Music Monday: Funny Voices

by Scott Lydon

 

Happy Music Monday! Say, what's better than a catchy tune? A catchy AUTO-tune! Ha ha! Shut up! Today Scott's looking at the songs that make you go "How is he doing that?" Today's five songs all contain funny voices! That's right, you know what we mean by funny. Here's one now.

Zapp & Roger - I Wanna Be Your Man

 

Did you know that every time Roger Troutman sang into that little talk box tube, he was getting his lip shocked? It's true! And yet, he suffered each and every time, just to make sure we could say WOW THAT GUY SOUNDS LIKE A ROBOT and be happy. Thank you for your sacrifice, Roger. We computer love you.

Get to thinking, because inside you'll find four songs and last week's Spotify mix, and then it'll be YOUR turn to submit! See you after the jump ...

Our new Spotify playlist even now features a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Songs You Can't Believe Were On The Radio and you won't believe how much you'll enjoy it! But before you start reminiscing, let's get back to the funny voices …

Peter Frampton - Do You Feel Like We Do

 

Peter Frampton's kind of underground, he only sold something like four zillion copies of his "Frampton Comes Alive!" on the strength of his crazy talking guitar and got referenced on The Simpsons, you probably never heard of him. But even this is your first time experiencing his magical mid-70s groove, you can't help but notice his crazy voice. And also, that he's got a pretty decent solo goin' on there. But mostly the crazy voice.

Stevie Wonder - Papa Was A Rolling Stone

 

Stevie Wonder's "Genius" period saw him pretty much mastering every single sound that ever existed and some yet to be created, so it was no wonder he'd also love changing his voice. This live version of this Temptations hit shows that it's not the technology, it's the genius that uses it.

Midnight Star - Operator

 

Remember when you could throw telephone samples into a song and it would be cool? The synth-voice doesn't play as big a role in this late 80s song, but you'll notice it when it finally arrives, and you'll likely agree that it adds a little sumpin' sumpin' to the song. Remember, it's not a party until everybody's singing into the fan and laughing.

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - Scorpio

 

If ever there was going to be a rap song that was made into a pinball game, Scorpio would be the perfect candidate. There's a "I acknowledge your quarter" lyric, there's a "you've started playing" lyric, the rap starts around the time you'd be figuring out how to shoot the loops, and there's even some encouragement to take it higher! But until some entrepreneur makes the first hip-hop table, we'll just have to be content with listening to the funny voice and dreaming.

Drop us your favorite funny-voiced songs in the comments, please, we're looking to be amused. Then visit our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday tunes! Pretty sweet rap, don't you think? Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.