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Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel; January 9, 1943) is an American-born , composer and record producer. He is noted for his distinctive baritone voice and for the unorthodox career path which has taken him from 1960s pop icon to 21st century avant-garde musician.

Originally coming to fame in the mid-1960s singing orchestral pop ballads as the frontman of The Walker Brothers, Walker went on to a solo career balancing a light entertainment/MOR ballad approach with increasing artistic innovations in arrangement and writing perspective. Despite a series of acclaimed albums, a disastrous drop in sales forced him back into straight Middle of the road recordings with little of his own artistic input. This in turn eventually led to a Walker Brothers reunion in the mid-1970s (although the latter eventually moved, by mutual consent, into more avant-garde areas).

Since the mid-1980s Walker has revived his solo career while drastically reinventing his artistic and compositional methods, via a series of acclaimed and vividly avant-garde albums. These combine his iconic singing voice with an unsettling avant-garde approach owing more to modernist and post-modernist classical composition than it does to his pop singer past. The change in approach has been compared to “Andy Williams reinventing himself as Stockhausen”.

Walker has been a continuing influence on other artists, in particular The Last Shadow Puppets, Marc Almond, Goldfrapp, Douglas Pearce of the band Death in June, Billy MacKenzie of The Associates, David Sylvian, Julian Cope


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  • Scantily

    Somebody here might like this. ;)

    16 Jul 5:19am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Nearly everything Scott Walker has recorded is worthwhile and brimming with creativity (with the possible exception of the tossed-off stuff from the early 70s which, even then, is not without its pleasures) but for me his best work can be found on albums 1-4. They aren't as innovative/avantgarde as recordings like The Drift and Tilt but they are beautiful albums with songs ranging from giddy, goofy and joyful to pathetic, frightening and soul-crushingly depressing, and Scott's vocals throughout those four albums are among the best of twentieth century popular music. I have all the respect in the world for Scott Walker as an artist and for his most recent works but those first four albums are the ones I reach for most often when I want to listen to him.

    14 Jul 1:18am Reply
  • helvettt

    The Sunn O))) ain't gonna shine anymore. [4]

    24 Jun 3:27am Reply
  • heyjax9

    "And this is the next item up in the auction, lets start the bidding at 21! Do I hear 21, 21 ,21?" "I'll give you 21, 21, 21" "Sold! For 21!"

    16 Jun 9:09pm Reply
  • tomlinson666

    I'LL GIVE YOU 21 21 21

    2 May 11:27am Reply
  • KevinVillage

    bish bosch is so sick

    15 Apr 6:45pm Reply
  • arnoldjes

    60 Rules! Great Scott!

    31 Mar 3:08pm Reply
  • IreneMcAwesome


    25 Mar 9:39pm Reply
  • KevinVillage

    DO I HEAR 21 21 21

    25 Mar 1:37pm Reply

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  • mauesndkj

    The Sunn O))) ain't gonna shine anymore. [3]

    22 Mar 10:51pm Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    The Drift is terrifying and absolutely fantastic.

    22 Mar 12:12am Reply
  • lesinlondon

    My absolute fave is Joanna, blimey, listening to this takes me back!

    14 Mar 11:52pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    The Sunn O))) ain't gonna shine anymore. [2]

    4 Mar 12:34pm Reply
  • Emtay13


    2 Mar 7:25am Reply
  • Scantily

    Charmander0 > He hasn't done anything live after getting traumatized by it in the 70's or smth like that. He has considered it with his newer stuff but I've understood he has it in such a grand scale in his mind that no one would back it financially. If I remember correctly he's also concerned people would come for the wrong reasons (60's vs. the new stuff). But it's a dream... I would travel anywhere anytime to be able to see him live! *_*

    14 Feb 10:00pm Reply
  • Charmander0

    would be great to see scott walker live i bet ..does he ever perform live? can't find anything on youtube..

    6 Feb 5:44am Reply
  • nichtsein000

    @KaramAkerfeldt I recommend The Drift

    31 Jan 3:37am Reply
  • KaramAkerfeldt

    The album with Sunn is excellent. Does Scott have anything similar to Soused in terms of atmosphere or sound?

    26 Jan 5:57pm Reply
  • Candida-Vil

    72 ❤

    9 Jan 3:31am Reply
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