Strange accents in pop music

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Following on from the received accents thread...

The one that gets me is the new wave accent of the late '70s. Joe Jackson, Bob Geldof and the like spring to mind. For example, the word 'night' would be pronounced 'nate' and slightly clipped. Anthoer feature is the sibilant s.

Another oddity is Ray Davies' affected Geordie twang ... at least, that's what it sounds like to me.

Jez (Jez), Monday, 6 March 2006 14:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There's a weird thing Bowie does with the 'a' sound - so that 'made' come out like 'mide' for example. I don't what accent that's supposed to be.

Then there's Mick Jagger's curious Southern American accent...

JBC, Monday, 6 March 2006 14:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

*Ray Davies' affected Geordie twang ... *

gurl, yous really got me gannin'
yous got me gannin' so ah nae knows wot ahm dooin'


dr x o'skeleton, Monday, 6 March 2006 15:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I knew Muswell Hill was Norf London, but didn't know it was *that* far North!

I'm Not Afraid Of Electricity (kate), Monday, 6 March 2006 15:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm still speechless like.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 6 March 2006 15:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

kate bush's comedy australian/cockney accents on the dreaming!

The Lex (The Lex), Monday, 6 March 2006 15:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

...and we had an hour's fite discussion about whether I Capture The Castle should be cah-stle or cass-tle. The posh Southern bastards (bitches?) won out over the Brummie.

I'm Not Afraid Of Electricity (kate), Monday, 6 March 2006 15:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There's always everyone's favorite, Mark E. Smith. Though I don't know enough about British geography to know where you add an "-ah" to every word.

js (honestengine), Monday, 6 March 2006 15:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There's also the throat-tightening thing some people feel the need to do whenever they sing: Elvis costello, for example ... or Paul Heaton, whose voice sometimes verges on the Chewbacca.

Jez (Jez), Monday, 6 March 2006 15:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've always wondered: what the hell is going on with Tom Petty's voice on American Girl? OK, he's nasal all the time, but this is, dunno, is he badly faking some weird accent on only that song?

StanM (StanM), Monday, 6 March 2006 16:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

John Fogerty on Creedence songs...though not being yankish I don't know how strange his accent actually is.

Masked Gazza, Monday, 6 March 2006 16:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Poorly?

MGrout, Monday, 6 March 2006 16:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The bloke out of Spank Rock has a voice which hovers between London and LA. It's very odd.

leeroy, Monday, 6 March 2006 17:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Steve Harley!!

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Monday, 6 March 2006 18:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

All those hair metal bands and now pomp country acts like Big N Rich that uniformly pronounce "city" as "cit-tay" or "cit-tah."

novamax (novamax), Monday, 6 March 2006 18:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This probably falls under "received accents" and may have been mentioned on that thread, but on the demo version of "I Don't Care" Joey Ramone sings in a ridiculous accent, sort of clipped yet with wildly distorted vowel sounds, well beyond your standard fake-Cockneyisms. "I don't CAAHHR! About this WAAHHLD! I don't CAAHHR! About that GAAHHL!" Fun.

Also, why does the Electric Six singer go "Danger, danger -- high VEHWL-tage"?

xero (xero), Monday, 6 March 2006 18:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Workshop/5083/nico.jpg

C. Paffgen (blunt), Monday, 6 March 2006 19:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

And then there's Ari Up's German/British/Jamaican thing.

Dave will do (dave225.3), Monday, 6 March 2006 20:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

what is patti smith's accent? its like she's doing rhea perlman.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Monday, 6 March 2006 20:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

that didn't come out right. or maybe it did...

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Monday, 6 March 2006 20:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

lol.. she looks like Rhea Perlman too..

midi sanskrit (sanskrit), Monday, 6 March 2006 20:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Fogerty's accent slips around. He's from California, right? "Proud Mary keep on buuy-nin" - eh?

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 6 March 2006 20:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That Jenkins guy from Third Eye Blind

Jingo, Monday, 6 March 2006 20:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

lol.. she looks like Rhea Perlman too..

it seems there's a possible weird synergy going on there that we probably shouldn't explore.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Monday, 6 March 2006 20:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Does anyone else in the US pronounce "twenty" as "twawnie" or was that John Cougar fella just being a knobhead?

stu (stu), Monday, 6 March 2006 20:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

And anyone spared Missy Higgins' Oirish/bushranging poet abomination should consider themselves very lucky.

stu (stu), Monday, 6 March 2006 20:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

H.R. from Bad Brains sounds like an alien to me.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 6 March 2006 20:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"John Fogerty on Creedence songs...though not being yankish I don't know how strange his accent actually is."

'Proud Mary, keep on toinin'

I thought he was from Boston, but I don't really care...

And no, Mellencamp's just a knob, though people in Indiana are fucked up.

js (honestengine), Monday, 6 March 2006 20:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Brett Anderson:

Yer Taykin' me euver.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Monday, 6 March 2006 20:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

If Mellencamp's a knob, you're a twat. How about that?

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 6 March 2006 20:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Very surprised that Creed's Scott Stapp has not been mentioned yet.
"With ahms wahd opunn / undourr the sone-laight"
(Read Jack Endino's great article on this type of vocal style here: http://www.endino.com/archive/yarl.html)

Ron E. Mexico, Monday, 6 March 2006 21:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Sting's fake Jamaican accent also belongs here.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Monday, 6 March 2006 21:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Then there's Stuart Staples, king of the tired, drunken unintelligible accent.

kwhitehead (stephen schmidt), Monday, 6 March 2006 21:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

early to mid 80s electronic R&B

HELLO READY FOR THE WORLD AND MIDNIGHT STAR!

Da Na Not! (donut), Monday, 6 March 2006 22:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

On "Freak-a-zoid", on the album version, the band members employ possibly the most unintentionally bad English accent ever, which of course makes the song greater.

Da Na Not! (donut), Monday, 6 March 2006 22:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Also, Falco "Rock Me Amadeus"... the best element of the song is that you can only really make out the chorus, lyrically.

Da Na Not! (donut), Monday, 6 March 2006 22:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Beautiful South's Briana Corrigan has a totally bizarre "Mickey Mouse" in "Mother's Pride": "Miggie mice"? I can still remember looking for the lyrics the first time I heard it.

patita (patita), Monday, 6 March 2006 23:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

James Reyne, of Australian Crawl.

When I was a kid I always supposed he'd started out as mock-Jamaican but that was just because it seemed like a common affectation of Australian bands at the time (that Men at Work fella for instance).

scriblerus (mike lynch), Tuesday, 7 March 2006 00:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this is maria's fave youtube video. it applies to this thread (and it isn't an actual falloutboy video. you have probably seen it):


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5Qtt4MBt08&search=fall%20out%20boy


scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 7 March 2006 00:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ivor Cutler

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Tuesday, 7 March 2006 00:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't really think it's strange really, but I like how Jens Lekman pronounces things like another "anudder" and so on. . .

Tokyo Ghost Stories (Tokyo Ghost Stories), Tuesday, 7 March 2006 03:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

rockwell

dave q (listerine), Tuesday, 7 March 2006 10:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Also, Björk, but that is obvious.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Tuesday, 7 March 2006 12:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

thirteen years pass...

wtf is this supposed to be?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS0SyW980YI

Angry Question Time Man's Flute Club Band (Tom D.), Monday, 8 April 2019 19:05 (one week ago) Permalink

A fella doing the 'indie girl voice'?

D. Joe, Monday, 8 April 2019 19:09 (one week ago) Permalink

An Afro-Jamaican indie girl?

Angry Question Time Man's Flute Club Band (Tom D.), Monday, 8 April 2019 19:10 (one week ago) Permalink

The guy's from Glasgow!

Angry Question Time Man's Flute Club Band (Tom D.), Monday, 8 April 2019 19:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Kill this prick

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Monday, 8 April 2019 19:15 (one week ago) Permalink

done!

lispectah deck (unregistered), Monday, 8 April 2019 20:11 (one week ago) Permalink

thought Sting was French when I was a kid

brimstead, Monday, 8 April 2019 21:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Al Jourgensen seems like he was trying pretty hard to sound British on that first Ministry album (which was also as "pop" as he ever got).

enochroot, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Doesn't he even sing 'me mum and me dad' on "effigy"?

brimstead, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 01:12 (one week ago) Permalink

i hate this song

frame casual (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 12:14 (one week ago) Permalink

do they think that they can get the handcuffs off by..... pulling hard on them??

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 14:15 (one week ago) Permalink

i mean i know they move on to other things but... who would do that????

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 14:16 (one week ago) Permalink

i guarantee you there is something worse than this song, and that's his solo acoustic rendition of this song in a small venue where you are with someone who thinks it's great

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 14:17 (one week ago) Permalink

There's something even worse than that, his big hit before this one - that one is a crime against humanity.

Angry Question Time Man's Flute Club Band (Tom D.), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 14:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Even the title is annoying (it should be Just You and Me).

what if bod was one of us (ledge), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 14:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Should it? Doesn't it depend on the context? e.g. 'Just You and I (and Everyone Else Wants To Turn Off this Bloody Song)'

frame casual (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 14:48 (one week ago) Permalink

Hmm, in the lyrics, it's "You and I could take over the world/Just you and I". So "You and I could take over the world" is correct, but you wouldn't say "I could take over the world/Just I", would you?

what if bod was one of us (ledge), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 15:04 (one week ago) Permalink


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