Songs for female singers - need ideas

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  1. jimmyd

    jimmyd Guest

    Got a female singer starting with a band I've been playing with.
    Looking for song ideas of dance / funk / rock oriented material sure
    to please the crowds.

    Please offer your suggestions.

    Jim
  2. rknrne

    rknrne Active Member

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    Since i fell for you --- lotsa range ..........lenny welch
    i wont stand in your way ....stray cats
  3. Nil

    Nil Guest

    jimmyd <jjdolcqa@enter.net> wrote in
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    > Got a female singer starting with a band I've been playing with.
    > Looking for song ideas of dance / funk / rock oriented material sure
    > to please the crowds.


    Move Over (Janis Joplin)

    Somebody to Love (Jefferson Airplane)
  4. Road Warrior

    Road Warrior Guest

    "jimmyd" <jjdolcqa@enter.net> wrote in message
    news:dh75lvgcjdd4rn5hcsg91d3v9h3r13kf6d@4ax.com...
    > Got a female singer starting with a band I've been playing with.
    > Looking for song ideas of dance / funk / rock oriented material sure
    > to please the crowds.
    >
    > Please offer your suggestions.


    "Blondie" still goes over. "One way or another"
    "Reefa" still goes over (if she can pull it off). You CAN rock this stuff!
    "Pink" tune that rocks would be cool. "Let's get the party started".
    "Republica"... "Ready to go" rocks in Drop D! This is a home run.
    "Sheryl Crow"... Gotta pick the right tune tho.

    There's a LOT of cool chick tunes to play right now. Go out and see another
    successful chick singer band and see what they're doing. Steal some ideas,
    but also pick some stuff that no one else can do or can hear. One thing I
    hate to see are all these bands that play the same stuff.

    Don't be afraid to pick guy tunes either. Find out what she does best and
    tap it.

    One thing I've learned is that you MUST keep the crownd going. Personally, I
    love medium tempo tunes, but you can only play a few per set. Try to pick
    some tunes that are in that dance tempo like 110-120 BPM to start with.

    Is this going to be a club/bar band... Weekend warriors?

    Jeff
  5. Ted Vieira

    Ted Vieira Guest

    Any stuff from Brittney (sp?), J.Lo packs the floor.

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    > From: jimmyd <jjdolcqa@enter.net>
    > Organization: ENTER.net (enter.net)
    > Newsgroups: rec.music.makers.guitar
    > Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2003 01:20:18 GMT
    > Subject: Songs for female singers - need ideas
    >
    > Got a female singer starting with a band I've been playing with.
    > Looking for song ideas of dance / funk / rock oriented material sure
    > to please the crowds.
    >
    > Please offer your suggestions.
    >
    > Jim
  6. What kind of voice does your singer have? That seems to me to be the
    utterly essential question to answer *first*. A list of songs she can't
    do justice to is pretty useless.

    Jay
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    make you money than anyone I know." --Lennie Seltzer (Robert B. Parker)
  7. jimmyd

    jimmyd Guest

    On Mon, 1 Sep 2003 03:13:43 -0400, rknrne <rknrne.t2kqu@spamfree.net>
    wrote:

    >
    >Since i fell for you --- lotsa range ..........lenny welch

    I actually wanted to do this and it fits into the bluesy "torch" song
    category so that's a given.

    >i wont stand in your way ....stray cats

    Not a bad tune but we already have too much slow tempo material

    Thx!
    Jim
  8. jimmyd

    jimmyd Guest

    On Mon, 01 Sep 2003 15:05:00 GMT, Nil <rednoise0@lycos.com> wrote:

    >jimmyd <jjdolcqa@enter.net> wrote in
    >news:dh75lvgcjdd4rn5hcsg91d3v9h3r13kf6d@4ax.com:
    >
    >> Got a female singer starting with a band I've been playing with.
    >> Looking for song ideas of dance / funk / rock oriented material sure
    >> to please the crowds.

    >
    >Move Over (Janis Joplin)
    >
    >Somebody to Love (Jefferson Airplane)

    Me likey!

    Thx!
    Jim
  9. Nil

    Nil Guest

    jimmyd <jjdolcqa@enter.net> wrote in
    news:4q07lv84n031ia7sh3a6abufsdaf9imcuv@4ax.com:

    >>Move Over (Janis Joplin)


    I've always thought this song should be covered more often than it is.

    >>Somebody to Love (Jefferson Airplane)


    I heard a bar band do this a while ago, and it made me realize that it's
    not covered all that often, either. It's a very exciting song, and the
    arrangment has some fun twists and turns to keep the band interested.

    > Me likey!


    Great! Good luck.
  10. jimmyd

    jimmyd Guest

    On Mon, 1 Sep 2003 10:14:00 -0500, "Road Warrior" <me@privacy.net>
    wrote:

    >"Blondie" still goes over. "One way or another"
    >"Reefa" still goes over (if she can pull it off). You CAN rock this stuff!
    >"Pink" tune that rocks would be cool. "Let's get the party started".
    >"Republica"... "Ready to go" rocks in Drop D! This is a home run.
    >"Sheryl Crow"... Gotta pick the right tune tho.


    For Crow, I've been pushing, "My Favorite Mistake" and she can hit the
    notes in "If it makes you happy" strongly.

    Also gonna lobby hard for Lucinda Williams "Bleeding Fingers" at the
    appropriate time.

    >There's a LOT of cool chick tunes to play right now. Go out and see another
    >successful chick singer band and see what they're doing. Steal some ideas,

    I've been playing out so much I haven't had the chance and if its an
    off nite I want to stay home and practice or learn new tunes.
    >
    >Don't be afraid to pick guy tunes either. Find out what she does best and
    >tap it.

    Definetly gonna start pushing the guy tunes shortly.

    >One thing I've learned is that you MUST keep the crownd going. Personally, I
    >love medium tempo tunes, but you can only play a few per set. Try to pick
    >some tunes that are in that dance tempo like 110-120 BPM to start with.

    Yeah I looking to replicate a gay dance band cause let's face it, it's
    fun and pays oh so well. :)

    >Is this going to be a club/bar band... Weekend warriors?

    I'm looking at it as a club band filled with mostly weekend warriors,
    but some of the cats do music pretty much full time.

    I've been out of the local music scene for a couple years and someone
    pulled me back in and it tastes real good again. I'm actually playing
    in two bands right now, but I've got to decide what I'm really gonna
    do as dates are starting to conflict etc, etc. One band is a 10 piece
    funk outfit (3 horns and percussionist) that I love and the other is
    jamming out plenty of Allman Brothers tunes (old and new) and now are
    delving into the chick singer thingie. It's gonna be interesting.

    Thanks for the Republica tune, thats pretty kewl!

    Jim
  11. Richard

    Richard Guest

    rednoise0@lycos.com wrote...
    > jimmyd <jjdolcqa@enter.net> wrote in
    >
    > >>Move Over (Janis Joplin)

    >
    > I've always thought this song should be covered more often than it is.


    I got hired to do the guitar for a NYC vocal instructor's showcase a
    couple of years back. 12 singers, five songs each. There was this
    pretty but awful Japanese singer who'd moved to the US to make it in
    the music business. She covered "Move Over." Cool tune, but for
    some reason with her very strong accent and well-rehearsed "I'm
    losing control!!!" mannerisms it was weird beyond words.

    --
    Gonna miss seeing you play, Pete Sampras.
  12. Dan

    Dan Guest

    How bout "Take a walk on the wild side" by Lou Reed. Oops - wait a minute!
    I thought it said "Songs for female impersonators", nevermind, then.
  13. jimmyd

    jimmyd Guest

    On Mon, 01 Sep 2003 17:15:21 GMT, jayv@uiuc.edu (john v verkuilen)
    wrote:

    >What kind of voice does your singer have? That seems to me to be the
    >utterly essential question to answer *first*. A list of songs she can't
    >do justice to is pretty useless.


    She has an R&B voice at heart and does justice to Whitney Houston and
    Aretha Franklin material. I haven't worked long enough with her to
    find out what limitations she may have. I'm looking for uptempo party
    music suggestions as I don't wanna turn into a band that plays at
    Sheratons (not that there is anything wrong with that) :)

    Jim
  14. Ed

    Ed Guest

    "jimmyd" <jjdolcqa@enter.net> wrote in message
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    > Got a female singer starting with a band I've been playing with.
    > Looking for song ideas of dance / funk / rock oriented material sure
    > to please the crowds.
    >
    > Please offer your suggestions.


    find 'em, feel 'em, fuck 'em and forget 'em.

    And then there's always "whole lotta rosie" if she's big boned, Helen
    Reddy's classic "I am woman", Rick James (or was it the commodores?) "I'm a
    brick house", and the theme from Gilligan's island.
  15. "jimmyd" <jjdolcqa@enter.net> wrote in message
    news:aqu7lvktr48nv64qjgd58s577t09gbmd5g@4ax.com...
    > On Mon, 01 Sep 2003 17:15:21 GMT, jayv@uiuc.edu (john v verkuilen)
    > wrote:
    >
    > >What kind of voice does your singer have? That seems to me to be the
    > >utterly essential question to answer *first*. A list of songs she can't
    > >do justice to is pretty useless.

    >
    > She has an R&B voice at heart and does justice to Whitney Houston and
    > Aretha Franklin material. I haven't worked long enough with her to
    > find out what limitations she may have. I'm looking for uptempo party
    > music suggestions as I don't wanna turn into a band that plays at
    > Sheratons (not that there is anything wrong with that) :)


    I think Aretha's "Think" (it's in the Blues Brothers movie) is on the
    greatest recordings of all time.
  16. Brad Albing

    Brad Albing Guest

    jimmyd wrote:

    > Got a female singer starting with a band I've been playing with.
    > Looking for song ideas of dance / funk / rock oriented material sure
    > to please the crowds.
    >
    > Please offer your suggestions.


    OK, this is more in general terms, having to do with the
    show-biz/theatrics side of the performance:

    Is she sexy? Or more to the point, does she emote in a way that'll make
    the audience think, "geez, I love to watch her perform." Can she walk to
    the edge of the stage and sign to one of the guys in the first row? Or
    use the wireless mic and break thru the fourth wall and walk into the
    audience? This obviously can't be done in all venues, but it works
    nicely in some places. YMMV. HTH.
  17. howldog

    howldog Guest

    On Mon, 01 Sep 2003 01:20:18 GMT, jimmyd <jjdolcqa@enter.net> wrote:

    >Got a female singer starting with a band I've been playing with.


    >
    >Please offer your suggestions.
    >



    i'm fired.
  18. jimmyd wrote:

    >Got a female singer starting with a band I've been playing with.
    >Looking for song ideas of dance / funk / rock oriented material sure
    >to please the crowds.


    "21 Things" - Alanis Morissette. Now you'll probably get
    pummeled over the head to do lots of her songs, but this is the one
    you really ought to do instead. It's got an excellent, seething hot
    groove, and it works VERY well as a set opener.

    "Black Velvet" Alannah Miles. Old enough to be retro, has a
    nice minor key mysterioso feel. Not all that fast, though.

    "Hell Is For Children" - Pat Benatar. Surprisingly not one of
    her better known tunes, it is however one of her better performances.
    Huge 'Rock Anthem Coda' where the vocalist gets to do the rock thing
    loud and long over frenzied guitar solos. Spandex optional.

    "Diamonds and Rust" Joan Baez, but do the Judas Priest version
    as heard on "Unleashed in the East". Blistering rendition, huge power
    vocal tune, needs nothing. Chugga-chug metal frenzy. Spandex required.

    "Criminal" - Fiona Apple. Try to forget the schlocky video
    that revels in its voyeurism, this is a *great* tune with a hot feel
    and lots of interesting dynamics. Good lyrics, challenging vocal and
    rhythmic meter - it's extremely syncopated.

    "Another Day Goes By" - Sting. Hard for most guys to reach the
    higher notes. The version I like is off the live "Bring On The Night"
    CD, but I think it was originally on "Dream Of The Blue Turtles".
    Again a funky burn sort of groove.

    "Bitch" - Meredith Brooks. Everyone gave her a lot of heat,
    but I thought it was a pretty solid tune, with an interesting
    double-stop solo break. If you watch the video, she gives you a good
    view of her fingers during the solo break.

    "Push It" Salt & Pepa. Dance party classic. If you can bring
    the funk, people will dance to it. Fun. Lots of octave guitar lines.




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  19. Odin

    Odin Guest

    "jimmyd" <jjdolcqa@enter.net> wrote in message

    > Got a female singer starting with a band I've been playing

    with.
    > Looking for song ideas of dance / funk / rock oriented

    material sure
    > to please the crowds.
    >
    > Please offer your suggestions.
    >
    > Jim


    If you want to please crowds ditch the bitch. Nobody likes
    icepick in the ears amateur vocals from wannabe divas.
    Trust me on this one, it's harder to find a guy with a
    *good* voice than it is to find a chick who's willing to
    embarrass the band on a nightly basis, but in the long run
    the search will be worth it. At the very most you could use
    the chick as a backup/harmony vocalist and let her sing lead
    on a few tunes if she's really good (hopefully she actually
    plays an instrument and can contribute on
    keys/percussion/guitar/etc). I don't know anyone who can
    suffer through a 4-hour gig with the average female bar-band
    singer. If you happen to have your state's one good female
    bar-band singer then disregard the above statements,
    otherwise stop the insanity before it ruins the band.
  20. jimmyd

    jimmyd Guest

    On Tue, 2 Sep 2003 14:16:25 +0900, "Ed" <gwbush@whitehouse.gov> wrote:

    >> Looking for song ideas of dance / funk / rock oriented material sure
    >> to please the crowds.
    >>
    >> Please offer your suggestions.

    >
    >find 'em, feel 'em, fuck 'em and forget 'em.


    Your not gonna get very far in life with that as your outlook...

    Jim

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