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Started by popstar7 on Aug 17, 2021 7:09:44 PM
Non-verbal vocal genius

The greatest bits of singing that aren't actual words e.g.

The Beatles' blatantly orgasmic three-part harmony to open Twist and Shout

Michael Jackson's devastating whoops and yelps and screams on I Want You Back

Mick Jagger's 'Yow's and grunts at the start of Sympathy for the Devil

That sort of thing.

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popstar7 - 17 Aug 2021 19:13:49 (#1 of 149)

Thread inspired by a review of You’re History: The Twelve Strangest Women in Music by Lesley Chow.-

Instead of a lyric-thematic or socio-historical analysis, the Australian critic focuses on pop’s nonverbal ecstasies, placing singers like Chaka Khan in “a canon of ‘ohs’ and ‘oohs’ that give outrageous pleasure.”

https://4columns.org/reynolds-simon/you-re-history

widenation - 17 Aug 2021 19:28:34 (#2 of 149)

James Brown should probably get a nod.

darkhorse - 17 Aug 2021 19:38:45 (#3 of 149)

"Da diddly qua qua"

browserbutton - 17 Aug 2021 19:39:59 (#4 of 149)

Dip dip dip dip dip dip dip dip

Mum mum mum mum mum mum

Get a job

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysKhbaLyIFw

Delighted_User - 17 Aug 2021 19:40:21 (#5 of 149)

I'm not sure I belong on this thread. A great deal of non-verbal vocalisation drives me mad. I have a particular allergy to scat.

'Hocus Pocus' deserves a mention, though.

popstar7 - 17 Aug 2021 19:41:06 (#6 of 149)

James Brown, of course. The 'uh-ha-ha-ha' around 1m 20s of this is a favourite -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D-wNcLAvo4

AdonisBlue - 17 Aug 2021 19:42:32 (#7 of 149)

Chaka Chaka Chaka Chaka Khan Chaka Khan Chaka Khan Chaka Khan

AdonisBlue - 17 Aug 2021 19:44:09 (#8 of 149)

Yeah those are words but I just have to doit when I first read Chaka Khan

raymie - 17 Aug 2021 18:44:36 (#9 of 149)

Vangelis on the heaven and hell album

Pink floyd great gig in the sky

Jan garberak ragas and sagas album

champagnerocker - 17 Aug 2021 19:45:46 (#10 of 149)

The don't make em like this anymore.

The Trashmen: Surfin' Bird

https://youtu.be/9Gc4QTqslN4?t=67

Moschops - 17 Aug 2021 19:48:20 (#11 of 149)

Little Richard another great whooper and hollerer

popstar7 - 17 Aug 2021 19:49:21 (#12 of 149)

I wasn't really thinking about made up nonsense words. More wails and screams and woops and just pure vocal sounds that aren't words.

Martha Reeves' 'oh's at the end of Heatwave get me every time. There's a slight catch in her voice on the second one that gives me shivers -

https://youtu.be/XE2fnYpwrng?t=122

Moschops - 17 Aug 2021 19:50:32 (#13 of 149)

Does the way Lulu starts Shout count?

popstar7 - 17 Aug 2021 19:52:26 (#14 of 149)

We-eee-eeee-lll, no.

AdonisBlue - 17 Aug 2021 19:53:27 (#15 of 149)

Anything by Lisa Gerrard or Liz Fraser.

popstar7 - 17 Aug 2021 19:57:24 (#16 of 149)

Pull your finger out, Adonis. Pick a song, a bit in a song.

The dee-dee-dees and woah woah woahs in Mrs Robinson, say.

AdonisBlue - 17 Aug 2021 20:02:52 (#17 of 149)

One Perfect Sunrise - Orbital (Gerrard) Dead can Dance - Host of the Seraphim (Gerrard).

carterbrandon - 17 Aug 2021 20:04:22 (#18 of 149)

Probably the shortest one of them all: The note John Lennon sings just before "I need a fix..." in "Happiness is a Warm Gun".

frantastic - 17 Aug 2021 20:04:49 (#19 of 149)

From 47secs in https://youtu.be/hSNEiJ48T9U

Snarlygog - 17 Aug 2021 20:06:09 (#20 of 149)

The Great gig in the Sky - superb wailing.

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