Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Spurgeon's General Warning: Isolated Vocals

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM

It appears that David Lee Roth’s isolated vocals from “Runnin’ with the Devil” took the Internet by storm a few years ago, and the mini-phenomenon passed me by entirely. Please listen if you too missed it: It is just as hilarious and kind of gross as you'd imagine. When I found out that This Was a Thing, I fell deep into an Internet K-hole of vocals-only versions of well-known songs. You can do this yourself by searching YouTube for "isolated vocals," "vocals only" or the irritatingly typo'd "acappella," or you can check out my selections below. They're mostly great. Mostly.


Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”

Possibly the best? Certainly the best out of any rock song I could find.

Boston, “More than a Feeling”

Described by colleague Adam Gold as "unfuckwithable" and "#ethereal." He is correct!

Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun”

Chris Cornell sings pretty.

Queen, “I Want to Break Free”

It's no secret that Freddie Mercury was the best singer ever. Plenty of Queen songs drop the music and focus on his voice only ("Somebody to Love" for example), but it's still pretty incredible to listen to something you're already so familiar with in a different context.


Whitney Houston, “How Will I Know?


Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”


Lady Gaga, “Paparazzi”


Miley Cyrys, “Party in the U.S.A.”

Better than expected, to be honest.


Slipknot, “Wait and Bleed”

I'm still kind of stunned that this happened, as a genre that sold records and played festivals and appeared on television and radio. Awful. Just atrocious. Offensively stupid, almost unreal. Grow up and be less shitty with your shit.

Sorry to end on that note. Share your favorite examples below, to wash the taste out of everyone's mouth.

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