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  • Famous Songs Where The Singer Is Out Of Tune

    One song that gets mentioned a lot if the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Under The Bridge.

    Any others?
    Originally Posted by Darl Bundren


    Sometimes Lego Star Wars is so much like the real world it's eerie.

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    Anything sung by either Southside Johnny or Elvis Costello.
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    Originally Posted by MattACaster : *Runs 2 blocks down the street to Guitar Center, grabs detuned Schecter off the wall, plugs into Line6 Spider and proceeds to bring teh brootalz*

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    • #3
      Some Bob Dylan songs...lol

      Nick Cave on some or most of the songs I've heard of his...they're sort of...off...

      That's all for now.
      All things must pass...

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      • #4
        Some Bob Dylan songs...lol

        Nick Cave on some or most of the songs I've heard of his...they're sort of...off...

        That's all for now.


        Dylan insisted in that Don't Look Back documentary that he hits all the notes. Which songs does he miss them?
        Originally Posted by Darl Bundren


        Sometimes Lego Star Wars is so much like the real world it's eerie.

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        • #5
          Plant, All of my Love
          http://www.ameranouche.com/
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thl46...eature=related

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          • #6
            Oh, you know, even as I wrote that, I was wondering if I meant that it's his voice type and singing style that makes him sound sort of off key...even if he is singing the right notes.
            All things must pass...

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            • #7
              Any successful Quiet Riot Song - although God bless, he's passed on...
              And surprisingly Mickey Thomas, here and there guilty of the old head voice overshoot...
              Too much of anything is no good.

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              • #8
                any singing by kanye west that isnt auto tuned
                i'm so cool! i can play music!

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                • #9
                  Haha, good one.
                  All things must pass...

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                  • #10
                    any singing by kanye west that isnt auto tuned


                    Even Kanye's studio singing sounds off. So obviously auto-tuned.
                    Originally Posted by Darl Bundren


                    Sometimes Lego Star Wars is so much like the real world it's eerie.

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                    • #11
                      To me, auto tune = what's the point? Why be a singer if you're not in tune?
                      All things must pass...

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                      • #12
                        Well, I think in Kanye's case autotune is used as an effect--I mean there's no attempt to disguise it. Quite the opposite. People who know nothing about music production may not know what he's using, but it's obvious that he's using something.

                        Now the pop crowd is something else, especially the over-produced Jacksonesque vocals that marks the Disney style.... Miley Cyrus, for example, is autotuned in such a way as to conceal the effect. This is what most of us think of when we think of autotuning. I don't like autotuning when it's used to try and perfect a voice.

                        Used lightly, however, it's a useful safety net that can ease a singer's mind about truly epic fails. In this sense I believe that autotune is much more widely used than people realize. And in practice sessions it can be a great tool for developing pitch--one's voice will start automatically adjusting to the pitch one hears trough the PA, and as time goes by the voice needs less support.

                        (Disclaimer--I do NOT use autotuning during band practice or gigs. I use it only when practicing alone. I have principles!)
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                        • #13
                          Dylan insisted in that Don't Look Back documentary that he hits all the notes. Which songs does he miss them?


                          It's not so much that Bob misses notes--in fact I think he misses very few, considering how often his vocal ability is criticized. Rather, his tonal quality is not consistent--there's often a waver or quiver that we call a pitch problem (and I suppose it is if one thinks in terms of micropitches) but is actually at worst a bit of sloppiness and most often a deliberate aesthetic effect.

                          In this respect Bob uses his voice very like the old blues and cowboy/hobo singers--he hits notes well enough, but vocal perfection is not an aesthetic concern for him. Think about it: Guys like Bob and Neil Young certainly can sing well and do so on many songs. They also have lots of $$$ and infinite time in the studio, so they need not ever let a vocal pass that's less than perfect if perfection is really what they're after. The lack of perfection in their vocals, then, would appear to be deliberate, designed to communicate to the listener and deepen the impact of the song.
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                          • #14
                            Elvis Costello.

                            No way.
                            He has a weird timbre, but his pitch is pretty damn good.
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                            • #15
                              One song that gets mentioned a lot if the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Under The Bridge.

                              Any others?


                              Actually, pretty much any song where Anthony Kiedis "sings."
                              I just heard "Music Is my Aeroplane" on the radio the other day and was amazed that they ever let that vocal performance on a finished product.
                              Horrible.
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