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    I just found out that an upcoming gig is a 70's show, so we need to learn some good danceable 70's songs QUICKLY that we can pull off!  We are a four piece....Drums, Bass, Guitar and Vocals.  Need suggestions, please!  Thanks!


  • #2

    Not sure about the quickly part but....
    East Bound and Down (theme from smoky & the bandit)
    some bee gees songs
    You didn't mention slow or fast dance songs so....
    check out some late 70's country (hank jr, strait) maybe

    also websearch for 70's club hits

     

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    • #3

      Not necessarily all for your instrumentation but:

      Old Time Rock n Roll

      Joy To The World

      Shake Your Booty

      Boogie Shoes

      Get Down Tonight

      That's The Way I Like It

      Stayin' Alive

      Long Train Runnin'

      Rock 'n Me

      Swingtown

      Takin' Care Of Business

      Miss You

      Do Ya Think I'm Sexy

      Can't Get Enough

      Hot Legs

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      • #4

        Play that funky music
        New girl now
        Two tickets to paradise
        Surrender
        Simple man

        --Hammond: BC, M3, Split L111, L122 / Leslie: 51, 760 / Yamaha: DGX-620, PF-85Follow my new band, Dr. Bombay! We're going to be organasmic!

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        • guido61
          guido61 commented
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          wesg wrote:

          Play that funky music
          New girl now
          Two tickets to paradise
          Surrender
          Simple man


          Some good suggestions, but "New Girl Now", if you mean the Honeymoon Suite song, is from 1984.

          And "Two Tickets" brings up an interesting question:  What's 70s and what's 60s and what's 80s?  I know that song is from 1978, but it always seemed a bit more "80s" to me than "70s".    Certainly anything from The Cars (first album 1978) I wouldn't recommend for a 70s gig.  That album was pretty much the beginning of 80s power-pop, IMO.   But certainly you could play stuff off of Led Zeppelin's first album (1969) and call it "70s".

          Point being: it's probably more about vibe and fashion than strict dating.


      • #5
        China grove
        Take the money and run
        The joker
        Running on empty
        Fortunate son (1969)
        La grange
        Dyer maker
        YMCA
        --Hammond: BC, M3, Split L111, L122 / Leslie: 51, 760 / Yamaha: DGX-620, PF-85Follow my new band, Dr. Bombay! We're going to be organasmic!

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        • #6
          All Right Now - Free
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          • #7
            Cake's version of "I Will Surive" is basically a four-piece arrangement, and it goes over great.

            Two Tickets to Paradise is ridiculously easy to throw together....basically two chords for almost the entire song.

            Lots of great ZZ Top from.the 70's. Tush, La Grange, Cheap Sunglasses come to mind.

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            • guido61
              guido61 commented
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              n9ne wrote:
              Cake's version of "I Will Surive" is basically a four-piece arrangement, and it goes over great.



              Not very dancable though.

               

              And would depend mostly who would be at this 70s show and why.   I don't know that 90s alternative remakes of 70s songs would necessarily be the way to go.   Maybe as a one-off just to break things up, perhaps.

               


          • #8
            Two tickets has a third chord, in the chorus

            The cake tune is a great idea. The chords are easy too, just walk down the neck with E and A shaped barre chords.
            --Hammond: BC, M3, Split L111, L122 / Leslie: 51, 760 / Yamaha: DGX-620, PF-85Follow my new band, Dr. Bombay! We're going to be organasmic!

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            • #9
              Great point David. If you can do lots of disco. You'll have fun if you haven't before
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              • #10
                A friend of mine - a hard rockin guitar player - started playing in a disco/funk band this year. He is getting lots of work and having a great time, too.

                People are really responding to the material, too - maybe that bandleader is on to something...
                --Hammond: BC, M3, Split L111, L122 / Leslie: 51, 760 / Yamaha: DGX-620, PF-85Follow my new band, Dr. Bombay! We're going to be organasmic!

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                • SeniorBlues
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                  Not to put a damper on this discussion, but before we come up with a set worth of songs, I'd suggest doing a trial run on grooves typical of the era to see what's in everyones comfort zone.  Maybe you can play older songs in your style and get away with it, but I wonder if this is yet another case of clients treating bands like a juke box - assuming they can play anything and everything like the record at the drop of a hat.  

                  Even if you can cop a new style, I wonder how cost effective this whole venture is.  How many songs will you want to keep in the rotation?  I learned a set worth of TexMex songs, complete with lots of three part harmony, for a Cinco de Mayo gig last Spring.  Total waste of time in retrospect.


              • #11

                "Nautilus" by Bob James

                "Mister Magic" by Grover Washington Jr

                "Hit It And Quit It" by Funkadelic

                "Multiplication" by Eric Gale

                "Groovin" by Stuff

                "Sun Goddess" by Ramsey Lewis

                 

                 

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                • guido61
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                  Roy Brooks wrote:

                  "Sun Goddess" by Ramsey Lewis

                   

                   


                  Bop-be-op be-op be-op ba buey-o. 


              • #12
                And me ( but I'm here to learn )
                --Hammond: BC, M3, Split L111, L122 / Leslie: 51, 760 / Yamaha: DGX-620, PF-85Follow my new band, Dr. Bombay! We're going to be organasmic!

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                • #13

                  I'd probably stick with the easiest to put together. Some in my 70's list: (I know some of these probably already said)

                  Floyd - another brick in the wall

                  Stayin Alive - Bee Gees

                  YMCA - Village dudes

                  Heart of Glass - Blondie

                  Pop Muzik by M

                  Play that funk music - cherry

                  That's the way I like it - KC and sunshine band (you could do a medley from KC)

                  Car Wash - Rose Royce

                  Knock on Wood - make up a version (never cared for it myself but sometimes it flys)

                  We are Family Sister Sledge

                  Shake your body - Jackson 5

                  Brick House - commodores

                  Do you think i"m sexy - Big Rod

                  Le Freak - chic

                  Boogie nights - heatwave

                  Ball room blitz - Sweet

                   

                  Anything by Stevie, Elton John, Olivia Newton John, Chicago, ABBA, Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, Eagles, Commodores, Barry Manilow, Barry White, Al Green, Stones, Aretha, Temptations and last but not lease SWEET.

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