Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday Ten: My Ten Favourite Drummers

1. Ginger Baker (Cream)
2. Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters & Queens of the Stone Age)
3. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
4. Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
5. Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
6. Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys)
7. Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
8. Reni (The Stone Roses)
9. Jon Harper (The Cooper Temple Clause)
10. Keith Moon (The Who)


the tomahawk kid said...

Watt, no Charlie ?

Sad to hear of Mitch Mitchell's recent death. Buddy Miles, Hendrix's other drummer, died this year as well.

Jaggy said...

Is choosing a favourite drummer not a bit like choosing your favourite underpants, or favourite broom handle. They serve a purpose, but if you had a different one, nobody would really notice.

As the old interview question of band front men and lead guitarists goes,

Q: "What would you be if you weren't a musician?"

A: "a drummer."

Or am I merely understating and misunderstanding the dynamic role a drummer has in a band?

Groanin' Jock said...

TK: Nah, Charlie's never blown me away. I kinda thought that's because he might be overshadowed by Mick'n'Keef, but I guess that argument doesn't fly when you look at some of the others on my list.

Jaggy: Imagine "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with the wee tube from Hanson on drums....

billythekid said...

Might I offer a Nicko McBrain to the mix, or am I being stupid?

(Saw Terry Bozzio in a drum clinic at the SECC once, if the opportunity arises for you to do the same, do something else!)


Groanin' Jock said...

Billy: Well, Maiden aren't really my thing, but from what I've heard he's pretty good. There were a few metal drummers I considered, including that twat Lars Ulrich (suing your own fans, what a bellend). And I hadn't even heard of Bozzio, but his track record seems pretty impressive.

Jack Deighton said...

I always thought Ringo's drumming was a bit..... plodding.
You remember the journalists's question (to John Lennon I think) with awe in his voice, "Is Ringo the =best drummer in the world?"
The reply, "Ringo isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles!"