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Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel; January 9, 1943) is an American singer who has lived and worked in England since 1965. Originally discovered by Eddie Fisher and cast as a late-50s teen idol under his real name, he formed The Walker Brothers in the early ’60s and performed Phil Spector-influenced ballads. In 1967 the band broke up and Scott (taking the band’s name for his own) began a solo career. His heavily orchestrated versions of songs by Jacques Brel and others, delivered in a crooning style, became immensely popular in Britain and continental Europe. Since the 1970s his output has been sporadic, first touching on country and MOR sounds, then briefly rejoining The Walker Brothers, before heading off into experimental music, yet continuing critical respect to the present day.

His albums “Tilt”, The Drift” and “Bish Bosch” differ a lot from his earlier work.
His current artistic direction is extremely avant-garde and has been described as the “sound of nightmares”.

His musical evolution is examined in the acclaimed documentary film “Scott Walker - 30 Century Man” in which Walker gives a very candid interview about his creative process and allows access into the meat-punching and box-bashing recording sessions for 2006’s “The Drift.”

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  • entroclease

    his voice is majestic

    9 Apr 9:06am Reply
  • smeghead94

    I was genuinely wearing a cardigan and slippers.

    8 Apr 8:32pm Reply
  • joklend

    The avant-garde is pretty scary tbh.

    8 Apr 6:37pm Reply
  • smeghead94

    ''Anyone who prefers Scott 4 over Tilt or The Drift must be either A. Scared of the avant-garde or B. Wearing a cardigan and slippers.'' I'm B.

    3 Apr 10:27am Reply
  • BynVacum

    Tilt might just be his best.

    2 Apr 5:53pm Reply
  • joklend

    I had opinions like that when I was in sixth form too.

    24 Mar 5:22pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    Anyone who prefers Scott 4 over Tilt or The Drift must be either A. Scared of the avant-garde or B. Wearing a cardigan and slippers.

    20 Mar 2:45pm Reply
  • Akayz7

    c'est magnifique.

    7 Mar 6:19pm Reply
  • joklend

    The songs blend together on Scott 3 probably better than any other, and Two Ragged Soldiers is beyond exquisite. I couldn't pick one album out as his best, though.

    28 Feb 2:59am Reply
  • towlesda

    I doubt anything will every beat Drift as my favorite, but I'm starting to think that Scott 3 is easily his best early work.

    26 Feb 5:27pm Reply
  • TommyGunAngel

    scott 3 <3 ---gotta say i love all of them, though.

    25 Feb 6:40pm Reply
  • beautifuldaddy

    I do see bananas as something of a more fierce fruit than apples -- maybe it's the phallicness of it all, but I believe a better symbol would be a pineapple

    14 Feb 5:03am Reply
  • Xmxtx

    a genuine legend :) the best man's voice ever

    30 Jan 4:20pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    один из главных героев музыки 20 века и едва ли не единственный пример неспадающего с годами качества.

    27 Jan 2:15pm Reply
  • thrillhouse87

    thank you all for the recommendations

    24 Jan 10:14pm Reply
  • Punching_joe

    If you like Bish Bosch try Flowers Of Romance by PiL

    21 Jan 5:59pm Reply
  • EdisonSankt

    and try David Sylvian (80's) ; Brilliant Trees , Secrets of The Beehieve, Gone to Earth ...

    18 Jan 10:00pm Reply
  • EdisonSankt

    try Brendan Perry (DCD) solo

    18 Jan 9:47pm Reply
  • toztizokzndz

    try some 20th century opera.

    16 Jan 2:34pm Reply
  • thrillhouse87

    funny you should mention those albums, I bought both of them a few days ago. I will give them a listen when I get them in the mail. (yes I still buy CDs) I will also check out swans. thank you both for the recommendations.

    15 Jan 10:05pm Reply
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