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Right now I am listening to Nick Gilder singing "Hot Child In The City." Before I knew the singer's name was Nick, I thought the singer was a "chick." Have any more examples? Done before? Let me know.

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 22 November 2004 20:59 (10 years ago) Permalink

ha!

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 22 November 2004 21:04 (10 years ago) Permalink

(little) Jimmy Scott.

davie, Monday, 22 November 2004 21:08 (10 years ago) Permalink

Robert Owens, Jamie Principle

LSTD (answer) (sexyDancer), Monday, 22 November 2004 21:08 (10 years ago) Permalink

rod stewart

fauxhemian (fauxhemian), Monday, 22 November 2004 21:08 (10 years ago) Permalink

Devendra Banhart

dog latin (dog latin), Monday, 22 November 2004 21:09 (10 years ago) Permalink

Michael Jackson
Brian Molko

dog latin (dog latin), Monday, 22 November 2004 21:10 (10 years ago) Permalink

That background singer in "A Girl Like You" by the Smithereens.

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Monday, 22 November 2004 21:16 (10 years ago) Permalink

i was convinced that "The Logical Song" by Supertramp was sung by a chick. I, alas, was wrong.

One of the three vocalists in the Spinners' "They Just Can't Stop It (Games People Play" sounds ENTIRELY female, but is not.

I used to think Q Lazzarus' "Goodbye Horses" was sung by a male. Wrong again.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 22 November 2004 21:17 (10 years ago) Permalink

Chris Montez.

mike a, Monday, 22 November 2004 21:22 (10 years ago) Permalink

I was sure the singer for Mew was female until I went to their web site and saw no mention of a female member. I'm still not convinced that the second voice on some of the songs isn't female.

nickn (nickn), Monday, 22 November 2004 21:24 (10 years ago) Permalink

Wayne Newton!

jed_ (jed), Monday, 22 November 2004 21:28 (10 years ago) Permalink

otm. Has anyone ever seen the old I Love Lucy where he played a singing farmhand who is discovered by Lucy while serenading his cow with a song called "Bessie the Heifer"? Totally sounded like a girl!

I might add Morrissey's "octave-divided" (is this correct?) backing vocal on Bigmouth Strikes Again.

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 22 November 2004 21:38 (10 years ago) Permalink

Antony of Antony and the Johnsons

mottdeterre (mottdeterre), Monday, 22 November 2004 22:03 (10 years ago) Permalink

geoff hansen (sp?) sounds like elliott smith if elliott smith was a 12 year old girl. it's impressive.

tylerw, Monday, 22 November 2004 22:04 (10 years ago) Permalink

Singer of the Delays! Even when he goes "low" he still sounds like Stevie Nicks.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Monday, 22 November 2004 22:08 (10 years ago) Permalink

Totally agreed on the Spinners -- the "nowhere to go / guess I'll leave it alone" part.

Also Simply Red on "Holding Back the Years" -- I was relieved to learn on another ILM thread that I wasn't the only one who initially thought Mick was an older black woman.

Also Michael Jackson's half of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" -- I still can't tell where his lines end and Siedah Garrett's begin.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Monday, 22 November 2004 22:12 (10 years ago) Permalink

Singer of the Delays! Even when he goes "low" he still sounds like Stevie Nicks.

-- roxymuzak (emilysu...), November 22nd, 2004.

shit, i was just gonna say that... Greg Gilbert.

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Monday, 22 November 2004 22:14 (10 years ago) Permalink

At the club we were at on Saturday, they were playing something where the singer sounded exactly like Bjork, but the music was all crunchy and guitary and new-sounding (so I knew it wasn't Sugarcubes or KUKL). Finally we asked dude who it was and he said the Mars Volta. The Mars Volta is all dudes, right? Can anyone confirm that the singer from MV sounds a lot like Bjork?

n/a (Nick A.), Monday, 22 November 2004 22:37 (10 years ago) Permalink

The ghost of Jermaine Stewart owns this thread.

maria b (maria b), Monday, 22 November 2004 23:17 (10 years ago) Permalink

Break out the cherry wine!

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 22 November 2004 23:31 (10 years ago) Permalink

He doesn't sound female, but I hate the way Kurt Wagner's voice is so cig-damaged that the only way he can possibly hit any notes is to sing falsetto.

I Am Curious (George) (Rock Hardy), Monday, 22 November 2004 23:36 (10 years ago) Permalink

A vision of my future.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Monday, 22 November 2004 23:45 (10 years ago) Permalink

"The ghost of Jermaine Stewart owns this thread. "
OMG. My trivistuffed brain randomly accessed his hit the other day "We Don't Have To Take Out Clothes Off (To Have A Good Time)." Sorta like the black Nick Gilder.

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 00:31 (10 years ago) Permalink

trivistuffed=trivia-stuffed.

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 00:39 (10 years ago) Permalink

the black Nick Gilder
I think we have a winner! Now can we break out the cherry wine? And have a good time.

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 00:41 (10 years ago) Permalink

My mother visited me once and some Terry Callier was playing when she arrived. She presumed the singer was "a beautiful black woman".

Since then Tel and Nina Simone have sat close to each other in my brain.

Acme (acme), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 01:23 (10 years ago) Permalink

Sylvester, especially on "You make me feel (mighty real)".

kevin says relax (daddy warbuxx), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 01:36 (10 years ago) Permalink

Ray Charles masquerading as the Raelettes on "I Believe to My Soul."

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 01:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

I don't know what Tracy Chapman is, but it's not right.

Sasha (sgh), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 02:08 (10 years ago) Permalink

on jimmy sommerville's duets with that chick with the bad hat heck if i knew who was who.

john'n'chicago, Tuesday, 23 November 2004 02:16 (10 years ago) Permalink

(that's with the communards)

john'n'chicago, Tuesday, 23 November 2004 02:17 (10 years ago) Permalink

I have to admit growing up I thought Limahl was female.

papa november (papa november), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 02:18 (10 years ago) Permalink

in keeping w/ this board's recent prog/yes obsession ...

Eisbär (llamasfur), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 04:57 (10 years ago) Permalink

Also Michael Jackson's half of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" -- I still can't tell where his lines end and Siedah Garrett's begin.

-- Joseph McCombs (jmccomb...), November 22nd, 2004.
funny !!!!!!!!!
michael can hit the high notes siedah can't hit hahaha!
why wasn't this album called "terrible"

beatitboy, Tuesday, 23 November 2004 05:24 (10 years ago) Permalink

Geddy Lee and his remarkable similarity to one of the Wilson sisters on his Tom Sawyer vocals

Bryan Moore (Bryan Moore), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 07:49 (10 years ago) Permalink

Wayne Newton's voice is more squirrel than girl.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 08:23 (10 years ago) Permalink

Eisbär, Are you sure that picture of Jon Anderson isn't a picture of Andy Gibb? I mean if it didn't actually say "Jon Anderson" on the side, how could you tell?

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 12:23 (10 years ago) Permalink

On the other hand, there's that one Pointer Sister (took the lead in "Automatic") who sounds like a man!

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 18:36 (10 years ago) Permalink

I learned something new on this thread - I always thought that was a female singer in "Games People Play."

mike a, Tuesday, 23 November 2004 18:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

bonnie 'prince' billy, especially in "death to everyone". i listened and could not decide.

kiss gergo, Wednesday, 24 November 2004 12:37 (9 years ago) Permalink

"That background singer in "A Girl Like You" by the Smithereens."

I think that song has Marilyn Wilson, wife (or at least ex) of Brian and mother of Carney and Wendy singing background vocals.

earlnash, Wednesday, 24 November 2004 15:16 (9 years ago) Permalink

we got this far without Green!

Morley Timmons (Donna Brown), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 17:29 (9 years ago) Permalink

Mike Patton on various late-career Faith No More tracks, especially the backup vox on "Evidence".

rogthefrog, Sunday, 28 November 2004 18:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

F.R. David

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Sunday, 28 November 2004 19:51 (9 years ago) Permalink

What about the dude that sang the hit version of "Brother Louie". The group was The Stories, the guy Ian Lloyd, right?

Ken L (Ken L), Sunday, 28 November 2004 22:59 (9 years ago) Permalink

My friend thought Doug Martsch, on "Randy Described Eternity", was female. Understandable.

sleep (sleep), Sunday, 28 November 2004 23:18 (9 years ago) Permalink

peter criss of Kiss with Beth

thomas de'aguirre (biteylove), Sunday, 28 November 2004 23:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

the kid from hunky dory, but then a lot of teenage boys sound like girls.

keith m (keithmcl), Monday, 29 November 2004 00:53 (9 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...
That *is* a woman on the Spinners' "Games People Play." The group was out of the country when Thom Bell was cutting that vocal part.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 08:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

I love that record, and I love that Alex loves it.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 08:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

The singer for Coheed & Cambria sounds like a chick to me.

Lyra Jane (Lyra Jane), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 16:47 (9 years ago) Permalink

jeff hanson

thomas & samson

katie hasty (katie, a princess), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 16:48 (9 years ago) Permalink

Billy Mackenzie
Andrew (shit, forgot his name, from Geneva) ???

benoit, Tuesday, 3 May 2005 16:59 (9 years ago) Permalink

Cassandra Wilson is my vote for man-sounding-woman. More so than even the Auotmatic vocal by the Pointer Brother.

PappaWheelie, Tuesday, 3 May 2005 18:55 (9 years ago) Permalink

Paging Sarah Vaughan

The Mad Puffin, Tuesday, 3 May 2005 19:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

Zac Hanson
Jimmy Osmond
Aaron Carter
Stevie Wonder at the time of "Fingertips"

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 21:10 (9 years ago) Permalink

Mike Scheidt, singer/guitarist for the Oregon doom-metal trio Yob, sounds remarkably like a woman, specifically Lori S., singer/guitarist for stoner-metal trio Acid King.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 21:18 (9 years ago) Permalink

That's a lot of posts to not include Aaron Neville.

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Tuesday, 3 May 2005 21:34 (9 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

Or Horace Andy.

Retrato Em Redd E Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 19 September 2008 02:12 (6 years ago) Permalink

I only just realized recently after hearing it at least 100 times that the Robin McNamara who sang "Lay a Little Lovin' on Me" was a dude.

It kinda goes both ways in Zep's "Battle of Evermore"--half the time I can't tell if it's Robert Plant or Sandy Denny singing.

Hideous Lump, Friday, 19 September 2008 02:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

tony orlando and dawng (PappaWheelie V), Friday, 19 September 2008 02:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

Grazie to RW for the fact-check on "Games People Play." But weirdly, the guy with the handlebar mustache sings the female part in this Soul Train clip:

Joseph McCombs, Friday, 19 September 2008 02:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

WHOA!

tony orlando and dawng (PappaWheelie V), Friday, 19 September 2008 02:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

That's pretty ridiculous, but I'm pretty sure that like American Bandstand, performers lip-synched to the single on Soul Train.

Pleasant Plains, Friday, 19 September 2008 02:49 (6 years ago) Permalink

Or Horace Andy.

I had Horace Andy on one time and my mum came in and said "who's this woman you're listening to?" She also thought Nina Simone was a man once.

chap, Friday, 19 September 2008 15:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

When I was a kid, I thought "Hello it's Me" was sung by a woman.

Trip Maker, Friday, 19 September 2008 15:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

The bassist for the Eagles.

Bill Magill, Friday, 19 September 2008 16:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

Vincent Gallo
Bernard Butler

henry s, Friday, 19 September 2008 16:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

oh,and Russell Tompkins from the Stylistics...

henry s, Friday, 19 September 2008 16:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

what scary ass chick looks like VINCENT GALLO?

M@tt He1ges0n, Friday, 19 September 2008 16:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

Death Vessel guy Joel Thibodeau is pretty uncanny.

briania, Friday, 19 September 2008 17:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

Add britpop singer of your choice in here.

Moka, Friday, 19 September 2008 19:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

Death Vessel guy Joel Thibodeau is pretty uncanny.

Yar. I went to a Books concert where Death Vessel was the opening band and I spent the whole opening song trying to decipher if it was a guy or a girl, both for the voice and the androgynous look.

Moka, Friday, 19 September 2008 19:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

I had the opposite problem with "Pump up the Jam". I always thought it was a dude.

Z S, Friday, 19 September 2008 19:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

The first time I heard Material Issue was "Kim the Waitress," which I could've sworn was sung by a woman with a husky voice (like Carla Bozulich), and I thought it was a lesbian-crush song.

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jaymc, Friday, 19 September 2008 19:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

The first time I heard "Border Song" on the radio when Elton's first record came out I was pretty sure "Elton" was just an unusual name for a woman.

ellaguru, Friday, 19 September 2008 20:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

Lostandfound, Friday, 19 September 2008 20:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

I had the opposite problem with "Pump up the Jam". I always thought it was a dude.

There are a few as well. Thao Nguyen per example, i kept thinking it was a dude, I had to go to youtube to see the voice actually coming out of her to make sure it was a girl. Not that she has a very masculine voice, maybe all indie rock male singers are effeminate.

Also Courtney Love. I'm too young for Nirvana, so I first heard Hole through some friends and all the time I thought it was a dude singing until I saw a video.

Moka, Friday, 19 September 2008 21:44 (6 years ago) Permalink

Lindsey Buckingham sometimes sounds like there are three girls singing in Fleetwood Mac.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 19 September 2008 21:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

Frankie Lymon

john mccain's illegitimate black child (musically), Friday, 19 September 2008 23:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

Jamiroquai.

VegemiteGrrrl, Saturday, 20 September 2008 04:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

i sound like a girl

Surmounter, Saturday, 20 September 2008 04:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

but i like girls, so whatever.

Surmounter, Saturday, 20 September 2008 04:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

Ted Taylor of "(Love Is Like A) Rambling Rose" fame.

Retrato Em Redd E Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 20 September 2008 04:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

When I was a kid, I thought "Hello it's Me" was sung by a woman

named carole king

tony orlando and dawng (PappaWheelie V), Saturday, 20 September 2008 15:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Sonny Charles

Retrato Em Redd E Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 November 2008 15:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

Oh Lori by Alessi owns this thread.

Sven Hassel Schmuck, Thursday, 13 November 2008 15:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Ney Matogrosso / Secos & Molhados

Moka, Sunday, 19 September 2010 22:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

Bobb Trimble, according to Mrs. Redd.

What's Welsh for Zen Arcade (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 June 2011 14:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

^Bobb has tricked friends of mine, as well.
Re: Todd Rundgren's resemblance to Carole King: I heard "I saw the Light" while watching the movie Kingpin last weekend and I immediately started a search for it on the internet assuming that it was a Carole King hit. I guess I'm not the only one.

Trip Maker, Monday, 20 June 2011 15:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

the members of The Rock Mafia do not appear in the video for their song "The Big Bang"...i assumed the lead vocalist was female until i saw a male member of the band perform the song on TV this morning.

The bigman from the glorious 'e street' band (some dude), Monday, 20 June 2011 15:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol i just heard-not-saw that performance here at work, totally assumed it was a woman

da croupier, Monday, 20 June 2011 15:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Rhye is actually Mike Milosh.

Moka, Monday, 24 December 2012 22:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'd been listening to Budgie for a few years before I found out that Burke Shelley was a man.

Mike Dixn, Monday, 24 December 2012 22:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon, one of the first recorded female impersonators, castrati aside.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Monday, 24 December 2012 22:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

Don't know how we missed the vocalist in Jigsaw, all those years ago. A drummer to boot

Albee Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 January 2013 21:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ha, or Eric Carmen.

Albee Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 5 January 2013 21:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

That one guy from Air Supply. always thought All Outta Love was sung by a woman

NINO CARTER, Saturday, 5 January 2013 21:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, apparently.

Leopard Skin POLL-Box Hat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 January 2013 23:07 (1 year ago) Permalink


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