Saturday, September 26, 2009

Favourite Recorded Scream



I read about this a while ago and have finally got round to tracking down some information about it. This is from the website of the bloke who made it:

"Between October 2008 and March 2009, I visited every record store in Manhattan and asked the employees for their favorite scream from recorded music. Side one of this record is a compilation of the screams; one from each song, edited together and arranged in the order they were submitted. Side two follows the same order as side one, but has ten second spaces between each of the audio tracks." Includes 18 x 24" poster w/ map and record store information, address/hours/website/phone etc.
Pictured on this site is the cover of the record, the poster (both sides), and all 74 of the participant questionnaires.
LP. Edition of 500. Includes fold-out map."


Here's an extract:

My Favourite Recorded Scream


So, what's yours?

36 comments:

treefrogdemon said...

It's there - Roger Daltrey, Won't Get Fooled Again.

treefrogdemon said...

...several times!

steenbeck said...

Screamin Jay!! Particularly in Ol Man River, when it seems like the lyrics to the song are driving him crazy.

DarceysDad said...

I can't read that sleeve.

Mine's Wendy James at the beginning of Transvision Vamp's Baby I Don't Care.

nilpferd said...

Flora Purim in Chick Corea's Return to Forever. Listen for a minute, it builds up to an absolutely awesome and drawn out howl.

CaroleBristol said...

Jim Morrison does quite a good one on Absolutely Live. I can't remember which track, because I don't have the album any more. I think it is on Back Door Man but I might be wrong.

Chris said...

Just be careful with that axe, Eugene..... Eugene? Eugene! Oh f...!

debbym said...

I love Flora Purim, could well have picked the Robert Plant sample used in the project, but today I'm going for Clip Joint meets RR, dedicated to the RockingMitches

gordonimmel said...

Ian Gillan on Deep Purple's 'Child In Time' obviously - a long prolonged note perfect scream....twice!

ToffeeBoy said...

It may not be as rock'n'roll as some of the above shouts (see what I did there) I'll nominate Michael Head's ejaculation (sorry, can I say that on here?) at the start of Shelter on the Pale Fountain's ...From Across The Kitchen Table.

saneshane said...

Minute and a quarter into 'Bone Machine' Pixies

a few great Black Francis screams down the years.. most impressive live.. he does do some tender screams too, basically he sings on the point of wobbly scream at all times...

my nomination is Frank black Francis in all categories...

(can I follow M.Head's ejaculation with Bone Machine - bring on the google hits)

Blimpy said...

Donds for Black Francis, and noms for Kurt Cobain (but whch exact scream? I'll have to ponder some more on that one)

Blimpy said...

I also like the scream in Razorblade Beat, and unreleased Manics demo from about 1988 - it's the one and only time James has been recorded properly screaming - it's frightening!!

Blimpy said...

"Scentless Apprentice" has top notch screaming throughout, as does "Spank Thru" from the live album Wiskah

ToffeeBoy said...

Cathal Coughlan is a screamer in the Black Francis mode. Check out Microdisney's 464 for some top vocal work.

CaroleBristol said...

Dave Grohl has done one or two decent screams too, Breakout has a good one;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCxS0XE56nM&feature=channel

Careful with that axe Eugene takes screaming to a different level though. I love the version on Ummagumma best.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46JqCLMbZq8

Mnemonic said...

Slint - Good Morning, Captain, where he screams "I Miss You" right at the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoH5MPIgM7c

FP said...

Super subject Japanther! Dedicating to Darce, Louis Bertignac's Gallic howl of despair in Ces idees-la. And Our Kate has screamed some memorable shrieks in her career. I particularly like 'Egypt' from the Never Forever album

Japanther said...

all nominations sound great, if I had the know-how i'd put together our own 'spill version....but unfortunately I don't, sorry!


personally I'd go for the the opening scream to "Saori 1" by Flower Travellin' Band (as featured in the debut 30 Minutes Over Tokyo)

or maybe the yells from Urusei Yatsura's "Kewpies Like Watermelon"

Chris said...

Carole: having seen the 'Classic Albums' programme about The Doors last night, I think you may have been thinking about The End. Despite Jim's lyrical abilities, at a point before the refrain kicks back in a scream seems to be the only meaningful thing to utter.

steenbeck said...

What's that Bjork song (shane?) where it's all very quiet, and then she screams. Always liked that one.

TatankaYotanka said...

Here's some cheery squeals from Diamanda Galas, my Scream Queen . If you like it more chilling go for Vena Cava.

TatankaYotanka said...

Or perhaps Saint Of The Pit .

ToffeeBoy said...

@ steenbeck - good one - I do like a bit of Björk screaming! It was called It's So Quiet but it's actually a cover version of a song by Betty Hutton which was originally called Blow A Fuse. The video (directed by Spike Jonze) is a classic, too.

saneshane said...

@steen

yep what toffeeboy said but add an oh!

'it's oh so quiet'
used to do a very early shift and that track startled me every time it came on my compilation cd...

love a bit of Björk screaming too.. video here ummmm orange dress- with b in it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5ndoBdm0yY

Betty blows a fuse here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ycBYy5GO2M

Blimpy said...

@chris - yeah, Jim Morrison's screaming was noticable on that programme, especially when they solo'd his vocal tracks. I did think of this thread at that point. I've always liked how he veers from lounge act to mentalist. A trick Mr Cobain would also pull, methinks.

Blimpy said...

"Untitled" by Black Dice too. It's all amazing screaming, for a mnute and a half.

ToffeeBoy said...

Oh...

DarceysDad said...

Ooh yeah, thanks to fp and gordon ... donds indeed to Child In Time and Ces Idees-La.

I love It's Oh So Quiet too, but wouldn't have put Bjork's squawk in the same league as the others.

bethnoir said...

No one has mentioned the inestimable Blixa Bargeld who, in my incredibly biased opinion (if he wasn't already married to Erin Zhu I would be camping on his doorstep right now), has the most alluring/scary/arresting/horrifying/shiver inducing scream in the history of the world.

My favourite, would be in Seele Brennt about 1 minute 40, but he uses it quite a lot, along with whispering, inhaling cigarettes and laughing *swoons*

Catcher said...

Hard to argue that Blixa doesn't have the best scream ever, but for your consideration:

Bjork in 'Hetero Scum', from The Sugarcubes' final album, towards the end of the song, always makes the hairs on the nape rise.

Brody Dalle, 36 seconds into this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYmUtpy4evU

That's a scream.

Catcher said...

And she knows it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IJ3k7CaqGA

bethnoir said...

I agree Catcher, that lady from the Distillers is a convincing candidate for best scream, hadn't heard her before. I've been having a wonderful time trying to find a youtube link of Blixa screaming, couldn't find the full effect, but this gives anyone who hasn't heard Einstürzende Neubauten before a taster

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=untGYARFnTs

Anonymous said...

Outside of the context of metal, I have a couple of favorites.

John Cale on "Mercenaries", particularly the conclusion of the studio version. ("YOU BETTER BE READY FOR WAAAAAR!")

Kristin Hersh hollering "WELCOME HOOOOOOOOOOOME!" on Throwing Muses' "Vicky's Box".

Vanessa from Pylon has some really choice ones, but offhand: "I'm gonna BUY A RECORD and listen to the sound of sorrow! [...] I WILL EAT MY BREAKFAST!"

Some of Nick Cave's hollering in The Birthday Party, like that "WAAAAAAAAH!" opening to "Mutiny in Heaven" or the breakdown in "King Ink".

Any of (Swans-era) Michael Gira and Gal Costa's growls and exultations.

I'll second Flora Purim and Cathal Coughlan. Coughlan's classic alone for the version of "Everybody is Dead" that Microdisney did on John Peel's show, where he shrieks, "I LOVE YOU!" over and over while feedback bleeds over what would otherwise be a song as innocuous as the theme for some morning news programs, but luckily you've also got a catalog of work in The Fatima Mansions to exhaust ("PENURY WILL SET US FREE!" "BURN, MOTHERFUCKER, BURN!" "...and our enemies claw FROM EVERY GODDAMN SIDE!" "You don't make me laugh, you don't make me horny, SO WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DOING HERE?" "WAL-MART! WAL-MART! WAL-MAAART!"). If there's one guy that can scream more tunefully than Kurt Cobain, it's him.

Anonymous said...

Outside of the context of metal, I have a couple of favorites.

John Cale on "Mercenaries", particularly the conclusion of the studio version. ("YOU BETTER BE READY FOR WAAAAAR!")

Kristin Hersh hollering "WELCOME HOOOOOOOOOOOME!" on Throwing Muses' "Vicky's Box".

Vanessa from Pylon has some really choice ones, but offhand: "I'm gonna BUY A RECORD and listen to the sound of sorrow! [...] I WILL EAT MY BREAKFAST!"

Some of Nick Cave's hollering in The Birthday Party, like that "WAAAAAAAAH!" opening to "Mutiny in Heaven" or the breakdown in "King Ink".

Any of (Swans-era) Michael Gira and Gal Costa's growls and exultations.

I'll second Flora Purim and Cathal Coughlan. Coughlan's classic alone for the version of "Everybody is Dead" that Microdisney did on John Peel's show, where he shrieks, "I LOVE YOU!" over and over while feedback bleeds over what would otherwise be a song as innocuous as the theme for some morning news programs, but luckily you've also got a catalog of work in The Fatima Mansions to exhaust ("PENURY WILL SET US FREE!" "BURN, MOTHERFUCKER, BURN!" "...and our enemies claw FROM EVERY GODDAMN SIDE!" "You don't make me laugh, you don't make me horny, SO WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DOING HERE?" "WAL-MART! WAL-MART! WAL-MAAART!"). If there's one guy that can scream more tunefully than Kurt Cobain, it's him.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and whoever mentioned Flower Travellin' Band was spot on.