Why do 'original' bands hold 'cover' bands in such low regard?

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  1. Señor Voorhees

    Señor Voorhees SS.org Regular

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    Haven't read much of the recent posts, but I sort of resent covers. I love doing them, but I hate spending a couple hours recording a cover and it getting hundreds of thousands of views, meanwhile my original songs, which I spend days/weeks writing and recording just sort of fester and get like 90 views. It's a little disheartening and shows the effort gap. You don't have to market covers nearly as heavily as original music. The fact that it's known material sort of gives it a pre-baked amount of exposure.
     
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    crazyprofessor SS.org Regular

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    I tried to do original bands for the longest time. I really wanted to and I still do. I just could never hook up with anyone who was not a complete flake.

    I am 49 now and perhaps the train left the station on my dream of becoming a rockstar, so I've been in coverbands for the last 7-8 years. It works, in the sense that it allows me to be on a stage and play and have fun. I try to infuse my own original, improvised leads to the extent possible. Still longing for an original band though.

    I also take some condescending shit from "original" bands. I say "original" because if your idea of original is to play 1-4-5 blues songs all night and still feel the need to look down at coverbands, fuck you ;-).
     
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  3. JohnIce

    JohnIce Singlecoil Enthusiast

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    Yeah, that's kind of what I'm getting at :yesway: Coming up with something vs. simply copying it is such a significant difference to me, regardless of how much effort and skill it took to make a faithful copy. I'm sure a lot of Kiss cover bands have better players than Gene Simmons :) It goes for original bands too, Trivium is a great example that being skilled enough to do Metallica better than Metallica still won't make you as popular as Metallica.
     

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