Rock Singers Without Instruments Sound Insane

If you take away the guitars and drums, most rock songs just sound like a maniac hollering in the street. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

1. Black Francis from the Pixies is widely acknowledged as one of the best singers in rock music, partly because he’s willing to sound totally unhinged.

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2. This is what he sounds like without a band backing him up.

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3. If you do this trick with the Pixies song “Hey,” he sounds crazy AND kinda perverted and creepy.

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5. Of course, the gold standard for rock stars sounding totally insane in an a cappella track is David Lee Roth’s performance on the Van Halen song “Runnin’ with the Devil.”

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7. Eddie Vedder sounds like a gibbering madman at the climax of the isolated vocal version of Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy.”

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8. You’re probably better off not clicking play on the isolated vocal track for Papa Roach’s “Last Resort.”

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9. Or this Limp Bizkit a cappella.

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10. Or this one from The Offspring, which sounds like some kind of weird locker room ritual.

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12. Can you imagine just stumbling upon a guy in public making sounds exactly like this? You’d back away slowly.

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13. The vocals for The Darkness’ “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” are totally impressive in context, but sound completely silly without any music.

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15. Funny enough, though – Weezer actually sounds kinda cool this way.

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17. Seriously, if you forgive the long pauses, “Say It Ain’t So” totally holds up like this.

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19. And somehow, some way, “Love Shack” by The B-52’s may actually be more fun with only vocals and hand claps.

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