History Music / ScottWalker

10th Jan '16 9:14:27 PM TrustBen
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* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Brando", from his collaboration with Music/SunnO, is about the punishment Creator/MarlonBrando took on-screen and how it could act as FetishFuel. The line "A beating would do me..." is repeated.
28th Dec '14 3:24:15 PM johnnyfog
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[-[[caption-width-right:250:The only man to ever out-weird [[Music/DavidBowie The Duke]].]]-]



He was born in Ohio and the family settled in California. He started out in TheFifties as a teenage pop singer, then became a session musician. In TheSixties he relocated to London and became the lead singer of The Walker Brothers, a three-man TeenIdol group with fellow singers John Maus and Gary Leeds ([[{{Pseudonym}} none of whom were really called Walker]].) They had a string of hit singles including "My Ship Is Coming In", "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" and "Stay With Me Baby", rivaling the Beatles in popularity with British youth. Scott still became dissatisfied with the band's sound, and he made a series of increasingly distinctive [[SelfTitledAlbum self-titled albums]], ''Scott'', ''Scott 2'', ''Scott 3'' and, yes, ''Scott 4''. He also developed a love for the music of Music/JacquesBrel, and made several memorable cover versions of his work. ''Scott'' 1 through 3 each reached the British top 5, but his increasing experimentation led to the commercial failure of ''Scott 4''.

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He was born in Ohio and the family settled in California. He started out in TheFifties as a teenage pop singer, then became a session musician. In TheSixties he relocated to London and became the lead singer of The Walker Brothers, a three-man TeenIdol group with fellow singers John Maus and Gary Leeds ([[{{Pseudonym}} none of whom were really called Walker]].) They had a string of hit singles including "My Ship Is Coming In", "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" and "Stay With Me Baby", rivaling the Beatles in popularity with British youth. Scott still became dissatisfied with the band's sound, and he made a series of increasingly distinctive [[SelfTitledAlbum self-titled albums]], increasingly-strange albums ([[SelfTitledAlbum creatively-titled]] ''Scott'', ''Scott 2'', ''Scott 3'' and, yes, ''Scott 4''.4''). He also developed a love for the music of Music/JacquesBrel, and made several memorable cover versions of his work. ''Scott'' 1 through 3 each reached the British top 5, but his increasing growing experimentation led to the commercial failure of ''Scott 4''.
3rd Dec '14 5:55:42 PM johnnyfog
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''She'll make you happy, she'll take you deep within."''\\

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''She'll make you happy, she'll take you deep within."''\\"''



''sky"''\\

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''sky"''\\''sky"''
3rd Dec '14 5:54:28 PM johnnyfog
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[-[[caption-width-right:250:The only man to ever out-weird [[Music/DavidBowie The Duke]].]]-]



--'''Scott Walker''', "Boy Child", 1969

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--'''Scott Walker''', "Boy -->--"Boy Child", 1969



--'''Scott Walker''', "Jesse", 2006


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--'''Scott Walker''', -->-- "Jesse", 2006




The Walker Brothers briefly reunited in the mid-[[TheSeventies Seventies]] and even had a hit single with "No Regrets", but they broke up again soon after. Shortly before their breakup in 1978, the band's label went under and permitted the band to record one last album with no limits. This prompted Scott to return to songwriting and record his darkest and most experimental music up to that point. These composed the first four acclaimed tracks to the Walker Brothers album ''Nite Flights'', which went on to influence everyone from Music/DavidBowie to Ultravox[[note]]"Vienna" can be directly linked to ''Nite Flights''' "The Electrician"[[/note]].

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The Walker Brothers briefly reunited in the mid-[[TheSeventies Seventies]] and even had a hit single with "No Regrets", but they broke up again soon after. Shortly before their breakup in 1978, the band's label went under and permitted the band to record one last album with no limits. This prompted Scott to return to songwriting and record his darkest and most experimental music up to that point. These composed the first four acclaimed tracks to the Walker Brothers album ''Nite Flights'', which went on to influence everyone from Music/DavidBowie to Ultravox[[note]]"Vienna" can be directly linked to ''Nite Flights''' "The Electrician"[[/note]].
Electrician"[[/note]]. Bowie named Scott Walker as one of his main influences and biggest idol, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF1Y7BzWbUs nearly went to pieces]] when Walker recorded a personal greeting for his 50th birthday.
16th Nov '14 9:10:27 PM ThornBrain
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* DoingItForTheArt: Having had some serious Wilderness Years by anyone's standards, he seems to be determined to keep moving on and not become a JadedWashOut. When he finished ''Tilt'', Fontana's A&R man came to the studio to listen to it. It was blasting out of massive speakers in the control room and after a couple of songs the A&R man asked if he could listen to it on smaller speakers. Walker said "Actually, do you mind if we don't? Now that it's finished I'm never gonna listen to it again, so I kind of want to remember it like this."

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* DoingItForTheArt: Having had some serious Wilderness Years by anyone's standards, he seems to be determined to keep moving on DroneOfDread: Used frequently starting with ''Scott 3'' and not become a JadedWashOut. When he finished ''Tilt'', Fontana's A&R man came usually dissonant. Taken to the studio to listen to it. It was blasting out of massive speakers its logical conclusion in the control room and after a couple of songs the A&R man asked if he could listen to it on smaller speakers. Walker said "Actually, do you mind if we don't? Now that it's finished I'm never gonna listen to it again, so I kind of want to remember it like this."his 2014 Drone Metal collaboration with Music/SunnO, ''Soused''.
16th Nov '14 8:57:41 PM ThornBrain
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* ''Portrait'' (1966) - [[NoExportForYou Not released in America]]

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* ''Portrait'' (1966) - [[NoExportForYou Not released in America]]America



* BigNameFan: He has many, including Music/BrianEno, [[Music/{{Blur}} Damon Albarn]], Music/DavidBowie, [[Music/ThePolice Sting]], Music/{{Radiohead}}, Creator/WesAnderson...



* CoverVersion: The majority of his 60s recordings were covers of Pop standards, including the Walker Brothers' best known songs: "Make it Easy on Yourself", "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore". Most significantly, his first three albums had several Music/JacquesBrel songs on them: "Mathilde", "Jackie", "Amsterdam", "Next", "If You Go Away"...
** His 1972 album ''The Moviegoer'' consists entirely of other people's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin film theme songs]]. Every album from that through ''We Had it All'' was made of covers, in fact.
* CreatorBreakdown: Happened after the commercial failure of ''Scott 4'', which was partially brought about by his increasing experimentation. He responded with the largely accessible '''Til the Band Comes In'', which didn't do well either, leading him to resort to GenreMotif/EasyListening covers for several years. He wouldn't write original material again until 1978. He is engagingly honest about the fact that nobody ''forced'' him to record albums full of cover versions: he considers that he just had [[UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}} 'bad faith']], for which he blames nobody but himself.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The arc of his entire career since the late 1970s. Each ''Scott'' album was also darker than the one before.
* DeathSong: He likes writing these. "Farmer in the City" seems to be one for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasolini Pier Paolo Pasolini]], while "Clara" is sung by the dead BenitoMussolini to his mistress Clara Petacci while their bodies are hanging upside-down from a gas station.

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* CoverVersion: CoverVersion:
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The majority of his 60s recordings were covers of Pop standards, including the Walker Brothers' best known songs: "Make it Easy on Yourself", "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore". Most significantly, his first three albums had several Music/JacquesBrel songs on them: them, including "Mathilde", "Jackie", "Amsterdam", "Next", "If You Go Away"...
** His 1972 Every album from ''The Moviegoer'' consists entirely of other people's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin film theme songs]]. Every album from that through ''We Had it All'' was made of covers, in fact.
* CreatorBreakdown: Happened after
the commercial failure former being of ''Scott 4'', which was partially brought about by his increasing experimentation. He responded with the largely accessible '''Til the Band Comes In'', which didn't do well either, leading him to resort to GenreMotif/EasyListening covers for several years. He wouldn't write original material again until 1978. He is engagingly honest about the fact that nobody ''forced'' him to record albums full of cover versions: he considers that he just had [[UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}} 'bad faith']], for which he blames nobody but himself.
[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin film theme songs]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: The arc of his entire career since the late 1970s. Each ''Scott'' album was also darker than the one before.
before, and then this trope hit full throttle over his entire career since the late 1970s.
* DeathSong: He likes writing these. "Farmer in the City" seems to be one for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasolini Pier Paolo Pasolini]], while "Clara" is sung by the dead BenitoMussolini UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini to his mistress Clara Petacci while their bodies are hanging upside-down from a gas station.



* EpicRocking: His songs stretched to as far as 9 minutes on ''Tilt'' and 12 on ''The Drift'', culminating in the 21-and-1/2 minute "[=SDSS14+13B=] (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)" on ''Bish Bosch''.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: His modern albums have rather...interesting choices for instruments - machetes, ball bearings, garbage cans on top of crates, and - famously - a side of pork for his percussionist to punch to get the right sound for a corpse being beaten with a stick.
* GenreShift: From mainstream BaroquePop and {{Chanson}} in the 60s, through [[CountryMusic country-rock]] in the 70s and dissonant NewWaveMusic electropop balladry in the 80s, to unclassifiable [[{{Chanson}} Chanson From Hell]] ever since the mid-90s.

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* EpicRocking: His songs stretched stretch to as far as 9 minutes on ''Tilt'' and 12 on ''The Drift'', culminating in the 21-and-1/2 minute "[=SDSS14+13B=] (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)" on ''Bish Bosch''.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: His modern albums have rather...interesting choices for instruments - machetes, ball bearings, garbage cans on top of crates, and - famously - a side of pork for his percussionist to punch to get the right sound for a corpse being beaten with a stick.
* GenreShift: From mainstream BaroquePop and {{Chanson}} in the 60s, through [[CountryMusic country-rock]] in the 70s and dissonant NewWaveMusic [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] electropop balladry in the 80s, to unclassifiable [[{{Chanson}} Chanson From Hell]] ever since the mid-90s.



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Most, if not all, of his albums from the "Wilderness Years" are out of print and very rare.
** ''And Who Shall Go to the Ball?'' was physically released on only 2500 copies. It's still available on iTunes though.



** ''Bish Bosch'', though not as dramatically. It's more sparse and less aurally overbearing than ''The Drift'', and it has an overall more playful feel to it (as playful as nightmare music can get). Also "Corps De Blah" has a farting section.

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** ''Bish Bosch'', though not as dramatically. It's more sparse and less aurally overbearing than ''The Drift'', and it has an overall more playful feel to it (as playful in comparison, such as nightmare music can get). Also with the farting section in "Corps De Blah" has a farting section.and the vaudevillian insult jokes in "Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter".



* LyricalDissonance: "30 Century Man" is a cheery little ditty about being cryogenically frozen because you can't handle the complexities of modern life.
** It goes the other way too; often, the music's intensity gives new weight to lines like "I brought nylons from New York."
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''Scott'' 1, 2, 4, and '''Til the Band Comes In'' are simply pictures of the man himself. ''Bish Bosch'' is just the album title smeared in white paint against a black background.
* NewSoundAlbum: His first four solo albums were darker, more ambiguous and less romantic than the stuff he did with the Walker Brothers, but he then got diverted into making what amounted to MOR albums before stealthily edging his way back into darker and more ambitious territory in the 80s and 90s. By the time of 2006's ''The Drift'' he was making some of the most terrifying music ever recorded.
* PromotedFanboy: Music/JarvisCocker. Scott produced Music/{{Pulp}}'s final album, ''We Love Life'', and Jarvis sang some of Scott's songs for the live show "Drifting and Tilting: The Songs of Scott Walker". The two are now good friends.

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* LyricalDissonance: LyricalDissonance:
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"30 Century Man" is a cheery little ditty about being cryogenically frozen because you can't handle the complexities of modern life.
** It Often goes the other way too; often, way: the music's intensity gives new weight to lines like "I brought nylons from New York."
* MinimalisticCoverArt: MinimalisticCoverArt:
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''Scott'' 1, 2, 4, and '''Til the Band Comes In'' are simply pictures of the man himself. himself.
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''Bish Bosch'' is just the album title smeared in white paint against a black background.
* NewSoundAlbum: His first four solo albums were darker, more ambiguous ambitious and less romantic than the stuff he did with the Walker Brothers, but he then got diverted into making what amounted to MOR albums before stealthily edging his way back into darker and more ambitious territory in the 80s and 90s. By the time of 2006's ''The Drift'' he was making some of the most terrifying music ever recorded.
* PromotedFanboy: Music/JarvisCocker. Scott produced Music/{{Pulp}}'s final album, ''We Love Life'', and Jarvis sang some of Scott's songs for the live show "Drifting and Tilting: The Songs of Scott Walker". The two are now good friends.
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* VocalEvolution: Surprisingly averted despite his long career: he hasn't toured in years, and the resulting lack of strain on his voice means that he can still do whatever he wants with it. ''Bish Bosch'' shows in a couple tracks that, despite sticking to a medium-low register for the last few decades, he can still hit some higher notes quite easily.

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* VocalEvolution: Surprisingly averted Averted despite his long career: he hasn't toured in years, and the resulting lack of strain on his voice means that he can still do whatever he wants with it. ''Bish Bosch'' shows in a couple tracks that, despite sticking to a medium-low register for the last few decades, he can still hit some higher notes quite easily.
15th Nov '14 6:25:00 PM CassandraLeo
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* ''Soused'' (2014, collaboration with Music/SunnO)

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* ''Soused'' (2014, collaboration with Music/SunnO)
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15th Nov '14 6:24:33 PM CassandraLeo
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* ''Soused'' (2014, collaboration with Music/SunnO)


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* LoudnessWar: With the exception of ''Soused'' (which comes in at a borderline [=DR7=]), he has consistently averted this trope throughout his career.
3rd Sep '14 5:50:15 AM Patachou
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* CoverVersion: The majority of his 60s recordings were covers of Pop standards, including the Walker Brothers' best known songs: "Make it Easy on Yourself", "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore". Most significantly, his first three albums had several JacquesBrel songs on them: "Mathilde", "Jackie", "Amsterdam", "Next", "If You Go Away"...

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* CoverVersion: The majority of his 60s recordings were covers of Pop standards, including the Walker Brothers' best known songs: "Make it Easy on Yourself", "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore". Most significantly, his first three albums had several JacquesBrel Music/JacquesBrel songs on them: "Mathilde", "Jackie", "Amsterdam", "Next", "If You Go Away"...
3rd Sep '14 5:16:23 AM Patachou
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He was born in Ohio and the family settled in California. He started out in TheFifties as a teenage pop singer, then became a session musician. In TheSixties he relocated to London and became the lead singer of The Walker Brothers, a three-man TeenIdol group with fellow singers John Maus and Gary Leeds ([[{{Pseudonym}} none of whom were really called Walker]].) They had a string of hit singles including "My Ship Is Coming In", "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" and "Stay With Me Baby", rivaling the Beatles in popularity with British youth. Scott still became dissatisfied with the band's sound, and he made a series of increasingly distinctive [[SelfTitledAlbum self-titled albums]], ''Scott'', ''Scott 2'', ''Scott 3'' and, yes, ''Scott 4''. He also developed a love for the music of JacquesBrel, and made several memorable cover versions of his work. ''Scott'' 1 through 3 each reached the British top 5, but his increasing experimentation led to the commercial failure of ''Scott 4''.

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He was born in Ohio and the family settled in California. He started out in TheFifties as a teenage pop singer, then became a session musician. In TheSixties he relocated to London and became the lead singer of The Walker Brothers, a three-man TeenIdol group with fellow singers John Maus and Gary Leeds ([[{{Pseudonym}} none of whom were really called Walker]].) They had a string of hit singles including "My Ship Is Coming In", "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" and "Stay With Me Baby", rivaling the Beatles in popularity with British youth. Scott still became dissatisfied with the band's sound, and he made a series of increasingly distinctive [[SelfTitledAlbum self-titled albums]], ''Scott'', ''Scott 2'', ''Scott 3'' and, yes, ''Scott 4''. He also developed a love for the music of JacquesBrel, Music/JacquesBrel, and made several memorable cover versions of his work. ''Scott'' 1 through 3 each reached the British top 5, but his increasing experimentation led to the commercial failure of ''Scott 4''.
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