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    Our bass player printed out our set list for this weekend's show and passed it around to 5 co-workers of various middle ages (40s and 50s) - and asked them to mark which songs they were familiar with just based upon the song title and artist name. The results were pretty interesting. Here is a pic of the marked up list:







    As you can see (I hope) - one guy used a green dot, one person used a red star, one person jused a red dash, one person used a red circle and one person used a black check mark.



    I never would have guessed that a person of near my age exists in this country who never heard of American Girl - or Saturday Night's Alright. Or that two people dont recognize Ants Marching, or that 3 of them would not know can't find my way home by title/artist, etc.



    On the whole list - there are only 5 that all five people knew. And one of those was Dani California.



    Interesting, indeed.
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    A quantitative study of cover band strategy. Beautiful.
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    • #3
      Interesting, but IMO for this to have any bearing on casual bar-going audience knowledge, it would have to be based on auditory data not written.



      Put more simpy: lots of people recognize a song to hear it - even one they like - but could not necessarily tell you the artist or title correctly.



      Escape - Rupert Holmes

      Hair of the Dog - Nazareth

      Closer - Nine Inch Nails

      Baba O'Reilly - The Who

      Space Oddity -David Bowie

      River of Dreams - Billy Joel



      etc.
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      • #4






        Quote Originally Posted by MikeyParent
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        Put more simpy: lots of people recognize a song to hear it - even one they like - but could not necessarily tell you the artist or title correctly.



        Escape - Rupert Holmes

        Hair of the Dog - Nazareth

        Closer - Nine Inch Nails

        Baba O'Reilly - The Who

        Space Oddity -David Bowie

        River of Dreams - Billy Joel



        etc.






        You mean:



        Do You Like Pina Coladas- Rupert Holmes

        Son Of A Bitch - Nazareth

        I wanna **** you like an animal - Nine Inch Nails

        Teenage Wasteland - The Who

        Major Tom -David Bowie

        In The Middle of The Night - Billy Joel





        My favorite is:



        Small Town Girl- Journey



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        • #5






          Quote Originally Posted by MikeyParent
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          Interesting, but IMO for this to have any bearing on casual bar-going audience knowledge, it would have to be based on auditory data not written.



          Put more simpy: lots of people recognize a song to hear it - even one they like - but could not necessarily tell you the artist or title correctly.




          Damn good point! Hell - it's not just the audience. I've been surprised on a number of occasions to discover that the names of tunes in my repertoire weren't the exact title of the song.
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          • #6
            Too Funny...Shambala is very often our 1st set opener. Gets a surprisingly good response every time.
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            • #7
              Tell me about it. I was recently told to learn "Been a long time" by Led Zeppelin.



              Took me a bunch of head-scratching to figure out that I should brush up on Rock and Roll.
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              • #8
                Try showing that list to a typical group of clubbers we play to (ages 21-30) they'd know even less.......

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                • #9
                  We were playing some Merle Haggard songs and some guy requested "that prison song."



                  We knew the music and lyrics but couldn't remember the name.



                  Lucky most bars these days have a fancy internet juke box that makes it easy to figure out song names.



                  The best part is looking up artist catalogs and song names is free!
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                  • #10






                    Quote Originally Posted by jeff42
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                    You mean:



                    Do You Like Pina Coladas- Rupert Holmes

                    Son Of A Bitch - Nazareth

                    I wanna **** you like an animal - Nine Inch Nails

                    Teenage Wasteland - The Who

                    Major Tom -David Bowie

                    In The Middle of The Night - Billy Joel





                    My favorite is:



                    Small Town Girl- Journey







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                    • #11
                      Someone once posted on this forum something along the lines of:



                      Patron: "Do you guys play 'Rolling In the River' by CCR?"

                      Musician: "Yeah, we do 'Proud Mary.'"

                      Patron: "Not 'Proud Mary,' a**hole! I said 'Rolling In the River!'"



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                      • #12






                        Quote Originally Posted by toddkuen
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                        We were playing some Merle Haggard songs and some guy requested "that prison song."



                        We knew the music and lyrics but couldn't remember the name...




                        Maybe "Sing Me Back Home" or "Mama Tried"?



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                        • #13






                          Quote Originally Posted by MikeyParent
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                          Interesting, but IMO for this to have any bearing on casual bar-going audience knowledge, it would have to be based on auditory data not written.



                          Put more simpy: lots of people recognize a song to hear it - even one they like - but could not necessarily tell you the artist or title correctly.



                          Escape - Rupert Holmes

                          Hair of the Dog - Nazareth

                          Closer - Nine Inch Nails

                          Baba O'Reilly - The Who

                          Space Oddity -David Bowie

                          River of Dreams - Billy Joel



                          etc.




                          I am a guy who is way more like just a guy off the street than a band guy when it comes to music. I played in bands when i was young for a few years then dropped out and just became a casual music listener where music was just background noise. I typically dont know the names of songs or the artist on tons of hit stuff in the 80s. I dont have a clue about 90s rock. I did listen to modern country as back ground noise. If I see a thirty somthing bands set list , it might not know a single song on the set list. I have been back in a bands for like 5 years now. I know the stuff we play, and most of that is new to me since there is so much texas songwriter stuff on it.



                          I would guess if you took a person who didnt buy music or was an audio file type ,, they would tell you stuff much like I am saying. I guess for me,, if i wasnt playing it , I didnt pay much attention to music. I even managed to never have played brown eyed girl in a band till a few years ago. Back then we played pretty well all top 40 ,, so if you were between bands when a hit dropped , you might not have played it. seems crazy I know.
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                          • #14






                            Quote Originally Posted by TIMKEYS
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                            ... If I see a thirty something bands set list , it might not know a single song on the set list....




                            I wouldn't be surprised to see that I'm in the same boat ... not being able to recognize any songs by their titles ... however, dimes to donuts, I've heard the vast majority of the tunes on their list - enough such that I could likely follow the chord changes / and most of the format if I had to sit in and play it with them.



                            Not knowing the songs is NOT the same things as not knowing the names of songs.
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                            • #15
                              "Draggin the Line"! Awesome!

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