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Geddy Lee's voice

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by senp5f, Dec 15, 2013.


  1. senp5f

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    I like Rush. Always have. Geddy's great, Neil Pert is mind-warping, they're awesome. Tonight I came into the kitchen to discover my girlfriend had made a Rush station on Pandora.

    It turns out she discovered Rush and likes Rush, without any prompting from me, though she "heard they were kind of a musicians' band."

    I was super stoked she likes Rush. A little later, though, I asked her, "So, what do you think of Geddy's voice?"

    She furrowed her brow and pursed her lips a bit and said, "Well, he sounds a little bit like someone's squeezing his b***s -- and not in a pleasant way."
     
  2. Slade N

    Slade N sunn #91 AZ Bands #? Supporting Member

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    it was pretty shrill way back when, its softened/mellowed with age...nicely i think
     
  3. Epidrake

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    I'm with you sizzle. I like Geddy's voice so much more when it mellowed.
     
  4. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

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    Yeah I have played and sang a few of their songs. The playing is one thing, but the singing was tough! He's up there. Honestly I think they could have done a little in studio to help it out in the early days. Some of the early stuff is really thin. And I agree with others who have said that he has mellowed well with age.
     
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  6. russpurdy

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    I actually prefer his old squealing cat voice but the newer mellow voice fits the new music better. I saw them a year or so ago and he definitely can't hit the highs like he used to for any prolonged amount of time.
     
  7. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

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    It depends on how you measure that. I would say that a few decades is a "prolonged amount of time". ;)

    (Yes, I understood what you were saying. Just making a joke.)
     
  8. G-MonRV5

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    I dunno... I've had trouble watching the most recent live DVDs just because he seems to struggle so much with the high notes. Seriously... it's cringe-inducing.

    And yes, I love Rush and Geddy's bass playing.
     
  9. Epidrake

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    Some of the early super high wailing is pretty cringe inducing too. ;-)
     
  10. SBassman

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    Love all the players, love the songs. Never bonded with that voice, though.
     
  11. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    When I was like 12 my dad played rush and was like son this is a badass band and I was like yeah there good but that guy sucks at singing. Add a little more then a decade on top of that wisdom I had back then and I think they are totally badass, and I have grown to like Geddys voice.
     
  12. stratovani

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    When it comes to high shrill voices I can't decide who's shriller - Geddy Lee or AC/DC's Bon Scott.
     
  13. dkelley

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    Imho Bon wasn't shrill.... just odd sounding. Great great front man though. .... visually too.
     
  14. HeavyAxe

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    I love Geddy's voice, present or otherwise. But my opinion may not be valid as I also love Lemmy's voice!
     
  15. mellowinman

    mellowinman Guaranteed to break the Ice at Naughty Parties Supporting Member

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    Greatest voice in the history of hard rock.

    Fly by Night through Hemispheres is amazing. Almost impossible vocals.
     
  16. Ray man

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    Yup, I hate to agree with you on this, But I too can't get passed
    his voice the last few tours.
    The people I tried to share rush with are seeing and hearing this. They are certainly not seeing the rush I spoke of.

    I wish they would show the more magical rush moments like ESL and such.

    IMHO
     
  17. mbelue

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    The voice of god rocks. Geddy's voice...not so much.
    I could really love rush if he would just not sing.
     
  18. Flyingfrets

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    Same here. His voice always reminded me of a cat in a blender. Or someone running a belt sander down their scrotum.

    Incredible musician(s) though...
     
  19. russpurdy

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    If singers were animals...

    Bon Scott would be a spider

    Lemmy would be a crocodile

    Geddy Lee would be a screech owl.

    I'm surprised that so many people have an issue with the voice but no mention of the often crazy lyrics. I know a lot of them are inspired by fictional literature but "break my fast on honeydew and drink the milk of paradise" is definitely worth at least a discussion.

    For the record, I love the lyrics for what they are but they are (waaaay out there).
     
  20. electracoyote

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    Early Geddy for me all the way. Robert Plant on helium. Pure Awesome.
     
  21. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough Supporting Member

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    Three testicled hamster on a Viagra overdose
     

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