SONGWRITING: Let’s avoid the gang-vocal “heys!” & “oh oh ohs”, shall we?

Past few years, I’ve been hearing too much Mumford and Sons, Philip Phillips, Lumineers, etc.

Dude, seriously… can we stop the “heys!” in songs… and ESPECIALLY the “oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh” gang-vocals? Or just gang-vocals in general, on choruses? God, how “powerful” do you need to make your message? Did you know Jeff Buckley’s cover of Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is recorded LIVE in ONE TAKE, with just ONE VOCAL TRACK? Its power and intensity blows away all of this nonsense. I just can’t take it anymore. For real. How is this original or interesting? It really isn’t. At all.

If you’re unfamiliar…

(the hilarious thing is the youtube code ends with the word “hey” on this Day To Remember song)

and for kicks….


About chriscaulder

Posted on September 1, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Stephen Barrera

    You really nailed it here. I am also tired of the formulaic approach of the “hey” group vocal. Great post.

  2. I thought I was the only one getting extremely annoyed by this. It is compounded by some of the more electronic heavy over-produced songs where there is no sense of space and graspable melody — and the wrecking crew (Crüe?) jumps in with their overdone Ohhh in unison.

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