Such diversity in singing styles has appeared in modern music,
ranging from merely babbling, often incoherently, over a catchy
beat like that crazy British guy who calls himself The Streets, to
delivering rich, big octaves like little dirty-lady Christina
Aguilera, to lip-syncing and assuming no one notices, like Britney
One particular style today usually doesn’t last long though, as
it takes a toll on the singer, forcing them to change their style
or loose their voice. This is the style of pure aggression once the
lips touch the mic.
“Your breath and the way you breathe generate sounds. If you’re
not breathing correctly, then you’re using muscles to generate
sound, which causes damage,” said Todd Queen, CSU director of opera
and assistant professor of voice.
Queen said that singing incorrectly makes nodes develop on vocal
chords, which if untreated, can turn into warts that are severely
damaging and can permanently end the career of a singer.
1. Chino, of the Deftones, used to bellow wicked-awesome hard
hits like “Seven Words,” until he damaged his vocal chords. He then
resorted to a new singing style, sounding like a mix between
Bjork’s understudy and a banshee, thus solidifying his claim of
being a Deftone. Thankfully, since then he has gone back to thrash
lyrics and damaging his throat. Phew!
2. Back in the LBC, Gwen Stefani would bawl with the likes of
Sublime’s Bradley Nowell, seeing red, until her vocal box went. She
recovered, and now sings in a lower voice than Sting, but
nevertheless, we ‘don’t fight that good sh*t’ she puts in our
3. Rod Stewart’s throat blistered up from singing too hard, way
back when he was popular … well, at least popular in the
haggis-loving community. Everyone prayed his condition would end
his career, but alas, it did not.
4. The most recent case to date belongs to the band, A Fire
Inside, better known as AFI. This long-time, underground punk band,
who with the release of their latest album “Sing the Sorrow,” grew
into a leading band in the popular punk scene, recently cancelled
the remainder of their Spring tour with Thursday and Coheed &
The reason for the cancellation of the last 10 U.S. tour dates,
one of which was in Denver at the Fillmore, is due to poor old lead
singer Davey Havok.
Apparently, he suffers from this classic case of singing too
hard. He recently found that his throat has been bleeding. His
doctor strongly advised him to take leave, get rest or suffer
severe, permanent damage.
Side note: Davey Havok often gets mistaken for another celebrity
when he appears in public. Who you ask? Well, when he pulls his
long hair back, rolls it into a bow, keeping it tied up with two
chop sticks, he becomes an almost exact double to Material Girl,
Madonna. This resemblance is so uncanny that when I saw him enter
the stage at the 2003 Vans’ Warped Tour in Denver, I almost struck
To continue, for those that have seen Havok perform live,
understand the need for AFI’s cancellation, as he screams louder
than a hyena in heat when on stage. And judging from the way Havok
ambiguously gazes at his guitar player while performing, gives the
idea that there might be more than one reason for his throat
problems, if you know what I mean. This is just a hunch though.
Regardless, let us hope for Havok’s speedy recovery and pray
that if he must form a new singing style, that he might find one in
which he might actually be able to hit that high-C and make it
sound more like a professional singer and less like someone is