Saw Original Band That Played Snippets Of Covers Between Songs in Backstage With the Band Posted June 15, 2011 I agree, bad idea. It always kind of irritates me when original bands play covers. If you can't come up with 45 minutes/1 hour of your own music, then you shouldn't be playing in front of an audience. IMO. Playing little snippets makes it even weirder. The snippest are a horrible idea. I would think that would definitely piss people off. Though I personally dont see a problem with throwing in covers, in certain situations. I play/sing/songwrite in a primarily original band. We have about an hours worth of original stuff, (album almost done) an hour or so of covers, and then another half hour or so of stuff we can do with guest musicians. It broadens our horizons and opens up opportunities for more/better paying gigs. We can book 9-1 gigs and hire another band or musician for 100$ for a set, or if we throw in an acoustic set, pull it off ourselves. Plus, if mixed in the set strategically a few covers (if appropriate) can keep people interested, eventually people will be singing along with your originals, sometimes without even realizing it.