yeah ive heard of those bands, we hope to get away from the covers, but people love to hear them !
Yeah, that's the trouble we had when I was in the ska band the G Men. You try to play original stuff but some people only want to hear 2 Tone covers. But the best gig we ever did was when we dropped the 2 Tone covers for our set at a Scottish Ska festival, we went down a storm at the gig and even went down better than the headliners 100 Men whose frontman Mik is now in Babyshambles.
Yeah it would be nice to throw a few covers into the set list, but i think if your ever going to be taken seriously you have to do your own stuff.
I think a lot of the blame lies with the venues. As round here a lot of places will only book covers/tribute acts. I used to have to tell a few white lies when I was booking gigs for my power pop band Afterglow and tell the venues that our set was 50% covers when it was mostly original stuff we played. Still, we never had any complaints and always got paid. Well, nearly always as I remember Dr Browns ripping us off but that's a story for another day.