Popular artist-great tunes-bad vocals

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Keith todaro, May 15, 2019.

  1. Keith todaro

    Keith todaro Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I’ve always been attracted to artists [ groups] with great vocals, especially great group harmonies.
    Equally fascinated by those groups whose vocals were hopelessly sub-par.
    ( my taste will be remarkably different than most of you)
    So I’m interested in knowing which artists/ groups you love regardless of the “bad” vocals?.
    Or maybe which groups you might enjoy if the vocals were better?

    1. I’ll spin Van Morrison regardless of the fact that I can’t understand a darn word he mumbles just because the grooves are usually so good.
    2. Same for Joe Walsh - the songs transcend the whine.

    - Dylan was a superb tunesmith but I cannot listen; same for Petty, Jagger, Cocker, Leon Russell and the current tenors singing for Chicago.

    Have your say...
  2. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Things I don’t like.....redux
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  3. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    You lost me at Van Morrison.
  4. johnny 99

    johnny 99 Down On Main Street

    So you can't listen to Van Morrison, Dylan, Tom Petty, Mick Jagger or Joe Cocker?

  5. The Wanderer

    The Wanderer Seeker of Truth

    Like A Rolling Stone
  6. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    You're gonna get pummeled here, but that's a cute dog in your avatar, so you've got that going for you.

    Which is nice!
  7. mr. steak

    mr. steak Forum Resident

    tempe az
    Robert Plant keeps me from listening to more Zeppelin.
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  8. CBackley

    CBackley Chairman of the Bored

    The Beatles
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  9. MrEWhite

    MrEWhite Well-Known Member

    United States
    Megadeth, while Dave Mustaine's vocals "fit the music," they're pretty bad. Especially compared to James Hetfield's and Tom Araya's.
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  10. SITKOL'76

    SITKOL'76 Forum Resident

    Colombia, SC
    Bob Dylan, he has the most grating voice in the history of popular music, like you couldn't pay me to sit through an album. He's a great writer so I don't know why nobody ever told him to just stick to writing and stay behind the scenes.
  11. Grow Fins

    Grow Fins ...and leave you laaaaand-lubbing women alone

    Antwerp, Belgium
    First thing to come to mind is Dinosaur Jr. My wife adores them but I continue to have a difficult time with J Macsis' groany vocals. He's a fantastic guitar player and his tunes can be catchy as hell, but when he starts singing, I just wonder: why?

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  12. MikeManaic61

    MikeManaic61 Forum Resident

    I like Dylan a lot but that's true. As much as I like his lyrics and poetry, his voice can definitely turn some off.
  13. Moshe V

    Moshe V Forum Resident

    George Harrison - Dark Horse

    I still like it.
    I don’t think he sounds as bad as most people say he does.

    Not up to par, but not horrible.
    It’s a great song.
  14. johnny 99

    johnny 99 Down On Main Street

  15. TimeWarper

    TimeWarper Well-Known Member

    Ray Davies, at least in his opinion.
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  16. zebop

    zebop Well Known Stranger

    That's a bad vocal, I think it's during the era when George was doing a lot of cocaine.
  17. fortherecord

    fortherecord Forum Resident

    Upstate, NY
    John Mayall is a good example.
  18. Zeppelin fan

    Zeppelin fan Well-Known Member

    his singing is poor on hard rockers
  19. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

    Harry Nilsson’s P***y Cats album.

    Addendum: The first name of this album really gets censored???
  20. Farmer Mike

    Farmer Mike Forum Resident

    Doesn't like Petty, Morrison, Cocker, Dylan or Jagger...I'd bet that dog is ready to pummel him also!
  21. TimeWarper

    TimeWarper Well-Known Member

    So was Dave’s!
  22. INSW

    INSW Forum Resident

    This thread deserves some sort of award.

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