Or “Love the one you’re with”!
At our wedding, the DJ we wanted was double booked and we lost out. Had to have another DJ at short notice, and it soon became apparent why he was available.
I wanted Maria McKee “Show me Heaven” (from “Days of Thunder”) as the first slow (two left feet) dance. It was only number one at the time, and he didn’t have it! We went through a long list of smoochy songs from the 80s (this was 1990) and it was “no, no, no, no…” We had to end up with George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” as the only slow song he had that we liked, but hardly a wedding song! But then how many people listen to lyrics…? And yet he had shitty novelty songs like "Charlie Drake’s “My Boomerang Won’t Come Back!”. It’s part of our wedding folklore that we still smile about nearly 30 years on.
Never played Freebird, but we used to do a rocking version of Sweet Home Alabama amongst others in my first band. I think most pub bands have to play rubbish like Brown Eyed Girl, Runaway, Pretty Woman, Edison Lighthouse… For me the time for me to leave that band came when the only song we learnt in 2005 was “Amarillo”, and the cheese content was going up not down. That was when knew I had to get out of it and play some prog. New Years eve 2005 was the last gig of that band and I was mentally ticking off all the shit songs I knew I would NEVER play again. What a joy it was the following year: Floyd, Bowie, Genesis, Gabriel, Zeppelin, Plant, Mountain and a few originals. And then the Floyd tribute route beckoned and I was ready for the challenge (quite a challenge as I only started playing when I was 34 in 1999!)…