01-18-2013 03:07 PM
01-19-2013 08:39 AM
Should have gone with 'Jeepster'...:robotlol:
01-19-2013 08:58 AM
All depends who you're playing for, of course, but while "Get It On" has some wider recognition, I'm not sure anybody much under 50 even knows who T-Rex is.
The last time I had a major "I was SURE that song would work...." incident was 4-5 years ago (back when 80s music was working better than it does today) and I thought the songs "The Stroke" and "Centerfold" would be sure-fire dancefloor fillers for my party band. I was wrong.
01-19-2013 11:39 AM
I just rotated "Disco Inferno" out.
Wasn't a bomb but people were just apethetic,
be apethetic to Jack Johnson or Civil Wars but NOT Disoc Inferno.
01-19-2013 02:13 PM
I've never done Disco Inferno as a single or duo, but I have done it in a band. There is nothing worse than doing a song you're only doing 'cause it's an audience fav and then getting no action with it.
In the last few years, I try to play only the songs I like. From those songs, I try to pick the ones that are danceable - if that's what the gig calls for. That way if the song tanks, at least there isn't this swell of embarrassment from playing a song you don't believe in.
I was at a house party last weekend and our first set, although laden with "sure fires" was not getting off the ground. Then someone requested Tower of Power and we did This Time It's Real - a tune we hadn't played in twenty or thirty years! The whole mood of the party changed, people were dancing and the party shifted into high gear. I tell ya, you just never know.
01-20-2013 09:29 AM
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01-23-2013 03:27 PM
worked out my own arrangement of the allman bros "whipping post"... very bluesy, sleazy rendition that i figured would be just different enough to work... yeah... tried it twice and it just bombed... once more in a different crowd and again it fizzled... then, at a gig that was basically musicians by invitation only i figured what the fuck lets try it once more and get some feedback as to why it isnt working... and it worked like a charm... moral of the story? cie la vie, say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell...
01-24-2013 08:28 AM
it worked with 'invited musicians' because they will tend to be more open to interpretive versions, whereas the general public expects slavish copycat renditions of songs that sound just like the original artist...[waving smiley]
01-24-2013 08:54 AM - edited 01-24-2013 08:57 AM
We did Get It On (Bang a Gong) a few years ago. It never made a splash and was retired permanently about 6 months later. While Centerflod worked sometimes, there was enough apathy to cut it. Cheese is fun if it works, otherwise you look silly.
In the last 12 yrs of doing the "party band" thing though the only song that has never once failed.... Play That Funky Music... go figure. For better or worse, that song just won't die.
On the slow dance side it's "Wonderful Tonight". No matter how tough the room, it's a guarantee at least one couple will get up.
01-24-2013 08:54 AM
Is this how you reply w/ a quote ?
I'm a "super contributor" and can't work the forum anymore. Great.
Yeah I do "Disoc Inferno" w/ tracks (I have about 10 of them~ they're super gay but people don't seem to care....maybe if we'd get rid of the sports TV and booty music from the "other room" people would notice).
They like the other disco stuff, just not that one.
01-24-2013 09:00 AM
..... guess that's not how you do it.
01-24-2013 09:07 AM
..... guess that's not how you do it.
There's a quote button on the upper right part of the reply screen (after you hit "reply".... not quick reply).
01-24-2013 12:47 PM
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