10 Amazing Rock Songs Not Sung By The Lead Singer
Passing the Mic.
When you break down the roles of every member of a band, the singer has a lot more on their shoulders than people realize. As much as belting out tunes might be fun night after night, you also have to be the star strutting across the stage and be the mouthpiece of the band during interviews, all while making sure your voice doesn't burn out along the way. It's not an easy gig, but that didn't stop the rest of the band from throwing their hats into the ring.
Throughout rock history, bands have tried to shake things up with their sound every now and again by bringing in a different member to sing lead vocals on a track. Though you're really tempting fate by not giving the audience the voice they know and love, these still hold up as great songs in the artists' catalog, giving you a glimpse at what a different version of the band could be like if the singer decided to take up a different instrument.
While they might not have the greatest voice in the world, the strength to these songs is the amount of character they have, which makes you hear the person behind the mic. These might not be the belters that you're used to, but it's never a bad thing to let your favorite artists have some fun every once in a while.
10. Mankind - Pearl Jam
Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament must be counting their blessings every day for hitting the musical lottery twice. After having an electric frontman like Andy Wood succumb to a drug overdose, getting a second wind with Eddie Vedder turned them into Pearl Jam and brought the focus of the rock scene to Seattle at the start of the '90s. Once we reach the mid '90s though, that chemistry between the band was a lot more fractured than you remember.
Alongside their long standing feud with Ticketmaster, No Code finds the band in a weird place, as everyone tries to go in more artsy directions that were a bit harder to take in than the mainstream rock bangers like Better Man. That means songs that go on long stretches, some different tribal beats laced throughout the mix, and Stone deciding that he didn't even need Eddie on the song Mankind.
Appearing right near the end of the record, Stone takes the reins and sings this tune himself, which seems more reminiscent of something he would have written with Brad. As much as it might seem weird hearing a song like this turn up on a Pearl Jam record, this is actually a nice way of breaking up the usual flow and letting the band just see what happens when they try something new. Out of all the ugliness that surrounded this record, this is one of the few times where you can actually hear them having fun in the studio while they make it.