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Cover Bands - What Do You Think?

Mitch04 30 May 2004 14:06

Hey, a debate I've been having recently with mates and alike is in regards to cover bands. I want to know what people here think about them - do they deserve credit as artists? Are they as likely to get booked by venues as original bands? Do bands look at cover bands as below them? Are gigs more enjoyable when an original band throws in a couple of songs the crowd knows?

Let me know what you think, as theres been lots of discussion between my mates and there appears to be no clear conclusion.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


SERGEANT 7 Jun 2004 11:44

Hey Mitch - very interesting topic here. I've played in both for many years (covers & original) and can share a little insight into this topic for you....
do they deserve credit as artists?
I would say they deserve credit as musicians - as they are not writing the songs but often displaying great musicianship in immitating.

Are they as likely to get booked by venues as original bands?
Different venues will book cover bands to original music.
If you are out to pick up, dance a bit, get wasted and enjoy your commercial radio music I'm sure you'll be likely to see a cover band at a pub or nightclub on the weekend.

Do bands look at cover bands as below them?
Why would they? They are just different. Some show enormous amount of showmanship and musicianship - just maybe not as much creativity.
It's like comparing a guitar to a bass.

Are gigs more enjoyable when an original band throws in a couple of songs the crowd knows?
Deepends where, when and to who the band plays too I'd say.
I played to over 300 people at a nightclub in Bairnsdale on the weekend playin' covers and had a fuckin' great time. Had the biggest mosh pit going nuts through a monstrous sounding pa. In a live sense I had a great gig but I don't ge the same buzz and passion from performing material I've written myself.

Anyway, there's a couple of my thoughts for you. Anyone else?

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fantasic 18 Jun 2004 16:04

Hey I think Cover Bands for me are boring (Well the ones that I have scene) I just feel that there is know creativity in it, that there is only imitating. I'd rather see an original band chuck a couple of covers in but do them your own way. Put your own spice on them.

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MrLoud 22 Jun 2004 18:06

Cover bands are still an essential part of the live music scene.

I think good on em, there is no harm in it - they butcher songs less than RnB/HipHop/Gangsta wanna be/Boy Band/Booty slapin punk ass b*tches do.

Its all interpretation, some do it better than others.

Plus, its a form of expression and if yer havin fun even better.
Establishment owners like em too - for reasons I'm sure we all know.

The only time cover bands shit me, is when they take on the personality of the real band (outside the show) - Singers generally assume the role easier. 'Dude, your not Bon Jovi'...

I've played for both, I enjoy original more, both playing in and watching, but if I hear some hotshot pulling of a EVH or Hendrix solo note for note - still gets me going.

'All you have to do is rock'
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Micksta 23 Jun 2004 13:24

I agree, take it for what it is, just a bit a fun. I do both, and i enjoy both. Playing covers gets you out playing regularly which surely can't be a bad thing. This is obviously from a players point of view, i can also understand punters thinking they're boring because there's nothing worst than a sh**ty cover band :)</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


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