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Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: VoodooLounge13 ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:00

I've read a lot the debate over best front man and guitarists, but what about the drummer? And I apologize if this has been debated in the past...in your opinion, who is the best drummer ever in Rock? I would go with Lars Ulrich followed by Tommy Aldridge.

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: ablett ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:02

David Grohl

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: custom55 ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:03

Keith Moon

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: KeithDaMan ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:05

White drummers don't swing, except for Charlie.


I'm a fan but also really "feel and hear" this is ABSOLUTELY true.

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: ROLLINGSTONE ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:14

Jimmy Chamberlane-Smashing Pumpkins.

"I'll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon."

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: reg thorpe ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:16

Moon the Loon hands down..pardon the pun

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: JaggerFan ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:20

Bonzo, of course.

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: RadioMarv ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:21

Well, you know what they say?
The drummer is a guy who gets to hang out with musicians.

to debate the best drummer is often futile because it is rare that a drummer is that distinctive in thier individuale sound.

I SAID RARE not impossible so pickers of nit remember that before your inevidable attack.

I think it takes a certain basic talent to play drums, but as long as you stay in time, you normally don't stand out. I think this is why Watts does not get the wide amount of credit he deserves. He stays RELENTLESSLY in time but rarely stands out in a tune (that is in the public opinion... IMO he has a very distinct sound and is the best, but I have listened to A LOT of Stones)

HOWEVER
I think SOME drummers have a very distinct sound

Bonnom from Zep
Lars from Tallica
Alex From VH
Moon from the Who
Hart and Krutzman from the Dead
Animal from the Muppets


and of course
C-DOG WATTS from THE STONES




VoodooLounge13 Wrote:
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> I've read a lot the debate over best front man and
> guitarists, but what about the drummer? And I
> apologize if this has been debated in the
> past...in your opinion, who is the best drummer
> ever in Rock? I would go with Lars Ulrich followed
> by Tommy Aldridge.

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: Thommie ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:21

Bill Bruford

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: JaggerFan ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:28

Of course, if you're going to ask any real drummer, Neil Peart is going to make the list; but I doubt most Stones fans would know who he is.

And if you are to disregard anything else he's done, Phil Collins is another which can't be overlooked.

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: Valeswood ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:36

Neil Peart from Rush! Haven't listened to them for a long time.

Keith Moon is the best for me by a big margin.

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: Beast ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:38

Ginger Baker.

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: sluissie ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:39

To celebrate the tenth 'best-drummer' thread since I've signed-on here, I would like to decorate this special edition with the honorable mention of Cesar Zuiderwijk, the Golden Earring. fast and precise like a metal-drummer, very distinctive and 'poresent' as a rock-drummer (with amazing solo's) and soulful, almost non-existent as bluesdrummer. In his drumming, the guy does absolutely have no 'ego', he just provides each dong with the right treatment.

Jelle

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: RadioMarv ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:40

JaggerFan Wrote:
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> Of course, if you're going to ask any real
> drummer, Neil Peart is going to make the list; but
> I doubt most Stones fans would know who he is.
>
> And if you are to disregard anything else he's
> done, Phil Collins is another which can't be
> overlooked.


I was waiting for these two pin heads to make the list

Collins can't be over looked as a pop-star, but as a drummer he certianly can be.
Don't get me wrong, I actually like much of Phils discography I just don't think it is his drumming skills that made him a household name. It was not until he started singing for Genisis and then his solo stuff that he became a relevant force in music.

NOW ON TO PEART
This over-rated dingleberry has been playing in that aweful Rush for years and I can't even remember what he looks like

I HATE RUSH and in every damn drummer discussion in the world he comes up. It is possible that if he had played in a good band I would think of him differently... but probably not... he is too show-y for my taste.

and the band RUSH is the most souless and sexless and boring band I have ever been forced to listen to. DAMN THEM TO HELL, they are now and always have been LAME!


with all that said... I am aware that I am in a rock-n-roll minority with my Rush hate... BUT no matter THEY STILL STINK

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: texas fan ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:47

i can pretty much go with marv on the whole rush thing...

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: stoned_in_dc ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:50

janet weiss without a doubt.

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: Thommie ()
Date: March 2, 2007 15:50

RadioMarv Wrote:
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> Collins can't be over looked as a pop-star, but as
> a drummer he certianly can be.
> Don't get me wrong, I actually like much of Phils
> discography I just don't think it is his drumming
> skills that made him a household name. It was not
> until he started singing for Genisis and then his
> solo stuff that he became a relevant force in
> music.
>
>

Phil's drum work in Genesis is/was great but his work in Brand-X was magic!

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: reg thorpe ()
Date: March 2, 2007 16:30

meg white

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: reg thorpe ()
Date: March 2, 2007 16:30

karen carpenter

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: carlitosbaez ()
Date: March 2, 2007 16:34

Gene Krupa could play rock and roll better than anyone!

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: Luke33 ()
Date: March 2, 2007 16:36

reg thorpe Wrote:
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> Moon the Loon hands down..pardon the pun


ha ha...yes agreed - definately !

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: ablett ()
Date: March 2, 2007 16:48

Buddy Rich
Clive Stubblefield
DJ Fontana
Ginger baker
keith Moon
Bonzo
Charlie Watts
Ronnie Tutt
Ringo.....

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: twanghound ()
Date: March 2, 2007 16:49

The woman that played drums for Lenny Kravitz was pretty cool -
Cindy Blackmon (?).
First female rock-drummer mentioned here...

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: mofur ()
Date: March 2, 2007 16:51

Charlie's good tonight, inne?
Whaddya mean scumbag, Charlie's good EVERY night!

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: ChelseaDrugstore ()
Date: March 2, 2007 16:53

First off - Thank you Radio Marv for all you say about Rush and Peart.

I do think Charlie is one of the best. Biased or not, he just is a badass.
I like white drummers like DJ Fontana and Ronnie Tutt (he played w/ Elvis' live band in 68), black drummers like Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, Melvyn Parker, Stevie Jordan.
A straight ahead white rock drummer is Prarie Prince from the Tubes.
Chad Smith from the Peppers is great.
There are so many: it's like Charlie has his offsprings in Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), Paul Thompson (Roxy Music),Jerry Nolan (NY Dolls).
Then the more busy, fluid drummers from the Prince school Ian Paice who predates all of them, Clem Burke (Blondie), Matt Sorum (Guns 'n Roses) and Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction).
Sly Dunbar influenced Topper Headon (Clash).
Then there are some of the more arty drummers who kick butt: Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips) and Phil Collins. Easy to forget that when Collins was nothing but a drummer and BU singer behind Peter Gabriel in Genesis he was a motherf*cker.

"...no longer shall you trudge 'cross my peaceful mind."



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2007-03-02 16:54 by ChelseaDrugstore.

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: Tate ()
Date: March 2, 2007 16:59

There is John Bonham way atop the list, by a mile, then there is everyone else, imo. He was far and away the best. I mean each to his/her opinion, but John Bonham was just fantastic, had finesse, volume control and power like nobody else ever. He never used a double kick, ever!! BUT he played those couplets like nobody can. His playing was beautiful.

I'd say Ringo and Keith Moon also contributed hugely to their bands' sounds, as does Charlie, of course, and a number of other drummers mentioned.

Any drummer with jazz training has a giant advantage in R+R, and Bonzo's heros were the jazz greats. Dust off your LZ DVD's, and just watch Bonzo. It is snowing up here in the Northeast today, a great day to laze about and watch Bonzo!

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: soundcheck ()
Date: March 2, 2007 17:02

Beast Wrote:
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> Ginger Baker.

he's the one i'd want in my band.....

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: schillid ()
Date: March 2, 2007 17:03

Micky Dolenz

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: Gazza ()
Date: March 2, 2007 17:34

IMO the top two are no longer with us - Moon The Loon and Bonzo. Add the late Al Jackson to that list of great dead drummers.

but of living drummers I've always liked Clem Burke

Topper Headon and Charlie too, of course. Ronnie Tutt, Jim Keltner as well.

Like RadioMarv, I hate Rush with a passion for the same reasons

Re: Best Rock Drummer
Posted by: stoned_in_dc ()
Date: March 2, 2007 17:36

steven gadd should be mentioned too..

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