. ;-}
Oh yeah, spleen! Uncle Ted is always a hit. We do Hey Baby in a band I occasionally fill-in with when their regular drummer can't make it. I lock in great with the bass player and we've done other projects together, but we had a hard time working parts of that tune out. Specifically, the intro and the quarter-note triplet unisons between bass and drums during the guitar solo. But yeah, the audiences always get excited for that tune.
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Old 02-28-2017, 08:51 PM
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We don't program it into our sets, but "Mustang Sally" never fails. It just doesn't.

"Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy", too. We're primarily a classic rock band, but we work that one in, always works. Luke Bryan "That's My Kinda Night" is much the same. Crazy.

Like others have said, "Play That Funky Music" and "Superstition"...those are can't miss songs too.

And forgive us, but we sometimes play "Freebird" for the last song of the night, and it still works.
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