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(Mental Floss)   Finally an answer as to why you don't hear a British accent in the songs by the Stones, Led Zeppelin, or Cream   (mentalfloss.com ) divider line
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2013-03-06 05:09:37 PM  
I like when Brits say the presidents name, Barack Obomber.
 
2013-03-06 05:14:35 PM  
Jesus that was a dumb article - I can absolutely here a British accent when Adele sings - certainly not completely pronounced, but its there - same for all the other examples listed.

/ Can also hear the fat in Adele's singing as she's gasping for air between words
// Go be fat somewhere else
 
2013-03-06 05:17:57 PM  
mumblemumblethere's a wino down the roadmumblesquee
 
2013-03-06 05:19:52 PM  

Godscrack: I like when Brits say the presidents name, Barack Obomber.


I occasionally have the BBC news on when my children are around and they are equally amused by this, as well as the very-similar-yet-not-as-educated-sounding Barston-arear accents.

/eating a bananer right now
//it's more like "beerACK oBARmer"
 
2013-03-06 05:20:02 PM  
you can sure as hell hear Southern US accents and drawls in country and southern rock songs.
 
2013-03-06 05:22:15 PM  
FTFA: There's no mistaking where The Beatles, The Proclaimers or The Pogues were from.

If any friends of Matt Soniak are reading, you may want to see if he'll put money as to where the Pogues are from.
 
2013-03-06 05:25:17 PM  
I can hear a British accent in most Rolling Stones songs.  Its much more subtle than Mick when he's speaking.  But its there.  Especially live versions.
 
2013-03-06 05:25:55 PM  
www.metalarmyamerica.com

Led Zep, 'Dancing Days' "You told yer mommer I'd get you home, but you didn't say that I had no car"
 
2013-03-06 05:27:14 PM  

Elzar: Jesus that was a dumb article - I can absolutely here a British accent when Adele sings - certainly not completely pronounced, but its there - same for all the other examples listed.

/ Can also hear the fat in Adele's singing as she's gasping for air between words
// Go be fat somewhere else


That's a bit of old fish & chips you are hearing, rattling around in her 2nd gut
 
2013-03-06 05:29:14 PM  
You don't hear a Mancurian accent with this bloke on stage, but there's zero doubt he's British when he starts singing/shouting/mumbling/cursing:

brightonfestivalblog.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-03-06 05:31:19 PM  
I listen to enough Sheffield new wave music that I can not only make out their accents but, if compelled to sing along, I will affect an accent for no real reason.

/CSB
 
2013-03-06 05:49:00 PM  
You can't tell Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones are British? Listen to <i>Black Dog</i> or <i>Jumpin Jack Flash</i>.
 
2013-03-06 06:01:32 PM  
some bands are all over the accent. Squeeze comes to mind.

maybe next week they'll explain Mel Tillis.
 
2013-03-06 06:15:05 PM  
So why does Green Day sing with a British accent?
 
2013-03-06 06:17:24 PM  
And yet, Green Day sounds like some cockney limeys.
 
2013-03-06 06:18:03 PM  
My favorite dialect slip is Billy Joel's "Don't axe me why"
 
2013-03-06 06:29:23 PM  
I don't think I've ever heard a gay accent in a song though plenty of singers are as queer as a five legged stool.

I'm not now a big follower of pop singers so I don't know who's gay and of them which sound like they are speaking with something unnatural in their mouth.
 
2013-03-06 06:38:54 PM  
I thought that part of the reason was that singing originates in a different part of the brain, which is why
people with stutters (Mel Tillis) don't stutter when they sing.
 
2013-03-06 06:41:41 PM  

HairBolus: I don't think I've ever heard a gay accent in a song though plenty of singers are as queer as a five legged stool.

I'm not now a big follower of pop singers so I don't know who's gay and of them which sound like they are speaking with something unnatural in their mouth.


And yet, never having heardyou speak, I can tell by your random use of typography, you are some kind of Belgian sodomite.

Also:

www.britevisualproducts.com
^ Undeniably homosexual.
 
2013-03-06 06:51:26 PM  

Vangor: You can't tell Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones are British? Listen to Black Dog or Jumpin Jack Flash.


Mick, Mick, Mick! Speak English!

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2013-03-06 07:13:34 PM  

Worst Name I Ever Heard: I occasionally have the BBC news on when my children are around and they are equally amused by this, as well as the very-similar-yet-not-as-educated-sounding Barston-arear accents.


They start their sentences with a high pitch like this, and then end on a low pitch.
 
2013-03-06 07:16:08 PM  
Is it the same reason you can hear a faux-British voice coming from shiatty pop bands like Green Day?
 
2013-03-06 07:17:07 PM  

Earguy: And yet, Green Day sounds like some cockney limeys.


...huh. Guess someone covered it.
 
2013-03-06 07:24:44 PM  

Elzar: Jesus that was a dumb article - I can absolutely here a British accent when Adele sings - certainly not completely pronounced, but its there - same for all the other examples listed.

/ Can also hear the fat in Adele's singing as she's gasping for air between words
// Go be fat somewhere else


Adele truly pisses me off.  For starters, yes, she does in fact have an accent.  Anyone who knows the word "Skyfall" has no "O" in it knows that.  Secondly, the more I listen to her music, the more I can nit-pick her for all sorts of little things anyone with a clue working with her could have and should have fixed.  Like the "o" in "Skyfall," or transposing "Someone Like You down a step or so in order to keep her from cracking that high note every time and pretending it's "passion."  No, it's not, you jackass, it's cracking a note because it's out of her farking range.

She's an incredibly lazy singer as far as I'm concerned, and no one who works with her had the guts to tell her so before she became a diva.
 
2013-03-06 07:27:39 PM  

FriarReb98: Elzar: Jesus that was a dumb article - I can absolutely here a British accent when Adele sings - certainly not completely pronounced, but its there - same for all the other examples listed.

/ Can also hear the fat in Adele's singing as she's gasping for air between words
// Go be fat somewhere else

Adele truly pisses me off.  For starters, yes, she does in fact have an accent.  Anyone who knows the word "Skyfall" has no "O" in it knows that.  Secondly, the more I listen to her music, the more I can nit-pick her for all sorts of little things anyone with a clue working with her could have and should have fixed.  Like the "o" in "Skyfall," or transposing "Someone Like You down a step or so in order to keep her from cracking that high note every time and pretending it's "passion."  No, it's not, you jackass, it's cracking a note because it's out of her farking range.

She's an incredibly lazy singer as far as I'm concerned, and no one who works with her had the guts to tell her so before she became a diva.


She's got not soul, none man
 
2013-03-06 07:43:02 PM  
Is it time for this article again? It's so stupid. Pop stars have NEVER sounded American. Listen to the R at the end of a word. You can't hear it. They sound British.

A possible exception is singers of the last ten years or so who think overdoing the R makes them sound angrier or more emotional or something. Lookin at you Taylor Swift.
 
2013-03-06 08:06:06 PM  
The lunatic is on the grahs.
 
2013-03-06 08:08:23 PM  
The author has never listened to Glasvegas.
 
2013-03-06 08:22:07 PM  
To be honest, I always thought the singer of "Gimme' Some Lovin'" by the Spencer Davis Group was African-American. Until I looked it up on YouTube. My mind was blown.
 
2013-03-06 08:35:14 PM  

Elmo Jones: The lunatic is on the grahs.


Elmo's in my head, and he's not me.
 
2013-03-06 08:37:57 PM  

Earguy: And yet, Green Day sounds like some cockney limeys.


John Lydon has a pronounced accent and so did every singer for every American punk band that came after. Half of us thought the Ramones were English because of Joeys pretty obvious Noo Yawk accent.

Now, if you would kindly remove yourself from my mosh pit.
 
jvl
2013-03-06 09:04:19 PM  

DigitalCoffee: Mick, Mick, Mick! Speak Englishia


that movie made me love that song.
 
2013-03-06 09:15:11 PM  
 
2013-03-06 09:18:44 PM  
I remember the first time I heard David Gahan speaking. I couldn't understand a goddamn word.
 
2013-03-06 09:27:43 PM  
The comments rip TFA author a new one.
 
2013-03-06 09:41:49 PM  
I didn't realize Bullet for my Valentine was British until they started playing Riot on the radio. You can hear the accent when he sings "run from the law" but that's probably because he's more saying it than singing it.
 
2013-03-06 09:53:26 PM  

Hollie Maea: I remember the first time I heard David Gahan speaking. I couldn't understand a goddamn word.


Heh, my first thought was Depeche Mode too,  it's very obvious they are british.  But they are quite a bit different from mainstream rock.

When I first heard Led Zeppelin I thought they were southerners, but it turns out they just stole music from the black man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye2N_2ce3QE
 
2013-03-06 09:56:42 PM  

SJKebab: Elmo's in my head, and he's not me.


{rummages around} Hello!, what's thi...OH JESUS! {runs away}
 
2013-03-06 10:00:29 PM  
All of you hosers take off.  This is my  investigation, not a public inquiry.
 
Skr
2013-03-06 10:10:42 PM  
I get the feeling if many singers sang like they spoke then they would fry their voice really quick. I heard in the past that Michael Jackson spoke in his breathy way to preserve his voice for singing, no idea if that is true though.
Back in my youth when I was in choir there was a variety backgrounds for the children singing with me. We were all under the tutelage of the same teacher at the piano so eventually even those with vastly different accents blended into a homogenized sound.

On a side note as a Minnesotan, it seems fairly difficult to use the Minnesotan accent and sound like anything but Bob Dylan while singing. -_-
 
2013-03-06 10:34:18 PM  
Cool, now explain why this punker sings in a British accent.
i29.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-06 10:44:19 PM  
 
2013-03-06 10:51:17 PM  

fawlty: you can sure as hell hear Southern US accents and drawls in country and southern rock songs.


I don't hear it.

The amazing thing, to me, is that Ozzy Osbourne is completely intelligible when singing but not when speaking.
 
2013-03-06 10:54:19 PM  
And sometimes they can't keep track. In The Beatles' "Another Girl", they all start off singing Anuther gurrrrl, like the Americans, and then they sort of drift to Anothah gehhhl by the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGK0GrHygLU
 
2013-03-06 10:54:41 PM  

ClintonKun: To be honest, I always thought the singer of "Gimme' Some Lovin'" by the Spencer Davis Group was African-American. Until I looked it up on YouTube. My mind was blown.


......wait, what?

/mind also blown
 
2013-03-06 11:10:48 PM  

Mister Peejay: ClintonKun: To be honest, I always thought the singer of "Gimme' Some Lovin'" by the Spencer Davis Group was African-American. Until I looked it up on YouTube. My mind was blown.

......wait, what?

/mind also blown


Steve Winwood had an incredible voice. So many great songs.
 
2013-03-06 11:14:03 PM  
I read this stupid article weeks ago and was amazed at how little insight it offered for an article purporting to answer a question that no one ever asked.
 
2013-03-06 11:39:15 PM  

goatleggedfellow: Cool, now explain why this punker sings in a British accent.
[i29.photobucket.com image 400x500]


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TZ_9-rbslo
 
2013-03-06 11:48:52 PM  

Christian Bale: I read this stupid article weeks ago and was amazed at how little insight it offered...


I agree!


... for an article purporting to answer a question that no one ever asked.


I disagree!
 
2013-03-07 12:09:57 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: I thought that part of the reason was that singing originates in a different part of the brain, which is why people with stutters (Mel Tillis) don't stutter when they sing.


Great-grandmother used to baby-sit him.  He, my father,  my aunts and uncles grew up knowing each other quite well.  It really set "Grandma" off when he got famous, told people he was from Pahokee.

Her: - "Melvin?  I jes don't know what's wrong with that boy.  Gotten too big for his britches...'shamed to tell folks where he's from. That boy knows he's from Dover!  I don't wanna even talk about it.  I jes don't know what's wrong with that boy."

/c-c-c-csb
 
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