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M Sparks
09-17-2007, 10:15 AM
Who's the best collection of musicians bogged down by an awful front man?

I was just watching the Johnny Ramone tribute concert and this topic came to mind while watching Red Hot Chili Peppers butcher "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "She's The One."

Just sayin...

algunz
09-17-2007, 10:17 AM
Creed - don't really know much about the band, but I gotta figure that "that guy" has got to be THE worst front man EVER.

captncrzy
09-17-2007, 10:23 AM
+10 Sparks. Great idea.

captncrzy
09-17-2007, 10:23 AM
I'll probably get creamed for this, but I think Bono is a horrible singer. His voice sounds like sheep bleating to me.

Deviate_420
09-17-2007, 10:26 AM
I am going to have to do with Bob Dylan. I love his music/ lyrics but, I cant stand the niggas voice...

M Sparks
09-17-2007, 10:38 AM
I am going to have to do with Bob Dylan. I love his music/ lyrics but, I cant stand the niggas voice...

But his backing band is great? :rolleyes

canexplain
09-17-2007, 10:41 AM
TINY TIM .... :) cr**** wait, his band was only so so ... back to the drawing board ....

algunz
09-17-2007, 10:51 AM
The "new" INXS

TomAz
09-17-2007, 12:14 PM
Stiff Little Fingers

luckyface
09-17-2007, 12:17 PM
I think the Rapture would be 10 times better without their annoying lead singer.

And I always thought Rush would have sounded a lot better without Geddy. God, I hate that guy.

bmack86
09-17-2007, 12:34 PM
Sometimes I love the guy, and he's very unique, but there are quite a few Fall tracks that would have been so much better with a great singer. I'd love to hear someone rip into the classical rather than mutter over it. That song deserves insanity.

breakjaw
09-17-2007, 12:34 PM
CYHSY

PassiveTheory
09-17-2007, 12:46 PM
Reggie and the Full Effect...

tessalasset
09-17-2007, 12:56 PM
God, so many local bands. That always makes me so sad, when a band sounds really good but I just can't get over their lead singer's voice. And I can't help but just wonder how they don't hear what I hear.

ficklecycle
09-17-2007, 01:02 PM
I think the Rapture would be 10 times better without their annoying lead singer.

And I always thought Rush would have sounded a lot better without Geddy. God, I hate that guy.

What the hell is wrong with you?

rage patton
09-17-2007, 01:16 PM
I think the Rapture would be 10 times better without their annoying lead singer.

And I always thought Rush would have sounded a lot better without Geddy. God, I hate that guy.

The Rapture has 2 lead singers...

And Geddy Lee's voice is amazing! However, I am Candian. So, by law, I must love everything Rush has ever done. By the way, I love your Sig.

And my vote... Guns N Roses. Axels voice just sometimes bug the hell outta me.

PassiveTheory
09-17-2007, 01:21 PM
Really? I've always liked it, for some reason.

As for Geddy Lee... As a bass player, I sometimes wish he would just shut up and play bass... Sting >>> Geddy Lee as the best singing bassist in pop music.

Maybe I would like Battles more if the vocals didn't completely fuck my ears over whenever I heard them...

ewiggy
09-17-2007, 01:23 PM
okkervil river. ugh.

TomAz
09-17-2007, 01:34 PM
kristen I think your mom is on your computer.

luckyface
09-17-2007, 01:38 PM
The Rapture has 2 lead singers...

Well then, they both suck.

amyzzz
09-17-2007, 01:57 PM
okkervil river. ugh.
That was my pick. Glad I'm not alone.

Mr.Nipples
09-17-2007, 01:59 PM
Stiff Little Fingers

whaaa???

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
09-17-2007, 01:59 PM
Creed - don't really know much about the band, but I gotta figure that "that guy" has got to be THE worst front man EVER.

Creed is one of the worst bands period..

ewiggy
09-17-2007, 02:01 PM
kristen I think your mom is on your computer.

i just wanted to be the first. my real pick is joy division.

bmack86
09-17-2007, 02:13 PM
Ugh. Kristen, friendship ovah.

ewiggy
09-17-2007, 02:23 PM
never liked you much anyway.

bmack86
09-17-2007, 02:27 PM
Fine. We can have custody of the venues in LA. I get them for good shows, you can have them for all the others.

ewiggy
09-17-2007, 02:49 PM
alright mr. i'm-going-to-amoeba-instead-of-the-troub-for-okkervil. no problem.

bmack86
09-17-2007, 02:52 PM
OOOO. That was a valid response tho. I humbly bow down, although i did get a free 30 dollar meal out of my friend that night. And a few Pavement singles.

mountmccabe
09-17-2007, 02:57 PM
When I was 12 some friends were visiting from Michigan and their daughter had a copy of Master of Puppets and I listened and I loved the music but didn't like Hetfield.

Then they released ...And Justice for All and I heard "One" some and stuff and then came the self-titled and it had more radio songs and Hetfield sounded different - that is more plain - and I kinda got into them some but I rather quickly realized that the black album sucks and the earlier albums rule face.

This doesn't really have anything to do, directly, with answering this thread; this has mostly been story time with Uncle John.

mountmccabe
09-17-2007, 02:58 PM
Also I'm sayin' y'all are 12.

mountmccabe
09-17-2007, 02:58 PM
Or, rather, have developed the musical appreciation of a 12 year old.

full on idle
09-17-2007, 03:01 PM
Fiery Furnaces. End of story.

full on idle
09-17-2007, 03:02 PM
May I be excused?

canexplain
09-17-2007, 03:04 PM
Fiery Furnaces. End of story.

i might have to agree .. seen them 3 times i think, and i am still trying to GET them .. cr****screeeeeeeeeeecccccccccchhhhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyyy yyy

rage patton
09-17-2007, 03:49 PM
Maybe I would like Battles more if the vocals didn't completely fuck my ears over whenever I heard them...

I fuckin love the vocals in Battles.

bballarl
09-17-2007, 04:08 PM
The Tet Holiday.

Abe Lincoln
09-17-2007, 04:53 PM
I think the singer in My Morning Jacket sounds like Kermit THE Frog.

summerkid
09-17-2007, 04:56 PM
i just wanted to be the first. my real pick is joy division.

Correct answer.

TomAz
09-17-2007, 05:20 PM
+10 Sparks. Great idea.

the lead singer in Sparks is pretty annoying. sorry Pot.


Stiff Little Fingers

perhaps you all didn't grasp the question. Best band with worst lead singer means the band has to be good and the singer terrible. SLF was a great great band with a dreadful singer.

Dead Kennedys, too.


And I always thought Rush would have sounded a lot better without Geddy. God, I hate that guy.

Geddy Lee is truly awful, but so are Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart.


whaaa???

you heard me nips


The Tet Holiday.

you can hear the vocals in that mix?


I think the singer in My Morning Jacket sounds like Kermit THE Frog.

no he sounds like Neil Young.

Mr.Nipples
09-17-2007, 05:31 PM
Dead Kennedys, too.


jesus tom...jesus...

rage patton
09-17-2007, 05:40 PM
Geddy Lee is truly awful, but so are Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart.

I hope you never plan a trip to Canada...


Dead Kennedys, too.

jesus tom...jesus...

Agreed.

woogie846
09-17-2007, 05:41 PM
I think the singer in My Morning Jacket sounds like Kermit THE Frog.

He totally does, but I'm still a fan of Jim James.

bballarl
09-17-2007, 05:42 PM
you can hear the vocals in that mix?

The vocals are buried somewhat precisely because I don't like the sound of my voice.

woogie846
09-17-2007, 05:42 PM
Speaking of Kermit the Frog, I was rummaging through some old stuff and found a copy of Kermit: Unpigged.

bballarl
09-17-2007, 05:43 PM
He totally does, but I'm still a fan of Jim James.

It works with the tunes. I don't think he is a bad singer.

TomAz
09-17-2007, 05:58 PM
jesus tom...jesus...

come on you know it's true. Dead Kennedys were a great band. But Jello Biafra sounded like a punk rock Tiny Tim.

TomAz
09-17-2007, 06:00 PM
also if you disagree with my take on SLF listen to the song 'Nobody's Heroes'. the guy sounds like a comedy parody of a punk rock singer.

bballarl
09-17-2007, 06:02 PM
I wish Tiny Tim did spoken word like Jello Biafra.

Mr.Nipples
09-17-2007, 06:24 PM
come on you know it's true. Dead Kennedys were a great band. But Jello Biafra sounded like a punk rock Tiny Tim.

i dont know tom, he was animated as all hell but was still on point. his voice had that bratty-told-you-so tinge that fit well with the whole surf rock band on speed thing they were going for...to each his own...

sydaud
09-17-2007, 06:34 PM
i dont know tom, he was animated as all hell but was still on point. his voice had that bratty-told-you-so tinge that fit well with the whole surf rock band on speed thing they were going for...to each his own...

I was just about to say something akin to that....I think Biafra voice perfectly fit DK's music.

TomAz
09-17-2007, 06:58 PM
I don't see how warbling accentuates biting political lyrics. but, like you said, each to his own.

now, this:

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rage patton
09-17-2007, 07:03 PM
Is it just me... or does Tiny Tim kind of look like, and sound like, Justin Hawkins from the Darkness?

hawkingvsreeve
09-17-2007, 07:13 PM
Reggie and the Full Effect...

Reggie is awesome, as is James Dewees.

Benis23
09-17-2007, 08:27 PM
nine inch nails

Wheres the beef?
09-17-2007, 08:34 PM
What about Hole? Well, nevermind, this thread is about good bands with bad lead singers not shitty bands with worst lead singers.

captncrzy
09-17-2007, 08:36 PM
Whaaaa?

Trent IS NIN.

Alchemy
09-17-2007, 08:39 PM
I'll third Okkervil River.

rage patton
09-17-2007, 08:39 PM
nine inch nails

You are fuckin nuts.


What about Hole? Well, nevermind, this thread is about good bands with bad lead singers not shitty bands with worst lead singers.

I was about to correct you... but you corrected yourself.

Boourns
09-17-2007, 08:50 PM
I think the Rapture would be 10 times better without their annoying lead singer.

And I always thought Rush would have sounded a lot better without Geddy. God, I hate that guy.

Ah yes, horrible singers all around. But not as bad as Cover Your Ears Say Owww...but the rest of the band's just a talentless Talking Heads cover band, anyway.

Boourns
09-17-2007, 08:51 PM
Fiery Furnaces. End of story.

The girl is infinitely better than the grandmother. Ugh...I stopped listening to them after that.

Mr.Nipples
09-17-2007, 08:53 PM
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breakjaw
09-17-2007, 11:08 PM
This is a band I always thought was good,but couldn't get past the singer's voice
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cansei de ser sexme
09-17-2007, 11:11 PM
Tay Zonday

M Sparks
09-18-2007, 07:00 AM
This is a band I always thought was good,but couldn't get past the singer's voice
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Haaaa...I saw them at a festival on this tour. I just thought they were kind of boring, but yeah, the band is much better than the singer.

Before I clicked on it, I thought it was going to be REM.

EDIT- How awesome is it that Dave is holding up a CD longbox. Takes me back to working at Wherehouse in the early 90s.

M Sparks
09-18-2007, 07:05 AM
3DUce8VGl-Y

Which guy?

"yeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeah"

or "blarghschtemblarghgaaaaaaaablarcgh!"

gmoneyak
09-19-2007, 01:57 AM
This is kind of a tricky question, as I always thought some bands had that certain "charm" with a particular singer.. It's hard to think of them with anyone else filling their shoes..

That being said:

Primus +
Oasis

AgainstTheGrain
09-19-2007, 02:14 AM
The Strokes...

C DUB YA
09-19-2007, 01:31 PM
Chili Peppers.

C DUB YA
09-19-2007, 01:31 PM
This is kind of a tricky question, as I always thought some bands had that certain "charm" with a particular singer.. It's hard to think of them with anyone else filling their shoes..

That being said:

Primus +
Oasis


Actually, Liam is a good singer. he may not be your cup of tea, but he's a great front man.

ficklecycle
09-19-2007, 01:32 PM
Joy Division.

C DUB YA
09-19-2007, 01:33 PM
Joy Division.

Blasphomous.

ficklecycle
09-19-2007, 01:34 PM
I'm surprised no one brought that up. I personally don't think that. It was just a joke, but when I really think about it, there must be some dickwads here and there who think he was a horrible singer.

Mr.Nipples
09-19-2007, 01:34 PM
This is kind of a tricky question, as I always thought some bands had that certain "charm" with a particular singer.. It's hard to think of them with anyone else filling their shoes..

That being said:

Primus +
Oasis


primus? what the fuck is wrong with you people...

gmoneyak
09-19-2007, 11:24 PM
Actually, Liam is a good singer. he may not be your cup of tea, but he's a great front man.

Yeah..I think you're right, just never was a fan..


primus? what the fuck is wrong with you people...


I'm the biggest Primus fan there is... But you know Les Claypool can't sing, he's a fantastic composer and one of the greatest bassists in the world..

rage patton
09-19-2007, 11:28 PM
primus? what the fuck is wrong with you people...

Thank you! EXACTLY what I was thinking.

Look. Les Claypool isnt trying to be a good singer. Could you even immagine Primus with a good singer? I cant, and I dont want too.
Les Claypools vocals are meant to be theatrical and weird. Its just another element of their music.

captncrzy
09-20-2007, 08:35 AM
Blasphomous.

Seconded.

If anything: Ian Curtis >>>>> Bernard Sumner

ewiggy
09-20-2007, 10:47 AM
Ian Curtis >>>>> Bernard Sumner

i will fight you.

just kidding.

not really.

captncrzy
09-20-2007, 11:06 AM
:lool Kristin-you know I can take you.....:lool

ewiggy
09-20-2007, 12:29 PM
whatever. i'll show up with my crew.

amyzzz
09-20-2007, 12:47 PM
omg. no laughing heads. caitlin flashback.

captncrzy
09-20-2007, 01:50 PM
whatever. i'll show up with my crew.

My crew can beat up your crew....

http://robotics.eecs.berkeley.edu/~pister/DSSG/dssg6-2/gangsters.jpg



Sorry about that Amy.....didn't mean to give you Caitlin flashers. Just trying to let K know I was really joking.

rage patton
09-20-2007, 04:19 PM
I am not a fan of them in the first place... but you know whos voice drives me up the fucking wall?!?!?!

That fucking guy from Avenged Sevenfold!!!

Fuck his voice make me want to punch a small animal. Its so whiney and nasaly. And he tries to hit all these notes he just CANT hit, and... Just fuck. Wow. He has an insanely bad voice.