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  • We played a gig last night and the crowd was decent. We are a rock cover band that plays 80's/90's/00's and we have been slowly transitioning towards more danceable. We enjoy all the songs we play but there are clear dance floor killers we noticed last night. STP, AIC, Foo Fighters...As some examples.

    Here's our set list from last night. I would love any and all feedback from any cover band musicians out there on what you would do to improve our set list. Priority number one we think is to move the more dance-able stuff into Set 1...

    SET 1

    All The Small Things

    My Own Worst Enemy

    Hashpipe

    Hey Jealousy

    Learn To Fly

    White Wedding

    TNT

    Would?

    Interstate Love Song

    Santeria

    Purple Rain


    SET 2

    Sex Type Thing

    Shine

    Slither

    You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

    Hit Me wWith Your Best Shot

    Hurts So Good

    I Hate Myself For Lovin' You

    Shoot To Thrill

    Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love

    New Year’s Day

    Rebel Yell

    Man In The Box


    SET 3

    Bloodletting

    Summer of 69

    Pretty Woman

    I Love Rock N Roll

    Pour Some Sugar On Me

    Smokin’ In The Boys Room

    Hysteria

    I Melt With You

    Dirty Deeds

    Fire Woman

    Crackerman

    Sweet Child O’ Mine


    SET 4

    It’s My Life

    Crazy Bitch

    7 Nation Army

    Uprising

    The Middle

    Killing In The Name Of

    Holiday

    Hard To Handle

    Higher Ground
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  • Back in the day I always felt getting folks up to dance was a priority. In a way it was part of my pay. Isn't that what folks come to see cover bands for...to boogie?

    I'm way older than you my friend but songs like Johnny B. Goode, Tush, or any Raggae tune will always get'm up. If I were you, I'd look for songs that make you tap your toes. What songs make you wanna get up and dance? I'd start there.

    Let me also add it depends somewhat on the energy of the band performing. If you are having fun up on stage it will usually infect the audience...IMHO and experience.

    I doubt if this helps you much, but it sure makes me remember some great times... :irishdrinkers:
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  • How about some Police? I'm thinking Don't Stand or Message....
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  • Good stuff thanks guys...Police is a good idea...Journey is a MUST! Great idea, thanks!

    I used to think, "I just want to play what I want to play" but no more. Why bother if the crowd isn't into the songs and shaking their asses on the dance floor? That's the fun of it and the point!
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  • Even though it was done originally by Tommy James and the Shondells around 1968, most of your crowd will see it as a Billy Idol song which fits with your time frame of 80s, 90s and 00s.......

    Mony Mony will ALWAYS get people out on the dance floor plus you'll get participation from dancers and audience alike in parts of the song as well (call and response 'yeah', 'yeah', etc.)
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  • Nice! Thanks!
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  • No tips or advice, but I do now want to play in your cover band.

    (Then I'd immediately get fired for not giving enough of a damn during the 'more danceable for the crowds' benefit' portion of Band Meeting, continuing to suggest obscure undanceable b-sides that I personally like... )
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  • Seems like you guys are playing a lot of "band" songs.

    What you goal needs to be is get the women dancing. They want catchy little tunes they know and can move to.

    STP isn't a good choice for that.

    One that always filled the floor is "don't you forget about me". Guarantee it if you play that one. Also "talk dirty to me". "Just what I needed and Best friends Girlfriend" by the Cars are sure fire.

    Just ask some gals what they want to hear and build your sets that way.
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  • Aros wrote:Good stuff thanks guys...Police is a good idea...Journey is a MUST! Great idea, thanks!

    I used to think, "I just want to play what I want to play" but no more. Why bother if the crowd isn't into the songs and shaking their asses on the dance floor? That's the fun of it and the point!


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  • you could always go mash up. wait....for.....it......

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  • hawksfansinceday1 wrote:I'll Stop the World and Melt With You


    It is on their list already.

    At your next gig, chart what songs people dance to. Drop the A.I.C. and STP songs. 7 nation army to the back, Add "The Warrior" to your list.

    Don't play any obscure B side stuff unless it was super popular and danceable.
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  • Largent80 wrote:
    hawksfansinceday1 wrote:I'll Stop the World and Melt With You


    It is on their list already............

    :oops: :oops:

    Well at least my Mony Mony suggestion was a good one.
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  • Thanks again fellas, good stuff Rob...I totally agree...AIC and STP, while cool to play, just doesn't do much for the dance floor.
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  • Lately, this is my full musical performance time:

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  • Get women on the dance floor and everyone wins.
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  • Take it back another decade and add some 70's stuff, that was the era of life music in bars and other places and a lot of danceable stuff as well.
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  • "8675309" and "Hard to Handle". Easy, everybody knows them. Also consider some Mellencamp. If your playing Adams stuff, might as well.

    Also, you can't go wrong with some Billy Squire and Steve Miller. Anything with a very recognizable guitar intro is the time to watch your crowd.
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  • If you want people to dance, doesn't moshing count? :twisted:
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