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Posted: 26 May 05, 16:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Have any of ever edited a song to where the only thing playing was the backing vocals? (I never done that sort of thing so I wouldn't know how to do it or know how hard it is). I wonder if you could edit it down to where the only thing playing was John Deacon's backing vocals. He's said that his singing voice is horrible and I wonder how true that is. coming to think of it, I've never heard his voice in a interview or anything.

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Posted: 26 May 05, 16:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

His voice was horrible, so he didn't sing backing vocals. Only live sometimes. People who say he did sing are ignorant and deaf


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Posted: 26 May 05, 16:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What I was implying was what his occasional live voice sounded like


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Posted: 26 May 05, 16:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Look for a recording from Somebody to Love from the 1977 tour. You can hear John clearly there. It's the raspy way out of tune voice :)


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Posted: 26 May 05, 16:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Look for a recording from Somebody to Love from the 1977 tour. You can hear John clearly there. It's the raspy way out of tune voice :)


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Posted: 26 May 05, 19:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 27 May 05, 06:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

To say people are ignorant because they say that John doesn't sing is harsh.

It's like me calling you a prat because you say he does sing even though 98% of evidence points against it, such as linear notes and quotes like "John didn't sing" or "I don't sing" or "Just Fred, Bri and Rog sang" etc (however, I am NOT calling you a prat lol)

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Posted: 27 May 05, 07:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Alright sorry :)


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Posted: 27 May 05, 08:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Isn't John's voice on some of the early songs, like Liar? I'm not just saying this because John "sings" in the video, but I thought he was actually on the record? Of course he sings on the live versions because he shares Freddie's microphone. Unless he is miming... Hmmmm


On the record, it's definitely a pitch shift on either Freddie or Roger's voice (it's been a while since I've heard it, sorry), but since I've never heard a live version I don't know what was done here. With John's voice being as obviously buggered as the others here say, my bet would be that it was either someone off stage singing in sync with him, or Roger/Brian was discreetly doing it.


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Posted: 27 May 05, 09:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Listen to Someobody To Love from the Earl's Court 1977 video. John's voice can be heard there.

Oh and there's some strange mp3 on the hub, labeled "John sing!" (yeah I know it's misspelled, but that's the name of the mp3). It's somebody singing for half a minute a funny song. The lyrics are: "If we must end it all dead, won't you please give us a break, just take a walk to the park then and then you can jump in hte lake" and then there's some laughs and another voice says: "Yeah I think I can play that... yeah folks". The singing voice is said to be John's and it looks like his indeed (though it's hard to actually tell it straight, since we have nothing to compare it to). It seems to me like the whole thing was part of a TV or radio show. Anybody know something more about that and if it is John indeed? I can make a torrent of it in here tomorrow, if anybody's interested :)


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Posted: 27 May 05, 10:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I believe that's Brian singing that little ditty. From his Howard Stern Show appearance.


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Posted: 27 May 05, 13:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh where is Sebsatian where you need him...


Deacon did sing, but as Queen did something like 700 live shows and 180 studio songs, I'm not going to play 'pick the Deacon' with you.
In his defence, he wasn't necessarily out of tune. In Earls Court, you can hear him during Somebody to Love, and he's in tune, but I guess he just wasn't happy with the sound of his voice. You can have perfect pitch but still sound awful.


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Posted: 27 May 05, 14:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What about his speaking voice? I like it, it's low and a bit funny. I never heard him singing.

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Posted: 27 May 05, 14:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Once again a very good example is:

Milan 14.9.1984 during Radio Ga Ga, listen to the chorus, you can hear John very clear. He sings as he speaks, with an accent.


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Posted: 27 May 05, 15:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John did sing backup on Killer Queen at Hammersmith 1975 as he sang the lowest ANYTIME Brian did the second falsetto(which was somehow mixed out) and Roger the highest. John also sang live on In The Lap Of the Gods...Revisited the woah woah la la la woah woah woah la la woah wa and he stopped before the ending ooooohhhhhh. Another John backing vocal was on We Will Rock You(slow) on Houston 1977(you can hear John singing the same pitch as Freddie). He would also sing the all day long part live on Liar. His most famous is Somebody to Love Earls Court and on Houston 1977 where he sang the lower part on the find me somebody to love find section. He sang occasional backing vocals. On later Somebody to Love versions, he would sing the somebody part with Roger as Brian finished his middle guitar solo to go back to the microphone.


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Posted: 27 May 05, 16:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Extremly badly might I add.


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Posted: 27 May 05, 21:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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