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cover songs

cover songs

Date: May 23 2005


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When you go to see bands play, do you usually like it when they play cover songs? Steph and Sara are talking about their take on cover songs.
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Steph:  So Sara, when you go out to bars and stuff and see live music, do you like it if they’re playing their own music or do you like cover songs?

Sara:  Um, I actually like cover songs because then I usually know all the words. What about you?

Steph:  Yeah. Me, too actually. I really like it when they play a little of their own and then a few cover songs.

Sara:  Yeah. Well, especially when you’re dancing, it’s nice to have cover songs that are really fast, with a good beat that you know.

Steph:  That’s totally true. Yeah. Absolutely. Like, it’s almost like when people sing really popular songs at karaoke.

Sara:  Yeah. Exactly. And then everybody can kind of sing along with them and know all the words.

Steph:  Totally. It puts everyone in like a super good mood.

Sara:  Mmmhmm.

Steph:  That’s awesome.

Sara:  Definitely.



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Some bands sing strictly cover songs, while others sings strictly originals. In my opinion, it’s better when bands know a few cover songs.
When bands play cover songs, it helps the audience feel more connected to the music. Cover songs also show the band’s influences. For example, my band covers a B-52’s song because our music sounds like theirs.
Do you like cover songs? Can you think of any famous bands who play cover songs?


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