Five Great Singers in Bad Bands

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Hayley Williams of Paramore
A couple of months back, we discussed how so many great bands have ended up with some pretty bad singers in them, usually because they couldn't find a decent lead singer around when they started or they started off playing a wildly different style and eventually took a detour that forced their front person to start crooning.

This time we'd like to take a look at the flipside: bands that are pretty awful but somehow managed to land an awesome singer up front. It's a little bit tougher, because bad singers are often the reason a band sucks, but we've come up with some truly terrible bands whose singers would be so much better fronting just about anyone else.


Marilyn Manson (Marilyn Manson)
It really sucks that Marilyn Manson painted himself into such a corner with his Alice Cooper wannabe stuff, because he's really an interesting musician with a lot of great influences behind him. I bet if he was free of trying to live up to his own image he might have attained the sort of post-angst late-career acclaim that his old buddy Trent Reznor has.

Besides all that, though, Manson has always had a great voice, especially for the kind of music he does. It's dark, seductive, scary and intense all at once. Ever the showman, he twists and contorts his delivery in exceptional ways to convey so much in single lines. With so much in his favor, he should have been a favorite of hipsters everywhere, but instead fell prey to commercial interests over artistic integrity. What a shame.


Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)
Here's the thing, Justin Vernon is just a boring songwriter. There's nothing interesting that he puts into his music. It's all airy, spacey bullshit folk that cleverly appeals to log cabin hipsters while missing out on anything that made folk an appealing style of music in the '60s. Go listen to Bill Callahan if you want to hear some good modern folk music.

He does have a great voice for singing pop hooks though. Check him out on Kanye West's records. He's brilliant there. I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed what he did to "I'm In It," "Monster," and "Lost in the Woods," the latter of which hilariously samples one of his exceedingly boring tracks and makes it good through the power of Yeezus. I would not mind if he just quit doing music on his own and lent his talents to singing Kanye's hooks full-time.


Hayley Williams (Paramore)
Now carving out a niche for herself as a pop star singing the hooks for rap songs as well as the front woman for teen-emo-pop-punk rockers Paramore, Hayley Williams has proved her chops as a singer. No more questions on that. The problem is her choice of music; Paramore is such a waste of her talents.

Far be it from us to discourage someone from singing in a punk-rock band, but Paramore is about as punk as 2 percent milk. The most punk thing they've ever done is butchering an At the Drive-In song at their live shows. Frankly, Williams has already shown us she could be a great pop songstress, and we'd love to hear what she could produce under that guise. Unfortunately, she's stuck in a terrible band, like this generation's Amy Lee. It's a shame.


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9 comments
Stevart
Stevart

STFU U POS NO TALENT HACK!  

jamesv12345
jamesv12345

You know less about music than you do about journalism.

Marilyn Manson is super talented and influenced a shit ton of young bands.

Bon Jovi not really into it but had a huge career and sold a fuckton of albums.

And you have the stones to rag on Van Halen again Eddie revolutionized the worl of rock with his innovations in guitar technique.

Corey what the fuck have you ever done.

Other than work for this liberal ,bird cage lining rag you call the Houston Press.

Are you even old enough to have seen Van Halen in concert with Sammy Hager?



milena_riboli
milena_riboli

Nobody have EVER said Paramore is a "punk-rock" band, duh. You guys suck. They  can do what they want to cuz they're an alternative band. Shame on you, Houston Press' """journalist""".

Brady T Holder
Brady T Holder

Paramore isn't bad...they aren't that good but they aren't bad.

tednessus33
tednessus33

Marilyn Manson's first four albums are awesome. And Paramore is a bad band BECAUSE of the girl. 

tednessus33
tednessus33

Lame article. Marilyn Manson's first 4 albums are all awesome. And Paramore suck BECAUSE of that little carrot top girl. 

Sedco_Jones
Sedco_Jones

Corey shoulda saved this one for April 1st...

dpm1937
dpm1937

Sammy Hagar is not in Van Halen and hasn't been in over 10 years. He also had a killer career with a band called Montrose in the 70s. Any music lover would do themselves a favor by checking that out. He has had solo stuff that topped the charts before he was in Van Halen. He is doing a band called Chickenfoot now that rocks pretty hard. I wouldn't say that he is trapped.

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