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What New Songs Are You Doing?

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  • What New Songs Are You Doing?

    We haven't had much time to rehearse but we've managed to pick up a few new songs and knock the rust off some that we haven't done in a while.

    Happy (Pharell)- only had 1 gig since we learned this but the floor was packed and it got a great response. I was a little worried about it because it's been so overplayed. Fun song to play, we have some good harmonies worked out and I'm using the vocoder in my Roland to do the female choir "happy happy happy happy" line along with a funky old Rhodes sound and some hand claps.

    Ain't It Fun (Paramore) we'll break this out Saturday for the 1st time. It'll be interesting to see how it works. I have some nice keyboard parts on it and the other guys have some good background vocals.

    Tears of a Clown- we do some events where there is an older crowd so we learned this one. We're doing Uptight by Stevie Wonder to lead into it. After the 2nd horn break in Uptight we hit the intro to Tears and then play out the whole song. More fun keyboards, with a horn section with a trumpet section layer for Uptight and a piccolo/celeste layer for Tears. Hammond organ for the background chords.

    Dusted off- What a Fool Believes (Doobies). We did this for a long time as a 1st set "attention getter".
    Who Knew (Pink) our singer kills this song and we haven't played it for a while. It always goes over well for us.
    Tell Me Something Good (Chaka Khan) another showcase for our singer and a fun song for the band to play.

    Some other stuff we've learned in the last couple months, but not sure if I posted any of it in other "new song" threads
    Shake Your Body and Billie Jean- we do these back to back and the dance floor gets packed.
    I Love You More Today (Spiral Staircase) another good one for our singer to soar on.
    Get Lucky (Daft Punk) goes over well and I get to do the robot voice with the vocoder lol.
    Set Fire to the Rain (Adele) killer song for our singer, great dynamics with the band. Jaw dropper for the crowd when they hear her knock this one out of the park. I usually put this as a set opener or closer.

    What new stuff is everyone else doing?
    My Live Gear: Roland FA-08, Hammond SK1-73, Moog LP
    My Band: http://www.bksband.com

  • #2
    Our most recent songs played out that have worked really well:

    Party in the USA - way way late to this one, but kills
    Happy
    Counting Stars (when playing to the "adult" crowd, we mash this with The Bad Touch (Bloodhound Gang)
    Timber
    Let It Go - any show that has kids in attendance, it kills
    Runaway Baby
    Africa - we put our own little spin on this, I'll have to post a recording next show

    New songs for the next gig:

    Pompeii - Doing this one at our singer's prodding. I'm not sure how it will go over, but it's played everywhere on the radio
    Ain't it Fun - Fun little easy song
    Roar - Katy Perry - we rock this one up a bit, will be interesting to see how it goes over.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by vort View Post
      Let It Go - any show that has kids in attendance, it kills
      My 6-year old daughter would be in the front row!
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      • #4
        We recently played a gig for an elementary school. The students who read so many hours a week over the year got to attend "Rock n Roll" night that consisted of our band and other activities. It was a lot of fun and we never felt more like "rock stars". 200 kids, plus parents and teachers dancing and singing along with every song. The kids were pushing so close to the stage that the teachers had to intervene and put up a cone barrier. Let it Go was our last song. <begin embellishment> I think the kids were louder than our JBL PRX system! </end embellishment> It was a really cool event and neat to think that for some of those children, it was their first live music show.

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        • #5
          Very cool! Always very cool to reach kids and hopefully passing on the power of live music to the next generation.

          What do you guys do with that orchestral bridge in that song anyway? That seems like it'd be a bear.
          Last edited by guido61; 05-30-2014, 02:56 PM.
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          • #6
            Everything went over great last night. Happy literally had people streaming from the upper deck area down to the lower deck where we were playing. The floor was already crowded and that put it over the top.

            One interesting/funny note- I Love You More Today has always gotten a nice response, people will clap, cheer some, sometimes there are dancers. It's a 1st set song and the venue we played last night, the 1st set is people finishing dinner, getting a little lubed up, etc. Last night the dance floor filled up and people roared at the end of it. It's the reaction we'd been hoping to get and it just hadn't been there yet, but last night we finally got it.

            Here's our set list from last night: Set 1
            Never Can Say Goodbye
            Torn
            Come to My Window
            I'll Be Alright Without You
            What a Fool Believes
            I Love You More Today
            Reelin in the Years
            Songbird
            Uptight/Tears of a Clown
            Lady Marm
            Signed Sealed Delivered
            Who Knew
            Living on a Prayer
            Set 2
            Ain't It Fun
            Take On Me
            Rolling in the Deep
            Crazy
            I Can't Go For That
            Happy
            At Last
            Let's Dance
            Funky Music
            Get Lucky
            Moves Like Jagger
            Boogie Oogie
            Shake Your Body
            Billie Jean

            Set 3
            Set Fire to the Rain
            Don't You Forget About Me
            Faithfully
            Cool Jerk
            Do You Love Me
            Mustang Sally
            I Will Survive * audible
            Hot Stuff * audible
            I'm So Excited
            Superstition/Thank You
            Don't Stop Believin

            My Live Gear: Roland FA-08, Hammond SK1-73, Moog LP
            My Band: http://www.bksband.com

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            • #7
              Originally posted by guido61 View Post
              What do you guys do with that orchestral bridge in that song anyway? That seems like it'd be a bear.
              We cheat and play the Demi Levato version.

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              • #8
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                band websites:
                http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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                • #9
                  Way overdue for adding some new material. Looking to have big rehearsal and add parts or all of this stuff before the next gig in two weeks:
                  Happy
                  Best Day Of My Life
                  Sweet Nothing
                  Talk Dirty To 'Me
                  Just The Way You Are
                  Marry You
                  Say Hey I Love You
                  Last edited by guido61; 06-01-2014, 06:43 PM.
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                  band websites:
                  http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                  https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                  https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                  http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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                  • #10
                    Just rolled out Banditos by the Refreshments on Saturday. Kicking little song that fits our group nicely.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kl285528 View Post
                      Just rolled out Banditos by the Refreshments on Saturday. Kicking little song that fits our group nicely.
                      I LOOOOOOVE that song but always thought it wouldn't go over. How'd it do for you?

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                      • #12
                        Happy
                        Talk Dirty (dropped the rap middle)
                        She Looks So Perfect

                        Hoping to add these in the next week or two;
                        Birthday - Katy Perry (not sure if this has legs)
                        Thomas Rhett - Get Me Some of That (again, not sure if this has legs)
                        Fancy - Iggy Azalea
                        Ain't It Fun - Paramore
                        And a 90's rap medley (still in development)

                        We've been tossing around a dozen ideas from all different directions - it's just so hard to choose a handful out of the 300 that have been brought up.

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                        • #13
                          Talk Dirty---we're just going toss in a bit of it into a long dance medley we do. I think it will fit in perfectly right after "Low". Should be a no-brainer.
                          Last edited by guido61; 06-18-2014, 12:35 PM.
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                          http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                          https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                          https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                          http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Opus Antics View Post
                            I LOOOOOOVE that song but always thought it wouldn't go over. How'd it do for you?
                            Went over well, but this was an afternoon party for a charity, so people weren't there to dance the night away. I think people liked the energy of the song itself, plus for whatever reason, I really think we delivered it very well. Will be playing it again for a more dance oriented gig at a night time private party in a couple of weeks, so we'll see how that goes. I had fun singing it, LOL!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by guido61 View Post
                              Talk Dirty---we're just going toss in a bit of it into a long dance medley we do. I think it will fit in perfectly right after "Low". Should be a no-brainer.

                              I wanted to do "Aint It Fun" but my singer tells me she thinks it's "played out already". I disagree, but it's not a song I think would be so strong for us that I'm going to force it on her if it's not one she wants to do much. Gotta pick your battles, lol.
                              Ain't It Fun is #11 on the Billboard top 100 and it's rising.
                              My Live Gear: Roland FA-08, Hammond SK1-73, Moog LP
                              My Band: http://www.bksband.com

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