Meat Loaf's performance style suits a different form of meat than his stage name, that's all I'm sayin'.
"LIFE IS A LEMON AND I WANT MY MONEY BAAAAAACK!"
Jim Steinman's monologue "Wasted Youth" in Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell has enough ham to feed a family of four. For a week. "So...I...took...my...guitar...and I SMASHED IT AGAINST THE WALL! I SMASHED IT AGAINST THE FLOOR! I SMASHED IT AGAINST THE BODY OF A VARSITY CHEERLEADER!"
Jim Steinman is the King Midas of ham. Just listen to his work with Bonnie Tyler, Air Supply ("Making Love Out of Nothing at All"), and Celine Dion ("It's All Coming Back to Me Now").
And Taylor Dayne (with "Original Sin (Theme From The Shadow)").
Alice Cooper. 'LOVE ME! YES WE LOVE HIM! LOVE ME! YES WE LOVE HIM!.
Peter Hammill of Van Der Graaf Generator. Due to his serving as a jesuit choirboy for much of his youth his regular singing voice is already huge, deep and bombastic, and he has a tendancy to unexpectedly break into piercing shrieks and growls for added dramatic effect. Incredibly overblown, but mightily entertaining at the same time.
So you live in the... bottom of the sea... and you kill... all that come NEEEEAAAAAARRRRRR YOOOUUUUUUUUU-HOOOOO-HOOOO-HOOOO-HOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOOOO!!!!!
"Famous Last Words" slides right into horror territory—especially if you've seen the leaked version of the video.
America has Gerard Way and My Chemical Romance; Norway has Kaizers Orchestra and Janove Ottesen. The whole band embraces campy-ness. Helge Risa plays a pump organ with a picture of Martin Luther and a lamp on it. While wearing a gas mask. And they use oil barrels and crowbars as percussion instruments. And they sometimes dance on top of said oil barrels.
Matthew Bellamy of Muse. His lyrics are made of falsetto and awe-inspiring quantities of ham. ESPECIALLY in the album Origin Of Symmetry.
Why split these states when there CAN BE ONLY OOONE?!!!
EURASIA! SIA! SIA! SIA!
"Give meeeeeeeeee-yerrrrrr! All of the peace! And joy in your mind! I want the peace! And joy in your miiiind. Give me the peace! And joy in your mind! Oooooooooooooooooh!" - from Bliss. We get it, Matt.
For Matt's ultimate escapade in hamminess, listen to this, specifically 2:36.
Jim Morrison: Father? Yes, son? I want to kill you. Mother? I want to...FUCK YOU!
Robert Plant. Legend has it that at one of their first shows, the amps cut out, and the people in the back of the auditorium could still hear him.
KISS — they even dressed up and put on make-up, to amplify the hamminess.
"Some people are hams...I'm the whole pig" - Paul Stanley
"FEEL MY HEAT, TAKING YOU HIGHER" "SHOUT IT! SHOUT IT! SHOUT IT OUT LOUUUUD!" "I WANNA ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIIIIGHT"
Steve Albini of Big Black, Rapeman and Shellac. A particularly wild and sociopathic example. His Shellac sidekick Bob Weston throws large pieces of ham at the audience as well, and drummer Todd Trainer plays the All Drummers Are Animals trope as straight one possibly can do.
The title track of 2013's The Next Day, his first studio album in almost 10 years, proves he hasn't lost the ability to ham it up vocally ("And the next day, and the next, and another day!"). The music video, which is NSFW, adds more ham with an appearance by Gary Oldman as a not-so-pious priest who gets freaked out by Bowie and company's antics.
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd sometimes qualifies for this, especially on "The Gunner's Dream:" NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, GOING 'ROUND AND 'ROUND MY BRAIN...HIS DREAM IS DRIVING ME INSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANE...in the corner of some foreign field, a gunner sleeps tonight...
Despite singing about sexual addiction, rape, murder, love gone wrong, and a host of other messed up horror movie-inspired situations, Ludo as a whole is about as Hammy as Hams can get. Hell, Andrew Volpe alone qualifies the entire band.
For some Imagine Dragons songs, Dan Reynolds really knows how to hit the high notes, and only as one volume: LOUD.
"WHOAOAOAOAWHOAAA WHOAOAOAOWHOAAA I'M RADIOACTIVE! RADIOACTIVE!" "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHH DIG MY SHALLOW GRAVE! It's not meeee you'll save, 'Cause I'm a lost cause. I'M A LOST CAUSE! A LOOOOOOOOST CAAAUUUUSE!" "A MONNSTER A MMONNTSER AND IT KEEPS GETTING STRONNGEERRR"
His appearance on the single version of Wheatus' Wannabe Gangstar is definitely this trope. His sole contribution is "YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH-OWWWWWWWWW"
X Japan. The entire band except for rhythm guitarist Pata. Specifically, lead singer Toshi and drummer/pianist/bandleader Yoshiki, though in this band's case, the ham, especially when engaged in by late former lead guitarist hide just added to the awesome. It's just not the same without him.
The lyrics of any given DragonForce song can quite easily be hammed to oblivion.
Rhapsody (of Fire!) is this trope combined with the most in-your-face epic and fast symphonic power metal this side of Dragonforce teaming up with the London Philharmonic.
Any band that gets Christopher Lee to narrate one of their albums is worth several times their weight in ham.
And if you are Christopher Lee and somebody else is narrating your album, it's still one of the hammiest albums ever recorded, with plenty of Ear Worm ("shed the blood of the Saxon men...") and Awesome Music.
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine is both this in his music and in real life. He is very fond of doing the hammy supervillain voice in his songs, examples include Dawn Patrol, the spoken section in Breakpoint, Captive Honor and Prince Of Darkness, just to name a few. In other cases he will often completely over-sing things, Wake Up Dead features him stretching his voice to breaking point. Good Mourning...Black Friday is probably the hammiest song he has ever done.
David Draiman of Disturbed is known for his ability to move crowds with his hamminess. This can include dramatic speeches about empowerment, Giant Cow-milking and drawn-out screams. Observe.
"My brothers, my sisters, my blood... SPEAK TO M-E-E-E-E!!".
Rob Halford of Judas Priest. Not just for his bizarre leather outfits, but the fact that he used to arrive at Judas Priest concerts driving a motorcycle on stage. Seriously.
Still does for encores, in fact. At least up until their apparent last world tour in 2011.
Venom's Cronos, at least when it comes to stage banter. Enough so that a bootleg consisting entirely of his banter during one somewhat unlikely set opening forBlack Flag became something of a cult phenomenon for it's quotability and sheer over the top narm ("You know what this is? This comes from where Venom come from, it's called Newcastle Brown Ale! IT KNOCKS YOU ON YOUR FUCKIN' BACK, LET ME TELL YOU!!!").
Tom Araya, most notably in the stages of the earlier albums.
King Diamond: GRANDMA WHAT WAS IT LIIIIIIKE?!? TO BE ON THE HOLIDAY SIIIIIITE?!?
Surely Rammstein, with their firestarting, firework-setting and gimp-humping performances, qualify for this trope?
Their lead singer alone is one of the hammiest hams to ever ham (on-stage, anyway). He's a big, scary German guy whose signature move is crouching down and pounding on his thighs with his fists, a move that has been dubbed the 'Till-Hammer'.
Hansi Kürsch. The majority of his lyrics might just as well be written in all caps, and it seems that the older he gets, the hammier and livelier his stage persona becomes.
WHEEEEEEEELLLLLL OOOOOOOF TIIIIIIIIIME!!!
SAVE US ALL, FIIIIIIND THE WAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!
Dream Theater 's James LaBrie, mostly on the Count of Tuscany track. He's singing about an experience John Petrucci had as a kid, and he's screaming it like it's the scariest fucking thing in the world:
COME AND HAVE A TASTE!!!
A RARE VINTAGE!!!
ALL THE FINEST WINES!!!
IMPROVE WITH AGE!!!
LET ME INTRODUCE!!!
A BEARDED GENTLEMAN!!!
Serj Tankian of System of a Down. Watch his liveshows. He dances, throws out random vocalizations, and just generally messes around. Much of the tomfoolery stems from a desire to make the taciturn drummer, John, laugh onstage and get off rhythm.
Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon, even with the more seriousness of their later work, cannot stop being ham.
Which explains her choice of having her old friends from New York, Semi Precious Weapons as the opening act on her tour. Lead singer Justin Trantor is one of few people that can give her a run for her money in the Crazy Awesome department.
Elton John has had his moments, especially (and most appropriately as befitting the character in the song) in the promo clip for the 1978 single "Ego".
Niccolo Paganini, the legendary Italian violinist, was a rock star for his age, and reportedly made of ham. He also went pretty far in making a rather interesting stage persona (deal with the devil, deadly pale and so on...). Some of the people that copied his shtick, like Norwegian superstar Ole Bull also counts.
Franz Liszt, a brilliant, unbeatable and rather hammy piano man. (Play us a tune, you`re the piano ham...).
The nineteenth century saw the rise of the solo performers, many of whom excellated in hamminess.
Any director of a symphony orchestra has to be hammy. The price for directing hamminess goes, on good authority to Herbert von Karajan! Nobody did it better than him.
Opera singers. Luciano Pavarotti, anyone?
Jelly Roll Morton was one of the greatest hams in early jazz, even bragging that he invented the whole musical style.
And, of course: Duke Ellington (the name says it all).
"I do not neeeeeed \ A Microphone \ My voice is FUCKING POWERFUUUUULLLLL!"
"What powers ya ask? \ I dunno, how about the power of flight? \ That do anything for ya? \ That's levitation, Holmes. \ How 'bout the power to kill a yak, from 200 yards away, with MIND BULLETS?! \ That's telekinesis, Kyle! \ How 'bout the power... to move you?
He asked us, *snort* "Be you angels?" And we said "Nay! We are but MEN!ROCK! OOOOON!!!
Sir Russell AllenNot to mention his air-guitaring and sword fights with inflatable swords on-stage during guitar solos when with Symphony X.
Or Star One, Russell Allen, Damien Wilson and a few other Ayreon singers Ham it up large over such subjects as Star Trek VI, Blake's 7 and Dune. There's something surreal about two singers recreating a Blake/Avon conversation in song and making it more OOT than the original.
Miyuki Nakajima, at times when performing songs in her Yakai concerts.
Terry Jones in the Royal Albert Hall performance of Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy), after the chorus sings "Yes, we are all individuals" strolls in bombastically (to a fanfare), opens his script dramatically and recites his one line, "I'm not!" then proceeds to laud himself while dramatically exiting the stage. It's hamtastic.
In fact, the two female singers in that oratorio exaggerate as much as possible, making already nonsensical songs utterly hilarious.
Carl Smyth's opening line at the beginning of One Step Beyond by Madness: "HEY YOU! DON'T WATCH THAT! WATCH THIS! THIS IS THE HEAVY HEAVY MONSTER SOUND! ONE... STEP... BEYOND!" And the rest of the otherwise totally instrumental piece is interspersed with him yelling, "ONE STEP BEYOND!"
The titular character of the Devin Townsend album Ziltoid the Omniscient definitely counts as one, delivering almost all his lines in an overly grandiose manner. Such gems include "You have not convinced mighty Ziltoid!! I am so omniscient, if there was to be two omnisciences, I would be both!Prepaaare yourseeelves for the subjugation!!" and "Fetid!! How dare they present this to me?! Foul! They hide their finest bean! Prepare the attack!!"
"They must have jumped into Hyperdrive! FOOEY! ...Indeed-dah! FOOEY!"
Pain Of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlow does this quite a lot, but when he plays the character of Mr. Money in the BE live stage show, he takes it into overdrive.
Voltaire. Listen to When You're Evil and Snakes for reference and prepare to be blown away...
And this is completely without mentioning potentially his hammiest song ever: Riding a Black Unicorn. The chorus could have been written by Rhapsody of Fire for how much glorious OTT it has packed into it.
In Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, Phil Lynott eats pretty much anything which isn't nailed down as Parson Nathaniel ("A SIGN! I have been given a SIGN!") and is easily the biggest ham in the entire production. Which is quite impressive when you consider that one of the other cast members he's up against is Richard Burton. Richard Burton, people.
"The Overtly Melancholic Lord Strange", singer of The Lamp of Thoth, is one of the largest hams around.
WAY DOWN INSIDE! WOMAN! YOU NEED! LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!
Ever since at leastThe Sixties and The Seventies, some Spanish singers managed to ham it up even more (Come ON, they have the famous Serrano hams, why would they be less?). Raphael is one of the biggest examples, but Camilo Sesto was no slouch either. (Guess that becoming famous by playing Jesus in the Spanish version of Jesus Christ Super Star was a good start. Too bad his health problems have made him less hammy than he used to be.)
Rockers don't do it that bad either. Enrique Burnbury from Heroes del Silencio was (and it looks like he still is) an epic rock ham in Entre dos tierras - though let's be fair, with a voice likethat, it couldn't be less.
Bryan. Ferry. Can be understated even with that vibrato, but when he wants to be, like in If There Is Something, where he gets rather... enthusiastic and shouty about GROWING POTATOES, he is very hammy indeed.
Tango singers are extremely hammy, as it befits a genre with songs about very passionate love affairs and extremely firey declarations about past, love, and Argentina.RobertoGoyeneche is a great example, though the legendary CarlosGardel was no slouch on that either.
If you thought that the only good edible things coming from Belgium were chocolates, beer and waffles, think again. The absolutely magnificent and bombastic ham provided by Jacques Brel is so thick that it'll give you lots of chills. After his death.
Many Italian singers from The Seventies and The Eighties were larger than life and as hammy as they could. RiccardoCocciante, HumbertoTozzi (with epic dancing in the first one) and FrancoSimone provide us with thick, delicious, tasty Italian pork that apparently still lasts to this day. (Simone has taken it down some notches, but AFAIK Cocciante and Tozzi are still hammy now).
Peter Schickele's narration for "Bach Portrait" does this as a parody of what Aaron Copland instructed narrators of his "Lincoln Portrait" not to do.
Scott Walker once compared himself to Orson Welles, in the Bogdanovichian sense that he's become popular music's most acclaimed former musician, unable to bring his visions to life... so he already counts as a Large Ham. But when you hear that impossibly deep and booming voice set to his very, very symphonic arrangements and compositions, he reaches a truly breathtaking level of Ham.
Captain Maggots of Emilie Autumn's Bloody Crumpets is incredibly, intentionally hammy. And the fans love her for it. Emilie also gets in on the fun sometimes, like in the "Girls! Girls! Girls!" live performance.