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Old 08-19-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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Lead singers that stand-out

Not sure if there has been a posting on this in the past, but thought I would start one and see where it goes.

This am on my way into work I was thinking of lead singers of bands that really can carry a show on their backs and sometimes, stand-out even more than the band at times.

Here is my list (in no particular order)

-Bono (of course lol)
-Steven Tyler - Aerosmith
-Freddie Mercury - Queen
-Axl Rose (....might be a stretch for this list)
-Mick Jagger - Rolling Stones


...your list(s)....?
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:28 AM   #2
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Bono
Jagger
Jim Morrison
Dave Gahan
Jim Kerr
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:08 PM   #3
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Bono
Mick Jagger
Tim Booth
Freddie mercury
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:15 PM   #4
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I'm not sure what you mean by "stand out." Isn't that what the lead singer is supposed to do? That's why he's called the "frontman."

If you mean in terms of being overly theatrical, then I guess Bono, Jagger, and Freddie Mercury would qualify in that respect.

But you know, one of the greatest bands in the world -- the Beatles -- never really had a designated lead singer, and it didn't prevent them from being successful. Their shows did not depend on the force of a single personality.

And sometimes a lead singer can be mesmerizing even if he is not much of a showman. Kurt Cobain basically was Nirvana, and he managed to hold the audience's attention even when he was just staring at the floor.

I also think R.E.M. never would have made it without Michael Stipe. His onstage behavior was so unusual that you couldn't take your eyes off him; you never knew what he was going to do next. I liked that he was an instinctual performer whose moves did not seem to be rehearsed or calculated.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, how about the worst performer? I love Radiohead's music and I think Thom Yorke has a beautiful voice, but god, he is boring onstage.
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:26 PM   #5
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Yeah - sorry - was thinking along the lines of theatric
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I love Radiohead's music and I think Thom Yorke has a beautiful voice, but god, he is boring onstage.
He's not a "C'mon everybody, put your hands together!" kind of guy but I find him fascinating to watch. I love watching all the members of RH but sometimes I'm completely riveted to Thom and his crazy movements. Not unlike Michael Stipe, actually, who you mentioned as someone you can't take your eyes off.

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Radiohead live: idioteque - YouTube
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:00 PM   #9
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Axl, in my opinion, definitely deserves to be on the list. Dude was a fucking awesome frontman in GNR's heyday.

Also, I'm obliged to drop the name of one Eddard "Ned" Vedder of House Pearl Jam.
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Ned Vedder sounds like a code name for Def Leppard
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What about just Ed Vedder? Because that's how he's often referred to. Actually, it seems as he started to age he gravitated towards just Ed and kind of wanted to distance himself from being called Eddie. In some of the more recent liner notes he's listed himself as just Ed.

I'm pretty proud of myself for the super nerdy Game of Thrones-ified version of his name that I've come up with. So I will pat myself on the back.

Also, there are a bunch of great rock frontmen that haven't been named yet. Robert Plant, for one, exuded sex, weirdness, mystery, and had that fucking untouchable bluesman/banshee wail.
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Eddard Vedder makes me think of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

(But with more D sounds.)
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I'm pretty proud of myself for the super nerdy Game of Thrones-ified version of his name that I've come up with. So I will pat myself on the back.
I was proud of myself for being the first person who was going to point that out but then you stole my moment.
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I'm in a Facebook group called "Eddie vedder's piss is the cure for cancer"

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I'm pretty proud of myself for the super nerdy Game of Thrones-ified version of his name that I've come up with. So I will pat myself on the back.

Also, there are a bunch of great rock frontmen that haven't been named yet. Robert Plant, for one, exuded sex, weirdness, mystery, and had that fucking untouchable bluesman/banshee wail.
I liked it too.

Good call on King Robert Baratheon Plant.
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