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Are there any songs you used to play frequently that you just don't like to play any more? What does it take for a song to fall out of favor?
posted by Zach Beane on Aug 11, 2006 10:05AM

I dont really like playing sweet home alabama anymore....if I have to hear one more request for that im gonna smack myself silly with a drum stick! I think it takes playing it a bajillion times over and over again to not really want to play it anymore. Its sorta like the way clear channel forces shite down your throat, sure the first 100 times you hear it your bobbin your head....after that you quickly change the station after a good long groan. I think its the same way when youve playing something just as much, youre like, god no please not again!
posted by StU aRt on Aug 14, 2006 09:21AM

On a related note, is there any song you learned how to play purely because it was a popular song and you knew people would like it, even if none of you really particularly liked it?
posted by Zach Beane on Aug 14, 2006 09:53AM

no, I think we learned to play the tunes we play because we appreciated certain musical aspects of the songs enough to take the time to learn them. They interested us enough, and we liked them enough, they were good songs, catchy songs, challenging songs, whatever the case may be... Songs are fun to play for many different reasons. But I don't remember picking up a song by saying "guys, this one is on the radio ALL the Time, we gotta learn it!" or anything like that. Its based more on a personal taste.
posted by Cody Phipps on Aug 14, 2006 02:04PM

Ok, then fess up: which one is the Hootie & the Blowfish fan?
posted by Zach Beane on Aug 14, 2006 02:07PM

Cody....all the way Cody. I aint touchin that one with a 10 foot pole! Hold my hand....HOLD THIS FUCKER!!!!
posted by StU aRt on Aug 14, 2006 02:50PM

Not that there's anything wrong with Hootie & the Blowfish. I just don't know what particular musical aspects of the song might be interesting and to whom. Same thing, I think, with the cover-of-a-cover of "Faith", Limp Bizkit style. Was that ever played outside of Llamapalooza?
posted by Zach Beane on Aug 15, 2006 11:06AM

"faith" is greg, all the way, man! I think that was our only attempt at that song, llamaville USA...
Hootie, well, that goes all the way back to jeezus, let's see, sophomore year, high school? Yeah, I think I learned that one because some friend or guitar student wanted to learn it - it was just such an easy song, and memorable too. Sticks in your head, the words are simple... You know how that goes. The harmony parts are ok though, 3 part backups, kind of the old-skool southern-spiritual sound, that kinda thing...
posted by Cody Phipps on Aug 15, 2006 01:39PM

Was this really a 2006 post? It seems a lot older than that... Just wondering...
posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 29, 2007 12:11AM

I play in the Army rock band, and a lot of times we play songs that none of us like, but that will please the crowd. It gets kinda annoying, but since that's our whole purpose (morale boosters, woohoo), we play a lot of covers. It can be fun though, when we put our own spin on some songs. But I know that I do NOT want to play 'American Soldier' by Toby Keith anymore. haha
posted by Jess Chahanovich on Jun 05, 2007 11:19PM

Playing covers is great fun, but only when you play what you want to when you want to.
posted by Cody Phipps on Jun 07, 2007 08:10PM

OK, for all musicians out there, including my bandmates: what's the worst song you ever covered, or had requested by a member of the audience? AND: what's the worst rendition of any song that you've performed and can recall, messups, crowd reaction, thrown beer bottles, whatever. Horror stories welcomed!
posted by Cody Phipps on Nov 27, 2007 08:34AM

llamapalooza......faith......damn, that came out rough. lol....I actually just watched it about 2 months ago on vhs...and, ouch!
posted by StU aRt on Nov 27, 2007 08:54AM

When I heard you guys play "faith" I thought you might be boneheads. I'm glad I went to some other shows and realized it was a one-time thing!
posted by Zach Beane on Nov 27, 2007 09:00AM

But darn it stu, you loved that song! And sifl n ollie too!
posted by Cody Phipps on Jan 15, 2008 08:43AM

I'd like to hang up sweet home alabama. It has become an obstacle of epic size. People love that song so much, but playing it automatically makes you a cover band, even if you play all originals aside from that one song. Crowd pleaser, yes. Career mover, not so much... Actually this goes along with my earlier post, about playing the songs you want to when you want to, and not when some drunk dude yells out "SEEGER!" or "SKYNRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRD!" when he's 6 inches away from your poor ear. OK, there I said it. It really is a common inside joke for musicians. Everyone knows about it, but not too many musicians come out and lay it down like that. Most performing musicians, original, cover, or otherwise, know that there's this list of songs that are way too overplayed, and too over-requested. You don't want to be playing the list. They can be classics, or the flavor of the week, but most of the time, musicians try to do the world a favor and avoid these monsters of repetition, to keep fresh music flowing for their audience. Musicians love to represent the underdogs...
posted by Cody Phipps on Jan 15, 2008 08:52AM

Ok, another gear switching time...

Have there been any songs you covered (or wanted to) that you knew probably nobody in the audience would know, but you liked the song so much you wanted to play it anyway?

posted by Zach Beane on Jan 15, 2008 08:56AM

Heh, all the time. And many times, they're our own songs! As for covers, "Unsung" by Helmet comes to mind. Not many folks knew about them. Others will pop into my brain over the week, and I'll try to write them down here.
posted by Cody Phipps on Jan 15, 2008 12:19PM

You could brush up on some German, get a Korg, and do some cover songs of Wir Sind Helden. Now that would be cool, and you know you want to Cody...
posted by Katie Hine on Mar 12, 2008 10:24AM

or...OOOOR.....we could do Du Hast by Rammstein!!!
posted by StU aRt on Mar 13, 2008 12:10PM