Suggest a Song Results

So far, we have (most recent at the top):

Harriet, who has just discovered the long-lost Suggest a Song page and has put forward:

Layla - Derek & the Dominoes;
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica;
I've Got the Music in Me - Kiki Dee;
Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes;
Honesty or Still Rock & Roll to Me - Billy Joel.

We used to do the Metallica one ... badly! One or two of the others could work. We'll see. Thanks Harriet!

Hana, who suggests Las Ketchup by Asereje, confidently predicting our ability to master the language and the choreography. Great song but maybe one bridge too far ;-)

Mia has revived this section with her suggestion: "following the official procedure, I would like to suggest TT play the wonderful Master of Puppets by Metallica :)"

Thanks, Mia - we'll put that one before our Selection Committee!

Przemek, who says "here is another one of my 'please, please, consider these songs for your gigs' e-mails ;-) 1. ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man: you have one ZZ Song in your repertoire and as Trevor stated they are both similar but, indeed, who says you have to play both at the gig? ;-). 2. Bon Jovi - Have a Nice Day. 3. Bon Jovi (sorry! ;-)) - Complicated. The last two come from their 2005 album 'Have A Nice Day'".

Przemek adds, kindly, "BTW: your last gig was awesome! The Fat Boy's pub seemed like a very good venue for your gigs, despite the audience which this time round was not very interactive. Although, at the end they started banging their heads too ;-)  Take care and all the best!"

All the best to you too, Przemek. ZZ Top and Bon Jovi seem to work quite well for us so we'll certainly look into your suggestions!

Marc, who writes "under your style of song I suggest I Know There's Something Going On, originally recorded by Frida (ex-lead singer from ABBA) and recorded with Phil Collins on drums and Daryl Stuermer on lead guitar (best solo). For the pleasure of Michel and Peter ..."

Thanks Marc. Ex-Genesis works for me ... and ex-ABBA ... why not!?

Mikke, our young Finnish friend, who says "The Rolling Stones' Satisfaction would suit Take This great! Also, Start Me Up. But, if you wanted to surprise everyone, you could play In the Navy (Village People)." What DO you mean, Mikke? ;-) Oh, and he adds "no need to use these: only suggesting." Actually, we almost chose Start Me Up in our last repertoire update, so Mikke nearly joined the (very) short list of fans whose suggestions we actually learn!

Another informed selection from Przemek (a candidate for Number One Fan, by the way!), who ventures Joan Jett's I Hate Myself for Loving You (which "sounds very much like your thing to play") and Bad Reputation (also performed by Halfcocked) "as an alternative for your traditional, evening-ending 'quiet song' ;-)"

Thanks, Przemek, and we'll see you at the gig, as usual.

Alan, whose recommendations are:

Clap for the Wolfman -The Guess Who;
Spiders and Snakes - Jim Stafford;
Setting Me Up - Dire Straits.

Thanks, Alan. We've actually just learnt a few new songs and, given our track record of renewing the repertoire, we'll probably have a look at yours in 2013 ;-) But please keep the suggestions coming in!

Will who, "with constructive intent", has been listening to some old cassettes! From 1981 to 1985, Will "quasi-religiously" recorded songs on Radio 1's Top 40 on Sundays from 17.00 to 19.00. Some suggestions are:

The Lebanon or Life on Your Own - Human League;
State of Shock - Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson;
Rebel Yell or Flesh for Fantasy - Billy Idol;
Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood;
Too Shy - Kajagoogoo;
Shoot that Poison Arrow - ABC;
Nellie the Elephant - Toy Dolls;
Herr Kommissar - Falco.

Other ideas for artists are:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience;
The Who;
The Kinks;
The Exploited.

Some wonderful blasts from the past, Will! We also remember cassettes and the days when Radio 1 played 'our' music! We'll give some of those oldies another once over! Thanks a lot.

Larry, who suggests What I Like About You by The Romantics, adding "You have a week to rehearse it before Fat Boy's! ;-)"

Thanks for the week's notice, Larry ;-)

Miriam (welcome back!), who ventures, referring to the album The Pursuit, "new Jamie Cullum is really good and I thought that Don't Stop the Music can be something for TT. Of course it would require replacing the keyboards with guitar solos, but you can play with it and it is highly danceable!"

Thanks, Miriam. There are, indeed, some pretty hefty piano parts to imitate, but we're up for a challenge!

Tom and Pascale, who say "a very big thank you for the awesome performance at Stapletons this last Saturday (loved Beat It and the perfect solos in Sultans of Swing). Unfortunately we won't be able to make it to the December 5th gig, but we're sure you guys will be back soon ;-) As huge Metallica fans we also wanted to suggest adding Nothing Else Matters and/or Fade to Black to the lengthy and impressive repertoire. Thanks!"

Thank YOU for those glowing tributes and for the suggestions. We used to play Nothing Else Matters and maybe it's time to bring it back.

Donna, who says "I think you'd be brilliant singing Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take it!!!"

Thanks, Donna - we'll give it a try.

Marcelle, who says "at Kitty O'Shea's I'd love to hear the following pop-tastic tunes:

Snow Patrol - Hands Open;
The Killers - Mr Brightside;
Arctic Monkeys - Still Take you Home;
Smashing Pumpkins - 1979.

But, please, no Stairway ...! Thanks a lot."

STOP PRESS - Marcelle adds two more: U2 - Angel of Harlem (very easy, just 3 chords: C, F and G), and Razorlight - Stumble and Fall.

Thanks, Marcelle (especially for the 'easy' one ;-)). We'll give them a listen (except Stairway!). And maybe you'll hear them in Kitty's, but I'm afraid it won't be this October 16!

Ross, who says "any chance of a Rory Gallagher classic in your song list? How about Brute Force and Ignorance or the guitar classic Bad Penny? Looking forward to Kitty's. See you there."

Thanks, Ross. We'll check them out. We're looking forward to Kitty's too!

Paul, who suggests Waterloo Sunset and/or You Really Got Me/All of the Day and All of the Night/Sunny Afternoon by the Kinks, Starman or Rebel Rebel by David Bowie or Congatulations/End of the Line/Handle with Care by the Traveling Wilburys.

Thanks for those, Paul. There are a couple of my favourites in there and, in answer to your question, you didn't overstay your welcome!

Przemek, who writes "I became a fan of Take This after having seen your performance in Kitty's in February, which was a part of an evening out with some Swedish friends of mine :-) By the way - what happended to the photos from that night? Anyway - guys: you are simply great! Very energetic performances, good covers of some very nice songs. Love it! I like your repertoire a lot. Reminds me of the 'good old days' when songs had a meaningful content and were often masterpieces of guitar arrangements. Special compliments for the Bon Jovi and Dire Straits songs. I'm a fan :-)

But to the point. Here are some suggestions for songs you may perhaps consider adding to your playlist.

Dire Straits:
- What It Is - may be a bit difficult with that guitar but ... I'm sure you'd nail it :-)
- Where Do You Think You're Going - spins out in a very gripping way;
- Tunnel of Love.

Bon Jovi:
- It's My Life (an anthem for me ...);
- In These Arms (so passionate that it makes my eyes wet :-), great song);
- Livin' on a Prayer;
- Thank You for Loving Me.

And something perhaps a bit too crazy: Smokie - Living Next Door To Alice (full version :-))

Looking forward to seeing you on the 28th!"

Thanks a lot for your glowing tribute, Przemek. We'll certainly give them a listen. And the Kitty's photos (January) should be on the web site.

Kais, who suggests Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, One by U2 and Deeper Underground by Jamiroquai. Three good ones there, thanks!

Claudia, who says "I think that the Great Song of Indifference by Bob Geldof would be a great addition to your song list. All the best and looking forward to seeing you live again soon". Thanks, Claudia. We'll try not to be indifferent to your suggestion and we look forward to seeing YOU.

Pavlina, who reasons that "since you already play Beds Are Burning, by Midnight Oil, perhaps you could also try Truganini. There is harmonica but you can skip it (unless someone can play it). It's a hot piece!" Pavlina, your description is delightfully accurate and we'd love to give it a try!

Pablo, who says "what about Queens of the Stone Age - Make It Wit Chu, and delete My Sharona 'cos my Dad hates it!" Thanks, Pablo. We'll give it a listen. As for asking us to delete a song, this may be a worrying precedent you've set! Anyone else with ideas for songs we should get rid of?

Tani, who says "Into the Night by Carlos Santana and Chad Kroeger (from Nickelback), is the song I'd like to hear from you guys. It's from the album Ultimate Santana. A definite sing-along, nice room for guitar solos ... Think about it, please :)" Thanks, Tani. We'll think about it - as we do with ALL song suggestions! But your "please" and the little colon and bracket combination at the end can't do any harm!

Zoltan (we're guessing the same one who suggested All Along the Watchtower), who says "I believe that It Keeps You Runnin' by the Doobie Brothers would sound really great Take This-wise, provided that the original (quite old, therefore creepy or rather Nintendo-like) synthesiser is replaced by a second guitar. The vocals are quite cool and rather manageable. What do you think?" What do we think? We think that such a well thought-out suggestion deserves a listen!

Miriam, a colleague of Agnes who, coincidentally, seconds one of Agnes' suggestions, who "... would like to suggest Somebody Told Me by The Killers from the album 'Hot Fuss', a fantastic TT song indeed!!! :)" Now then, Miriam, if I didn't know any better ...

Agnes, refreshed from her long sleep, who says "May I suggest some new songs for you? As the former Number One Fan, I would love you to play these favourites of mine:
- Patti Smith: Because the Night (a classic, speaks for itself ...);
- Joseph Arthur: Honey and the Moon (a rare beauty, though might not suit you as it's a slow one);
- New Radicals: You Get What You Give;
- Anouk (the so well-known Dutch rock chick): Nobody's Wife or It's So Hard;
- anything from The Killers (but I think the best ones are Sam's Town and Somebody Told Me, and my sister's favourite is Bones) - they're just great ..." Wow! That's a whole new set! Thanks, Agnes - now it's off to the iTunes Music Store ...

Jacqueline, who was responsible for Henk meeting the rest of the band all those years ago, and who remains faithful to her Dutch roots by suggesting Twilight Zone by Golden Earring. She also ventures I Don't Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats. It's a great song - but does anyone have a grand piano and a 57-piece orchestra? Thanks for those, Jacqueline (oh, and thanks for Henk too!)!

Claudia, who says "I saw and heard you for the first time last Friday in Fat Boy's. It was a great evening! Thank you very much. One song you should absolutely take into your repertoire is: Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven". It's a classic and, while we tend to stay away from classics, we'll give it some consideration. Thank you, Claudia, for your comments and suggestion.

(A completely different) Mia from Slovakia, who introduces herself as "Big fan here! Probably quite a few people already suggested this one, but anyway: Foo Fighters: The Pretender, would suit you perfectly. And everybody knows it. See you in Fat Boy's!" We are sure that this is NOT the same Mia as the one below because her surname is not the same as that of the earlier Mia but is, coincidentally, the same surname as that of our lead singer, Henk, who is Dutch. Hmmm ... THAT song again! We'd be stupid NOT to give it a go, in view of the wide and varied support it is receiving!

, Presidential candidate for Hungary and the European Parliament, who takes time out of her election campaigns to declare her nominations of Foo Fighters: The Pretender and Pearl Jam: Jeremy. Coincidentally, one of Judit's EP colleagues already suggested The Pretender so, ignoring any suspicion of collusion (which is against the Suggest a Song rules - as is changing your name in order to submit the same song twice!), we shall have to give this one a serious listen (erm ... as we do with all of your suggestions, folks)!

from Denmark, who suggests Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer and Good Times, Bad Times by Led Zeppelin. Good suggestions! The first is already on our list, but we haven't played it for a long time (you don't know Jan - see the top of this list - by any chance, do you Bjarne?). We should probably bring it back and listen to the Led Zep one too. Thanks Bjarne!

from ... well ... Eurocontrol, who admits that "We had a smashing time at Kitty O'Shea's a few weeks ago. Thanks for the energy and great music. Keep it up. I heard a great song I think you should add to your repertoire: 1973 - James Blunt. Hope you add it to your list. This type of song does not age ..." A bit like us then, Nathalie - thanks, we'll check it out!

from Slovakia, for whom The Pretender by Foo Fighters "... is great: guitars, singing, it's got all you want in a song, the gaaaalz will go mad!!!!" Gaaaalz, if you promise to retain your sanity, we'll think about it! Thanks, Mia (who submitted the suggestion by private e-mail, i.e. not via the web site! How on earth did she get our contact details?)!

from England, who ventures Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn, Natasha Bedingfield's Unwritten and Train's Drops of Jupiter. Thanks, Marianne, we'll give 'em a darned good listening to!

who is, apparently, not from Scotland, but who suggests In a Big Country by ... Big Country - "gets the feet tapping!" - or, "and it wouldn't be easy", Loch Lomond by Runrig - "finishes a night off superbly!" Thanks, Eric, for those suggestions!

from Hungary, who says "All Along the Watchtower is a very nice (and quite simple) Bob Dylan song which was excellently covered by many people, notably Jimi Hendrix. This morning, I just heard its latest cover, which is to be released on March 5 on Bryan Ferry's new album. Ferry's version is just wonderful, very groovy, and even a bit Pink Floydish as far as the lead guitar is concerned. I think this version or something like it would just be cool on the Take This repertoire." Groovy and cool are always good, but we particularly like the fact that this one is "quite simple"! Thanks, Zoltan.

from Serbia, who would like to hear Be Yourself by Audioslave from the Out of Exile album. It sounds good! Thanks, Davor.

from Auderghem, who says "I've Got a Feeling by John, Paul, George and Ringo. Cool guitar riffs throughout, Henk McCartney belts it out at the beginning, Trevor Lennon takes over vocals later on, with them both overlapping at the end." Wow! Not only a suggestion, but instructions on how to sing it! Thanks B ... erm ... Anonymous!

DJ Tommo
from England, who has a long list of suggestions which go down well with the disco fraternity: Some Might Say - Oasis, I'm a Believer - The Monkees, Sit Down - James, Why Does it Always Rain on Me - Travis, Get Back - Beatles, Lyla - Oasis, I Predict a Riot - Kaiser Chiefs. Nice one, Tommo!

from Belgium, who suggests Joyride by Roxette. Thanks, Francis.

(miaou) from Slovakia, who suggests Lemon Tree by Fool's Garden (but don't tell Judit's (miaou) neighbours!).

from the Netherlands, who suggests Friday I'm in Love by The Cure. Wait a minute ... Henk from the Netherlands? I smell a rat (but then you don't want to hear about my personal life ...).

Jan from Denmark, who suggests My Sherona by The Knack, Hurry up Harry by Sham 69 and another one (500 Miles, The Proclaimers) that we do already. Thanks, Jan.

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