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Standard bar band tunes from the past 10 years?


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My story in a nutshell: my current band (cover band) originally formed in the mid-90's, and lasted 4-5 years. A couple years ago we all got back together. Not surprisingly, much our setlist was the same stuff we were doing 15 years ago, but we've steadily added in other stuff.....some classic rock, some 80's stuff, and a few more recent tunes. (Muse, Kings of Leon, Cee-Lo, etc).

 

However, when looking over our setlist, one area that is rather conspicuously absent is music from those years when we weren't gigging.....we'll call it the 2000-2010 era. Bands like Nickelback, Kid Rock, Puddle of Mudd, Lit, etc....stuff that has become standard fare for bar bands over the past decade, but that we've never actually done ourselves.

 

What I'm wondering is, should we bother picking up a few songs from this era? Or is that stuff already on its way out? And assuming we do pick up a few of them....which songs still go over fairly well, as opposed to songs that may be getting a bit stale?

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I will be following this thread with keen interest as it very much applies to my current band.. also, which Muse tune do you do?

 

 

We picked up Uprising a couple months ago.

 

Interestingly, the crowd response for the song tends to be a direct reflection of the performance. The first few times we played it out, it sounded great, and the crowd was very enthusiastic. But for whatever reason, the past couple times we've done it, it sounded like utter crap...and not surprisingly, the crowd response has been rather underwhelming.

 

(I was listening to it in the car the other day, and my wife said, "You know, you guys are playing this song a lot faster than the original. A LOT faster." I hadn't realized it, but that would certainly explain why it's been sounding so bad; we'll be addressing it at our next rehearsal.)

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May I suggest:

 

Paralyzer - Finger Eleven

Crazy Bitch, Sorry - Buck Cherry (women absolutely LOVE Crazy Bitch, for reasons I cannot fathom)

How You Remind Me - Nickelback (this one kills for us, and no one else on the circuit does it)

Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down

Californication, By the Way, Parallel Universe - RHCP

Crawling in the Dark, The Reason - Hoobastank

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May I suggest:


Paralyzer - Finger Eleven

Crazy Bitch, Sorry - Buck Cherry (women absolutely LOVE Crazy Bitch, for reasons I cannot fathom)

How You Remind Me - Nickelback (this one kills for us, and no one else on the circuit does it)

Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down

Californication, By the Way, Parallel Universe - RHCP

Crawling in the Dark, The Reason - Hoobastank

 

 

Crazy Bitch is a great suggestion; I've seen several bands do it, and it always seems to go over. I'm thinking Nickelback's Figured You Out would also qualify in that category.

 

Kryptonite seems like one that's grown a bit stale. Maybe it's just me.....but from what I've seen with other bands, it doesn't get much of a reaction anymore....it's just filler. Not that it's bad....it's just kinda like, "Oh, okay, they're playing Kryptonite.....so I have just enough time to hit the restroom and get another drink."

 

I'm starting to wonder whether Paralyzer might be entering that "filler" area as well....or maybe it's just because the bands I've seen tend to do it fairly early in the evening, before the crowd gets warmed up. (Personally, I've always thought it sounded like it would be a fun song to play. I've also thought that we'd have to throw in a verse-and-chorus from Trampled Under Foot somewhere in the middle of the song.)

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Kryptonite has always been that way for us - it isnt terribly danceable, but it does keep em in the bar. Its a good "lets get a drink" song, and selling drinks is really why we are there to begin with :D

 

Paralyzer never fails for us, no matter where we put it. It can be a first set energy builder, or a third set holy-{censored}-this-place-is-JUMPING song... it works almost anywhere.

 

Along the same lines as Crazy Bitch - we have done Porn Star Dancing the last two weekends, and it filled the floor with women doing their "look at me, I'm hot" dance moves. Definitely reccomend this one :D Also - keep the Cassandra/Miranda there for the rhyme scheme, but substitute the other names for girls that you know/are int he audience. Guaranteed lay later on :D

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Kryptonite has worked well for us. I think it in my area it is one of those songs that bands felt was played out and stopped playing it. So when we crank it up, people are ready to hear it again.

 

I'd really like to do Paralyzer in my band, but I am the only guitar player and worry about it sounding too empty. Has anyone had success covering it with one guitar?

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We've had great success with Bodies by Drowning Pool but save for the end of the night while everybody good and drunk

If your gonna cover Puddle of Mudd we had good success with She hates me

Just about any Nickel Back will go over with the ladies we cover Never again and Figure you out.

One song here my area that just about everybody cover is Killing in the name of.

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Kryptonite
seems like one that's grown a bit stale. Maybe it's just me.....but from what I've seen with other bands, it doesn't get much of a reaction anymore....it's just filler. Not that it's bad....it's just kinda like, "
Oh, okay, they're playing Kryptonite.....so I have just enough time to hit the restroom and get another drink
."

 

 

Or leave the bar. A BIT stale? How about totally ugh [fart]. I'd skip that one for sure. Just my opinion.

 

Paralyzer would probably still work well...although I hate that too...girls seem to like it still.

 

For a RHCP tune Dani California works great for us still...but note that we cover it extremely well, hit all the harmonies, and kill the guitar solos and the bass line. One of our tightest covers.

 

Other songs we do that typically work great and fit your timeframe:

 

Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

Last Night - The Strokes

Somebody Told Me - The Killers

Weezer - Buddy Holly

Green Day - (Anything up beat)

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You want to know the key to Bar band music?

 

ANTHEMS!

 

Woman want songs with a basic good hook that they can drink, dance, and Sing Along to.

Forget the guys. Play for the women; otherwise, you're gonna be playing for a hotdog factory.

Always play for the women, the guys will show up because the women are there.

 

 

Go out and see a few local bands, take a notepad, and write down which songs go over really well with the women. They are the "Sing Along" songs, and especially songs about women.

 

Crazy Bitch by Buck Cherry

Bad Bad Girl Friend by Theory of a Deadman

She's Country by Jason Aldean

 

Notice a trend here?

Sing Along Songs about bad, girls.

 

That kind of stuff. Basic, has a solid beat, and a good sing along chorus.

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Other songs we do that typically work great and fit your timeframe:


Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

Last Night - The Strokes

Somebody Told Me - The Killers

Weezer - Buddy Holly

Green Day - (Anything up beat)

 

 

 

Interesting, because usually, whenever a band starts playing any of those songs, that is when my girlfriend and I head for the exit. I can barely stand the Weezer song, the others cause me to leave.

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Interesting, because usually, whenever a band starts playing any of those songs, that is when my girlfriend and I head for the exit. I can barely stand the Weezer song, the others cause me to leave.

 

 

Weird. These work great for us. Somebody Told Me brings people to the dance floor 75% of the time, we actually start our sets off with it many times because people come out right away. And everyone sings along to anything by Weezer. We play either Buddy Holly or Say It Ain't So pretty much every gig and people sing along every time.

 

Stuff like Crazy Bitch and Bad Girlfriend and songs about slutty women go over much better to a trashier type of crowd IMO. We couldn't get away with playing those songs at many of the places we play. People wouldn't like it and management would be pissed. Now the corner bar type places we have left, they might work for some. But we've seriously been thanked outright for "not playing Crazy Bitch" multiple times.

 

Whatever works for ya.

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N9NE's earlier post:

"Interestingly, the crowd response for the song tends to be a direct reflection of the performance. The first few times we played it out, it sounded great, and the crowd was very enthusiastic. But for whatever reason, the past couple times we've done it, it sounded like utter crap...and not surprisingly, the crowd response has been rather underwhelming.

 

(I was listening to it in the car the other day, and my wife said, "You know, you guys are playing this song a lot faster than the original. A LOT faster." I hadn't realized it, but that would certainly explain why it's been sounding so bad; we'll be addressing it at our next rehearsal.)"

 

IN RESPONSE TO N9NE's POST:

Not to get off on a tangent, but playing songs too fast is a real "groove killer" in my opinion.

Our drummer, although otherwise technically pretty good has a tendency to want to play everthing too fast. I'll count a song off, and I've told him and the rest of the band that counting off isn't just a

1-2-3 Go kind of thing, but that I'm counting off at the tempo we should then play the song. Too much of the time the drummer comes in playing much, much faster then what I counted off. I mean to the point that not only is the groove of the song lost, but me (bass player) and the guitar player can't play the riffs and solos at that fast a tempo. It's aggravating to sound like you can't play because the tempo is much faster then the original artist ever had to attempt to play his riffs.

 

Sorry for the mini-rant. And now, back to our show!!

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Awesome post!

 

 

You want to know the key to Bar band music?


ANTHEMS!


Woman want songs with a basic good hook that they can drink, dance, and Sing Along to.

Forget the guys. Play for the women; otherwise, you're gonna be playing for a hotdog factory.

Always play for the women, the guys will show up because the women are there.

 

 

Exactly! Great minds think alike buddy! I've been telling my band mates: win the girls and then get the guys to drink. Most of the bars/venues here give you a % part of the drinks the sell.

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Hey guys, show your complete set list here. I'm curious. We need to update ours as we are in the process of recruiting a new singer. I just kicked out ours. Could not stand his prima-dona/diva attitude.

 

Here are the tunes that works for us:

 

AC/DC - Thunderstruck (I hate to play it but it works with all ages)

Bryan Adams - Summer of '69 (a rockier version)

Guns And Roses - Welcome To The Jungle

Kiss - Rock'n Roll All Nite (makes everyone in the crowd sing the chorus)

Metallica - Enter Sandman

Metallica - Seek & Destroy (end of last set, works with everyone in the crowd)

Nirvana - Come as you are (always someone asking for a Nirvana tune out there)

Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name (tired of playing but a classic)

Theory of a Deadman - Bad Girlfriend (as everyone said above)

Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It (as been working since we added it)

Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast (works great depending on your crowd)

 

Here is our complete setlist:

 

AC/DC - Back In Black

AC/DC - Thunderstruck

AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long

Airbourne - Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast

Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Bryan Adams - Summer of '69

Collective Soul - Gel

Foo Fighters - All My Life

Guns And Roses - Welcome To The Jungle

Green Day - Basket Case

Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl

Jet - Cold Hard Bitch

Jonas - Daddy

Kiss - Rock'n Roll All Nite

Led Zep - Moby Dick

Led Zep/Godsmack - Good Times Bad Times

Lenny Kravitz - Are you gonna go my way?

Metallica - Enter Sandman

Metallica - Sad But True

Metallica - Seek & Destroy

Moist - Resurrection

Neil Young - Rocking In A Free World

Nickelback - How You Remind Me

Nirvana - Come as you are

Pearl Jam - Even Flow

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Interesting, because usually, whenever a band starts playing any of those songs, that is when my girlfriend and I head for the exit. I can barely stand the Weezer song, the others cause me to leave.

 

 

Interesting: Darg19's list

Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

Last Night - The Strokes

Somebody Told Me - The Killers

Weezer - Buddy Holly

Green Day - (Anything up beat)

 

is the where I've found the songs that I like the best (as a listener) out of the suggestions that have been thrown out there in this thread. I've been youtubing most of the suggestions and finding that I like very few of them. I'm an old guy (57) but I've recognized that even when my band plays BBQs for friends and families (which is the only playing out we really do) there are a fair share of young kids and young parents (20-35 somethings) that we need to be playing for too. So I listen to the pop and alt. rock stations. Even R&B (I draw the line at most rapp) searching for music of the 90's and 2000s that I like/could like/could like enough to want to play. I mean I am TRYING HARD to like this stuff but, I find very little. I guess I'm set in my ways. But of all the stuff listed by DARGA19 I liked all but Weezer (not crazy about that one).

 

Now, I know that what I like personally isn't the point at all. It's what goes over "out there" that matters. But at this point in my life/career I would rather stay in the rehearsal space then play the stuff.

 

I just thought it amusing to read that the stuff I liked the best would drive CONSUME and his girl out of the bar. I have to suppose that the same would be true of me and my wife if I went to listen to his band. LOL

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Awesome post!

 

 

 

Exactly! Great minds think alike buddy! I've been telling my band mates: win the girls and then get the guys to drink. Most of the bars/venues here give you a % part of the drinks the sell.

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Hey guys, show your complete set list here. I'm curious. We need to update ours as we are in the process of recruiting a new singer. I just kicked out ours. Could not stand his prima-dona/diva attitude.

 

Here are the tunes that works for us:

 

AC/DC - Thunderstruck (I hate to play it but it works with all ages)

Bryan Adams - Summer of '69 (a rockier version)

Guns And Roses - Welcome To The Jungle

Kiss - Rock'n Roll All Nite (makes everyone in the crowd sing the chorus)

Metallica - Enter Sandman

Metallica - Seek & Destroy (end of last set, works with everyone in the crowd)

Nirvana - Come as you are (always someone asking for a Nirvana tune out there)

Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name (tired of playing but a classic)

Theory of a Deadman - Bad Girlfriend (as everyone said above)

Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It (as been working since we added it)

Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast (works great depending on your crowd)

 

Here is our complete setlist:

 

AC/DC - Back In Black

AC/DC - Thunderstruck

AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long

Airbourne - Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast

Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Bryan Adams - Summer of '69

Collective Soul - Gel

Foo Fighters - All My Life

Guns And Roses - Welcome To The Jungle

Green Day - Basket Case

Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl

Jet - Cold Hard Bitch

Jonas - Daddy

Kiss - Rock'n Roll All Nite

Led Zep - Moby Dick

Led Zep/Godsmack - Good Times Bad Times

Lenny Kravitz - Are you gonna go my way?

Metallica - Enter Sandman

Metallica - Sad But True

Metallica - Seek & Destroy

Moist - Resurrection

Neil Young - Rocking In A Free World

Nickelback - How You Remind Me

Nirvana - Come as you are

Pearl Jam - Even Flow

Plume/

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Iron Maiden? I can't imgaine that it could go over good with the ladies?

 

Not really with the girls... But "Number of the beast" does work with the crowd. As for "Losfer words", we don't play it very often but it depends what's the feel at the venue. It also give a 5 minutes break to the singer :D

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