I'm always thinking of themes/ideas for a DJ set - for an evening playing records. I'm not a DJ as such, just someone with a record collection - and a small child (meaning a few extra dollars can always be handy, but more so meaning that playing records at home isn't always easy these days).
So when the newly refurbished/reopened San Fran approached me about an idea for a regular night I wanted to both appeal to their audience - some great craft beers up there now (locals and imports) - as well as making what is hopefully a fun evening for me. Something I want to do rather than just a job.
So this DJ set will be about playing some of those favourite covers, some of the best covers. It offers, I think, a lot of scope. Open to all labels, eras, genres and there'll be the chance to play some of the same cover versions on different evenings, placing them in a new space each time. Also, there are just some songs that really lend themselves to, well, being borrowed (and often improved).
I'm a fan of the Bee Gees song, I've Gotta Get A Message To You and though I like the original version there are some great covers - Percy Sledge, Dusty Springfield, Swamp Dogg, Tim Rose...
That's the power of a good song - of great writing. In fact a lot of Bee Gees songs work well when covered, and I say that not because I'm not a fan of the band, simply because they wrote some great tunes.
And though the odd "Novelty Cover" will have its place in any night like this I want to play songs I like, and versions of songs I like - by artists I like.
It should be pretty good I reckon - perfect music-nerd stuff, craft beer and cover versions. Right?
The Facebook page/invite has already seen some discussion, people dropping links to some of their favourite covers, so check that out if you like.
What cover versions would you suggest for a night like this? And does it sound like the sort of thing you'd be keen to attend?
The first is next Thursday, June 19, San Fran, Cuba St, 8pm-11pm (or later...)
Oh, and if anyone is interested here's my setlist from the weekend's Jazz Festival DJ set at San Fran.
Postscript: Very sad to wake up to read about the death of Rik Mayall. Of course you will beinundated with tribute pieces but here's mine. I link to it here because as I once said on Blog On The Tracks The Young Ones was of profound influence. And I even made up my own playlist version of what could have been a Young Ones TV series soundtrack. I loved that show. And so much of what Rik Mayall did. He created wonderful, frightening - very real - characters. Also - sad news deserves Bad News. And More Bad News.
R.I.P. Rik Mayall
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