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#1
hey guys.

I was just thinking, would you rather play all originals, or play mostly originals with a few covers.

I figure that a lot of people are afraid of originals because the covers are better than their own songs. your thoughts?
#2
I think a few covers are good- they show your influences, and because your fans know the words you can get them involved.
Just not ALL covers- original songs are good too.
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#4
couple covers in it are always cool, people know those better
my band covers Agnostic Front - Friend or Foe & SSD - Boiling Point
en we did songs like Minor Threat, Good Intentions and Step Down
#5
All originals for an album. A few covers for live shows. You can't do a live show without at least one cover.
#6
And that's what I wanted to hear.

Why are people so afraid of covers.

Unfortunately, the kittens do loads.

We do Situations, Eighteen, I love to boogie, Children of the Revolution (the guitar solo I do in that is stellar), Who are the Mystery Girls and Little Willy.
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All originals for an album. A few covers for live shows. You can't do a live show without at least one cover.


Well, you CAN...when you have enough good material to last the whole show.

But if you're doing an album, it's best to have all originals. Covers will just seem like filler and won't get much attention from everyone outside the band.
#8
Covers are always fun because usually it's something the audience knows well and can sing along to.
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And that's what I wanted to hear.

Why are people so afraid of covers.

Unfortunately, the kittens do loads.

We do Situations, Eighteen, I love to boogie, Children of the Revolution (the guitar solo I do in that is stellar), Who are the Mystery Girls and Little Willy.


Nice choice of covers, gotta love a bit of T-rex

'I love to boogie, on a Saturday night'
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#11
I would say mostly originals with a few covers, preferably if the covers fit the sound of originals.
#12
I like playing all originals. I don't mind playing covers, but I love writing and creating new music.
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Well, you CAN...when you have enough good material to last the whole show.

But if you're doing an album, it's best to have all originals. Covers will just seem like filler and won't get much attention from everyone outside the band.


The thing is...if you're a small band, the audience probably doesn't know your songs. I dunno if you've ever seen this before, but when you play a song at a punk show that everyone knows, it gets crazy. Singing, dancing, and moshing break out. The crowd loves to hear something they actually know. They get way more into the music.

But like I said...on an album...covers are just a waste of space. Typically, the cover's not as good as the original, and it usually seems kind of out of place. Although I'm sure there are some situations where this isn't true.
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The thing is...if you're a small band, the audience probably doesn't know your songs. I dunno if you've ever seen this before, but when you play a song at a punk show that everyone knows, it gets crazy. Singing, dancing, and moshing break out. The crowd loves to hear something they actually know. They get way more into the music.

But like I said...on an album...covers are just a waste of space. Typically, the cover's not as good as the original, and it usually seems kind of out of place. Although I'm sure there are some situations where this isn't true.

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#15
my friends band even though they have more than enough songs to fill a set through in a couple rage covers

also if you are good buds with another local band try doing a cover together or with a guest singer my friends bands annihalation messiah and Inque did that when they covered laid to rest by lambof god it was also a cool way to go inbetween sets
let kids run up and sing when you do covers that always makes things more fun
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I think covers are healthy when your a in a local band it'll get the crowd more involved
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#17
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Nice choice of covers, gotta love a bit of T-rex

'I love to boogie, on a Saturday night'
T-rex are awesome!


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#19
^ Are you saying the Unseen cover T-Rex, or asking if Brian is covering the Unseen? Cause I think I'd **** myself if the Unseen covered T-Rex. But "Knowing" Brian, if the Unseen have a song called Children of the Revolution, I would assume he's playing the T-Rex version. I would hope it is at least.

I think covers are really fun. I love hearing one band's interpretation of another's song. And I don't even mind them on albums, as long as they fit the mood.

My band does one or two covers each set. Spaced apart, of course, so as to show case our originals.
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#20
my opinions:

t-rex pwns. but doesn't pwn as hard as bowie.

covers are fun, as long as it isn't freebird.

originals are more important than having fun though.
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my opinions:

t-rex pwns. but doesn't pwn as hard as bowie.

covers are fun, as long as it isn't freebird.

originals are more important than having fun though.


Well of course not! No one pwns as hard as Bowie.

Speaking of Bowie and covers, he does exceptional Velvet Underground covers. They make me really happy. White Light/White Heat and Waiting for the Man. In my opinion, he's the only man who could play as well as the Velvet Underground did originally.
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#22
I could be horribly wrong, but i always thought of it like this: The crowd wants to hear THEIR favorite song, and probably doesn't care much about any originals, so you should start of with mostley covers (maybe 2 or 3 originals), get a few regular fans, and just start working in your originals maybe 2 at a time after you've made a small name for yourself.
#23
I'd like to hear roky erikson's version of "Heroin".

I hear it's really good.

Bowie's version of waiting for the man is fantastic, I have some live footage, which is really well delivered.

I haven'y heard Bowie's version of white light, but it must surely be better than the slaughter version.
#24
The best way to go is to play covers by bands that almost nobody listens to. That way, you don't have to write original material, people think the song is cool, and people who know the band will appreciate the song even more than people who don't know it.

Also if you cover a song like "Holiday In Cambodia" you better do a damn good job because we will all know when you screw up. And we will all give you **** for it.
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The best way to go is to play covers by bands that almost nobody listens to. That way, you don't have to write original material, people think the song is cool, and people who know the band will appreciate the song even more than people who don't know it.

Also if you cover a song like "Holiday In Cambodia" you better do a damn good job because we will all know when you screw up. And we will all give you **** for it.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MJ1Af7SQVng

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#26
Quote by GreenDayChris
Mostly originals with a couple of covers


that is what we do....and it works

the best pogo mood is when we play Blitzkrieg Bop and furthermore we cover some german punk songs which are really good to make the room burn, but at least 2/3 of our programm are our own stuff
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that is what we do....and it works

the best pogo mood is when we play Blitzkrieg Bop and furthermore we cover some german punk songs which are really good to make the room burn, but at least 2/3 of our programm are our own stuff


My band covers a John Mayer song

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#29
Nice one.
To be fair though, I do play in a kind of indie/blues/funk band, and our name does come from a Mayer song.
It's actually kinda fun to play tbh. And I do like our original material.
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#31
Covers are fun. My band has loads, but we only play 1 or 2 a show.

Dinosaur Jr. - Freak Scene
Camper Von Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling
Husker Du - Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill
The Replacements - Customer
Screeching Weasel - Hey Suburbia

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#32
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Covers are fun. My band has loads, but we only play 1 or 2 a show.

Dinosaur Jr. - Freak Scene
Camper Von Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling
Husker Du - Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill
The Replacements - Customer
Screeching Weasel - Hey Suburbia

We're working on punxing up "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"

Punxing up songs is always good. I've always wanted to do an album of bizarre 80s pop song covers, but punx.
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#34
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^yeah....of course....you won´t belive it but I play in a pop-band, it was in a time when I did not have my own band and I just wanted to play guitar, so I understand it (furthermore I play Bass in a big band)


Big band stuff is uber cool though.
Specially if that's an upright bass you're rockin'. Still cool otherwise.
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#35
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Big band stuff is uber cool though.
Specially if that's an upright bass you're rockin'. Still cool otherwise.


Big band is not that great, when the drummer is always missing and you have a posaunist who has a fetish for rhythm and hates everyone
#36
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i try to stay away from punxing up songs, its so cliche.


I think it really depends. If a band does it sarcastically, then obviously it sucks. And if a band takes it and just plays it as fast and loud as possible, it sucks then as well. It's a matter of a band putting it into their style. My band is a melodic indie-punk-whatever band, so doing a beatles song a tad bit faster and with distorted guitars sounds good.
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#37
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I think it really depends. If a band does it sarcastically, then obviously it sucks. And if a band takes it and just plays it as fast and loud as possible, it sucks then as well. It's a matter of a band putting it into their style. My band is a melodic indie-punk-whatever band, so doing a beatles song a tad bit faster and with distorted guitars sounds good.

You know, I definitely agree with that! I heard a local ska band try to pull off a Beatles song one time, and it was atrocious. I mean horrible. I wasn't sure if they were mocking it or just playing it FASTERLOUDER but it was bad. However, they easily could have played it well without making it as intense and as fast as possible ska punk. There's a fine line, me says.
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You know, I definitely agree with that! I heard a local ska band try to pull off a Beatles song one time, and it was atrocious. I mean horrible. I wasn't sure if they were mocking it or just playing it FASTERLOUDER but it was bad. However, they easily could have played it well without making it as intense and as fast as possible ska punk. There's a fine line, me says.
A ska band could probably get away with Yellow Submarine.
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I think it really depends. If a band does it sarcastically, then obviously it sucks. And if a band takes it and just plays it as fast and loud as possible, it sucks then as well. It's a matter of a band putting it into their style. My band is a melodic indie-punk-whatever band, so doing a beatles song a tad bit faster and with distorted guitars sounds good.



true, my band has been thinking aobut doing an old 60s cover song, but we dunno what one to do.
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