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Is there a musician whose singing voice you're not fond of, but have remained a fan of the band(s) they're in (what group(s) + for how long)?

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  • Is there a musician whose singing voice you're not fond of, but have remained a fan of the band(s) they're in (what group(s) + for how long)?


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Answer #1 | 09/04 2017 00:02
Many! In fact, for just about all of my favourite bands, I don't really care about the singer, the lyrics or the singing, it's the music that I care about. However for most people it is the opposite. In any good band the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts but not all parts really contribute equally in my opinion. Take Led Zeppelin for example, Robert Plant made good contributions in the songwriting but it wasn't really him that was the essential factor to the sound. It was the rhythm section plus Page that made it go. Plant could have easily been replaced in my mind. Of course I liked the whole package and still do. If you take a band like Yes, it is even more clear that the vocalist is the least important part. I've been a fan of Yes for a long time, and still am (I just listened to some last night) but I can't stand Anderson's singing or his lyrics. But I don't care, I still listen to them because of the instrumental magic. It's Squire and Howe and brilliant drumming and keyboards that make that band go, not Anderson. The same goes for many bands. As a bass player, I'm more interested in the bass and drums and the guitar work. As far as I'm concerned vocalists get way too much of the credit and attention when it is the instrumentalists that make it go. But that's just me, each to their own. It's my theory that many people are uncomfortable with abstract art because it has no immediately recognizable meaning (and music is among the most abstract of all art forms). Because language is so much more literal and tangible, more people are attracted to lyrics and singing instead. That's also why I think that rap is so popular (the emphasis is on the words instead of the music - less abstract).
Answer #2 | 08/04 2017 23:53
Smashing Pumpkins is one of my favorite bands of all time, but Billy Corgan sounds like a voiceover of Kermit The Frog Disturbed would be way better if they got a different vocalist. I think everyone else from GNR is better off without Axl Rose as well

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