Recently I discovered Scott Walker (officially Noel Scott Engel). Scott was a big source of inspiration for artists like David Bowie and Jarvis Cocker (from Pulp) where it comes to the the baritone vocal skills. He started his career with the Walker Brothers. Which weren’t brothers in fact they all adopted the name Walker as an artist name.
After his success with the Walker Brothers (“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”) he went solo and made music that became more a source of inspiration for artists then really scoring hits. Scott is not the kinda type for a rock star. Actually he doesn’t like publicity at all. He made the best albums of his career with Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4 between 1967 and 1969. After that he made some uninspired albums to fullfil contracts but came back in the eighties with more avant garde like music which was very experimental which you can simply hate or love.
Scott 1 and 3 are the ones I prefer. Especially Scott 3 where each song follow each other non-stop. All the first 4 albums contain some Jacques Brel covers beside his own compositions supported by strings and experimental sounds.
After these albums the solo albums released in the 70’s went nowhere and this led to a reunion with the Walker Brothers which resulted in a hit single with “No Regrets”. Eventually they released the album “Nite Flights” which was a big change in style for them. Under the influence of disco they released a dark album which sounded futuristic. Bowie eventually covered the title song of this album in 1993 for his album “Black Tie White Noise”.