Have you ever been in a Sally Band?

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  1. Sixstringer107

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    Yep. Guilty. Mustang Sally, Pink Cadillac, Old Time Rock And Roll, Johnny B., we do them all. As long as people dance I don't care. Whatever makes 'em happy.
     
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    As I said in my previous comment. I am not offended, I just think the naming is disrespectful. My 2 cents.

    ...and I play Mustang Sally all the time, people love it.
     
  3. Scott Baxendale

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    You don’t like the term and I do. That’s ok. I can’t really think of a better term to describe the type of band this term nails on the head with one word though, can you?
     
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    I can still hear Wolfman Jack going "We got 2 songs here and their both called Angie" and he played Angie and Angie Baby by Helen Reddy back to back. The things I remember.....:confused:
     
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    This entire idea that the songs suck or they are not fun to play has nothing to do with being in a Sally Band. Everyone worth his salt has played these songs many times. The point was to describe a particular type of bar band. It’s not about being good or bad or fun/not fun, or anything else. It’s just that in every city I’ve lived in which includes Denver, Kansas City, Whichita Ks, Dallas Tx, Nashville, and Athens, Ga there is a regional list of over played classic rock/country/blues songs that every band who plays bars in those regions seems to play over and over. The fact that some folks love to play them and some don’t is really irrelevant to this.

    The point is, Mustang Sally is the most covered bar band song I’ve ever heard.

    I’ve been in bands that were original bands, we wrote our own songs and made our own recordings. These bands often did some covers and in these bands any cover we might do is arranged to sound like another one of our songs. We did some popular covers and some more obscure covers to be clever. I’ve also been in working bands where we had a 30 cover song list and we played those same cover songs over and over, never really learning a lot more music and just playing gig after gig. This kind of band is a Sally Band.

    Some Sally Bands are real good, ours were usually decent. Some are really bad. Open Jams tend to feature a lot of Sally Band songs because every body should know how to play them so it’s easy to climb up onstage with a stranger and play the tune.

    The Sally Band song list is not too different in concept than the “jazz standards” list that all jazz players have to know if you want to play in a jazz jam.
     
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    You totally get my point! Being in the worst Sally band is better than being a plumber any day!
     
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    I've been in several silly bands. Does that count? LoL
     
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    Yeah, how about Silly Sally Bands?
     
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    My favourite Sally band - complete with tips bucket.

     
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    They sing great! It’s too bad that acoustic guitar sounds so terrible and harsh. It’s harsh metallic tone is a big distraction to the vocals. It half the fault of the guitar and half the fault of whatever transducer/preamp he’s using.
     
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    I like that American Band is first on your list as I just played my first gig in a Grand Funk tribute. 1634160240761_1634160195152_Rockwell Extra Bold Grand Theft Offbeat.jpg
     
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    Sally bands in Florida have to play Buffett.
     
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    When I was in a band (way back 20 years ago) we avoided songs that other bands were doing. The most common compliment we got was "you guys have a great set list" We played only songs that every member agreed on. We would also do songs that weren't radio hits. Someone yells out "Sweet home Alabama and we would play On The Hunt.
     
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    I dated a Sally who had rabbits, does that count?
     
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    A couple of our set list, and yes Mustang Sally and other common songs on there.
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    Yeah, but you don't get all the drunk ladies in the bar involved when it's time to shout "Ride, Sally, ride!" Mustang Sally was my chance to shine in the bar as a harmonica player "sitting-in"-- as was "Southbound". I used to be more proud of it.
     
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    A Sally Band, with a singer named Sally called Sally Band with a perfect Sally Band Gig Demo Video. Indeed! Perfect! Sallyriffic!
     
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    Hilarious! The name and photo are perfect!

    I want to start a Zep sounding band called: Rip Van Fleetwinkle, it’s all rocker guys over 60 and basically we steal all the Zep and Greta Van Fleet songs, rewrite them slightly and then give all of our publishing royalties to the Willie Dixon estate. Kinda rewrite them like the Rutles did the Beatles.
     
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    Thanks - yes, RVF is a fine idear - it's all about the fun!
     
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