Earlier this week, Guided by Voices performed on Late Night with David Letterman, and bassist Greg Demos fell down. This really has nothing to do with anything, but it’s still funny to watch. Anyways, yes, GbV: their new album, Let’s Go Eat the Factory, though not as good as Bee Thousand or Alien Lanes, is still a fine record, with many of the best contributions coming from the band’s George Harrison to Bob Pollard’s Paul Lennon/John McCartney, guitarist Tobin Sprout. That got me thinking, what are some other great songs not sung by a band’s primary vocalist?
Some self-enforced rules that I sort of followed: they have to sing five or fewer songs in the group’s discography (which actually eliminates Tobin—we still love “Atom Eyes—as well as Dave Davies, George Harrison, Claudia Gonson, and John Entwistle); and they have to be a primary member of the group (meaning no “Have a Cigar” by Pink Floyd because it’s sung by one-time-only guest Roy Harper).
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