Fatboy Slim (Front 2 Back)

What’s Your Mic Check Song?

I can rock a shower stall with some tuneage. Ditto commuter solos in my Scion xB, windows rolled up. Public performances, not so much.

But I still have the mic check fantasy.

You know, it’s a couple of hours before the show and the band members are all on their instruments tuning up and stuff, and my sound man is trying to get the mix right. He gives me the nod and I make a minute adjustment to my wireless headset and give him something to work with.

What do I belt out? I give him the lead-in to Fatboy Slim’s remix of Front 2 Back (click to play).

In the fantasy, my percussion player breaks out some supportive rhythm behind me, and the keyboard chick grins and comes in right after. We start rollin’ it out and the handful of roadies left on the set bust a move or two as they finish up their work. The sound guy gets me in the mains, monitors, and gives me the thumbs up. The levels are awesome; I’m in Tha House. Everybody loves me. I am the party mistress, before whom all shall groove.

I don’t mind that this will only ever happen in my dreams; that way I can keep the fantasy pristine.

What’s your mic check song (fantasy or otherwise)?

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5 Responses to What’s Your Mic Check Song?

  1. Lance Bledsoe September 27, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    When you’re playing with a band, the levels for one particular singer or mic are generally less important than the overall sound mix for the whole band. For many of my bar gigs with Aftershock, we often don’t have the luxury of a “real” pre-show sound check because the bar managers don’t want us making any musical noise (and presumably annoying the customers) before the actual show starts. So often the best we can do is confirm that all the mics and amps are connected and that we do in fact have sound coming out of the proper speakers and monitors at roughly the proper volume levels. Everything else gets worked out during the first couple of songs.

    That said, I have roughly the same mic-check fantasy, and occasionally get to live it out, but as is often the case, the reality is usually less satisfying than the fantasy. My favorite mic-check songs (some in fantasy, occasionally in reality): Rocky Mountain Way, by Joe Walsh; Just a Gigolo, by David Lee Roth; Roadhouse Blues, by The Doors.

  2. Sine Botchen September 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    My brother’s band did very few cover songs and often saved those for goofing around or for sound checks. Which of course no one got to hear except for me and the sound guy and anyone else lucky/unlucky enough to have been pressed into roadie duty. My favorites were: Diving by Wire Train, Pretty in Pink by Psychedelic Furs, This Year’s Model by Elvis Costello and I’ve Been Waiting by Matthew Sweet.

  3. Lisa Creech Bledsoe September 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm #

    I forgot to mention that the picture is Fatboy Slim. Cool shirt, huh?

    Sine, I couldn’t find the Wire Train tune, but totally enjoyed the others, especially the Matthew Sweet song.

    Bledsoe, I realized when you commented that I’m almost never around for your sound checks… I remember the one at The Pour House, tho, that time Aftershock opened for Cashmere. Or maybe I just remember that mad cool sound dude with the flame boots.

  4. Sine Botchen October 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    Tried to burn you a copy of Diving by Wire Train (actually brother’s guitar player’s cover of it) but it seems the aging Pioneer cassette tape deck has finally gone to be with Jesus.. [insert obligatory moment of silence here] Well, ’tis a shame. Now I gotta find a new/replacement cassette player. Some of my tape collection is 30 years old and I’ve yet to have the time, disk space, stash, or attention span to convert them all to mp3 format. 🙁
    .-= Sine Botchen´s last blog ..Chile Rellenos =-.

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe October 4, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

      Do you still have all your 8 tracks? We don’t. But we kept all our vinyl until just a few years ago… And yeah, we got a buncha cassettes still laying around, but not too many. I bet you could find plenty of cassette players in local thrift stores.

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