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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Does your band play songs you simply don't like?

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New York City

Aug 18th, 2016 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't see how you could avoid playing at least a few tunes you dislike. Maybe if you are the bandleader and have total say in the song selections you could manage to play only songs you like.

Those tunes you can't stand, play the heck out of them anyway. Make it your business to nail those suckers. It's good for you.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Aug 18th, 2016 08:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

When my band started almost 6 years ago, we decided if one of the three of us didn't want to do a song, we wouldn't do it...no questions asked.

It has worked for years. We are a happy band.

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Aug 19th, 2016 06:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

"So even though a song may have sucked cold buttcoffee--I still learned a thing or two from the experience, and I used that new lick/riff/trick somewhere else to spice up my repper-toyer."

zactly! There's been more than one instance where someone mentioned a song that I kinda turned my nose up at, only to find out after I learned it that I started liking it. Usually because I learned something in the process that I didn't know before.

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Aug 20th, 2016 10:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

That question clarification that you wanted to know if we play songs that "don't fit"? My answer is "almost always".

Previous band was blues-Motown-classic R&B. For a few months, the band leader got on a Ray Charles kick and told us to learn Crying Time.

Decent song, simple to play. Just stuck out like a Hockey player in full uniform in church. Something wrong with that song in our set list.

NO ONE DANCED. If we were playing a gig and had any dancers, they sat down after we started that song.

His voice did not help any. He had a wonderful sound...if Smokey Robinson and Sam Cook could have had a love child, that was my band leader's voice. Anything in those two singer's repertoire was fair game for him.

There were times that he killed the dancing with his song selection...sometimes it was the audience that we were playing for that made songs "not fit". We were playing all ages at a local country club (golf course not western music)...coming off of a slow tune that had all the couples on the floor cuddling on the dance floor and then at the end, he called James Brown's Sex Machine. (Mad dash to get off the dance floor ensued.)


Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Aug 21st, 2016 05:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Songs that don't fit is another thing entirely.

I always pay attention to the audiences reactions to different songs. In my last band we did a few Tommy Bolin tunes and despite being kick ass songs, they seemed to kill the dance floor quicker than if we started playing Gregorian Chant music. No one other than us seemed to know the songs so they got shelved.

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American Patriot

I'm on guard these days.
Aug 21st, 2016 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

I guess my rant was about just 1 guy in our band who brings in the off the wall songs. Well, he just sent out an email to all of the band guys that he will be working on the song lists for our next gig in Sept. Can't wait to see what he pulls out of the hat.

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numb, yes...comfortable? Not so much
Aug 21st, 2016 05:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

We get that in our band all the time. We are a classic rock band, but one guy is big into British Invasion stuff, another is into 80's arena rock, another is a country fan, another likes real sappy pop songs. So basically, I'm the only one with good taste in music :^)
The Brit Invasion guy especially is always trying to push Dave Clark 5 songs, and when we talk Rolling Stones songs, he wants to do "Off the Hook" or something similar, stuff that just doesn't fit with Classic Rock

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Aug 22nd, 2016 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile  


Years ago my answer would've been different. But as Peegoo pointed out, I always learned something from those songs. And, honestly, some of them I came to enjoy playing. Some.

These days, I'm in 2 bands and in both groups we do what Steve D. does in his group. We talk about the song choices and if anyone is unhappy with particular tune, we drop it. We've got enough material in our set lists now that losing a few doesn't hurt us. And, at this point, if it isn't fun it's not worth it.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Aug 24th, 2016 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

We do lots of songs that "don't fit." But they get attention, and by the middle of the song, we have them. Like "Night Time is the Right Time" by Ray Charles. It's too slow and kind of just lays there live, but I exaggerate the bass line, and the drummer snaps it a little. We wait till the 4th verse to start the "Night and Day" background response, and right away, everyone is singing along. The drummer (who sings it) keeps building up the vocal.

Doesn't fit...until it does.

Most of our songs "don't fit." They are not well known. None of those younger than 40 have heard most. (We don't do the standard bar band fare.)

But they are catchy, danceable, and fun, and easy to get in your head. We have a great time playing them, and audiences notice.

Fun is contagious.

I enjoy playing songs that I don't care for, but in this band, we don't need to. We have well over 200 songs at our fingertips...enough to tailor what we do to a particular audience. We do Austin Texas music gigs, country gigs, blues gigs, etc. Whatever we need to do...other than top 40.


Omaha, USA

Sep 13th, 2016 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

We saw Skynyrd maybe 15 years ago with "Freebird" their encore. I have to admit they made it sound and look as if they were not sick of it, thinking how many thousand times they'd had to do it.

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Sep 17th, 2016 01:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

If it's a cover band and ya want to gig much remember the guy who pays the freight calls the shots. played a ton of schlock I don't care for but if the bar owners mom or wife wants to hear it pull it outta your butt if you can. Trust me somebody's gonna hate it playing wise but you'll make a friend out front.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Sep 17th, 2016 09:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I have to admit they made it sound and look as if they were not sick of it..."

It's hard to get sick over something that puts thousands of $$ in your checking account :o)

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Southern Calif

Sep 19th, 2016 07:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know why it is that so many of the songs I despise (but used to like) are big crowd pleasers. (Brown Eyed Girl, Proud Mary, Mustang Sally)

I know how a gourmet chef must feel when his most work intensive, exotic creations go uneaten, but if he just throws a cheeseburger on the grill, the waiters can't keep up with the customer demand.



lets take it apart
Sep 30th, 2016 08:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

After being on the guitar over 60 years and still 2 or 3 nights a week playing in two bands a bluegrass and a so called country band that don't know any Haggard or Jones or Conway but still think the stuff on the radio about pickup trucks and tractors is country....well I keep learning to play it ..but don't care much for it. and if I never hear " Rock Me Momma Like A wagon Wheel" thats fine with me !

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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
Oct 25th, 2016 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Absolutely, It cuts down on the band drama.

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Hoarder of instruments
Oct 26th, 2016 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Back in the day we had a few.

Tony Orlando and Dawn stuff and "Okie From Muscogee" come to mind.

I sang maybe six or seven songs a night and I got stuck singing those. At the time it seemed like a total waste when I could have been singing the latest disco chartbuster.

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Portland, Oregon

Nov 1st, 2016 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

The way I look at it (and sold the band to prospective members by) was that all members have veto power. If there's a song you're absolutely sick & tired of playing and really never want to play it again, we don't even need to try it (i.e. peoples Mustang Sally's, Sweet Home Alabama's, etc.). But otherwise whatever anyone suggests, we give it a shot. If we can make it groove for us it goes on the list. If after a few try's, tweaks it just ain't working for someone, they can say so and we let it go. That goes for Originals also. There are too many other songs to choose from for anyone to play music they really don't care for...that's usually the beginning of the end for that person if they do. It's not that another member can't amicably lobby to change someone's mind but, no arguing.


San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Nov 4th, 2016 02:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

No, because the bass player and I control the set list. We have a good feel for how the flow of each set should go. The other guitar player has wanted to add some odd music, which does not fit with what we play, but he is very technology challenged so he has to depend on us to do anything that requires a computer. He does not even have iTunes, so I need to burn a cd for him to use for at home practice. He is a great guy, and plays well and has a cool attitude and nice fit with the band.

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