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I think it's important to have a realistic understanding of the band members, and it's important not to idolize them*. Dexter is definitely a better singer than your average untrained guy, but he's not the best in the world. He's one of my personal favorites, but very far from the best. It upsets fans of other talented singers and band when you claim your favorite to be the best. I'm sure we could upset some Social Distortion fans pretty quick if we told them that Dexter was the best singer in all of punk rock.
*Of course though, Greg K is the greatest man currently on the earth. We shouldn't forget that.
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By "average untrained guy" do you mean only men who can attempt to carry a tune or do you mean all guys in general? If we are talking about the first one, I would have to disagree. He might sing better than my husband, who can carry a tune well enough, but he definitely doesn't sing better than randman21, whom I would consider your average, untrained guy. If we are talking about all guys in general, whether or not the potential to sing on key is there or not, training or no training, then that is hardly a shocker and would include the aforementioned husband.
Beyond that, I would imagine that Dexter himself has had quite a bit of training in the 20 years since Smash went platinum. Even if the goal wasn't to sing better, it would make since to get formal training to help make touring more doable and add a little longevity to his singing capabilities.
I have had quite a bit of formal vocal training, but I would never consider calling myself a 'trained' singer. That is a whole other beast of its own. If you look at rock'n'roll, hardly anyone in its history truly fits that category. Pat Benatar and Freddy Mercury are two that I can think of. Supposedly, Amy Lee of Evanescence is, but I've heard how she sounds live and am inclined to doubt that.
I know you weren't looking for this sort of commentary and I'm thinking too hard about it, but that's where my thoughts went.
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