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30DMM: Aspirational

Day 4: Your favourite male singer.


This is an interesting question, and not really one that I'd considered before. A mental straw poll suggests that the majority of the tracks I like have a male vocalist, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're my favourite singers. Indeed, often the voice is being used more like an additional instrument than as a centre-point; as, in fact, at least two thirds of my previous selections demonstrate. So I tried a few approaches to this question looking for an angle that would give me a clear answer, and ended up asking myself "Who would I like to sound like when I sing?" Put like that, the answer is clear: Neil Hannon out of The Divine Comedy. He has an enviable knack of sounding detached and urbane yet emotionally affecting. Also, by all accounts he's charming as well as talented, so a pretty good choice of musical hero.

This is probably my favourite song of theirs: Lost Property


I saw them do cover this one live at Glastonbury and it was awesome: No One Knows

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t__m__i
Sep. 9th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
I remember going to see them at the Zodiac (as was) before Fin de Siecle was out. The first track was

SWEDEN!!!

with its alarming Wagnerian intro..
... the audience all shat themselves en masse....

ahh happy memories..
brixtonbrood
Sep. 9th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
I saw him at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, with a full rock ensemble shortly after it came out, and SWEDEN!!! was indeed awesome (though lacked the element of surprise).

I suspect that I may have seen more Neil Hannon gigs than all other popular music concerts put together (not counting my baby brother's various bands).
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