Will his plea fall on deaf ears?
For many, the Who’s Roger Daltrey is a timeless rock’n’roll icon, a symbol of 60s rebellion and decadence, forever the snarling, sneering voice of My Generation.
To add to that, I also always think of him as a fish farmer, thanks to a long-running joke in Absolutely Fabulous. Daltrey told the Sun that he’s not so keen on the voices of female pop stars these days, owing to the fact that they use in-ear monitors, which, he suggests, makes them sing more quietly.
“It goes up into the head and starts coming through the nose and they sound like Mickey Mouse. I find it soulless because it’s not come from the heart.”
Daltrey makes an exception for Adele, as he did when he bemoaned the lack of “lead singers” in music in 2011, and for Ed Sheeran, whose “voice is so pure and powerful. He sings from the heart.”
I love Adele and have a soft spot for Sheeran, but it’s worth noting, apropos of nothing, that earlier this year at a show in Las Vegas, Daltrey also described himself as “very, very deaf” and urged people to wear earplugs, so as not to suffer the same fate.