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But then "fizzle" as the song goes on. I've got lots of examples of these, many of which are staples of lots of bands sets:

 

Summer of 69 - Through the first chorus, every sings along... By the third verse, it's obvious that they are over the tune

Jenny Jenny - Usually holds them through the bridge, but once it goes back into the intro lick and guitar solo, ZZZZZZZZZZZ

Boys of Summer - Great reaction at the opening. By the time you hit the bridge, crowd is lost.

Crazy Train - Opening riff kills, dies shortly after that..

 

Anyways, how are you handling these kinds of tunes? We're doing a lot more medleys that consist of Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus onto the next song.

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We don't really have too many that fizzle, but we are making songs shorter and shorter and doing more medleys. Especially with songs that don't really "go anywhere" on their own. The days of the guitar solo and then another two choruses followed by a long outro with the guitarist soloing some more are pretty much over it seems.

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That's why we're in and out in under two minutes. ;)

 

I haven't played those songs in years but from my experience...

 

Boys of Summer (Atari's version) starts strong and then really doesn't go anywhere until you hit the chorus. And if the crowd isn't along for the ride by that point the song will limp along. To be honest we stopped playing this song 4-5 years ago when most of the 80's stuff started falling flat.

 

Jenny, Jenny- The same as above... stopped playing this in 2004-2005.

 

Summer of 69- Still play it ocassionally. When we have an older crowd (above 40) and we're usually throwing in common 80's rock (Pat Benatar, John Cougar). I think the last time we played it was a casino 2 years ago... went over well but more than half the crowd was in their 50's.

 

Crazy Train.... a decade ago it killed. Total guitar tour de force. But these days, the riff is classic... the song, lost general bar audiences born after 1988.

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Life's Been Good fizzles in the solo between the second and last verse - but then grabs the crowd again when they all get to sing I go to parties sometimes until 4. We shortened it by removing the middle 8 from the guitar solo between the second and last verse. The radio version was too short and choppy.

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Anyways, how are you handling these kinds of tunes? We're doing a lot more medleys that consist of Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus onto the next song.

 

 

this is what we do with a lot of tunes. or what ever the "hook" is. The only reason Jenny works for us is because we turn it into a "scream that stupid phone number" contest. And then we toss t-shirts at the loudest people.

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Everytime I see a band do anything by Guns and Roses it seems to ignite the crowd at first but whither out fairly quickly.

 

 

Sweet Child of Mine packs our dance floor for the full 5 mins. Both in Country bar and Rock bars. Doesn't matter where we play it.

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Sweet Child of Mine packs our dance floor for the full 5 mins. Both in Country bar and Rock bars. Doesn't matter where we play it.

 

+1, This song never fails for us. Paradise City, conversely, is exactly what I was talking about in the OP. So.... We mashed it up with Humpty Dance :D

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its also kinda "jerky" if you are trying to be a dancable band.

 

We were playing it as one of the last few songs of the night - at that point where people are tired of dancing and just want to rock out. Enter Sandman, Bulls on Parade, and Cochise all do much, much, much better for us than Cult of Personality ever did. And we nailed that song.

 

Well... everyone else nailed it. I sat that one out to keep it from getting too muddy. :lol:

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The intro to "Final Countdown". Everybody goes nuts, then you may as well just end the song once the vocals come in.
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Eye of the Tiger is the same thing. Because its pretty much LSUs theme song, we sometimes play the intro, but then we immediately transition into something else

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Eye of the Tiger is the same thing. Because its pretty much LSUs theme song, we sometimes play the intro, but then we immediately transition into something else

yeah that's a definite one. All those individual notes hit so hard and then the actual song just sounds like work horse plodding through deep mud.

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Really? That's one of the most recognizable intro riffs of all time. I can certainly see the intro getting a good reaction but then nobody caring about the song itself.

 

 

Well it wasn't terrible but it didn't set the world on fire either. We just opened with it for novelty sake. We had a couple of novelty intros that we rotated in and out and this was one of them. People certainly recognized it.

 

 

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But it certainly didn't suck half as much as 'Crackerman' that followed it. I think we were dusting off some older 90's material for a radio station gig and decided to play it out a a gig or two. Playing STP to a club full of 20-somethings was like throwing a lead weight into the deep end of the pool. Suffice to say that "The Final Countdown' intro stayed alot longer than STP did.

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We just opened with it for novelty sake. We had a couple of novelty intros that we rotated in and out and this was one of them. People certainly recognized it. It was an attention grabber.

 

 

That's how I would see it. It's kind of become one of the defining moments of Cheezy 80s Excess. I would think it could be a bit of good fun for the right band and the right crowd.

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