Police Blotter

Hamptons Controlled Covers List Expanded to Include Rolling Stones

The Hamptons Police Live Music Task Force has announced an updated list of controlled covers, to be made effective immediately, as part of the Live Music Laws put on the books back in August of 2015. Controlled covers are songs that local bands are allowed to play only on an extremely limited basis.

“In accordance with the Controlled Cover regulation, no more than two of these overplayed songs are permissible in any given set,” Hamptons Police spokesman Larry Hirsch explained. “If the undercover agents of the Music Task Force observe a deviation from this standard, fines will be levied and live music venues will be shut down.”

While the complete, updated list of controlled covers is available on the Hamptons Police website, local bands are advised that the Rolling Stones songs “Brown Sugar,” “Honky Tonk Woman” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” have been added.

“We regret adding these, because we know that people like those songs, but irresponsible bands have just worn them out,” Hirsch said.

The original Controlled Cover regulations included popular tunes such as “Brown-Eyed Girl,” “Moondance,” “Sweet Caroline” and “Little Wing.” Songs by John Denver and the Carpenters, including “Leaving on a Jet Plane” and “Close to You” were added last April, and “The Weight’ by The Band was added this spring.

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