The Audacity of Rock: Part 16

Singing with the accent.

Shocker: I love British accents. It just makes anything sound funnier and/or more delightful and/or more condescending. Did I mention hot? Anyway, what's even more awesome than someone speaking with a British accent is someone singing with one.

"Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits (1965)

Apparently the band didn't really like this song/Peter Noone was forced to emphasize his accent/it was a pretty common song in Britain/this was aimed for a specifically American audience and never released as a single in Britain (via/via). However, this does not decrease my love of this song. It's been a favorite since I was kid who regularly listened to the oldies station. Anyway, I find it completely charming, and seriously, look at Pete's smile right before the 2 minute mark.

"Sway" by The Kooks (2008)

At least half the reason I love this band is because of their accents. The way they regularly replace a /t/ with a /ʔ/* is so urban and lovely.

Questions to ponder:
1. Why do people lose their accents when they sing?
2. Is an American accent really the best one to sing in?
3. Which accents are the hottest?

*That's a glottal stop, for those of you not nerdy enough to have IPA symbols memorized.


  1. Good one. Not only is there some sweet speaking, but that chorus is accent heavy as well.