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05 December 2002 @ 07:12 am
Similarities between distinct voices  
So I was listening to the radio yesterday, and an ad for Canon Digital Elph cameras comes on. The end of this commercial includes Little Richard singing "I Feel Pretty" (from West Side Story). If you haven't heard this version, it's funny as hell - the whole thing is on a CD that my brother has somewhere.

But the weird thing is, even having heard the song before, it took me a second to realize it was Little Richard.

Because for a moment there, I thought it was Bobcat Goldthwait.
The Savage Young Batideaspace on December 5th, 2002 12:18 pm (UTC)
U 2?
Hey, don't underestimate Bobcat. He's an amazing mimic. Have you heard him do Bono? Uncanny.

Maybe he's getting work as a Little Richard voice-in. Hmm? You never know.
Idtechnomonkey on December 5th, 2002 11:55 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I'd want to hear any guy do Bono...
As good as Bobcat may be, don't overestimate Little Richard.

I did mention that the full song is on a CD I've heard. This isn't a fake, parody, or impression. It's an odd interpretation of the song - and Canon figured for some reason that it would help sell digital cameras.

But more than that, it's a realization that the character Bobcat puts forward as his primary representation to the world sounds very similar to Little Richard's singing voice. More importantly, the reverse is true.

Someone's made a career of singing in a voice that sounds like Shakes the Clown.

That's just funky.