Hey guys. I wanted to start this thread to get some opinions about songs that either are, or are not good songs to do with a small bar band. The reason this comes up is because it just seems to me that the guys I'm looking to gig with (It's going to be a trio) just don't "get it" when it comes to songs that would be great songs to cover. My thoughts on the matter come from the decade I spent in an upscale wedding band. We didn't waste any time doing songs for us - our whole goal was that once we got past the dinner set and got into the dance sets, we wanted every single song to be a guaranteed hit.
My thoughts also stem from going out to hear a friend's band play one night at a local tavern. This band was just killing it on stage - everyone was really talented and musically they were really strong, but they were playing classic rock tunes that were pretty obscure and by and large they were being completely ignored by the people in the bar. I mean, what's the point if you aren't connecting with the crowd?
My guitar player is a HUGE Pink Floyd fan, and he keeps suggesting Floyd tunes he wants to cover. It's my contention that while these songs are going to hit with a select group, they'll be lost on the majority of the people there, and I don't want to waste my time with anything that isn't going to be instantly recognized and accepted by the majority of the crowd. Tunes I think would work well are along the lines of:
Twist and Shout
Sweet Home Alabama
Brown Eyed Girl
Hard to Handle
Pink Cadillac (and even this tune is iffy, but we did it in the wedding band a lot)
Long Train Running (this one is iffy with our instrumentation and vocals)
Wonderful Tonight (gotta have a few slow songs)
Rock & Roll
A couple of songs that are on the list but are raising my eyebrows are:
White Room - Cream
Little Wing (I think this song could work if the guitar player could nail it....nuff said there)
Young Lust - Pink Floyd
ANY Pink Floyd
Am I over thinking it? Like I said, I just don't want to waste time on anything that isn't going to be a great song to do. I know there are guys here on the forum with a lot more experience than me doing the bar/club scene, so I'm eager to hear your thoughts about songs that are guaranteed hits, and songs that are best left in the practice room.