"Vehicle" was one of the hippest tunes back in the day. Horn bands - BS&T, Lighthouse, Chicago and Tower of Power seemed like rock and R & B supercharged to the next level. I burst out laughing when the camera pans the crowd. All of us hippies now fat, grey and bald!
Culture Club was apparently a band with one strong musician (guitar player?), a talented and flamboyant singer playing to a time when young listeners always obsessed with culture over musicianship. Pretty much describes every generation doesn't it? The truly talented musicians transcend these...
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I must admit a real soft spot for Rory Blocks "Intoxication So Bitter Sweet" (1977). A disco era release before her mad acoustic
guitar skillz - showcasing some wicked R and B vocals. I think she has completely disowned it.
I think it depends on the musical style and the chops of the singers. BB King in his prime (Live at the Regal) and anything by Howlin Wolf are examples of very effective emotive "punches" vocally.
And lets not forget the granddaddy of them all - Screamin Jay Hawkins!
Without a doubt, KISS. This band was absolutely a joke musically and despised by every "head" that grew up with the honest virtuosity of the likes of Led Zep, Deep Purple, Tull, Yes, etc.
I am amazed by their popularity now.:huh