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October 11, 2006

Time to Practice Your Punk Arpeggios, Dear ...

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Some may find this hard to believe, but Johnny Rotten, Chryssie Hynde, Billy Idol, and Joe Strummer all received vocal coaching. I'd love to have sat in on those sessions.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at October 11, 2006




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Come on, Chrissie Hynde is a fantastic singer! Have you ever listened to that old Pretenders stuff?

Posted by: MQ on October 11, 2006 4:23 PM



I always liked Joe Strummer's voice until I heard a duet of Strummer and Johnny Cash singing Bob Marley's "Redemption Songs." Both Joe and Johnny sound embarressingly and hilariously bad. If you're a fan, do not seek it out.

Posted by: Alicatte on October 11, 2006 5:32 PM



Some singers are coached in order to learn to take the strain off their voice. Self-taught styles sometimes lead to physical problems.

Posted by: John Emerson on October 11, 2006 9:44 PM



MQ -- I'm a big fan of early Pretenders, and like Chryssie's voice fine. It never struck me as a schooled one though ...

Alicatte -- Don't say that! Strummer and Cash are two of the guys who give the rest of us guys who can't sing a little hope that maybe we can get away with it anyway!

John -- *Often* lead to physical problems, I hear. Even vocal cords can take only so much abuse.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on October 12, 2006 12:58 AM






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