Favorite cover songs to play?

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  1. Grooovepig

    Grooovepig Very well Known Member

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    I used to not like "Rock 'N Roll" by Led Zeppelin. Not because of the song mind you but more becuase of the way I played it. We generally video every gig and our band managment would post clips of that song on social media and I would cringe watching/ listening to myself. But it also proved very helpful. I would make subtle adjustments each time and I now have it down to where it sounds respectable.

    One of the biggest tripping points for me was establishing the correct tempo. I think in general I had a tendency to play it too fast. Now, before I count it off, i sing the beginning of Johnny B Goode to myself and that centers the time for me. Also a big improvement in my playing in general, has been lowering my hi-hat volume. I try to self mix on the fly and to make my groove sound like it would as if it were on a record.

    All of this is a long-winded way of saying, I've been digging playing Rock N Roll lately, and I enjoy coming up with subtly different endings that add excitement.

    I also don't mind playing "Uptown Funk" - Bruno Mars although it's getting a little long in the tooth at this point.

    "Your Love" - The Outfield is still fun for me.

    Even after 10 years with this band, "American Girl" - Tom Petty is still fun to play. This is another one that I've honed in on. I see a lot of guys play this tune way too slow. If you listen to the record it moves along at a pretty good clip. I also try to play 8 or 16 bar phrases like Stan did, in an effort to give new sections a lift and to make the tune sound less stagnant.

    "American Band" - GFR
    "I will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor cheesey as the tune is, I just try to be a four on the floor, disco-thumping machine on this one.

    "Dont Stop Believin'" - Journey

    We also do a 5 song Bon Jovi medley which includes snippets of Livin' on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, Runaway, and Dead or Alive that's still fun.
     
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  2. moodman

    moodman Lone Wolf

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    Of my years playing covers, top 10:
    Pretzel Logic
    Runnin Down A Dream
    The Daily Grind
    Waterfall
    Hot Tamale Baby
    Hysteria
    Let It Roll
    Freeway Jam
    Take the Long Way Home
    Beast of Burden
     
  3. mcjaco

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    Some have been mentioned but here's mine. Some are just the groove my bands get into when we play these, so they seem way more fun.

    Melt With You - Modern English
    You May Be Right - Billy Joel
    Broken Hearted Savior - Big Head Todd
    Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
    Peace, Love and Understanding - Elvis Costello
    Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
    Come Together - Beatles
    The Wall Pt 2 - Pink Floyd
     
  4. Nacci

    Nacci DFO Veteran

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    Tmcfour, for me Noel Redding is the road map, his bass playing is so spot on and pertinent to the spirt of the song that as long as I am listening to him play I am anchored.
     
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  5. towndog

    towndog Well-Known Member

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    Hush - Deep Purple
    Wishing Well - Free
    Rock Candy - Montrose
    Rock and Roll - Zep
    Whole Lotta Love - Zep
    Good Times Bad Times - Zep
    South California Purples - Chicago
    Too Rolling Stoned - Trower
    Little Wing - Hendrix
    Angel - Hendrix
    Never Before - Deep Purple
    Alright Now - Free
    Pictures Of Home - Deep Purple
     
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    Fire - Hendrix
    Highway Star - Deep Purple
    New World Man - Rush
    Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
    Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
    She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
    Do You Feel Like I Do - Frampton
     
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  7. singleordoubleheads

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    Those would all be awesome to play--used to play Safety Dance of all things, but it was kinda cool. We just learned Barracuda...now THAT is a tricky but FUN tune to jam, esp once everyone learns all odd-time parts...
     
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    The aforementioned "Barracuda".
    My Sharona (Knack)
    Everlong (Foo Fighters)
    Whip It (Devo)
    Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End (Beatles)
    Stay (Bowie, we all take solos)
    Look Sharp (Joe Jackson- a band I'm in plays the entire album in sequence)
    Good Vibrations (Beach Boys, this one was a challenge, to say the least)
    All Down The Line/Rocks Off (Stones)

    Dan
     
  9. skinsman

    skinsman DFO Master

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    He's a whore.....Cheap Trick
    Black Dog/ Livin Lovin.....Zep
    Life in London.....Pat Travers
    Bad Motor Scooter....Montrose
    Kansas.....Masque
    Easy livin.....Uriah Heep
    Man on the Silver Mountain.....Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore
    Mississippi Queen..... lesli West/Mountain
    Train Train.....Blackfoot
    I think I'm going bald.....Rush
    Stone cold crazy.....Queen
    Learn to fly ....Foo,s
     
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  10. repete

    repete This one goes to eleven

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    These are a few favorites of mine.
    Don't Tell Me You Love Me - Night Ranger
    Highway Star - Deep Purple
    Ride Like the Wind - Christopher Cross
    To Much Time on my Hands - Styx
    Keep on Rollin’ - REO Speedwagon
     
  11. steambent

    steambent DFO Master

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    Mississippi Queen Mountain

    Train Train. Black Foot

    Any AC/DC

    Any Romantics

    I am your Captain. GFRR

    Any CCR
     
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  12. BennyK

    BennyK DFO Master

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    Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly
    The Israelites - Desmond Dekker
    In My Life - Beatles
    Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
    Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
    Devil is a Friend of Mine - Grateful Dead
    L'il Darlin - Count Basie
    Muskrat Ramble
    Time to Kill - The Band
     
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    DrumWhipper Very well Known Member

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    Some great tunes listed in this thread. I appreciate everyone chiming in!
     
  14. DanRH

    DanRH Old guy, getting younger

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    Hmm,

    Soul Sacrifice - Santana
    Rock & Roll - Led Zep
    I Should've Known It - Tom Petty/HB's
    Peg - Steely Dan
    Pride & Joy - SRV
    La Grange - ZZ
    Roundabout - Yes
    Hold Your Head Up - Argent
     
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    Few more I thunk of...

    Don't Do Me Like That--TP (the "fill")
    Can't You See--Marshall Tucker (our lead vox also plays flute, so it goes over BIG)
    Sweet Child 'O Mine--Always gets a crowd response!
    Hard To Handle--still fun, but getting a bit tired of it, good warm up tune
    Jealous Again--just started doing it. Intro always throws me for a loop tho!
    Heartache Tonight--thumpin' good time, plus I always try to sneak the studio version very-end-of-tune tom rolls in
    Mississippi Queen--MORE COWBELL!! (sorry...)
     
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    audiochurch Very well Known Member

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    Give it to me baby-rick james
     
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    kadey Well-Known Member

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    My Old School - Steely Dan
    My Sharona - The Knack
    My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
    Pour Me - Trick Pony
    Two Princes - Spin Doctors
     
  18. W&A Player

    W&A Player DFO Master

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    Most places that hire cover bands have crowds who prefer the ear worm type of cover tunes that have been played over and over again. Lesser known oldies--especially album fillers--don't get the people involved in partying.
     
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    BennyK DFO Master

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    forgot to list the ultimate garage anthem -

    Like a Hurricane - Neil Young . I've seen otherwise " serious " musicians bravely trying to contain their inner 18 year old , but by the third chorus,they too feel a mighty wind blowing through ( whats left of) their hair .
     
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    Stiff Competition- Cheap Trick
    Soul Man- Sam and Dave/Blues Bros
    Cowboy Song-Thin Lizzy
    Bohemian Like You-Dandy Warhols
    Ring of Fire-Johnny Cash
    New York-Sex Pistols
    No Fun-Iggy Pop
    English Civil War-The Clash
     

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