Bigger Than Rod came together over the dinner table one night. “Pass the salt please Madi” says I, expecting to hear no more about it. “OK Da” says Madi, “but why don’t we form a duo and play at various local venues in exchange for payment”. I looked at her slyly. “OK. But first pass the salt.”

Looking back, it seems so obvious now. Here was Madison, a Conservatorium trained singer and pianist that had fronted her school Jazz ensemble and had sung with Central Coast band The Cover Up and here was me, having played in many Central Coast bands since the 80’s thinking, if only I could play in a duo with my daughter.

As it turns out, our common love of harmony driven pop music was the perfect place to start putting together some tunes. From some unusual Beatles covers, we quickly expanded our repertoire to show tunes, jazz standards and acoustic treatments of everything from Taylor Swift to Led Zeppelin with more songs being added all the time.

Repertoire as of August 2018:

House of Gold – 21 Pilots
Stressed Out – 21 Pilots
Mamma Mia – ABBA
S.O.S – ABBA
You Shook Me all Night Long – ACDC
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Am I ever gonna see your face – Angels
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Wouldn’t it be nice? – Beach Boys
Baby’s in Black – Beatles
Chains – Beatles
Dear Prudence – Beatles
I’m Only Sleeping – Beatles
Please Please Me – Beatles
Real Love – Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever – Beatles
Ticket to Ride – Beatles
Till there was you – Beatles
Wish you well – Bernard Fanning
Crazy in Love – Beyoncé
Only the Good Die Young – Billy Joel
Lonely Boy – Black Keys
Dammit – Blink 182
I Don’t Like Mondays – Boomtown Rats
Toxic – Britney Spears
You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
The Scientist – Coldplay
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Yellow – Coldplay
Four Seasons in one day – Crowded House
It’s Only Natural – Crowded House
Moonage Daydream – David Bowie
Space Oddity – David Bowie
Starman – David Bowie
Que Sera Sera – Doris Day
Shape of You – Ed Shearan
Ex’s and Oh’s – Elle King
Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Black Fingernails Red Wine – Eskimo Joe
Yoshimi battles the Pink Robots – Flaming Lips
Big Me – Foo Fighters
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
All the Small Things – Green Day
Jackie and Wilson – Hozier
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Look what you’ve done – Jet
Cry me A River – Julie London
Roar – Katy Perry
Can’t get you out of my head – Kylie Minogue
Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Dream a Little Dream – Mama’s and the Papa’s
Feeling Good – Michael Buble
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Counting Stars – One Republic
Hey Ya – Outkast
Behind The Sea – Panic at the Disco
Northern Downpour – Panic at the Disco
To Her Door – Paul Kelly
Fever – Peggy Lee
Who Knew – Pink
Brain Damage – Pink Floyd
Nobody Home – Pink Floyd
Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man
Lump – Presidents of the USA
Creep – Radiohead
Karma Police – Radiohead
Four Five Seconds – Rihanna
Straight Lines – Silverchair
Nothing Compares to You – Sinead O’Connor
All Star – Smashmouth
I Hope I Never – Split Enz
Psychokiller – Talking Heads
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Hey Soul Sister – Train
Under the Milky Way – The Church
Zombie – The Cranberries
Lola – The Kinks
The Outdoor Type – The Lemonheads
I’m a Believer – The Monkees
There is a Light – The Smiths
Everyone but You – The Young Veins
Shut up and dance – Walk the Moon
Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
ELT – Wilco
I Was Born – Wilco
Jesus etc. – Wilco
Band on the Run – Wings
Senses Working Overtime – XTC
Heavy Heart – You Am I

 

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