I was raised listening to two bands: the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Now that I’m older, I can fully appreciate Mick Jagger’s swagger and his singing, but as a child, I much preferred McCartney and Lennon. Why? Easy. Because they were shouters.
Since then, I’ve gravitated toward the shouting musicians. Punk is fun, and there’s lots of yelling to be found, but I prefer melodic, pop-y shouters.
A Short List of Good Shouters
Frank Black (The Pixies)
David Yow (Jesus Lizard)
Paul Westerberg (The Replacements)
The Violent Femmes
Jack White (The White Stripes, etc.)
If you can’t get enough yelling and screaming in your music, check out these punk histories:
A Cultural Dictionary of Punk by Nicholas Rombes
London’s Burning: True Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk, 1976-1977 by Dave Thompson
Pretty Vacant: A History of UK Punk by Phil Strongman
Next up, the talkers… I’m looking at you, Lou Reed.