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#1
title basically explains it. what are your favorite songs to cover while playing live, and why? this is basically inspired by a show last night, where my new acoustic-rock band type thingy covered david ford's "state of the union." its an amazing song that just builds up musically, and is fun as hell to play. it also has some great lyrics to it. there is one line that goes "clever old men are all that and all this and/they will talk and they will talk but they won't ****ing listen." that got a great reaction from the crowd, and they really got into it.
with my old band, my favorite cover was dream on. to just here the entire venue singing along with the "sing with me" part-its an amazing feeling. and we also had a singer who could do the falsetto screams without sounding like a dousche. so what are your fav. songs to cover, and why?


(also check out david ford on youtube if you get a chance, he is one talented motha****a)
#2
Bad Religion - American Jesus!!!
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#4
baba orielly is a really fun one.. our keys guy has a synth patch for the intro, plus we kinda do it a little like the pearl jam version.. where they play the intro synth thing on guitar. It sounds so freaking good.
#5
Some kind of monster (Metallica) was a hell of alot of fun to cover, the riff at the start got the crowd completely wild.
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^Amen.


I like to do Hotel Yorba by the White Stripes,when I play in front of people,but I've never done a real gig, so....
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#8
we very rarely play covers, though we got an encore on Thursday in which we played Die, Die My Darling. Misfits ftw
#9
I like to play Turn the Page (Bob Seger, also covered by Metallica) a lot.
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#10
Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry is a ton of fun to play live.
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"Killing in the Name of" - Rage Against the Machine

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We covered Can't Stop at the diamond fest fun as hell to. But i do backing vocals like john does. At the end everbody said we did good, but called me a b**** because i was singing high notes........
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^ Strange, I usually get compliments if I can do high notes (Under the Bridge outro, for example).
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#16
Back in pep band for basketball games, we'd always include Crazy Train in the lineup, since 4 of the 5 members of our band were in pep band. Right from the bass and drums intro, people went crazy, and I especially loved it because I got to do the guitar solo and stand on the little stage we had for pep band. People loved it, apparently.
So now it's a staple at all of our gigs.
#17
Walk-Pantera if you do metal shows, haha.
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#18
We do an arrangement I did of Hurt by Nine Inch Nails.

Bro Hymn by Pennywise is another of my favorite covers.
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#19
We tend to do stuff by the doors. mostly "people are strange". Also, we've done "wish you were here" by pink floyd
#20
walk this way is another song that is fun as **** to play. if you have ever heard the version off the album "a little south of sanity," our drummer plays the drums intor like that (quite different than the normal intro), and our singer always gives the "Ahhh yeah, baby. WELL GET THE **** OFF OF THE FENCE!!!! CHEA!" before we rip into the guitar intro. really gets the crowd into it.
#21
It's pretty common to cover it, but I love covering Knockin' on Heaven's Door, too. It's simple and you can do a lot with it.
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#22
Hallelujah to the Reptillia. One of my favorite covers.

Besides that.....
Get Free - The Vines, just because it's a good, easy, jam song. And it's got fun vocals.
And Closing Time - Semisonic. Preferably last, obviously. Great song. Amazing for just pulling out at any kind of venue, in front of any kind of audience.
Anything along those lines, but those three, I absolutely recommend.
#23
God Save the Queen, by the Sex Pistols. It's funny how many people actually like the Sex Pistols, and even if they don't the crowd goes nuts when we play that song. It's a really good song to start with because it's easy and gets the audience moving.
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#25
master of puppets-metallica
walk-pantera
raining blood-slayer
bohemian rhapsody-queen
breaking the law-judas priest

all amazingly fun songs to play live.
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#26
Keep on rockin' by Neil young - pearl jam also covered it
well known, easy to play, gives time for 2 or 3 guitar solos (after every chorus)
#27
Needles and Pins - The Searchers.

Great song.
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#28
adam sandler - i wanna grow old with you

its that song from the wedding singer at the end on the plane

we do this weird power chord version of it with a lead guitar part, its alot of fun
#29
Kill me, but Dance Dance by Fall Out Boy. The reason being my band has a very large 21-26 year old female fan base and they love Fall Out, so the dance floor usually gets up. We end every show with killing in the name of by Rage Against the Machine. That's a pretty insane song that gets the crowd rowdy at 2am.
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#30
I haven't played a show yet, but at our first gig in a couple of weeks, we're probably gonna cover either "Silver And Cold" by AFI or maybe "Youth Gone Wild" by Skid Row or "Slither" by Velvet Revolver, we're still deciding.
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Kill me, but Dance Dance by Fall Out Boy. The reason being my band has a very large 21-26 year old female fan base and they love Fall Out, so the dance floor usually gets up. We end every show with killing in the name of by Rage Against the Machine. That's a pretty insane song that gets the crowd rowdy at 2am.


Yeah I've noticed a lot of bands nowadays are playin Fall Out Boy songs followed up by Rage Against the Machine....

anyway. fun songs to play:
Lie to Me, Satin Sheets - Silverchair
tourette's, Breed - Nirvana
Sunshine of Your Love (stupid fast punk-style) - Cream
New Race - Radio Birdman
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#33
i like to play eruption - van halen then then go straight into a rage against the machine, we tried it as an experiment and now its sort of a ritual to play it b4 ouir new material
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Kill me, but Dance Dance by Fall Out Boy. The reason being my band has a very large 21-26 year old female fan base and they love Fall Out, so the dance floor usually gets up. We end every show with killing in the name of by Rage Against the Machine. That's a pretty insane song that gets the crowd rowdy at 2am.


Nothin wrong with playing FOB or other music along those lines. I like them anyway, but playing what your audience wants to hear is always a plus, especially if they're chicks. College aged chicks don't want to hear metal and **** at a bar. Play what people like and they'll love you. Killing in the name is a great song to end on. As is Brohymn which someone mentioned earlier.
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#35
We do Bro Hym as well. I never heard the song before joining this band, but it does go over well at shows. Also Bad Fish by Sublime.. or any Sublime goes well. Most of my band grew up listening to Sublime in the beach town we play in, so it's huge.
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#36
Enter Sandman - Metallica, Even Flow - Pearl Jam, Mouth For War - Pantera, or anything by Lit gets the crowd jumping...
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We covered Can't Stop at the diamond fest fun as hell to. But i do backing vocals like john does. At the end everbody said we did good, but called me a b**** because i was singing high notes........


My Band does Cant Stop and it always goes down well.
#38
I Like playing Down with the sickness- Distubed becuase i sounds so friggin awesome.

Also one of my favorite songs to play live (when i had my old singer) was Chop Suey because its such a head banger
#40
little wing. jimi hendrix, of course. with some little tweaks.
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