Best Speak-Singing Songs, RIP Mark Lanegan & Opinions on Spoon


Whether it’s a stylistic choice or born out of necessity, sometimes great songs aren’t sung, they’re spoken. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite tracks featuring speak-singing vocals. Plus, they hear selections from the production staff, review the new album from Spoon, and bid farewell to Mark Lanegan.

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Best Speak-Singing Songs

Jim and Greg, along with the Sound Opinions production staff, share favorite tracks where the main vocals are spoken rather than sung.


  • Peggy Lee, "Is That All There Is?"
  • Lou Reed, "Coney Island Baby"
  • Blur, "Parklife"
  • R.E.M., "Belong"
  • Talking Heads, "Once In A Lifetime"


  • Barry White, "Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe"
  • Grace Jones, "Private Life"
  • The Fall, "Totally Wired"
  • Art Brut, "Formed a Band"
  • Billie Eilish, "Bad Guy"

Production Staff

  • Sol: Movements, "The Grey"
  • Alex: Devo, "Whip It"
  • Mary: Prince, "Let’s Go Crazy"
  • Andrew: Pavement, "Fame Throwa"

Obit: Mark Lanegan


Mark Lanegan first made his mark with the alternative rock-adjacent band Screaming Trees in the early 1990s. He went on to put out many quality solo albums and collaborations with other thoughtful artists. One collaboration that resulted in three albums was with Isobel Campbell of Belle and Sebastian. That project recorded a session for Sound Opinions in 2011 and we hear a track from it. Lanegan died February 22 at age 57.

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