TELEVISION vocalist Tom Verlaine has blasted fellow singer NEIL DIAMOND'S ability to carry a tune.

The Marquee Moon rocker ranks the veteran singer/songwriter among the top five singers he "can't bear to hear" - with his own vocals following close behind at number six.

The 56-year-old says, "Neil (Diamond) is a much worse singer than me, and I'm right up there with the worst.

"I'll tell you who the most underrated singer is: Todd Rundgren. He's astonishing."