Five Great Singers in Bad Bands
Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)
This is more on ol' Jonny himself, more than it is on his band. When the band is named after you and you write most of the songs, you're certainly to blame for your own suckage. That being said, it's a shame that JBJ is such a horrible songwriter, because he's actually a great singer.
We've heard him blow notes as of late, but back in the '80s the guy could really belt one out. He had a nice range and a terrific edge to his growls that could have improved just about any rock band of the era. He just happened to lend his talents to his own shitty one. I'd love to have heard him sing for a band where he didn't have any creative input outside maybe the lyrics.
Sammy Hagar (Van Halen)
You have to feel for Sammy Hagar. Everyone wants to blame him for the Van Hagar debacle when, quite frankly, he was the only thing making that band work at that point. Eddie Van Halen was increasingly self-destructive both as a human being and as a songwriter throughout that entire era, drinking himself into stupors and writing horrible '80s ballads on his keyboard.
But Sammy Hagar was there to pick up the pieces and belt out each one of those cheesy songs with such dedication and commitment that you might really believe that "love walks in just like an alien." That's the thing: Sammy Hagar was actually a great singer and a fantastic front man trapped in an increasingly shitty band.
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