Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Flat


Just because you have a flat voice doesn't mean you can't be a famous singer!

I thought Lou Reed and Nico were the undisputed champions for flattest voices EVAH, but upon further reflection I think these folks could also enter the contest:


Ace Frehley

Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Crash Test Dummies

Death Cab for Cutie

James Hetfield of Metallica

Joey Ramone

Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead

Rob Zombie

Suzanne Vega

Vince Neil of Motley Crue


I am sure some of you will disagree with this list. And perhaps some of you might be able to add some names to it. If so, do tell.


P.S. Full disclosure: I can't sing for shit, and my voice is F-L-A-T. So there. And despite the fact that those listed above have flat voices, I really like one of them (LEMMY!), and can sometimes handle a couple of the others.

46 comments:

ticklishfromadistance said...

Hard to top Lou.

Lily G. said...

Does having a flat voice mean you're tone deaf?

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Hmm...never thought about that...

Chessa! said...

lol...I can take any of these in very small doses.

Caroline said...

Never thought of that before...I will admit...I am a closet Metillica fan!

Kellie said...

I have the worst singing voice ever. I wish I could sing. I also wish I could dance but I will settle for just not tripping over my own feet and falling on my face on a daily basis. :)

Jake Hammell said...

The Crash Test Dummies were one of those bands with a really different lead singer, so different it worked for them.
Plus they were from Manitoba, which makes them awesome.

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

i like it when you write more, woman ;) i'll be checking back for readers' comments. i only know a few on your list.

as long as you're not tone deaf, you can sing!

Iva said...

so true!! It doesn't take the best voice to be a famous singer anymore! ...I'll have to come back and listen to these later :) {I don't know some of them SORRY!!!}

TERI REES WANG said...

What a about Atlanta Housewife Kim singing? Tardy for the Party..?! ;0

kyslp said...

Biz Markie?

Alina said...

Your Voice may be flat, but my cracks like a teenage boy!

Gary Heller said...

Ya know, I find myself often liking things not despite their imperfections, but for them. It goes with physical appearance, character, singing, social skills, pretty much anything.

I always thought Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin (my all time favorite band growing up, and possibly still)had the flattest, and screechiest voice but his soul and spirit was in every word and it did not matter if he were on key mostly or not. . .
Then there was Jon Bonham, the drummer who was known for playing just behind the beat (could you call that flat) but is what gave them there larger than life sound.
Not an easy thing to do play behind the beat and still keep the tempo perfectly consistent. . .
Ok, so I'm a Zep head.

bananas. said...

interesting list...

when i get home i'll watch all the vids and return with a full review.

btw my voice sucks ass. it's worst than flat and to think i was the star lead in my elementary school's choir. YEYA!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I'm thinking rap kind of falls into the "flat voice you can have a hit record" category!

Vivienne said...

My kids have asked my to stop singing along with the radio in the car. However, Suzanne Vega makes me want to poke a sharp pencil in my ears.

Clorivak said...

Great List! I agree with Lou Reed and Nico being the craziest for all time FLAT voice.

I watched a doc not too long ago..I think its called Before Music Dies or something like that. Anyhoo...its all about how all the top 40 singers have to just have a certain look, the voice or talent does Not Matter and they make their voices sound perfect with machines. Also the radios are made to play the same skank-pop shite day in and day out . There is no character in much of the music coming out these days in fact it makes me want to upchuck most of the time. Its just not real anymore. Its also funny how way back than with the likes of Rock'N'Roll, Looks didn't matter for shit. You could be the ugliest buttface to ever grace the earth but if you could rock out hard, you were beyond respected. Times have changed and all I know is that I am so glad I like good tunes and not the garbage that is on the airwaves at present!!!
sorry for the novel...coffee gets me going!! And good topics of course!

E.K. said...

Vince is the shizzz! How can one have a flat voice when they are shouting at the devil?!!!

Char said...

totally....

Elizabeth Marie said...

Lou Reed...flat but sexy. And Rob Zombie! The same skater I dated got me very familiar with his flat trying to be tough voice...

Ela said...

Flat is way better that out of tune/pitch, scratchy or sounding like Minnie Mouse. Wanna trade?

LENORENEVERMORE said...

That flat liner scared me for a second...I thought someone passed away or something! I sound like Diana Ross...in my dream that is! Upside Down boy you turn me...lalala

Alicia said...

i agree with you..totally...but i LOVE metallica so bring on the flatness!

Sam said...

Lemmy is an utter legend! I love the way he sings with the mike up in the air like that - sort of like an easy rider but for singing!!! Lou is also a legend - "Transformer" has to be up there in my top ten - as for the others: can I say quickly "I've never heard of them" and then run away very, very quickly in shame?

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Gabbi said...

I agree I agree dear Drollgirl :) AND I've actually thought of this before and am very much a fan of several flat voices. Not everyone has to sing like Mariah Carey and Celine Dione... !!

Sam said...

Actually, I've heard of Susan...

Ela said...

Oh Drolly, you always make me laugh....still laughing actually. Yes, we have Century 21 over here - blazers are just as horrid - as are their For Sale signs - seriously, brown and yellow on a lawn is supposed to incite me to drop a large sum of money???

C21 in NYC and NJ(not nearly as good as NYC's) is a discount designer place. Mostly a season or few behind but I've been to NYC's and seen the exact piece in Saks or Bloomi's for 2 to 3 times the price on the same day so it all depends I guess. It's great for some designer shoes(MJ, D&G, Chloe, etc.) and Marc Jacobs sunnies = dirt cheap. It's crazy, it opens at 7am and people are already shopping - they go before work or something. If you go during reg hours it's a madhouse so I like going at 7am too. Who needs breakfast when I can get some shoes :)

Happy hump day, muffin!

Hanako66 said...

I really like a few of these voices...but you crack me up!

Hanako66 said...

btw, there is currently an ad for scientology on your blog!

The Peach Tart said...

My voice is flatter than my ass.

ASSHOLE BOYFRIEND said...

I still don't know what a flat voice is, I googled it and I still don't know (Maybe it's in google 'images'). I don't even know who Ace Frehley is, how am I suppose to know if he has a flat voice? Is a flat voice a spooky voice? Because Diamonda Galas has a voice that sounds like the grave, is that a flat voice? maybe you mean a baritone voice. Now I'm scared.

Keith said...

I had never really thought about this before. You are so right. I still like these though.

Renee said...

Good idea dear friend, look up.

Love Renee xoxo

one little simitopian said...

You speak the truth! Some of the most iconic singers in the world can't even SING properly! eg. Bob Dylan. But yeah, I still like enjoy some of them too, because they're expressive and distinctive. Plenty of people out there have technically "good" singing abilities, but they all end up just sounding the same, eg. Most of the crud in the top 40.
Very interesting topic, drollski!
It's funny that you should bring this up, as I've been considering singing lessons lately. I've done some backup stuff for some musical friends in the past, but I've always been too shy to do it on my lonesome....:( Reading this list makes me think, well if they can do it, so can I!

one little simitopian said...

P.s. TOTALLY hearing clorivaks comment!

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thereddeer said...

Thanks for your comment about the halloween cupcakes - glad you like them :D

BTW I totally suck at singing.

blueviolet said...

There are a lot of singers out there that seem to make it because the musicians surrounding them help water down the fact they can't sing. Think it would work for us? Probably not.

Ama Livia Reynolds said...

Lou for sure is the king. The others on your list, in my little brain, can't touch his affects with a 10-foot microphone chord. xo Ama

Ama Livia Reynolds said...

bob dylan actually can sing beautifully. he just doesn't do it most of the time. because he's bob.

Phoenix said...

Joey was pretty flat...but damn did he make it work. I would disagree with James Hetfield, if you've heard him do "Nothing Else Matters" he can carry the notes fairly well.

Vince Neil...yeah. Oh, and Bob Dylan. Yup.

Most boy bands (and by boy bands I mean the Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, Snow Patrol, and all those other trendy pretty boy groups) really can't sing for shit live. So sad.

Diana said...

I love Lou Reed! I can't think of anyone else but you a good list. I have a flat voice, but it doesn't stop me!

Missy said...

I have a lot of flat things!
Love the peppers!

Pinky said...

Flat voice or not I just love Rob Zombie...I do! Great list though!

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