Author Topic: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound  (Read 2085 times)

kidsick5000

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #30 on: August 10, 2018, 11:25:24 AM »
Sparks - for years, I was aware of a song "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us". Often on Simon Bates' Golden Hour.
In my head, it was sung by a woman that looked like Hazel O'Connor. Finally saw them on some TOTP2 kind of show.
"That woman looks kind of manly. And she's married Hitler"

purlieu

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2018, 11:48:54 AM »
Mark Hollis. That deep, soulful, untouchable voice - whether he's belting it out, or barely above a whisper - seems so wrong coming from a cheeky cockney chap.

Doubly so when you hear his speaking voice.

Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2018, 02:53:39 PM »
For people who DON'T look how they sound, Rick Astley instantly springs to mind,

Wasn't that an urban myth put about by PWL's marketing people? He sounded very much like a 26 year old tea boy to me.

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« Reply #33 on: August 10, 2018, 03:14:43 PM »
Ian Curtis. The first time I heard “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, for some reason I imagined him looking like the wrestler Goldust.


Conversely, oddballs like Danny Elfman, Mark Mothersbaugh and Frank Zappa all look exactly how they sound to me. Weird Al, too. Wacky buggers.

Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #34 on: September 22, 2018, 10:29:56 PM »
In the "Fascinating creatures. Sounds like a lady, but really it's a man..." corner are Neil Sedaka and David McAlmont.

Also, Jon Anderson who I imagined to be a red-haired Barbara Dickson type.


FerriswheelBueller

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #36 on: September 23, 2018, 03:44:10 AM »
Van Morrison looks nothing like he sounds.

Pete Doherty looks exactly like he sounds.

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« Reply #37 on: September 23, 2018, 04:20:06 AM »
Stretch - Why Did You Do It?

Listen: https://youtu.be/X4UD1sK5a1U
Watch: https://youtu.be/zY7f5nxuKts

Ah yes, the fake Fleetwood Mac!

Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #38 on: September 23, 2018, 01:27:20 PM »
I got a huge surprise when Give It Up came round on these recent TOTP repeats, and it turned out that KC of Sunshine Band fame is white. I've got no idea why I ever thought otherwise, who I'm getting mixed up with, or how I'd got this far without ever actually seeing a picture of him, but there you go.
Yes. Some years ago I went to one of those 70s package shows.
I was in absolute shock when KC walked out and looked like this.

Funcrusher

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #39 on: September 23, 2018, 01:42:37 PM »
KFC, more like.

Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #40 on: December 06, 2018, 09:48:30 PM »
In the "Fascinating creatures. Sounds like a lady, but really it's a man..." corner are Neil Sedaka and David McAlmont.
I did presume McAlmont was a lady, but also blame the video for his Diamonds areForever cover. https://youtu.be/5sKAtyzwM_0?t=100

Jockice

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #41 on: December 06, 2018, 10:14:10 PM »
Feargal Sharkey. If you'd only heard him and not seen him, would you think he looked anything like that?

Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #42 on: December 06, 2018, 10:18:13 PM »
Yes, but it's the accent too. He sounds like a skinny Norn Iron lad.

Glebe

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #43 on: December 07, 2018, 04:16:34 PM »
Before I knew what Black Francis looked like I wasn't imagining Divine without makeup crossed with a baby. I don't remember what I imagined, but it wasn't that

Funnily enough, my brother imagined him as being a scrawny, Iggy Pop figure.

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #44 on: December 07, 2018, 04:36:40 PM »
I think teenage Steve Winwood singing those early soulful renditions of Gimme Some Lovin' and Keep On Running takes the cake.

Not to mention:

https://youtu.be/TG32gmIIsVo

How the fuck does a white teenager from Birmingham get to sing like that??

Steve Marriott was similarly unnerving. A little blonde cockney fella with the voice of an African-American deep soul belter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUuuHLaSLR0

chveik

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #45 on: December 07, 2018, 06:08:42 PM »
this little fella


Twed

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #46 on: December 07, 2018, 07:08:07 PM »
Steve Marriott was similarly unnerving. A little blonde cockney fella with the voice of an African-American deep soul belter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUuuHLaSLR0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tNoSmlnxwQ This is the most difficult performance by him to reconcile, IMO.

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« Reply #47 on: December 07, 2018, 08:32:21 PM »
Angry Anderson

Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #48 on: December 07, 2018, 08:42:57 PM »
Nick Drake looks exactly how he sounds.

Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #49 on: December 08, 2018, 08:04:46 AM »
Nick Drake looks exactly how he sounds.

I disagree: the first song of his I heard was River Man and I wasn't expecting that husky murmur.  I thought he would've sounded like Art Garfunkel, only less butch.

Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #50 on: December 08, 2018, 10:14:31 AM »
I disagree: the first song of his I heard was River Man and I wasn't expecting that husky murmur.  I thought he would've sounded like Art Garfunkel, only less butch.

I disagree: the first song I heard of his was Northern Sky and he looked exactly as I expected as I'd seen his photo on the sleeve of the record before playing it.

Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #51 on: December 08, 2018, 04:20:44 PM »
This is me shaming myself publically, but in the spirit of people earlier in this thread thinking white singers were black, I had just taken for granted until the other day that the person doing the wonderful emoting on The Great Gig in the Sky was a black american woman. The fact that I'm not a particular Pink Floyd fan doesn't excuse this.

There is no reason to assume that a white englishwoman couldn't sing like that. Here is Clare Torry talking about it, in case you haven't seen this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTBqf4iklaQ&fbclid=IwAR3RxJ2AH-AqqdQnvP6xKFpfdm1IK7YKCnj9Q3v7HqBPGN_dMcHzY3dzD9c

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #52 on: December 08, 2018, 05:33:54 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tNoSmlnxwQ This is the most difficult performance by him to reconcile, IMO.

Incredible.

alan nagsworth

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #53 on: December 08, 2018, 05:52:09 PM »
Ian Curtis. The first time I heard “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, for some reason I imagined him looking like the wrestler Goldust.


Hahahaha :D

non capisco

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #54 on: December 09, 2018, 11:02:50 PM »
^ Fucking hell, that's amazing. And I can completely see why Jumblegraw thought that.

icehaven

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Re: Singers who DON'T look how they sound/look EXACTLY how they sound
« Reply #55 on: December 10, 2018, 07:19:23 AM »
Puressence were well known for looking nothing like how they sound, particularly the singer, who looks and talks like a typical Manchester Liam Gallagher, but sounds like this
https://youtu.be/bqBDbnoEJjU

It was weird going to see them in the 90s and the crowd were largely goths and pre-emo emos all absolutely worshipping this bunch of blokes in sports jackets and indie-schmindie haircuts.