Songs That Should Be Banned from Cover Band Set Lists…

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Ok, I was on the phone the other day talking to my good friend David Lutz. We were discussing songs that both our acoustic  band’s (his being “The Dave and Jon band” and mine “The Yellow Short Bus” are adding to our setlist. He shares his list with me and I share ours with him.  Usually we say, “that’s a good song” or “yea, we play that one too”… But the other day was different. I told him we had added “Free Bird” to the set.  Now hang on here my southern rock friends… It’s a good song, or well, maybe it was a great song at one time but it’s been overplayed by at least a billion times… The song is like an 85 year old hooker that’s still trying to get it on. It’s time to hang up the old meat curtains and call it a day. The song is long worn out. I bet Lynryd Skynyrd hates it by now. So with that in mind I ran it by David and he said jokingly “No, please don’t play that song, we bands got to stick together and not play it.” And then we started to think of other overplayed songs and before long we had about five of them. We even devised a plan for all bands to use in the event they are playing somewhere and some nice patron calls one of them out that’s on the “List”. We would merely say, “We are sorry but our local Evansville Musicians Union or EMU for short,has boycotted that song and we are no longer allowed to a play it.” And then we could apologize and play something else other than the song they requested and we wouldn’t look bad…

    So what do you think  my fellow musicians? Agree with me? Disagree? Have you played “Free Bird” so many times you could just puke? I just gave you an “out”  for the next time some drunk son a bitch yells Free Bird for the fifth time during your show… Tell them about the EMU and the song boycott 🙂

Here is our list of songs that should be boycotted. I am sure there are more. Add the ones you think should be on the list in the comments or contact us here and we’ll add them to the list.

1. FREE BIRD

2. OLD TIME ROCK AND ROLL

3. BROWN EYED GIRL

4. ROCKY TOP

5. ROCK AND ROLL (LED ZEP)

6. ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT

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  1. //

    Blister in the sun
    Hard to Handle
    Keep Your Hands To Yourself
    Jesse’s Girl
    8675309
    wonderful tonight
    Margaritaville
    save a horse ride a cowboy
    friends in low places
    you never call me by my name
    hit me with your best shot
    sweet home alabama

    and many more every band around seems to do that I can’t think of now.
    of course this is just my opinion and we all know what they say about opinions. keep up the good work kik acts.


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    blister in the sun
    enter sandman
    there’s a buncha 90-‘s college rock shit that all sounds the same faceless dreck


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    Funny Jeremy. My band just dropped Keep Your Hands, Jessie & Sweet Home. BUUUUT we picked up Margaritaville and still do 867-5309. It helps that the band still likes playing those songs though.


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    When some one yells Freebird to me I usually give them one. That includes my drummer’s wife. Also, if someone yells out ANY song that we don’t do, which are most songs cause we aint no cover band, I usually say ” This next song sounds just like that one but different.”

    Yeah, one of these days I’m gonna get slapped.

    Hey, we do ” Rock-n-roll” by Zep in our Zep medley. I’ll take that one over blister in the sun any day.

    Dave


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    Dave, I give them the finger too. I tell them, “There you go, no charge!”

    I dig that this one sounds just like it comment too. I hope I remember that at my next gig.


  6. //

    what about “Cocaine”???????? (PUKE!!!!!!!!)


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    Any other songs that can get your ass kicked by rednecks when you make fun of said song or bands’ “tragic” crash at En El Rio…

    Freebird is out. Right out.

    Anything by Skynard, in fact. Just out. Skynard is over-played and over-rated.


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    Generally I will play just about anything that is requested in writing on the back of a Benjamin, but this is the one that I will flat out refuse to play for any amount of money.
    Not real fond of SHA either, but it unfotunately live in the setlist for now
    I’ve actually heard drunken dolts yell out Free Bird in the middle of a couple of Allman Brothers shows, while the band is playing.
    Both times, Warren Haynes’eyes rolled so far back in his head I thought he was passing out and Gregg Allman just looks across the stage at him and laughs.
    I’d add several to this list, but I don’t want to crash the server !


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    JIm Gaines :Generally I will play just about anything that is requested in writing on the back of a Benjamin, but this is the one that I will flat out refuse to play for any amount of money.Not real fond of SHA either, but it unfotunately live in the setlist for nowI’ve actually heard drunken dolts yell out Free Bird in the middle of a couple of Allman Brothers shows, while the band is playing.Both times, Warren Haynes’eyes rolled so far back in his head I thought he was passing out and Gregg Allman just looks across the stage at him and laughs.I’d add several to this list, but I don’t want to crash the server !

    Almost forgot.

    While I’m not anything remotely close to a Skynyrd fan and haven’t listened since Nuthin’ Fancy, there’s way cooler shit that a band could play by them than the dreaded Alabama/3 Steps/Free Bird dead horses.


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    It took me a little bit, but Man In The Box should be banned from all set lists. I might be willing to listen if someone had the talk box thing or if someone used a slide for Free Bird, but otherwise, drop them.


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    Any drummer I know will say Wipeout…Im sick of that one..


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    1. CUMBERSOME
    2. MAN IN THE BOX
    3. BLISTER IN THE SUN
    4. MACHINE HEAD
    5. CRAZY BITCH
    6. ENTER SANDMAN

    EVERY COVERBAND PLAYS THE SAME THING FOR THE MOST PART, WHAT ABOUT THE 80’S..RATT, MOTLEY CRUE, SLAUGHTER, WINGER, ALL THOSE BANDS HAD HUGE HITS AND IT WOULD BE AWSOME TO HEAR THOSE SONGS. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HERD RATT IN A BAR? PEOPLE KNOW THIS STUFF. YOU SHOULD ALSO PLAY ALOT OF NEWER STUFF, EVEN METAL. BANDS LIKE SLIPKNOT, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, ROB ZOMBIE, ETC. ALL HAVE BIG HITS WITH A LOT OF RADIO PLAY. I WILL NEVER LIKE A COVERBAND UNTIL I HEAR SOMEONE PLAY ” IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT” BY WHITESNAKE AND ROCK THAT SONG!!


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    @MIKE
    Good list Mike.
    I would add TnT and Dirty Deeds.


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    ….there goes our set list. Thanks, guys. 😉


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    This is great cause this is almost a weekly topic with our band. And I see almost everyone has the same opinions of the same songs. Songs we will never play and wish everyone would drop:
    1. f’n Blister in the Sun
    2. Cumbersome
    3. Kryptonite
    4. Crazy Bitch
    5. Santa Monica (Everclear)


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    @Eric
    I cant believe no one has said Worst Enemy yet!

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