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THE ULTIMATE FRONT PERSON OF A BAND..PICK 10


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Initial post: Mar 3, 2007, 2:44:02 PM PST
1 MICK JAGGER
2 JIM MORRISON
3 FREDDIE MERCURY
4 ROBERT PLANT
5 DEBBIE HARRY
6 BRYAN FERRY
7 CHRISSY HYNDE
8 SIOUXSIE
9 DAVID BYRNE
10 JOHNNY ROTTEN

these are my faves but lets hear from you guys and gals for your faves

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2007, 4:56:34 PM PST
lifewontwait says:
In addition:

RAY DAVIES
TOM VERLAINE
PETER PERRETT
JOHN FOXX
STIV BATORS
IGGY POP
JOEY RAMONE
IAN McCULLOCH
LOU REED
PRINCE
JAMES BROWN

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2007, 5:03:06 PM PST
1) John Foxx (Ultravox!)
2) Lou Reed (VU)
3) Russell Mael (Sparks)
4) Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo)
5) Stan Ridgway (Wall of Voodoo/Drywall)
6) Iggy Pop (The Stooges)
7) Peter Murphy (Bauhaus)
8) David Sylvian (Japan/Rain Tree Crow)
9) Marc Almond (Soft Cell/Marc and the Mambas)
10) David Byrne (Talking Heads)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2007, 7:02:25 PM PST
fredthepig says:
Mr Foxxworthy, I am awe-inspired by your list. I don't feel so alone anymore.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2007, 12:33:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2007, 1:52:59 PM PST
Wayne Klein says:
Some additional thoughts...

1. Sting (Police)
2. Neil Finn (Crowded House)
3. Roger Daltry (The Who)
4. Peter Gabriel (Genesis)
5. Adrian Belew (King Crimson)
6.. Roger Chapman (Family)
7. John Fogerty (CCR)
8..Derek Shulman (Gentle Giant)
9.Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe)
10. Bono (U2)

I didn't mention anyone from either XTC or The Beatles since they had more than one singer.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2007, 1:47:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2007, 1:48:20 PM PST
S. Koch says:
I agree with J. Vettel--Foxxworthy's list contains some of my absolute favorites of all time. However, I have way too many I like to ever start such a list.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2007, 3:02:59 PM PST
Good list, Wayne. I can't believe I neglected to mention Bill Nelson.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2007, 5:05:59 PM PST
There's no need to pick 10. Give me any 9 and Freddie Mercury owns them all.

He was the ultimate showman, he just oozed charisma. He had a great and very versatile voice. He was a very gifted pianist and a decent guitarist. He wrote some amazing songs. And talk about variety - everything from hard rock to opera, he had it covered. I can't think of any other frontman, living or dead, that I could say all of those same things about.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2007, 7:37:13 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2007, 8:02:06 PM PST
TS says:
A number of my favs are already posted on this page. Here are a few more in no particular order:

Graham Parker - Rumor
Gary Brooker - Procol Harum
Johnny Lyon - Asbury Jukes
Fee Waybill - Tubes
David Johansen - New York Dolls
Rod Stewart - Faces
Joe Cocker - Grease Band
Lee Brilleaux - Dr. Feelgood
Frank Zappa - Mothers of Invention
Steve Winwood - Traffic

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2007, 11:04:48 AM PST
J. Brady says:
1 Siouxsie - Siouxsie and the Banshees
2 John Lydon - Sex Pistols / PiL
3 Genesis P Orridge - Throbbing Gristle / Psychic TV
4 Freddie Mercury - Queen
5 Brian Ferry - Roxy Music
6 Debbie Harry - Blondie
7 Michael Stipe - REM
8 Leigh Bowery -Minty
9 Ian McCulloch - Echo & the Bunnymen
10 Syd Barrett - Pink Floyd

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2007, 5:13:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2007, 7:46:01 PM PST
I'll try to mention a few that have not appeared:
Lee Ving-Fear
Annie Golden-The Shirts
Exene Cervenka-X
Bon Scott-ACDC
Richard Hell--RH&the Voidoids
David Johansen--NYD's
Ian Anderson--Tull
Marc Bolan--T-Rex
Henry Rollins--Black Flag
Tina Turner

I just noticed TS has got Johansen, so will replace with:
Richie Havens

PS: Scott--Ian Curtis? Give me a break. I like JD as much as the next guy, but my guess is he was not the most dynamic performer. I think there's only like one photograph of the guy and if you can tell me you have actually seen him perform, I'd love to know more about it (really).

PPS Uh, No one has mentioned Elvis A. Presley????

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2007, 11:17:50 PM PDT
1) Paul Stanley
2) Mick Jagger
3) Steven Tyler
4) Sammy Hagar / David Lee Roth tie
5) Brian Johnson / Bon Scott tie
6) Bruce Dickinson
7) Freddy Mercury
8) Robert Plant
9) Rob Halford
10) Steve Perry

I also think Elvis Presley is the best ever, but it said BANDS not solo singers

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2007, 10:01:35 PM PDT
Chet Fakir says:
I've seen video of Ian Curtis and he used to do this odd sort of epileptic seizure spastic kind of dance. It was really odd but seemed to fit. I don't think I'd say he was one of the best front persons based on that one performance though.

Best front persons:

Bono and Fred Mercury are obvious choices. Those guys could own a crowd.
David Lee Roth - Van Halen
Karen O - Yeah yeah Yeahs
Ian Svenonius - The Make Up, Wierd War
Henry Rollins - Black Flag and solo but especially with Flag.
Iggy Pop - probably the best front man I've ever seen, manic doesn't begin to describe him.
Mick Jagger
Johnny Rotten (Lydon)
Peter Gabriel
H.R. - Bad Brains
That nut from the Japanese noise band The Boredoms
Gibby Hayes - Butthole Surfers
David Bowie

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2007, 5:42:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 15, 2007, 10:15:35 AM PDT
Ian Hunter-Mott the Hoople
Any other glam omissions?

Oh, and by the way, people:
Joe. As in Freakin' Strummer!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2007, 7:01:40 PM PDT
PSTNaplesFTW says:
David Lee Roth
Peter Gabriel
Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and Keith Moon (all three)
Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers)
Mick Jagger
Freddy Mercury
Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)
Jim Morrison
Michael R. Gira (Swans)
Debbie Harry (Blondie)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2007, 9:23:53 PM PDT
Jim says:
Leslie West, he had looks, low slung guitar, and a voice that made my grandma go blind, tell me what else is there.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2007, 11:23:23 AM PDT
I would say Joe Strummer is pretty much the ultimate front man because he was always so full of passion and energy.
Also, I don't know if Tom Waits counts as a front man, but he is one heck of a performer.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2007, 11:48:48 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2007, 11:55:24 AM PDT
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My "distaff side" list of ten:

JANIS JOPLIN blew BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING CO. out of the water!
WENDY O. WILLIAMS, singer from the PLASMATICS, put on a helluva show!
ANNIE LENNOX of the EURYTHMICS (how could I NOT like that name?)
DEBBIE HARRY aka BLONDIE
ANN WILSON of HEART
JOAN JETT (of "....and the BLACKHEARTS")
STEVIE NICKS, one of many leads in FLEETWOOD MAC
CHRISTINE MCVIE, her groupmate
CASS ELLIOT, powerful voice of the MAMAS & PAPAS
COURTNEY LOVE, of HOLE-- a definite character

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2007, 3:17:52 PM PDT
seeing your kris makes me feel good....whats sad is that there is no band today who has a front man like the ones you listed.....i really believe the rock n roll era is gone forever..in fact for me there are no good rock bands never mind lead singer

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2007, 3:22:14 PM PDT
great list annie...i did see wendy once in nyc ,,chainsaw and all...what about siouxsie and kristin hersh..tons of girls fronted great bands

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2007, 9:53:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2007, 9:58:05 PM PDT
Billy--
Thank you.
I agree that rock is in the worst state it's ever been in. The best that's out there right now is of middling quality compared to bands from only 25 years ago-- and go back to 1967-69 and the current "talent" looks quite feeble, indeed.

Maybe the art of the "hook" has been forgotten. Those infectious intros and elegant flourishes seem to have been superceded by volume, cacophony and unnaturally generated sound.

(Puts on SPEEDO, by the Cadillacs) ahhhhh!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2007, 4:53:28 AM PDT
Jim says:
Annie, didn't Paul Simon use some of the lyrics from Speedo in one of his songs. During the 60's and 70's the garage/bar/cover/band I was in played Speedo and people always went crazy. For you youngsters out there it is not about swimwear.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2007, 12:47:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 24, 2007, 12:55:22 AM PDT
trivia queen says:
Come on, Robert Plant could perform circles around Freddie Mercury. Don't get me wrong I love Queen, but Robert is totally in his own group.

I know some of the following have already been listed but here it goes In no paticular order:
Robert Plant
Freddie Mercury
Steve Perry (no explanation needed)
Steve Miller (totally underrated especially considereing his late 60's and 70's work)
Tommy Shaw (I know it's debatable that he was the front man)
Bono (of course)
Let's not forget Jeff Lynne (There would be no ELO w/o him)
For Alternative Christian Rock lovers,
no one comes close to Mac Powell of Third Day
Tom Petty (of the Heartbreakers of course)
Stevie Nicks (I know it's a stretch to say she was the front person)
So there is my opinion for what it's worth.
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