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The Songfactors' Choice Top Ten: Best Frontperson


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But the point of this thread is their musical talent.

Actually, the main point of THIS thread is their ability as a frontperson. Theoretically it could be that you're a good one without being able to play an instrument well or being a good singer.

...theoretically I said ;)

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..including heroin :sad:

I had an entirely different post here, and removed it. Kenne you are entitled to your opinion certainly. Herion, and all drugs (most especially opiates) are nasty things. I don't however believe that a person accomplishments should not be respected and acknowledged just because of their failings. How many musicians (even those mentioned in this very thread) could that be applied to then? Too many, I'm afraid. :P

I'm sorry, I'm kind of all stirred up because of the MJ thing and happenings in my own life, but I just can't believe a person's failings should be a reason to disrespect their accomplishments. :puppyeyes:

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Found some time to do this properly:

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Fronted Double Trouble

In 1977 Stevie formed a band called Triple Heat, where he took the leading role, however not yet lead singer. 2 years later, after their drummer left, SRV renamed his band to Double Trouble and became lead singer and lead guitarist. They made 4 outstanding albums untill Stevie's unfortunate death in 1990. He was 35.

Thom Yorke

Fronts Radiohead

1985, some schoolboys formed the band called On A Friday, after their usual rehearsal day. They changed their name to Radiohead when they signed a contract. Thomas Edward Yorke was the leading figure in the band; main lyricist and lead singer. His talent defined the music Radiohead made during their long carreer (7 studio albums and counting). Radiohead now exists more then 20 years without member switches. Only a true frontperson can keep a band together for so long.

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I think I should give reasons as to why I nominated who I did:

Brett Anderson: as lead singer and major songwriter of Suede, he helped to bring about the resurgance in guitar music in the UK, and were seen as the frontrunners in the emergence of Britpop in the 90s. His performance of Animal Nitrate during the 1993 Brit Awards has to go down as one of the most iconic and groundbreaking moments of the early 90s.

What makes Brett stand out from the crowd however is the departure of Bernard Butler from the band in 1994. As one of the premier guitarists of his generation, the loss of such a member could've spelt disaster for the band, yet after this the band, under Brett Anderson's guidance and continued on for another 10 years, releasing what I believe to be their best album, Coming Up, in 1996.

Robert Smith: with his iconic 'spider' hairstyle and his alternate vocal style, Robert Smith helped the Cure to stand out from the crowd. Under Smiths' leadership, The Cure could go from apocolyptic doom-mongering (the oft quoted lyric is 'It doesn't matter if we all die,' the first lyric heard on their 1982 'Pornography album is a testament to this), from sugary pop singles (the triple threat of Let's Go To Bed, The Walk & The Lovecats) within the space of just a year. The Cure has treaded between the two ever since, with their last album, 4:13 Dream, fitting largely into the 'happy' Cure sound (although Smith had promised that his next 'dark' album would be released this year, it has yet to materialise). Thanks to Smith, doom and gloom has never been so euphoric.

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