In which a group of graying eternal amateurs discuss their passions, interests and obsessions, among them: movies, art, politics, evolutionary biology, taxes, writing, computers, these kids these days, and lousy educations.

E-Mail Donald
Demographer, recovering sociologist, and arts buff

E-Mail Fenster
College administrator and arts buff

E-Mail Francis
Architectural historian and arts buff

E-Mail Friedrich
Entrepreneur and arts buff
E-Mail Michael
Media flunky and arts buff

We assume it's OK to quote emailers by name.

Try Advanced Search

  1. Seattle Squeeze: New Urban Living
  2. Checking In
  3. Ben Aronson's Representational Abstractions
  4. Rock is ... Forever?
  5. We Need the Arts: A Sob Story
  6. Form Following (Commercial) Function
  7. Two Humorous Items from the Financial Crisis
  8. Ken Auster of the Kute Kaptions
  9. What Might Representational Painters Paint?
  10. In The Times ...

Sasha Castel
AC Douglas
Out of Lascaux
The Ambler
Modern Art Notes
Cranky Professor
Mike Snider on Poetry
Silliman on Poetry
Felix Salmon
Polly Frost
Polly and Ray's Forum
Stumbling Tongue
Brian's Culture Blog
Banana Oil
Scourge of Modernism
Visible Darkness
Thomas Hobbs
Blog Lodge
Leibman Theory
Goliard Dream
Third Level Digression
Here Inside
My Stupid Dog
W.J. Duquette

Politics, Education, and Economics Blogs
Andrew Sullivan
The Corner at National Review
Steve Sailer
Joanne Jacobs
Natalie Solent
A Libertarian Parent in the Countryside
Rational Parenting
Colby Cosh
View from the Right
Pejman Pundit
God of the Machine
One Good Turn
Liberty Log
Daily Pundit
Catallaxy Files
Greatest Jeneration
Glenn Frazier
Jane Galt
Jim Miller
Limbic Nutrition
Innocents Abroad
Chicago Boyz
James Lileks
Cybrarian at Large
Hello Bloggy!
Setting the World to Rights
Travelling Shoes

Redwood Dragon
The Invisible Hand
Daze Reader
Lynn Sislo
The Fat Guy
Jon Walz


Our Last 50 Referrers

« The Troubles | Main | Diversity Notes »

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.



posted by Michael at October 11, 2006


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

Post a comment

Email Address:



Remember your info?