White ‘n’ Wild!


A while ago here our Saint put up the video of House of the Rising Sun, by The Animals. Check out the adorable picture of that group on Wiki, all wearing matching non-faded denim jackets over white shirts. And on the video (I’m wondering why there even is a video; surely the song came out looong b4 MTV?) they are wearing matching buttoned-up-and-down suits and all they do is process decorously around the studio, like vergers in a church service carrying the cross and chrism.
So white!

And recently entre nous, we were treated to the video of Hall and Oates’ Maneater. ( No, nobody mention the context pleeeeze!🤐) I have been singing snatches of it ever since.
But—that duo? Quintessentially white! American cream pie!

But the voices, OMG, what came roaring and purring outta the chests of these melanin-deficient young gents!

Are white people, more particularly white men, still even allowed to sing like that?

Are we whites still allowed to be….feral?

19 thoughts on “White ‘n’ Wild!

  1. “Are white people, more particularly white men, still even allowed to sing like that?”

    Sure they are! The Beatles, Stones and many bands of the British Invasion were inspired by BB King, James Brown, Little Richard, Chuck Berry. And Elvis was inspired by them as well who the Beatles revered.

    Motown and the whole R&B genre started a revolution in American music that I was lucky enough to witness and continue to enjoy today. 🙂

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  2. My previous comment edited for your pleasure.

    As for current music, Marshall Mathers is pretty respected in a genre that was definitely defined as strictly for and by the homies. Remember the film 8 Mile?

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  3. Yes but situationally dependent. For example groups of white males can not beat the foxtrot out of random black guys with the tried and true, “He called us the N-w0rd” defense.

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  4. “Film for tv may account for the video….”

    “?”

    (Hyp wondered in the OP how there could be video of music by The Animals; capture from film/tv performance(s) may’ve provided content for video.)

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  5. Ok so I’m falling in love with Eric Burdon, who was the lead vocalist of The Animals. He’s 80 and stil going strong. He’s considered one of the 100 greatest singers of all time. I’m sitting here listening to a string of his songs. Wherever he is tonight I hope he’s well and happy.

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    1. I got his autograph as a kid! I agree; he was one cool cat in the day but definitely influenced by R&B. You can hear it particularly in “House.”

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        1. Glad you’ve discovered him and are enjoying his music so much. That was a helluva era for music, one I fear we’ll never see the likes of again. 😦

          Record companies make all the rules now and most musicians seem secondary to the process.

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  6. After my “Eric-stravaganza”last night, I woke up thinking about something I never dwelt on before:

    although it is unmistakeable whether someone is British or American when we hear them speak, we DON’T hear the difference when they sing, nor even when they just kinda, recite to music, like my newly beloved Eric does in quite a few pieces—and think of Jagger in “Sympathy for the Devil”.

    Is it because of intonation, then, primarily, that we hear the difference in spoken English? British speakers use a much greater range of vocal pitch than we do. Is it that certain differences in vowel,pronunciation, as well as things like pronouncing final Rs as “aw”, (so that British poets might rhyme saw with before, f’rinstance) get ironed out by the need to,project and elongate the sound when we’re singing?
    But then again, people CAN sing in a recognizably Cockney accent if they want to: think of the workers’ manifesto song,”It’s the Same the Whole World Over”, or rather “Hit’s the Sime The ‘ole World Over” as it is always pronounced.
    Liz is probably right: any and all rock or R&b singers were TRYING to sound American.

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    1. I noticed this with Keith Urban (an Australian) who sounds as if he was born and raised in Nashville!

      Now I’m dating myself, but Herman and the Hermits were undeniably Cockney!

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      1. I was thinking of them too—“Enery the Eighth”, etc. and I think you can even hear it in “Mrs.Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter”.

        And then I thought of Gilbert and Sullivan: I’m pretty sure a British comic opera singer would sing “I am the veddy model of a modern major-general” …is “very” the only word they do that with? They don’t say “Meddy England”,,or “Meddy Christmas…but maybe that’s why they spell merry “:merrie “ and why they say “Happy Christmas” instead. Mysteries of the Anglosphere. I could go on and on (and I’m sure you don’t doubt it!)

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  7. “I could go on and on (and I’m sure you don’t doubt it.)”

    You should attend a dinner party at my house! Now that politics are verboten, I could discuss all night long my two favorite subjects- sports and music. 🙂

    Enjoyed your OP- thanks very much!

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