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Old 03-12-2019, 03:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The pop music industry is famously tough and unforgiving, and must seem especially so if you are an aspiring backing singer. Not only do you have to sing in English, you are expected to master another language altogether. The Hollies managed to do it pretty well in their 1963 cover version of Stay: notice how fluently they pronounce "bub bub sha wally" and how they can even use it correctly in a sentence, i.e.:
Well your mama don't mind bub bub sha wally.




Anyone else with a favourite gem of Back-up Singer English?
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Blue oo oo oo oo doobie doobie doobie doo...





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I really don't know how to transcribe it, "shimmy shimmy shay-ay missidis"? Whatever, it's brilliant
edit: forgot the third shimmy, shame on me


And the Kinks opening the Something Else album with the line 'fafafafafafafafa' is still one of the greates moves in music history
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^ Hey, I love those low-swinging "oo"s, Psy-Fi !

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I really don't know how to transcribe it, "shimmy shimmy shay-ay missidis"? Whatever, it's brilliant
edit: forgot the third shimmy, shame on me
^ That's quite a complex, inventive line that they're singing, before they go completely wild about half-way through the song. Good call.
(Total rookie mistake to forget how many shimmies you're supposed to sing, Maria. I don't think you'd make it as a backing vocalist, I'm afraid. )

This song starts with something that's tricky to transcribe too. I think it's "root-toot-too do woodit. Catch it while you can, because after a while they abandon singing in favour of acrobatics which shift in a matter of minutes from charming to clever, to painful-looking and finally, disturbing.

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(Total rookie mistake to forget how many shimmies you're supposed to sing, Maria. I don't think you'd make it as a backing vocalist, I'm afraid. )
there's like a thousand reasons why I wouldn't make a good backing vocalist

And Rock Lobster has great backing vocals too of course, especially the 'ewww's

Edit: that potato salad dance is hilarious Lisna
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there's like a thousand reasons why I wouldn't make a good backing vocalist
Edit: that potato salad dance is hilarious Lisna
^ Sorry you can't make it as a backing vocalist. How's your flexibility for doing that potato salad dance?



My doctor has advised me against trying the potato salad dance, so instead I'm now singing along with the Beach Boys in hopes of backing Brian Wilson one day.
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^ Hey, I love those low-swinging "oo"s, Psy-Fi !



^ That's quite a complex, inventive line that they're singing, before they go completely wild about half-way through the song. Good call.
(Total rookie mistake to forget how many shimmies you're supposed to sing, Maria. I don't think you'd make it as a backing vocalist, I'm afraid. )

This song starts with something that's tricky to transcribe too. I think it's "root-toot-too do woodit. Catch it while you can, because after a while they abandon singing in favour of acrobatics which shift in a matter of minutes from charming to clever, to painful-looking and finally, disturbing.

That’s sexy crazy and like you said disturbing af

In the 40’s it was considered cute entertainment but by the 70’s people were horrified by a fraction of the same weirdness

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That's a good point. In many ways our appetite for freaks and freakish behaviour has been in decline for hundreds of years I suspect. From gladiators to Victorian freak shows, there has been plenty of pretty tacky entertainment in our past. (And, yes, that spider walk is creepy - neat comparison to the sweetly smiling Ross Sisters!)
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The Ross Sisters could’ve done a great musical version of The Exorcist for Broadway

In some other universe that’s probably huge right now

I’m probably rich in that universe come to think of it
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^ Sorry you can't make it as a backing vocalist. How's your flexibility for doing that potato salad dance?
I'm horribly inflexible. I have a friend who trained as a ballerina and I once tried to do pilates with her, that was a humbling experience
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