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Re: Celebs Who Change(d) Their Accents and/or Vocal Mannerisms
« Reply #90 on: August 01, 2018, 11:23:32 AM »
I did stick it out! My family moved from Scotland to England when I was seven and then moved house another twice in the next three years, the final time to a completely different area just before my last year at junior school. So that was four schools at which I was the only Scottish kid. Great fun as you can possibly imagine.


That's interesting, cheers! Made me realise that my parents don't have particularly strong accents, so probably I just reverted to talking like they did, as no-one around me had a Lancashire accent, so I just didn't hear it any more.

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Re: Celebs Who Change(d) Their Accents and/or Vocal Mannerisms
« Reply #91 on: August 01, 2018, 12:57:44 PM »
Apologies if I've missed this being said, but Charlie Hunnam / Humdrum is a very strange one. On the one hand it seems like he never had much of a Geordie accent to lose, but on the other, he's such a befuddlingly terrible actor you can't be sure how much of any of his performances are weird or just plain shit.

His attempt at a Cockney accent in Green Street was fucking terrible.

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« Reply #92 on: August 01, 2018, 01:33:16 PM »

I grew up in the North East (to quote Scotland The What?: "The North-East of Scotland, not the North-East of the UK, which is near Tyneside), but have lived in Edinburgh for twenty years. My friends are endlessly amused if I get a phone call from my family, because apparently my voice goes full Doric for the duration. I have no idea it happens.

Which prompts a musing: Would there be mileage in a chat show that surprises each guest with an interviewer who speaks in their (the 'sleb's) native accent, purely to have them unconsciously undermine their cultivated voice?

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« Reply #93 on: August 01, 2018, 01:47:49 PM »
I hate that so much.
It doesn't work, because he's obviously lost the accent or never quite had it. He moved to the US when he was a small child. Though he had probably the most authentic Scots accent in Reign.

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« Reply #94 on: August 01, 2018, 01:53:20 PM »
There's another celeb who has a VERY similar accent to Grossman, but fucked if I can remember who it is now...
Robin Leech? The opposite - a Brit in the US.

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« Reply #95 on: August 02, 2018, 10:34:34 AM »
Cilla Black is sounding a lot more dead in recent years.

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« Reply #96 on: December 06, 2018, 09:44:59 PM »
Barrowman's "Scots" reminds me of Sheena Easton/Lulu, with their weird Transatlantic accents and playing up thelocalisms. "I love po-tayto scohanns."

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« Reply #97 on: December 06, 2018, 09:57:00 PM »
I find Bill Brysons accent off putting, the bits of it that are English give him a slightly prissy sounding air.

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« Reply #98 on: December 06, 2018, 10:05:35 PM »
I find Bill Brysons accent off putting, the bits of it that are English give him a slightly prissy sounding air.

I find it very soothing, strangely. I use his audiobooks to fall asleep on planes guaranteed.

I can also do a half-decent impression, because his mannerisms are so predictable.

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« Reply #99 on: December 09, 2018, 10:04:50 AM »
It's sort of like the George Plimpton-type intellectual American twang, but more rural.

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« Reply #100 on: December 09, 2018, 11:01:26 AM »
TV Offal had an incredible clip of Phillipa Forrester in her student TV days .

https://youtu.be/ca5RRaxmEgY?t=1077

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« Reply #101 on: December 09, 2018, 11:25:22 AM »
four pages in & no sign of nigel fackin' kennedy?

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

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« Reply #102 on: December 09, 2018, 11:37:43 AM »
Mary Anne Hobbs used to sound aggressive and more norther back in the R1 rock show and Breezeblock days, now she sounds mellow and giggly stoned. She lost most of her northerness on some R3 thing I heard her do and all.

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« Reply #103 on: December 09, 2018, 11:54:15 AM »
Some of my female (Southern English) friends have started to adopt a weird drawn-out vocal fry in their speech, which I assume is influenced by hearing how American celebrities talk, but with their accents it just makes them sound like vacuous Sloanes (which they're not), it's really irritating.

Lindsay Lohan debuted her new accent a couple of years ago, which to me sounded a bit like an automatic text-to-speech robot with a slight Slavic influence, but goodness knows where it came from.

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« Reply #104 on: December 09, 2018, 02:19:07 PM »
Barrowman I think switches at will (I saw a documentary about his life and when he Skyped his parents - who are still in the US after emigrating there - he talks in his natural Scottish accent; he also used it in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games opening ceremony).

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Re: Celebs Who Change(d) Their Accents and/or Vocal Mannerisms
« Reply #105 on: December 09, 2018, 02:35:44 PM »
What about singers who do this? Biggest culprit is Paul Weller. Sounds all cockney in The Jam, fast forward to the likes of Changing Man and suddenly he's all gruff, bluesy and American.

Mike Scott of The Waterboys seems to sound more Irish the older he gets.

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« Reply #106 on: December 09, 2018, 04:25:49 PM »
Craig Ferguson poshed up massively since his Bing Hitler days.

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« Reply #107 on: December 10, 2018, 08:51:18 AM »
Mike Scott of The Waterboys seems to sound more Irish the older he gets.
See also John Boorman. He sounds English, but more generically so, with a hint of the Anglo-Irish about certain pronunciations. Interviews with him when he was younger, he sounds just that little less "George Manning from Glenroe".

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« Reply #108 on: December 10, 2018, 09:12:24 AM »
coverdale's originally from teesside, as am I, & he'd briefly dated the older sister of a near-neighbour of mine, before he joined the stream of english vocalists going to live in LA.

Brian Johnson was a full on Geordie welder before joining AC/DC and despite nearly 40yrs in LA his accent hasn't softened

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« Reply #109 on: December 10, 2018, 11:37:23 PM »
There's another celeb who has a VERY similar accent to Grossman, but fucked if I can remember who it is now...

James Mason.

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« Reply #110 on: December 11, 2018, 09:40:37 AM »
Mark Watson? Didn't he pretend to be Welsh and then just stopped?

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« Reply #111 on: December 11, 2018, 01:22:19 PM »
My dear boy has no one's mentioned good old Wembley lad Keith Moon's affectation from some time in the late 60s until his death?

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« Reply #112 on: December 11, 2018, 01:34:38 PM »
My accent softened when I went to University mainly due to the fact that no one understood what the fuck i was going on about.  When i went back home my mates used to take the piss out of my "southern" accent.   Couldn't win!

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« Reply #113 on: December 11, 2018, 01:49:46 PM »
Mike Scott of The Waterboys seems to sound more Irish the older he gets.
Sure I read a Karl Wallinger jibe after he'd left the Waterboys about wanting to tell Scott to "stop pretending to be Irish".

I suppose there could have been a response about "stop pretending to be one of the Beatles", ho ho.