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Old 11-26-17, 11:50 AM   #21
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I love albums with "one" general theme. Pink Floyd's The Wall, The Beatles Sargent Peppers, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, are others.
There's a narrative in Who's Next which is not readily apparent. The title of the song is "Baba O'Reilly", not "Teenage Wasteland" because Baba O'Reilly was supposed to be one of the characters of the intended rock opera. Shame the whole thing just face planted because it would have been awesome.
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Old 11-30-17, 12:55 AM   #22
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Hi all.
This was a great thread so I thought I pop in and share.

Personally, I don't count someone as a frontman if the band is named after them.
Example: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Also, lets give some love to a few badass women for a second. Don't worry I'm not asking the questioned to be rewritten as "front person" haha. Stevie Nicks, Grace Slick, Ann Wilson (Heart is a personal fav). They were all extremely mesmerizing and their voices unique and unforgettable. They stole the show.

I didn't see Lemmy, Maynard, Trent Reznor or Eddie Vedder mentioned. Eddie is amazeballs and the definition of a great frontman. He would climb the stage set and be 40ft in the air. His voice is so powerful (whether you like it or not- the man can belt). I saw them last year at Wrigley Field and it was sold out. Their fan base is still huge and loyal after all these years.

Freddie is my #1 that's just that. Robert Plant is a God. I just wanted to add some honorable mentions. Oh and Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison were mentioned and in my top 5 as well.

And then there is this little guy named Jerry Garcia? I dunno if y'all have heard of him, but I hear he was kinda a big deal. :-)

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Old 11-30-17, 01:25 AM   #23
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Janis was something to see too, as was Grace Jones!

I'm glad you mentioned Vedder's antics, as they reminded me of somebody who *I* consider even better, Mike Patton!

Not sure if Trent qualifies as NIN was technically a one-man band, at least when he was at his best.

As for Jerry, there's a good argument that Bobby was the real front man, and also nodding out during your own guitar solos isn't generally a great way to electrify the crowd - and that's coming from a fan!
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Janis was something to see too, as was Grace Jones!


Not sure if Trent qualifies as NIN was technically a one-man band, at least when he was at his best.
Very True. Trent Reznor is NIN. I kinda cheated with that one because it's not named after him.

Faith No More! Omg, I haven't listened to them in ages.

I forgot about David Byrne as well. Insane live shows. I love him. Which made me think if Wayne Coyne of the Flamming Lips.

LOL about Jerry! I personally think he was an angel that got too wasted and fell out of heaven. He should probably be eliminated since he was never human.

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Mike Patton was great as the frontman for Faith No More, but his showmanship hit new levels with Mister Bungle.

ETA: Oh and for what it's worth, i did mention Karen Crisis as the one frontman that i just could not tear my eyes away from for any reason, and she's all woman. And it's not like she was doing anything shocking like Genitotorturers or getting naked or anything, she was really just that electrifying on stage. It's downright criminal that she tore her vocal cords to shreds before Crisis could make it big, or you'd all know who i'm blathering on about. Imagine Evanscence meets Slayer at The Fear Factory, where together they slaughter the Cradle of Filth.
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As you've discussed I guess a good subcategory is best band defining singers. Singers that outshined the people performing with them:


Elvis
Buddy Holly
Roy Orbison
Chuck Berry
Jimi Hendrix
David Bowie
Janis
Prince
Huey Lewis
Tom Petty


Borderline:

Jim Morrison - I say borderline because the keyboards were pretty vital to the music
Peter Gabriel - he was very much the focus of Genesis live shows
Bruce (although his band members aren't pushed to the background)
Sting - The police had excellent musicians but Sting was very much pushed to the front
Eddie Vedder - Solid band but I don't know what the other members even look like


Really pushing it:

The Beatles members after their split - kind of expected really
Elton John (and Billy Joel?) - I'm not sure if they even had bands with them
Michael Jackson - not quite rock
Stevie Wonder - also not quite rock

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As you've discussed I guess a good subcategory is best band defining singers. Singers that outshined the people performing with them:


Elvis
Buddy Holly
Roy Orbison
Chuck Berry
Jimi Hendrix
David Bowie
Janis
Prince
Huey Lewis
Tom Petty


Borderline:

Jim Morrison - I say borderline because the keyboards were pretty vital to the music
Peter Gabriel - he was very much the focus of Genesis live shows
Bruce (although his band members aren't pushed to the background)
Sting - The police had excellent musicians but Sting was very much pushed to the front
Eddie Vedder - Solid band but I don't know what the other members even look like


Really pushing it:

The Beatles members after their split - kind of expected really
Elton John (and Billy Joel?) - I'm not sure if they even had bands with them
Michael Jackson - not quite rock
Stevie Wonder - also not quite rock
I'll overlook the slap you just gave Mike Campbell.

You might put Bob Seger in there somewhere. He's a class guy, all the members of The Silver Bullet Band get equal shares of recording and tour royalties and they are solid musicians, he's always insisted on that. It's unusual in the industry. However....Normally it would take them about two weeks to record an album in the studio. He went down to Mussel Shoals to record one album, can't recall which, but it's just "Bob Seger, no "..and the..." in his catalog, with the Swampers and they got it knocked out in a single day.
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Re: Rock's Greatest Front Man

Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy probably deserves a mention here too.

Great posts, y'all. Great thread idea, Hodge!
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Eddie Vedder - Solid band but I don't know what the other members even look like
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Hi all.
This was a great thread so I thought I pop in and share...
No explanation needed Bee. Come on in the waters fine.

Some of us have been spending some time in the Name that Tune thread. And, anytime there's a "tune" involved, eventually you're going to get to Led Zeppellin.

Listening to some of their songs, and watching Plant move around a stage brought me to the thread title. You could not take your eyes off the man.


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...Also, lets give some love to a few badass women for a second. Don't worry I'm not asking the questioned to be rewritten as "front person" haha. Stevie Nicks, Grace Slick, Ann Wilson (Heart is a personal fav). They were all extremely mesmerizing and their voices unique and unforgettable. They stole the show...
Not old enough to have seen Grace in person, but if you've listened to, Somebody to Love or White Rabbit, you can hear what an influence her voice was to the music.


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...Jim Morrison were mentioned and in my top 5 as well...
I'd forgotten all about Jim Morrison and the Doors.

He (and they) were gone before I became of age, but I've listened to a lot of their stuff. Light My Fire, was an anthem for the 60s.

Plus, The Doors spent a lot of time here on the "left-coast". I would've loved to have seen them. Although, I heard about brawls between Morrison and Ray Manzarek.


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...And then there is this little guy named Jerry Garcia? I dunno if y'all have heard of him, but I hear he was kinda a big deal...
No idea who you're talking about here. Not!
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