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Ok, at the moment I want the band to focus on learning 10+ cover songs to play at pub/bar/club gigs. We do some Nirvana, Blink182, and Grinsp00n covers. I was wondering if anyone can get a list of songs that are relatively easy to learn, and are fairly well-known that would be crowd-pleasers to all ages of people at a pub/bar/club scene. This is the lineup at the moment:

1. Blink182- Dammit
2. Nirvana- The Man Who Sold the World
3. Grinsp00n- Just Ace
4. Nirvana- Come As You Are
5. Grinsp00n- Dead Cat X3

Can you guys suggest up to 10 more songs?

Posted : 24/10/2002 10:26 pm
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Hi Funkman!

   Though, of course, it depends on what pleases the crowd (simply, what crowd your aiming to entertain), but just for suggestions sake, here's my take.    

The first I'll just list a couple of classic rock/modern alternative.

Place in any order you like...

  • Deep purple - Smoke on the water
  • Pink floyd - Wish you were here
  • Led Zeppelin - Rock n' roll
  • Radiohead - creep
  • Rage agains the machine - Guirella radio or sleep now in the fire
  • System of a down - Chop suey or toxicity
  • Black sabbath - Iron man or Paranoid
  • Metallica - Master of puppets or Fade to black
  • Nirvanna - Lithium
  • Jimi hendrix - Purple haze
  • Red hot chili peppers - under the bridge
  • Live - Turn my head
  • I just started listing things that I thought would probably be well known.

    I hope this helps!

    Rock on!


    Posted : 25/10/2002 12:34 am
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    All the suggestions are good.

    Posted : 25/10/2002 4:05 am
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  • Nirvana - Smells like teen spirit

  • Chili peppers - Californication

  • Green Day - Time of your life

  • Chili peppers - By the way

  • Pixies - Where is my mind
  • ???
    Easy songs

    Most Chili peppers songs are simple

    Posted : 25/10/2002 6:23 am
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    I would add:

    Queen - Tie Your Mother Down - built for the stage, it has a solid riff, half a dozen chords, and a solo and it rocks along like no other.

    Alan  8)

    "Be good at what you can do" - Fingerbanger"
    I have always felt that it is better to do what is beautiful than what is 'right'" - Eliot Fisk
    Wedding music and guitar lessons in Essex. Listen at:

    Posted : 25/10/2002 7:10 am
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    Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
    Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
    Pearl Jam - Elderly Woman
    Pearl Jam - Alive
    Pearl Jam - Black
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man
    Live - Lightning Crashes

    Posted : 29/10/2002 1:45 am
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    Britney Spears - Baby one more time

    That one always goes down well :)

    Posted : 01/11/2002 1:51 pm
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    Paginie's 24th caprice?
    (Disclaimer: I in no way endorse or dis classical music.  And if I spelled that wrong please forgive me.)

    Tom Petty-freefalling
    U2-Sunday bloody sunday
    George Benson-Breezin'

    Ever notice how people look at you funny when you're walking down the street and jiggling your fingers while going, "Naaar Naiiieer Naaaaeer Nira Neeeeear Neaur."?

    Posted : 01/11/2002 8:03 pm
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    Bush - Glycerine
    Nirvana - InBloom
    Nirvana - Lithium
    Nirvana - Polly
    Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
    Marilyn Manson - Sweet Dreams
    Alice In Chains - Heaven Beside You
    Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight
    Samshing Pumkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
    EverClear - Santa Monica
    Hole - Violet
    Nada Surf - Popular
    Blur - Song Number 2
    Green Day 1- Brain Stew, 2- When I Come Around
             My suggestions would be to look for all the tabs for the songs you might consider playing live and see how difficult it is to play when you add the guitar, bass, drums, and lyrics towards playing the songs. The songs I have listed up above should be fairly easily to play since those were the songs that I first learned when I started to play the guitar 7 years ago, and they are all pretty well known.

            I'd suggest playing about 5 Nirvana" songs when your playing live because Kurt's material is pretty easy to learn from since he doesn't do alot of crazy solos like Metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth. Anyway these are just my thoughts on what you and and band should try to achieve, so Good Luck !

    Posted : 01/11/2002 8:43 pm
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    We've added the following songs to our setlist and have gotten a great response:

    No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley
    Drift Away - Dobie Gray
    Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

    These are pretty well known songs that the crowd loves to sing along with.  

    Posted : 21/11/2002 9:17 pm
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    Most Blink 182 songs are relitively easy, I reccommend the Dude Ranch Songbook :)
    I wish I could hear you do dammit :) I want to cover that one day.
    Problem is, older Blink stuff isn't much of a general croud pleaser, you should play for your audience, or get an audience for what you play :)

    Posted : 23/11/2002 9:05 pm
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    I wouldnt do nirvanas smells like teen spirit for the sole reason that the original is so inbedded in peoples minds, and so well loved by fans of grunge that they'd compare you to kurt and surmise that youre not as good, plus its kinda like the grunge stairway to heaven; everyone learns it, then never plays it in public. I try to look for stuuf that isnt a huge hit, or too well known, but that is pretty popular within the genre(s) your audience likes. qwith that in mind, I shall suggest;

    In bloom - nirvana
    she - greenday
    basketcase - greenday
    jeremy - pearl jam
    alive - pearl jam
    purple haze - jimi hendrix
    hey joe (poss. speeded up a bit to fit in with the set) - jimi hendrix
    anything by idlewild - maybe when we argue I see shapes or actually its darkness

    I've played all of these in punk and grunge bands and got a great audience response.

    also, lok for stuff you can elaborate on, non-punk or grunge songs you can make work in that setting (the vandals rewrite of summer days from grease is sooooo funny).this can work well on well-known songs. maybe sometinhg like send in the clowns or somewhere over the rainbow set to a punk or grunge backing? for example, hendrix's souped up versh of johnny b. goode is ace and doesnt pander too much to the original. try it out with smoe well-known songs and you might find something interesing, which will get your fans coming back to future gigs.

    Posted : 24/11/2002 11:56 pm
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  • Nirvana - Smells like teen spirit

  • Nirvana - Come as you are

  • Nirvana - Lithium

  • Nirvana - In bloom

  • Green Day - Waiting

  • Green Day - Minority

  • Blink182 - Rock show

  • Blink182 - All the small things

  • Bowling 4 soup - Girl all the bad guys want

  • Bowling 4 soup - The b!tch song (very easy song)
    Posted : 16/12/2002 1:54 am
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    Well, me and my friends usually do that sort of thing, the 5 songs we normally perform are (and Im suprised noone else mentioned maiden)

    Clapton: Layla
    Iron Maiden: Blood Brothers
    Queen: We Will Rock You
    Metallica: Enter Sandman
    U2: Bloody Sunday


    Iron Maiden: Fear Of The Dark
    Queen: Innuendo
    Creed: One Last Breath
    Ozzy Osbourne: Paranoid

    We play these in random orders, and simplify some stuff, but they go down well usually.......

    Posted : 04/01/2003 4:45 pm
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    Certain songs work in certain places.I never have understood why people stay stuck in one musical style,but it shall be this way forever.To stay working one must learn different styles.So my list is varied,here goes.
    1. Brown Eyed Girl.......chicks always go for this one
    2. You never called me by my name........rednecks
    3. Play That Funky can rock this one hard
    4. Wonderful Tonight.......a slow one that works always
    5. Kryptonite.............I know....but it works
    6. Any George Strait tune.........rednecks Part 2

    Wouldn't it be nice if we could play our original music and be liked for doing so.I play for a living,mostly in clubs and lounges and still see the people look only for the cover crap....................

    Posted : 25/01/2003 9:00 am
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