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Post by Hero Sun 04 Mar 2012, 3:15 pm

Xfm are currently running a poll for the Greatest ever Frontman/woman of a band so I wanted to see what the people of here thought?

Freddie Mercury? Kurt Cobain? Bono? Jim Morrison? Morrisey? John Lydon? Bob Marley? Ozzy? Dave Grohl?

Who would you pick?

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Post by GG Sun 04 Mar 2012, 4:32 pm

Thom Yorke anyone?

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Post by Adam D Sun 04 Mar 2012, 5:08 pm

GG wrote:Thom Yorke anyone?

Just you Laugh

I would go for Freddie Mercury possibly.

Is Alice Cooper considered a front man or an individual artist? I might put him up there too.

Another worth onsidering (although I am not a huge fan of their music) would be Jim Morrisson

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Post by Kenny Sun 04 Mar 2012, 6:26 pm

Mick Jagger ? or are the Stones a package
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Post by Luke Sun 04 Mar 2012, 6:46 pm

Axel Rose?

Though personally think Freddie, if there was no Freddie there'd have been no Queen as we know and love them.
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Post by Hero Sun 04 Mar 2012, 7:24 pm

KingKenny7Heaven wrote:Mick Jagger ? or are the Stones a package

Nope he's very much one to be in the list!

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Post by Beer Sun 04 Mar 2012, 8:29 pm

Freddie Mercury
Billie Joe Armstrong
Chris Martin
Mick Jagger

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Post by Dass Sun 04 Mar 2012, 8:37 pm

Not sure I'd ever have Chris Martin anywhere near a greatest frontman/woman list.

The some of the names that spring to mind for me.

Robert Plant
David Lee Roth
Robert Smith

Janis Joplin
Annie Lennox
Stevie Nicks

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Post by randy-poffo Sun 04 Mar 2012, 9:06 pm

Tough choice between Freddie and Jim Morrison.

Good shout on Dave Lee Roth he is legend. so much better than hagar.

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Post by Hero Sun 04 Mar 2012, 9:27 pm

Joe Strummer, Ian Curtis, Jarvis Cocker are another three I'd put up there

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Post by dyrewolfe Sun 04 Mar 2012, 11:14 pm

Seeing as Freddie Mercury has already been nominated, I'll go with Bruce Dickinson. Other picks would be:

Jon Bon Jovi
Joey Tempest (Europe)
Shirley Manson (Garbage)
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
Mike Patton (Faith No More)
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
Christina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)
Debbie Harry (Blondie)

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Post by Luke Mon 05 Mar 2012, 7:04 pm

Just to throw another few name into the mix, but how about

Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
Sting ( the police)
Bret Micheals (Poison)
Bono (U2)
Bob Marley (The Wailers)
Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
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Post by asdral225 Mon 05 Mar 2012, 8:59 pm

Certainly Mick Jagger
also Bruce Springsteen,
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
Ian Gillan (Deep Purple Mk II)
David Coverdale ( Deep Purple MkIII & Whitesnake 80s)
Ronnie James Dio ( Rainbow & Dio)
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Post by noleisthebest Mon 05 Mar 2012, 9:21 pm

Jim Morrison

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Post by SecretFly Tue 06 Mar 2012, 7:49 pm

They're all great so far. Keep them coming. The more you mention, the more you highlight the pointlessness of the word 'Greatest' in a great movement that has lasted 50 something years - Rock.

Lists of 'Greatest' are nice distractions as long as we don't take them too seriously. Those who take them seriously are the phone-in Cowell generation who don't listen to music but 'rate' it. I think 'rating' rock is counter-intuitive to its very reason for being Wink

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Post by Adam D Tue 06 Mar 2012, 7:56 pm

SecretFly wrote:They're all great so far. Keep them coming. The more you mention, the more you highlight the pointlessness of the word 'Greatest' in a great movement that has lasted 50 something years - Rock.

Lists of 'Greatest' are nice distractions as long as we don't take them too seriously. Those who take them seriously are the phone-in Cowell generation who don't listen to music but 'rate' it. I think 'rating' rock is counter-intuitive to its very reason for being Wink

It might have been different if Chico had ever fronted a band - this whole thread would be moot!

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Post by Liam Tue 06 Mar 2012, 9:28 pm

Can only be one: Freddie Mercury

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Post by Hero Wed 07 Mar 2012, 12:37 pm

XFm have now published their top 20 from which to vote on:

Alex Turner
Brandon Flowers
Caleb Followill
Chris Martin
Dave Gahan
Dave Grohl
Eddie Vedder
Freddie Mercury
Ian Brown
Ian Curtis
Jim Morrison
Joe Strummer
Kurt Cobain
Liam Gallagher
Matt Bellamy
Mick Jagger
Morrissey
Paul Weller
Thom Yorke
Tom Meighan

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Post by SecretFly Wed 07 Mar 2012, 12:44 pm

No Bono is a slur and a continuing joke. "If we don't think about U2 maybe they'll just go away."

Actually, no Bruce Springsteen is also a joke. But then that was my original point. I'll just laugh.

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Post by legendkillar Wed 07 Mar 2012, 12:48 pm

What a crap list!!! Alex Turner? For real? Tom Meighan? Caleb Followill?

How on earth did names such as Roger Daltery, Bono, Ray Davies or Steven Tyler not make that list?

Shows why I don't like XFM. Poopie station!

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Post by legendkillar Wed 07 Mar 2012, 12:50 pm

No Robert Plant or Black Francis?

The mind is boggled.

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Post by Hero Wed 07 Mar 2012, 12:57 pm

Michael Stipe, Black Francis, David Byrne, Don Henley, Angus Young, James Hetfield, Steven Tyler, Joey Ramone, Lou Reed, Brian Wilson, all names I don't think anyone has mentioned as yet.

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Post by President Trump Wed 07 Mar 2012, 1:05 pm

Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
Freddie Mercury (Queen)
Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Dio)
Lemmy (Hawkwind/Motorhead)
Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
Phil Anselmo (Pantera/Down)
James Hetfield (Metallica)
Alice Cooper (Alice Cooper)
Glen Danzig (Misfits/Danzig)
Jim Morrison (The Doors)
Chuck Schuldiner (Death)
Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
Chuck Billy (Testament)

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Post by WhiteCamry Thu 08 Mar 2012, 7:28 pm

Marc Balin
Grace Slick

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Post by asdral225 Thu 08 Mar 2012, 9:44 pm

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Post by Cari Thu 08 Mar 2012, 9:50 pm

Bono (U2)
Joe Strummer (The Clash and later with The Mescaleros)
Siouxie Sioux (Siouxie & The Banshees)
Adam Ant (Adam & The Ants)
David Bowie (yeah I know that's slightly bending the rules a bit, but if you consider the Ziggy stuff...)
Steve Strange (just cause he looked amazing in Visage)
Iggy Pop (when he was with The Stooges)
Henry Rollins (Black Flag)
Edward Tudor-Pole (Ten Pole Tudor) - just cause he was nuts.
Stuart Adamson (The Skids, Big Country)
Billy McKenzie (The Associates)

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Post by eirebilly Fri 09 Mar 2012, 2:00 pm

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Post by Hoggy_Bear Fri 09 Mar 2012, 2:21 pm

Anyone mentioned Shane MacGowan?
Saw the Pogues live at the Powerhouse in Brum once, and didn't see MacGowan through the entire set (until the encoure IIRC). I could hear him, and he sounded great. Turns out he'd spent the entire gig lying on his back on the stage with his mike in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.
Only those right at the front could see him. Still a great gig though.

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Post by sodhat Fri 09 Mar 2012, 2:36 pm

I guarantee that Matt Bellamy will feature highly in this list, because every time a poll like this comes up, Muse fans bombard it and skew the results. Actually, to be top 20 anyway is too high.

My favourite frontmen are people like Kurt Cobain, Jarvis Cocker, Rivers Cuomo...

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Post by eirebilly Fri 09 Mar 2012, 2:55 pm

Hoggy_Bear wrote:Anyone mentioned Shane MacGowan?
Saw the Pogues live at the Powerhouse in Brum once, and didn't see MacGowan through the entire set (until the encoure IIRC). I could hear him, and he sounded great. Turns out he'd spent the entire gig lying on his back on the stage with his mike in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.
Only those right at the front could see him. Still a great gig though.

Yeah he does that Hoggy, many a time i have seen him unable to walk to his stoll on stage so he just laid on the floor and sung. Cracking voice, ugly ugly man Very Happy
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Post by B91212 Fri 09 Mar 2012, 8:12 pm

Another vote for Jim Morrison from me.

Although I'm not suggesting he was one of the greatest but I was watching a music channel over here the other day and it was showing an old INXS live concert. I was very impressed by Michael Hutchence live - he seemed to have great charisma on stage (and a very good voice too - not just shouting like most male rock singers)

Can't believe people are seriously mentioning Bono and Chris Martin. Good songwriters yes but not what I would call top frontman or woman class in a million years.

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Post by Cari Fri 09 Mar 2012, 8:17 pm

B9 - have to disagree on Bono. That man can hold an audience like you wouldn't believe. See Live Aid 1985 performance as evidence, but he still does it even now.

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Post by B91212 Fri 09 Mar 2012, 8:39 pm

Fair enough Cari - it's wrong of me to discard someone so strongly when I've not actually seen him live in person. To be honest though I don't like the guy which influenced my decision somewhat - I like some of their music but something about him really grinds my gears (to borrow the term from another 606v2 thread!).

Now I have seen Christ Martin live on more than one occasion and stick by my original assessment Smile.

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Post by SecretFly Fri 09 Mar 2012, 8:48 pm

Obviously someone has never witnessed ZOOTV, POPMART or something like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6vNQf_tne0
Bono isn't about some constant radio songs that real U2 fans don't even rate - but 30 years of spellbinding concerts.


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Post by Cari Fri 09 Mar 2012, 8:52 pm

B9 - I've never seen Coldplay live, so I can't comment on that, but I think he's a knob anyway Laugh Mainly because of his oh-so-patronising wifey Rolling Eyes and the fact he's so damn rude in interviews. Just a complete tosspot. At least Bono has manners.

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Post by B91212 Fri 09 Mar 2012, 9:34 pm

Cari wrote:B9 - I've never seen Coldplay live, so I can't comment on that, but I think he's a knob anyway Laugh Mainly because of his oh-so-patronising wifey Rolling Eyes and the fact he's so damn rude in interviews. Just a complete tosspot. At least Bono has manners.
First time I saw him was by accident - Glastonbury 2000. I'd never even heard of Coldplay but my mate had heard Yellow on Mark & Lard on radio 1 and dragged me to see them along with about 200 people at the Other Stage on an extremely hot Saturday afternoon. They were pretty good live and although not the greatest singer he seemed extremely humble and I was impressed by the band in general. To be honest I felt like total and absolute crap whilst watching them after being up for 30 hours straight partying (in a way you wouldn't want your Mum to know about) so for me to still come away impressed whilst on a downer and a half was surprising really.

I then saw them later that year at V and he seemed to be getting a bit full of himself as their popularity grew. Still it wasn't a bad showing though I came away compairng him to an irritating public school student union head boy or something.

I then saw him the following year and in some interviews and my opinion was well and truly formed, and nothing since has made me change my mind. He certainly seems to have gone full circle from being humble to just plain arrogant and rude.

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Post by rawa86 Mon 12 Mar 2012, 12:40 am

Brandon Flowers? Really? Man I hate that band.

Of that list I would have to say Joe Strummer or Mick Jaggar. Freddie Mercury is a legend and a great front man I'm just not a huge Queen fan.

I don't think anyone has mentioned Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumkins.

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Post by BigPhil Mon 12 Mar 2012, 1:05 am

GG wrote:Thom Yorke anyone?
I'll vouch for Thommy

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Post by Guest Mon 12 Mar 2012, 3:29 pm

Don Van Vliet.

Everything he did was both fast and bulbous.

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Post by Scott is Back Mon 12 Mar 2012, 3:35 pm

John or Edward - From Jedward?

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Post by dyrewolfe Mon 12 Mar 2012, 3:46 pm

SecretFly wrote:They're all great so far. Keep them coming. The more you mention, the more you highlight the pointlessness of the word 'Greatest' in a great movement that has lasted 50 something years - Rock.

Lists of 'Greatest' are nice distractions as long as we don't take them too seriously. Those who take them seriously are the phone-in Cowell generation who don't listen to music but 'rate' it. I think 'rating' rock is counter-intuitive to its very reason for being Wink


That'll be why magazines like Classic Rock, Metal Hammer etc. have polls and articles every few years, about the greatest singers, albums, guitarists etc. Wink

Rating music is quite a good idea IMHO as it makes you think about WHY you like the songs/albums/bands you do. Is it the lyrics, the musicianship, the spectacular live shows, singer/guitarist's nutty antics at gigs? Is it the imagery, subject matter of the songs or do you agree with their political views? Sheer brilliant musicianship can take your breath away, but simple songs that deliver a powerful message can make just as much of an impact. Or even stuff thats just ridiculous but makes you feel good.

Yes, its still very subjective as everyone has their own ideas on what makes a great song, but figuring out why you like the music you do will tell you quite a bit about yourself as a person.
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Post by Kenny Mon 12 Mar 2012, 4:52 pm

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Post by SecretFly Mon 12 Mar 2012, 5:21 pm

dyrewolfe wrote:

That'll be why magazines like Classic Rock, Metal Hammer etc. have polls and articles every few years, about the greatest singers, albums, guitarists etc. Wink

Rating music is quite a good idea IMHO as it makes you think about WHY you like the songs/albums/bands you do. Is it the lyrics, the musicianship, the spectacular live shows, singer/guitarist's nutty antics at gigs? Is it the imagery, subject matter of the songs or do you agree with their political views? Sheer brilliant musicianship can take your breath away, but simple songs that deliver a powerful message can make just as much of an impact. Or even stuff thats just ridiculous but makes you feel good.

Yes, its still very subjective as everyone has their own ideas on what makes a great song, but figuring out why you like the music you do will tell you quite a bit about yourself as a person.

I don't read those magazines, dyre. I don't mind the polls, as I say. I do mind those people who use polls to 'prove' or 'disprove' greatness. Music is music. You like it or you don't. There is no quality control that dictates good over bad. I don't rate hiphop, but who am I to judge, I seldom listen to it. The same when you break down individual bands or performers. "This guy isn't great 'cause he didn't get a Grammy". No, he's not great because you don't like his kind of music and seldom listen to it. Those that listen to him, like him.

Rock especially came from a culture of rebellion - youth rebelling against the mannerisms, music, fashion and culture of their parents. It's a little anarchic (culturally rather than politically) and anarchy of that nature doesn't do lists. But by all means let the polls roll on - they too have their followers.

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Post by WhiteCamry Tue 13 Mar 2012, 2:40 pm

SecretFly wrote:
dyrewolfe wrote:

That'll be why magazines like Classic Rock, Metal Hammer etc. have polls and articles every few years, about the greatest singers, albums, guitarists etc. Wink

Rating music is quite a good idea IMHO as it makes you think about WHY you like the songs/albums/bands you do. Is it the lyrics, the musicianship, the spectacular live shows, singer/guitarist's nutty antics at gigs? Is it the imagery, subject matter of the songs or do you agree with their political views? Sheer brilliant musicianship can take your breath away, but simple songs that deliver a powerful message can make just as much of an impact. Or even stuff thats just ridiculous but makes you feel good.

Yes, its still very subjective as everyone has their own ideas on what makes a great song, but figuring out why you like the music you do will tell you quite a bit about yourself as a person.

I don't read those magazines, dyre. I don't mind the polls, as I say. I do mind those people who use polls to 'prove' or 'disprove' greatness. Music is music. You like it or you don't. There is no quality control that dictates good over bad. I don't rate hiphop, but who am I to judge, I seldom listen to it. The same when you break down individual bands or performers. "This guy isn't great 'cause he didn't get a Grammy". No, he's not great because you don't like his kind of music and seldom listen to it. Those that listen to him, like him.

Rock especially came from a culture of rebellion - youth rebelling against the mannerisms, music, fashion and culture of their parents. It's a little anarchic (culturally rather than politically) and anarchy of that nature doesn't do lists. But by all means let the polls roll on - they too have their followers.

I read them but I ignore their self-importance. I find them good mostly for pointing out someone or something I hadn't heard before.

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