Singers Who Relied On Band Members' Lyrics

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MortSahlFan, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident

    Detroit Mi USA
    Mike Bruce wrote most of Alice Coopers songs with the band. Alice would tweak a word or two.
  2. Grand_Ennui

    Grand_Ennui Forum Resident

    Belinda Carlisle singing lyrics written by the other members of The Go-Go's.
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  3. DJ LX

    DJ LX Forum Resident

    Madison WI
    ... along similar lines - Tom Marshall and Phish, Bernie Taupin with Elton John, and Peter Brown with Cream/Jack Bruce.
  4. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    What about before 1980 (my favorite stuff)?
  5. Michael Rose

    Michael Rose Forum Resident

    From 1973-77, It was a split between him & May. Deacon & Taylor were typically given one song each. For 1978's Jazz album, John & Roger got two songs.
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  6. octophone

    octophone fit and working again

    James Dean Bradfield - Manic Street Preachers. Lyrics written by Richey Edwards and Nicky Wire, then by Wire. He wrote "Ocean Spray" on "Know Your Enemy" but didn't consistently contribute lyrics until Rewind The Film.
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  7. flaxton

    flaxton Forum Resident

    I thought Bruce wrote the music and Alice the lyrics.
  8. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I used to think the one who sang it, wrote it.
    I'm going to guess Freddie wrote "Death on Two Legs".. My favorite song, with some great, biting lyrics.
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  9. ghoulsurgery

    ghoulsurgery House Ghost

    New Jersey
    Bill wrote a handful of songs (including lyrics) for the Lemonheads LP he played on, too
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  10. Michael Rose

    Michael Rose Forum Resident

    Yes to both counts. :edthumbs:
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  11. Brewmeister

    Brewmeister Forum Resident

    Even though Gabriel during his tenure wrote a lot of lyrics, he still sang lyrics written by Banks (and by Anthony Philips early on)
    I'm not sure if Rutherford ever wrote lyrics before Peter Gabriel left.
  12. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

    Central VA
    Annie Haslam of Renaissance often sang lyrics written by other band members or non-performing lyricist Betty Thatcher.
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  13. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

    Midnight Oil - guitarist Jim Moginie and drummer Rob Hirst wrote most of the lyrics that Peter Garrett sang.
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  14. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    How do you all feel about those who write for the singer, but not being in the band?
  15. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL, US
    Keith Reid in Procol Harum
  16. Chance

    Chance Forum Resident

    Morris County, NJ
    I kinda see it as they are in the band, but their role doesn't require them to perform. For example, it always seemed normal and natural to me to see Bernie Taupin depicted on Elton's album artwork along with the players.
  17. klaw

    klaw Forum Resident

    Uhm not quite - Deacon didn't sing but he did write songs.
  18. Dr Mike

    Dr Mike Forum Resident

    Across the first seven King Crimson albums, precisely one song features lyrics written by the singer.
  19. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    Ringo (and a couple times George)
  20. ReggieNJ

    ReggieNJ Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Steve Harwell is the lead singer for Smash Mouth, but guitarist Greg Camp was the main songwriter.
  21. Beamish13

    Beamish13 Forum Resident

    Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode (although he has several songs on each of their last 3 records)
  22. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    Robin Zander/Rick Nielsen is one of the more famous ones.
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  23. Lostchord

    Lostchord Dr. Livingstone, I presume

    PoznaƄ, Poland
    In his book The Living Years he states he wrote "Harlequin".
  24. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

  25. Papi Hipbone323

    Papi Hipbone323 The Stouffer's Lasagna of Audiophiles

    Lancaster, Ohio
    Nikki Sixx wrote the lyrics for every Motley Crue sung by Vince Neil.

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