Recommend some songs with dusky/dusty/scratchy singers?
November 10, 2004 8:36 PM   Subscribe

[MoreMusicFilter] Looking for some songs where the voice (male perferred, female also good) is a dusky/dusty/scratchy kind of timbre. "A catch in the throat" is how I put it in my mind.
posted by e^2 to Media & Arts (30 answers total)
Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen
posted by willnot at 8:56 PM on November 10, 2004

Captain Beefheart, Howlin' Wolf
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 9:06 PM on November 10, 2004

The Hayden album, Everything I Long For.
posted by FreezBoy at 9:09 PM on November 10, 2004

Response by poster: I should say, not so much whiskey-voiced as that Nelly Furtado kind of thing... hard to be properly descriptive...
posted by e^2 at 9:14 PM on November 10, 2004

Tom Waites would be my vote. You don't get more scratchy than his voice.
posted by SpecialK at 9:15 PM on November 10, 2004

Louis Armstrong.
posted by kenko at 9:23 PM on November 10, 2004


I say this with all jumping up and down and shaking fists. Seriously. Check'm out. Think early Waitsian subjects with post Waitsian sound..
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:25 PM on November 10, 2004

A third for Tom Waits (he talks kinda scratchy too).

And a second (on preview) for Louie Armstrong "What a Wonderful World" etc

Bob Dylan. Also depends on the song, but definitely got some gravel. 'Specially nowadays.

Perhaps a stretch, but worth a listen since you know what you mean: John Darnielle, aka The Mountain Goats. More here
(though it might just be his recording techniques, and he has sung so many, many songs it comes through to varying degrees).
posted by nelleish at 9:27 PM on November 10, 2004

Don't know that I'd describe Nelly Furtado as sounding dusty/scratchy, but if that's what you're looking for, you might want to have a listen to Deb Talan.

Sort of like that, but with a male voice, maybe something like Five for Fighting. Jackson Browne? John Wesley Harding. Pete Yorn. You might give Warren Zevon a listen too.
posted by willnot at 9:50 PM on November 10, 2004

Richard Buckner. Try either "Bloomed" or "Devotion + Doubt" first.
posted by keswick at 9:56 PM on November 10, 2004

Bob Seger
Kris Kristofferson
Hoyt Axton
Joe Cocker
John Lee Hooker
Ralph Stanley
Rod Stewart
Doug Sahm
Stephen Stills
Terence Trent D'Arby
Willis Alan Ramsey

Bonnie Tyler
Bonnie Raitt
Kim Carnes
Tanita Tikaram

On preview: if you're thinking about Nelly Furtado, try Erykah Badu.
posted by joaquim at 10:07 PM on November 10, 2004

Actually, the Hayden album you want is Skyscraper National Park - his best album by miles.
posted by Quartermass at 10:37 PM on November 10, 2004

posted by Katemonkey at 11:25 PM on November 10, 2004

mark lanegan?
posted by juv3nal at 3:17 AM on November 11, 2004

12 Rounds - Me Again
Bob Dylan - Things Have Changed
Butthole Surfers - The Shame of Life
DMX - What These Bitches Want
Harry Chapin - November Rains
Prick - I Apologise
Revolting Cocks - Do You Think I'm Sexy?
Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl (Acoustic Version)
Zen Mafia - California (Sweet Home)
one of these is not like the others!

I put these over at for your approval.
posted by geekyguy at 3:20 AM on November 11, 2004

rival schools
posted by triv at 5:25 AM on November 11, 2004

m ward
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 5:49 AM on November 11, 2004

Sebadoh, Stephen Stills, Archers of Loaf, Erectus Monotone.
posted by saladin at 6:10 AM on November 11, 2004

Dave Van Ronk. Some of his stuff is scratchier than others.
posted by jessamyn at 7:16 AM on November 11, 2004

Blind Willie Johnson.
posted by kenko at 7:20 AM on November 11, 2004

Will Oldham (he of Palace, Palace Music, Palace Brothers, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy fame). Especially Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Sings Greatest Palace Music or Viva Last Blues.
posted by tomharpel at 7:21 AM on November 11, 2004

I've been recommending Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter. Tom Waits sounds like a match for you. Try Nighthawks at the Diner or Small Change.
posted by Kafkaesque at 8:37 AM on November 11, 2004

Beth Orton, maybe?
posted by kindall at 9:00 AM on November 11, 2004

Definitely Tom Waits. Also, Johnny Cash. "The Man Comes Around" is a weird Armegedon-y spooky number. Also loved "Hurt" and "Danny Boy". All from "American IV: The Man Comes Around".

Also, Brad Roberts from Crash Test Dummies. "The Ghosts That Haunt Me" is my fave album of theirs. A rare album where I really love every song, maybe "At My Funeral" just a little bit more than the rest, but all great. And "Winter Song", "Superman's Song", and ..., and ..., and ... . Yeah they're all great. Brad's voice is so deep and gravelly you'd swear it's coming from a giant hulking guy, but from some pics I've seen, he seems pretty normally sized, maybe a little skinny.
posted by marsha56 at 9:17 AM on November 11, 2004

Nina Simone
posted by turaho at 9:19 AM on November 11, 2004

Bill Morrissey is my favorite in that category. You can find some live performances here on mp3 & RealAudio.
posted by tdismukes at 10:43 AM on November 11, 2004

If you were thinking more Sarah McClachlan / Cranberries catchinthethroat, you should look into Peter Breinholt. Heartland is his best album.

If you haven't already heard Wilco, try them too.
posted by weston at 11:38 AM on November 11, 2004

Dig up "You're Not Here" with Melissa Williamson off the Silent Hill 3 Official Soundtrack.
posted by ikkyu2 at 12:57 PM on November 11, 2004

Response by poster: Wow, that's quite a range of voices! Thanks all, lotsa good stuff there. (Not to discourage more, of course. ^_^ )
posted by e^2 at 1:36 PM on November 11, 2004

Tracy Chapman.
posted by deborah at 10:49 PM on November 11, 2004

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