#1
I want to take some 80's songs and cover them in ska, or maybe even punk.

I mean, besides just getting the key and chord progressions, what other techniques work with this? I'm just not that good at it.
#2
really just take the lyrics out and start over, thats what they do most of the time
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#3
youve gotta make a bassline, then just upstroke the same chords in the song... and make a new rhythm for it
#5
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#6
theres a sweet punk cover of Land Down Under from Men At Work,i think the cover is done by Pennywise
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#7
God damnit. I hate Me First and The Gimme Gimmes. They do all the good songs, but don't even do them good.
#8
man me and my band did a coolio gangsta's paradise and what we did was i learned the actual bass line first and then i just made it more jazzy with more jumping around i learned the key of each verse and gave it to my guitar player he came with the chords upstroking and my drummer just sped up u should listen to the sublime cover of gin and juice its really amazing and great
#9
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listen to the sublime cover of gin and juice its really amazing and great

thats not a sublime cover, its labeled that on p2p programs but its not them. maybe nofx. But check out Sublimes Cover of Rawhide, try and get the live version its way better.
#11
The Berlin Project did Gin and Juice.

The Berlin Project blew (although to be fair, I found the cover amusing.)

I think "Build me Up Buttercup" by the Foundations would make a nice ska song, even though I generally hate ska covers. I just think that would be cool for some reason.

Wasn't Ivan Julien in the Foundations?
#13
Just find the off beat of the song, and if you need to, 'double time it

I guess ska'ing things has come natural to me over time.
But I can make anything into ska.
David Bowie songs, Radiohead songs, System of a Down songs, Led Zeppelin songs...

EDIT:
Billy Joel songs?
Take the rhythm part, figure out the chords, and ska it.
Take the lead part, and have it on either another guitar, or brass section.
Simple.
Circle that A, motherfucker!
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#14
Just do the Ska upbeat Ska Picking, add some Brass maybe have somone yelling oi a few times in the song and its been Skaified.

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#15
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Just do the Ska upbeat Ska Picking, add some Brass maybe have somone yelling oi a few times in the song and its been Skaified.

And I love this thread title.


Who the **** yells "Oi!" in a ska song?

My tips:

1) Take the chords and make them upstroked barre chords.
2) Take any important single note melodies (lead guitar parts, for example) and turn them into horn lines.
3) Throw in some "hep"s, "pick it up"s, and any other assorted ska phrases and noises you can think of.

You've got a ska cover!

I've seen this formula work for "My Humps" by the Black Eyed Peas, "Dirty Little Secret" by the All-American Rejects, "Baby's Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot, and many other songs.
#16
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Wasn't Ivan Julien in the Foundations?


I believe so.
#17
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The Berlin Project did Gin and Juice.

The Berlin Project blew (although to be fair, I found the cover amusing.)

I think "Build me Up Buttercup" by the Foundations would make a nice ska song, even though I generally hate ska covers. I just think that would be cool for some reason.

Wasn't Ivan Julien in the Foundations?


I love you. I know several people who would help me with something like that...I'll see if I can do it, if I do, I'll post it...if you don't want to do it.
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#18
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I think "Build me Up Buttercup" by the Foundations would make a nice ska song, even though I generally hate ska covers. I just think that would be cool for some reason.


I know there's a Build Me Up Buttercup cover floating around on the P2P programs.
I don't know who it's by - the P2P claims it's Save Ferris but it doesn't sound like Monique Powell.

*Then again, it isn't ska. It's a pop-punk song.*
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#19
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I believe so.


That's what I thought, I just couldn't find anything about him online.

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If you want to do something like that then that would be awesome!

I don't have the mixing skills to pull off something like that.
#22
k, keep the chord progression but change the power chords or whatevcer to barre chords or whatever ska chords you use. then for the bassline take the major scale of the chord and use some variation with the root 3rd 4th and 5th notes of it.

so if you take an a chord
e-5
b-5
g-6
d-7
a-7
e-5

and play something like this
g---------- g--------
d---------- and add in variations like this d-----------4
a--4-7-4- a--457---7-7
e-5------- e-5------5---
holy fuck its wayne brady!!!!
#23
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#24
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theres a sweet punk cover of Land Down Under from Men At Work,i think the cover is done by Pennywise

i have a feeling it was spunge who did it it should be from there "that should cover it" album
#25
Find the chords to the song and play them ska-style.
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#26
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theres a sweet punk cover of Land Down Under from Men At Work,i think the cover is done by Pennywise


yeah thats pennywise, they played it when i saw em a few weeks ago. my suggestion would be, don't cover 80s songs like that. me first n the gimme gimmes are just terrible. but if you are gonna do it, basically take the chords n the lyrics n give it whatever rhythm you feel like playin
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#28
upstroke..
faster beat.. (sometimes)
trumpet, trombone, and stuff.....
let's just wait 'til my fingers bleed...