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I need cash, my band got offered to play the middle school's back-to-school-night. The event is a stupid thing where all the parents drag there kids to check out all there classes and meet their teachers. I don't mind I love playing and I also love money.

Only thing is we are a hard rock band (kinda grunge,punk influenced). We were told that we can't do any stuff with yelling or loud distortion. So roll out everything we do.

We need fairly simple songs that the kids would love. Im singing and playing lead. We have me, a bassist, and a drummer.

Any suggestions?
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well, I suppose you could do some classic rock, like zeppelin or ac/dc.
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#4
some acoustics mixed with punk -

SWING LIFE AWAY - RISE AGAINST great song that fits your needs
paint it black - the rolling stones
hotel California - eagles
lola - the kinks
as the guy above said - most led zeppelin songs
typical - mute math
californication - red hot chili peppers
turn the page - metallica
well those are all the good non-hard rock songs I know
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#7
Just play some real old rock, such as Cream, Rush, the Kinks, maybe some Beatles.

Then if no one is paying attention, throw in some AC/DC or Led Zeppelin or The Who.

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oh and they wont know what distortion is i bet. teachers think loud is distortion and so on. so dont worry about that.
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thats deffinaltye what id do

That would be so funny
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I need cash, my band got offered to play the middle school's back-to-school-night. The event is a stupid thing where all the parents drag there kids to check out all there classes and meet their teachers. I don't mind I love playing and I also love money.

Only thing is we are a hard rock band (kinda grunge,punk influenced). We were told that we can't do any stuff with yelling or loud distortion. So roll out everything we do.

We need fairly simple songs that the kids would love. Im singing and playing lead. We have me, a bassist, and a drummer.

Any suggestions?


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*Comes back*

Look, if the gig on offer is a completely different gig to what your band normaly do, then leave the gig to a band that normaly do that kinda stuff.
Promotion wise, you're shooting yourself in the foot.
Artistic wise, you're selling out.

I'd advise against it.
But if your gonna do it, play a set of 50 and 60s rock 'n' roll songs.
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*Walks away shaking his head and muttering to himself* 'Dear God no.'

*Comes back*

Look, if the gig on offer is a completely different gig to what your band normaly do, then leave the gig to a band that normaly do that kinda stuff.
Promotion wise, you're shooting yourself in the foot.
Artistic wise, you're selling out.

I'd advise against it.
But if your gonna do it, play a set of 50 and 60s rock 'n' roll songs.


Im not to happy with doing it, but as a group of high schoolers that can't be called selling out.

Were doing it for fun and stage experience for the most part. Money just so we can afford some better equiptment to enhance our original music.
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I say just play what you normally would, just keep the volume at a reasonable level. Like GoWithTheFlow said, teachers probably don't know the difference between distortion and volume (although they sound the best when put together ).
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#15
Yes, you HAVE to do school's out.

Get the science club guys to rig the stage with explosives and set them off at the song's climax.
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I think you would be able to get away with the old school crunch, so some 70's rock will be perfect.
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#17
wish you were here!
other than that if you do old songs that young people know the words to you'll be sweet, even if they're not good songs the old people remember them and are reminded of a time when they used to worry about being happy instead of their mortgage and the young people think they're being so ****ing hilarious by singing along to a song that they didn't hear on mainstream radio or MTV
oh and I just remembered that MTV doesn't even play songs anymore but thats beside the point
AND nothing wrong with a gig for the sake of a gig, its hardly selling out its just doing a job rather than giving an artistic performance, although theres no reason why the 2 can't overlap
#18
The Underdog by Spoon. I usually listen to hard rock, but I love this song. Also try some of the acoustic Godsmack songs.
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oh and they wont know what distortion is i bet. teachers think loud is distortion and so on. so dont worry about that.


So if I'm a teacher and play a cover of Master of Puppets with my ESP/LTD with active EMG pickups through my Randall G3 amp.... are you suggesting that I somehow don't know what distortion is?

Now as a middle school music teacher, I think the criteria of 'no distortion' is more than a bit silly. Hell... even Celine Dion has used distorted guitar in some of her songs. (though, granted, not bloody many....) The demographic of teachers is about ten years younger now than it was ten years ago.... mean age probably early to mid-40's. That puts them being teenagers in the late '70's.... they grew up on the Pistols, AC/DC, Sabbath, Floyd, and well.... probably ABBA too....

I *can* see the criteria of trying to have songs that are mainstream. (a loose translation of no yelling and stuff.... ) A bunch of kids getting up and doing Screamo and black metal will drive people away. Good mainstream top-40 rock.... I don't see a problem. (thinking Billy Talent, Rise Against, etc. - stuff that kids like too....)

So, my advice.... if you can contact someone in charge.... select songs from your list that fit that 'mainstream' criteria I suggested. Bounce it off 'em and see what they say. Will they really say no to top-40 hard rock - stuff that kids and adults alike will like? Not impossible, no, but I'd be surprised.

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no, no, no, dude....same thing happened to my band.....and we STUCK TO OUR GUNS!!!!! we played as loud and ferocious as possible, and every body loved IT!!!!! even the teachers said we were a good band, and this was right after they told us that we would get in huge trouble if we played loud rock!!!!!!!

i say, just do your thing and put on a great show, regardless of what the teachers want.
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Artistic wise, you're selling out.


[sarcasm]Wow, so small bands that need publicity can sell out by playing a gig at their school? [/sarcasm]
#22
To sell out = to compromise what one *wants* to do in favour of personal gain

We all do it to some degree.

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To sell out = to compromise what one *wants* to do in favour of personal gain

We all do it to some degree.

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we do?
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Yes, you HAVE to do school's out.

Get the science club guys to rig the stage with explosives and set them off at the song's climax.


Fool, the climax isn't about explosions, it's when you get all the teachers and parents to get up and do a wall of death.
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#26
Just play ska. Problem solved and no one can call you a sell out cause everyone will be to busy skanking.
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[sarcasm]Wow, so small bands that need publicity can sell out by playing a gig at their school? [/sarcasm]

It doesn't matter where the venue is, if the audience is going to be into one particular kind of music, and your band are so different to that type of music that in order to get the gig you have to completely change your style and set to a style and set that you wouldn't normaly do out of choice, then that's selling out because the only gain is financial, hence the term 'selling' out.
So what's the point of doing this? Financialy they'll probably earn enough pocket money to buy a new set of strings each, publicity wise it's a non starter because it's a different set to what they'd normaly play and further more, they are probably preventing another band that actualy specialise in that kinda stuff from being offered the gig by agreeing to do it in the first place.
Can anyone see any real advantage to playing this gig?

As Silent_Jester13 said;

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Im not to happy with doing it, but as a group of high schoolers that can't be called selling out.

Which is a contradiction in terms. The whole point of being a musician is to enjoy what you do, you should be happy playing music because if you ain't, it comes across in the performance and as the age old musician's addage goes 'If it ain't fun, it ain't worth doing.'
It's also a contradiction to say that you're not happy about doing something then say ;
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Were doing it for fun and stage experience for the most part.

The experience part, fair enough, I can respect that, but when someone says;
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Money just so we can afford some better equiptment to enhance our original music.
...knowing full well that the kinda money involved in this kinda show just ain't worth putting the effort in for, then says;
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Im not to happy with doing it, but as a group of high schoolers that can't be called selling out.
...it's a contradiction because that's the only term that can actualy describe what you are planning, no matter what your age is.

There is a problem when you're own feelings are telling you that you are 'not happy' about playing a gig because of the situation under which you are playing.
It's your own morals telling you that it simply isn't right to be doing what your planning to do.
As you said, you're doing it for experience which is perfectly OK, but don't say your doing it for fun when we both know that's not true.

But hey, don't take my word for it, this is just my personal opinion and all sorts of different musicians play gigs every day for all sorts of different reasons.
I just thought I'd point out a couple of things for you, and anyone else reading this, to think about for future reference.
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I'd say just play all really hard stuff, like Lamb of God, Necrophagist, and Slayer, and hire a bouncer from a night club to stand guard near your equipment so they can't pull the plug on you.
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I'd say just play all really hard stuff, like Lamb of God, Necrophagist, and Slayer, and hire a bouncer from a night club to stand guard near your equipment so they can't pull the plug on you.


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