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I was in a society band in the mid-1980s. The singer was just horrible but the musicians were as good as any I've played with. I was playing bass then and we had a keyboard (Fender Rhodes), guitar and drummer. We used to embellish songs and the singer had not a clue. When I say "embellish" I mean like playing the German National Anthem behind "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". Because the singer was able to get good paying jobs, I guess that's why we stuck together.
We were playing a Marine Formal Affair at a local base. The Marines were there, along with their wives/girlfriends and parents. One young Marine wanted to sing New York, New York and dedicate it to his mother.
So we start the song: ba da, da-de-da, ba da, da-de-da, ba da, da-de-da boom...2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 "Start Spreading the news" 2, 3, 4, 5, 5-1/2 I'm leavin' today" 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3 "I want to be a part of it, New York New York", 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, "These vagabond......etc.
Anyway, the singer had the worst timing I've ever heard. When he decided to stab at the song in his unknowingly techno-poly-rhythm style, this band was RIGHT THERE. A lesser band would have been laughing on the floor or totally would have been frustrated. This band played behind him like they were the Wrecking Crew.
I really miss that band.