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neil tennant did spring to my mind for a second but i then i remembered he always reminds me of the "year of the cat" guy...
The first time I heard West End Girls I swore it was by the Year Of The Cat guy (Al Stewart). Always wondered if other people thought that too...
year of the rat, no idea

al stewart, yes, that's it! was too lazy too look it up this morn Razzer

it's not just "west end girls" either. anything the pet shop boys (neil tennant) sang, that i've heard, sounds like al stewart...

i was going to add that the other guy from the thompson twins (not tom bailey- "backing for "hold me now") has the same voice, kinda, but figured that might be way too in the past for some to know~~~

i noticed someone mentioned david bowie. which i was going to mention too, but the guy from divine comedy can be very bowie- esque...and so can the guy from pulp. both great bands, btw Smiler
Can't believe we're on page 3 and I've not seen one mention of Leonard Cohen. Talk about distinctive.

Also, I'd say:
David Bowie
Kate Bush
Tori Amos (I don't consider them to sound the same vocally AT ALL even though their songwriting style is similar)
I was gonna say Peter Gabriel until I remembered that I once mistook Steve Winwood for PG!
Michael Stipe
Eddie Vedder
Andrew Eldritch (Sisters of Mercy)

As for those that send a shiver:
Lennon and Gabriel. STOP.
Dido - but sounds so out of tune it's awful Frowner
Sheryl Crow
Nils Lofgren
Bruce Springsteen
Phil Oakey (Human League)
Andy Partridge (XTC)
Donald Fagen
Warren Zevon
Andy McCluskey (OMD)
Sting

and someone who manages to sounds like a lot of people:
Robin Zander of Cheap Trick
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Originally posted by Paul H:
[qb] Can't believe we're on page 3 and I've not seen one mention of Leonard Cohen. Talk about distinctive. [/qb]
Gemini mentioned him on pg 2, and yes, he's a very unique vocalist and tremendous songwriter (IMHO).

Billy Bragg
Andy White
Guy Chadwick
Ron Sexsmith
A friend of mine happened to have the radio on in his vehicle here recently, only to subject me to Grace Slick's distinctive vocals . . .
Apologies to Gemini: seen so many names and read so quickly (I guessed as soon as I typed it that Leonard C would have been mentioned earlier).

While I'm on the subject, Lou Reed is fairly distinctive too...
If my list included people that most of you have mentioned, it might go on forever, so I'll reduce it to folks who haven't been noted that much (good or bad):

-Bruce Springsteen
-Dave Matthews
-Michael Jackson
-Rufus Wainwright
-Joe Strummer
-Marvin Gaye
-John Popper
-Prince
-Sinead O'Connor
-Cat Power
-David Lee Roth
-Axl Rose
-Indigo Girls
-Pat Benatar
-Odetta
-Roger Daltrey
-James Taylor
-John Fogerty
-John Mayer
-Rob Thomas
-Phil Judd
-Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse)
-Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
-John Kay (Steppenwolf)
-and, of couse, I'll mention my darling Eddie, even though he's been mentioned frequently
bump Smiler


thought of this thread the other day when i heard a johnny cash song.

but he's been mentioned a few times, so, carry on~~~


(blast from the past, names (posters) in this thread...like, wow, man)
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Originally posted by Bob Memery:
Phil Oakey (Human League)



but wouldn't you say he sounds like neil hannon?

well, they sound alike to me anyway...

and i agree with ya on dido- ack! i always know it's her then have to cover my ears or run screaming out of the room...
Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil, an example of his dancing i will now present:

what could be more distinctive than a 6 foot tall bald guy dancing with a flare in his mouth! and his singing was awesome too, very unique
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Distinctive/like:

Simon LeBon
Meat Loaf
Roy Orbison
Phil Collins
John Fogerty
Brian Wilson
Marie Fredriksson (Roxette)
Robert Palmer
Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks)
Bob Seger

Distinctive/tolerate:

Cher
Tina Turner
Toni Childs

Distinctive/can't stand:

James Blunt

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AND... I can't be bothered thinking anymore, so that'll do.

...Fizzy.
Distinctive?

Bob Geldof (its the accent, surely)
Tim Finn
Phil Judd
Jimmy Barnes
Janis Joplin
Mark Knopfler
Boy George (I didn't say I liked them all)

and my fav

Tim Freedman
Distinctive vocals...
Well this might show my age but I've got to add:
Ritchie Neville
Scott Robinson
& Richard Breen to the list. All were in a Rap/Rock/Pop group called 5ive a few years ago and all three have distinctive voices.
Then there's {as if these haven't been mentioned before}
Neil Finn Big GrinBig GrinBig GrinBig GrinBig Grin
Paul Hester Big Grin
NOEL CROMBIE
Phil Judd Big Grin
Tim Finn {I can hear THROUGH THE YEARS on Foxtel music channels right at this instant so I had to mention this one! Big Grin}
I wouldn't say Neil Finn is a distinctive vocalist. How many people have compared him with Glen Tilbrook?

Well actually we did in another thread. I'm just checking if anyone's paying attention.
Can't be bothered trawling through six pages of posts, so here are some off the top of my head (apologies if already mentioned):

Tom Waits
Robert Smith (from The Cure)
Gary Numan
David Bowie
Robin Gibb
Fred Schneider (from the B52's)

I do hear a similarity between Kate Bush and Tori Amos, but Tori Amos blows Kate Bush's piano playing away.
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Originally posted by Dazz:
I wouldn't say Neil Finn is a distinctive vocalist. How many people have compared him with Glen Tilbrook?

Well actually we did in another thread. I'm just checking if anyone's paying attention.


thank god the attention patrol is here! Wink Big Grin

actually, the comparison was made in this very thread...
We also discussed 'Finn and Tilbrook' in the "What Are You Listening To Now?" thread. I guess that means that even us fans have to concede the similarity!
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Originally posted by Dazz:
We also discussed 'Finn and Tilbrook' in the "What Are You Listening To Now?" thread. I guess that means that even us fans have to concede the similarity!


Yeah, but Tilbrook's voice is more "mickey mouse", more cartoonish. Neil's is like no other's really. Tilbrook's voice does not make me feel the way Neil's does at all. Neil's is so soothing, and that's just one adjective out of many. Big Grin
Has anyone mentioned Morrissey? Love or hate The Smiths, the guy has a distinctive voice, that's for sure.

I also think Don Henley has a very distinctive voice... I know it the instant I hear it.
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Originally posted by NFADDICT:
Distinctive vocals...
Well this might show my age but I've got to add:
Ritchie Neville
Scott Robinson
& Richard Breen to the list. All were in a Rap/Rock/Pop group called 5ive a few years ago and all three have distinctive voices.


Haha, I was a huge Five fan back in the day! Though with hindsight I wouldn't say Rich had a distinctive voice (could agree with the other two though)...

Back to distinctive ...
Macy Gray and Shakira are both pretty unmistakable ... has anyone mentioned Bjork? Kirsten Morelle from Goldenhorse has a unique voice as well...
bjork is a damn good mention!

and who sings for portishead? maybe it's the music that's distinctive tho, not the vocals?
Anyone mentioned Jon Anderson yet? If they have, excuse the fact that I was too lazy to plough through the last 5 pages.

Sinead O'Connor mentioned earlier
Annie Lennox
Jim Morrison
Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger)
Shane MacGowan (The Pogues)
Steve Kilbey (The Church)
Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)

hmmmm yep. okay edited ROCK only.
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Simon LeBon
STEVE PERRY (Come on, people may not understand a word he is singing, but you KNOW it's him)
Imogen Heap!!!
Morrissey.
Antony (check out the Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man film-wow!!!)

and Neil Finn, too. Though I can't help but see the similarity between him and Glenn Tilbrook after listening to Fame Is.... but I agree with Half-Full's post a loooooong time ago-Glenn's voice doesn't make me feel like Neil's does!
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Tiny Tim

true! I love Livin' In The Sunlight, Lovin' In The Moonlight, best song evarrr!
at the moment all I can think of is
Billy Thorpe
David Byrne
quote:
Originally posted by Bogue:
Feargal Sharkey

(after playing his record for the first time in years yesteday)


Oh goodness yes (flashback, flashback). No mistaking him, good call.

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