Geddy Lee's voice

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

  1. senp5f


    Jan 27, 2008
    Santa Barbara, CA
    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 #?

    May 28, 2005
    it was pretty shrill way back when, its softened/mellowed with age...nicely i think
  3. Epidrake


    May 24, 2011
    I'm with you sizzle. I like Geddy's voice so much more when it mellowed.
  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    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.
  5. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    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.
  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    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.)
  7. G-MonRV5


    Apr 29, 2008
    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.
  8. Epidrake


    May 24, 2011
    Some of the early super high wailing is pretty cringe inducing too. ;-)
  9. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Love all the players, love the songs. Never bonded with that voice, though.
  10. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    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.
  11. When it comes to high shrill voices I can't decide who's shriller - Geddy Lee or AC/DC's Bon Scott.
  12. Imho Bon wasn't shrill.... just odd sounding. Great great front man though. .... visually too.
  13. HeavyAxe


    Jul 16, 2013
    Alberta, Canada
    I love Geddy's voice, present or otherwise. But my opinion may not be valid as I also love Lemmy's voice!
  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Greatest voice in the history of hard rock.

    Fly by Night through Hemispheres is amazing. Almost impossible vocals.
  15. 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.

  16. mbelue


    Dec 11, 2010
    The voice of god rocks. Geddy's voice...not so much.
    I could really love rush if he would just not sing.
  17. Flyingfrets


    Dec 25, 2011
    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...
  18. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    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).
  19. Early Geddy for me all the way. Robert Plant on helium. Pure Awesome.
  20. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    Three testicled hamster on a Viagra overdose