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tr0psn4j
01-06-2009, 06:45 PM
So I don't know much about drums. When asked to name a few songs with drums that I liked I was only able to produce Moby Dick by Led Zeppelin.

So when I get home from work I'd like to get a playlist of songs going that have some notable drumming performances.

So what songs would go into "The Ultimate Drumming Playlist™?"

I'll ask the same questions about Bass Guitars next week.

Eonwe
01-06-2009, 06:56 PM
Zeppelin's Fool In The Rain is one of my favorite drum parts.

Horatio Hellpop
01-06-2009, 07:00 PM
Funny, but based on the subject line alone, I immediately thought of a Zeppelin song too ("D'Yer Maker").

ToeJam
01-06-2009, 07:04 PM
Bonzo's Montreux was the first one I thought of from the Zep Coda re-released version actually.

Though I'd say Rush's Tom Sawyer's not bad.
And the Grateful Dead's Rhythm Devils are always fun (If you like 10-20 min drum solos that is).

woodstockbirdybird
01-06-2009, 07:15 PM
Drummer here. I like these:

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - "No Action", "Lipstick Vogue"
Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians - "Brenda's Iron Sledge" (Live version from Gotta Let This Hen Out!)
The dB's - "Black And White"
The Clash - "Lost In The Supermarket"
Buzzcocks - "I Don't Mind"
Husker Du - "Reoccurring Dreams"
R.E.M. - "Wolves, Lower", "Harborcoat"
The Feelies - "Crazy Rhythms"
Gang Of Four - "Ether"
New Order - "Ceremony", "Blue Monday"
The Pogues - "The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn", "Sally MacLennane"
The Who - "I Can See For Miles", "Cobwebs And Strange"
The Beatles - "Rain", "A Day In The Life"
Talking Heads - "Burning Down The House"
Rush - "Vital Signs" (more subtle than his usual bashing style)

And I agree about "Fool In The Rain", though in general I'm not a Bonham fan.

Tons of great stuff in the James Brown and Fela Kuti catalogs, too.

If you really want to hear great drums, though, you should go to the jazz genre.

PunditLisa
01-06-2009, 07:33 PM
Is "In the Air Tonight" too obvious?
"Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac.
"Hazard" by Richard Marx
"Someone Saved my Life Tonight" by Elton John
And I've always liked that little unexpected rat-tat-tat in the first verse of "Living on A Thin Line" by The Kinks.

An Gadaí
01-06-2009, 07:40 PM
I find many Cardigans songs have lovely drum sounds, playing.

Rise & Shine
Carnival
My Favourite Game

in particular.

Atomic Mama
01-06-2009, 07:42 PM
Anything by The Who, with Keith Moon on drums.

Various blues bands backed by Fred Below. :cool:

The Tooth
01-06-2009, 08:18 PM
"The Main Monkey Business" - Rush. It doesn't get better.

woodstockbirdybird
01-06-2009, 08:30 PM
"Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac.


Indeed.

Another one:
Big Country - "The Sailor"

Freejooky
01-06-2009, 08:51 PM
Drummer here. I like these:

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - "No Action", "Lipstick Vogue"
Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians - "Brenda's Iron Sledge" (Live version from Gotta Let This Hen Out!)
The dB's - "Black And White"
The Clash - "Lost In The Supermarket"
Buzzcocks - "I Don't Mind"
Husker Du - "Reoccurring Dreams"
R.E.M. - "Wolves, Lower", "Harborcoat"
The Feelies - "Crazy Rhythms"
Gang Of Four - "Ether"
New Order - "Ceremony", "Blue Monday"
The Pogues - "The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn", "Sally MacLennane"
The Who - "I Can See For Miles", "Cobwebs And Strange"
The Beatles - "Rain", "A Day In The Life"
Talking Heads - "Burning Down The House"
Rush - "Vital Signs" (more subtle than his usual bashing style)

And I agree about "Fool In The Rain", though in general I'm not a Bonham fan.

Tons of great stuff in the James Brown and Fela Kuti catalogs, too.

If you really want to hear great drums, though, you should go to the jazz genre.

Killer choices. I'll add:

Big Star - "O my soul"
Sleater Kinney - "the fox"
the Sea and Cake - "for minor sky"

K364
01-06-2009, 08:51 PM
I always think of Fleetwood Mac as the ultimate Bass/Drum rock band.

Besides Tusk, try "Go Your Own Way" or "The Chain" from Rumours.

kenner116
01-06-2009, 09:01 PM
Toad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aRwTElU6VI) by Cream. Ginger Baker is amazing.

Junior Spaceman
01-06-2009, 09:06 PM
I find many Cardigans songs have lovely drum sounds, playing.

Rise & Shine
Carnival
My Favourite Game

in particular.Good call!! I'd add 'Sick and Tired' and 'Losing A Friend'.

WordMan
01-06-2009, 09:09 PM
Problem Child by AC/DC featuring Phil "no fat in my drumming" Rudd. I love it when the sole accent bit kicks in - maracas right after Angus' lead...

magellan01
01-06-2009, 09:12 PM
Burning Down the House is awesome. One not mentioned: Magic Carpet Ride, by Steppenwolf.

Gail
01-06-2009, 09:24 PM
Soundgarden's The Day I Tried To Live

Talon Karrde
01-07-2009, 02:43 AM
Some Beatles songs that come to mind:
She Loves You
Ticket to Ride
Come Together

Snooooopy
01-07-2009, 02:50 AM
I like what Jimmy Chamberlin does on the Smashing Pumpkins' "Cherub Rock."

buns3000
01-07-2009, 02:51 AM
Couple that spring to mind:

Easy Lover, The Phils
Caves of Altamira, Steely Dan

czarcaztic
01-07-2009, 08:05 AM
Iron Butterfly's "Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida"

Rick
01-07-2009, 08:39 AM
Iron Butterfly's "Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida"I open this thread expecting to find this as the #1 or #2 answer. Twenty one replies before we got to Iron Butterfly?
Hey you kids, get off my lawn!

Rick
01-07-2009, 08:45 AM
Missed the edit window. Here it is live (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBbv2v0xOlA&feature=related)

bordelond
01-07-2009, 11:26 AM
A sampling in no particular order (drummers in parenthesis):

"When the Levee Breaks", Led Zeppelin (John Bonham)
"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", Paul Simon (Steve Gadd)
"Lust for Life", The Stooges (Hunt Sales)
"Hot For Teacher", Van Halen (Alex Van Halen)
"Perfect Strangers", Deep Purple (Ian Paice)
"Spirits in the Material World", The Police (Stewart Copeland)
"Time", Pink Floyd (Nick Mason)
"Call Me", Blondie (Clem Burke)
"Strawberry Fields Forever", The Beatles (Ringo Star)
"Funky Drummer", James Brown (Clyde Stubblefield)

want2know
01-07-2009, 11:46 AM
I've always loved the sound of dual drummers.

A couple of examples: "Antmusic" by Adam and the Ants and "Wah-Wah" by George Harrison (Concert for Bangladesh version).

Adam Ant's "Goody Two Shoes" also has a great drum part.

Most of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, especially "Karn Evil 9".

prodicus
01-07-2009, 11:54 AM
Everlong by Foo Fighters has long been my favourite drum song.

Elvis Chimney
01-07-2009, 11:58 AM
I love the drums on No One Knows by Queens Of The Stone Age.

Also worthy of a mention imo is Banquet by Bloc Party

Dr. Rieux
01-07-2009, 11:59 AM
Anything by The Who, with Keith Moon on drums.


My favorites are "Bargain" and "Song is Over."

bink
01-07-2009, 12:10 PM
I love the drums on No One Knows by Queens Of The Stone Age.
I was just going to say this.

pulykamell
01-07-2009, 12:35 PM
My Bonham contribution would be "Good Times, Bad Times." Those clipped triplet stutters on the kick drum, along with the song's general groove and swing, show you from track 1, side 1, Zep 1, what Bonham is bringing to the table. Of course, "Fool in the Rain," Bonzo's own take on the Purdie shuffle, is probably his grooviest drum line. It just has such an effortless swing to it. Even the rock steady 4-4 of something like "Kashmir" is something to behold. Not many drummers I know can make a boring 4/4 rhythm swing like that.

Speaking of rock-steady straightforward drum lines that swing, Squeeze's "Tempted" is quintessential solid, minimalist drumming. I'm not sure many would pick this out as a drum song, but Gilson Lavis does impeccable timekeeping here, a perfect complement to the moving bassline, while still making it groove.

For the Pumpkins, if you want something theatrical and fast, "Jellybelly" is always a fun listen for drummers. It's not one of Jimmy Chamberlain's more subtle drum parts, but it sure is fun as hell. For more variety and musical interest, I'd look to "Geek USA" and then contrast that with his steady solid groove behind "Zero."

The Stone Roses's "Waterfall." Reni was known for his cool, laid-back, off-beat drum parts, and some consider him the best drummer of his generation. Actually, listen to anything off the self-titled album for some of the tastiest drumming in alternative rock music.

Since I love Matt Cameron (though I'm not a big fan of Soundgarden), I'd be remiss not to nominate one of his performances. Try "Face Pollution" or "Jesus Christ Pose."

For Stewart Copeland, I'll offer "Reggatta De Blanc" by the Police. Love his accenting in that song.

Sateryn76
01-07-2009, 12:43 PM
Gailieo by The Indigo Girls - the drum track is recorded perfectly, and includes some different style rhythms and sounds.

woodstockbirdybird
01-07-2009, 12:44 PM
The Stone Roses's "Waterfall." Reni was known for his cool, laid-back, off-beat drum parts, and some consider him the best drummer of his generation. Actually, listen to anything off the self-titled album for some of the tastiest drumming in alternative rock music.

For Stewart Copeland, I'll offer "Reggatta De Blanc" by the Police. Love his accenting in that song.

Yep - my personal favorite from the Stone Roses debut is "Elephant Stone". Can't believe I forgot Stewart Copeland - my pick would be "The Bed's Too Big Without You" (especially the version on Disc 1 of Live!).

Good call on the Squeeze song, too, though I doubt many non-drummers will be able to pick up on why it's so good.

Have to disagree on Bonham, though - for me, the biggest problem with him (with one or two notable exceptions) is that he didn't swing - his stuff all sounds pretty ham-fisted and plodding to me.

pulykamell
01-07-2009, 01:04 PM
Have to disagree on Bonham, though - for me, the biggest problem with him (with one or two notable exceptions) is that he didn't swing - his stuff all sounds pretty ham-fisted and plodding to me.

Interesting how we hear two different things. I think he's among the swingiest drummers in the rock genre. There's so much subtlety in his drum parts underneath all the bombast. I mean, all the ghosting, subtle stick bounces, displaced accents, etc. And his powerful two and four, which define rock. I mean he smacks the hell out of two and four on the snare. "Immigrant Song" is relentless. I can play it on the drums, but I just can't make it swing like Bonham does. That snare is just always perfectly and authoritatively placed, and the kick--what I would give to have Bonham's right foot technique. That groove is like a solid rock. And that subtle little hi-hat placed right before the one in the groove. Very, very tasty indeed.

Cornelius Tuggerson
01-07-2009, 01:14 PM
Iggy Pop - I need somebody
Ramones - Teenage Lobotomy
Clash - Clash City Rockers

If I wasn't at work I would totally rock out right now.

WordMan
01-07-2009, 01:21 PM
The Stone Roses's "Waterfall." Reni was known for his cool, laid-back, off-beat drum parts, and some consider him the best drummer of his generation. Actually, listen to anything off the self-titled album for some of the tastiest drumming in alternative rock music.

And John Squire's guitar work, especially the wah-lead work at the end, is truly sublime - oh, the tone!

And you know how strongly I agree with you on Bonzo - woodstockbirdybird, obviously YMMV and I always enjoy your music posts, but it is surprising to read that you don't hear the swing in Bonham's work...as puly says, Kashmir is an example of taking a plodding, monotonous beat and establishing a clear groove for it...

ColonelDax
01-07-2009, 01:24 PM
"Moonlight Mile," the Rolling Stones

woodstockbirdybird
01-07-2009, 02:42 PM
And John Squire's guitar work, especially the wah-lead work at the end, is truly sublime - oh, the tone!

And you know how strongly I agree with you on Bonzo - woodstockbirdybird, obviously YMMV and I always enjoy your music posts, but it is surprising to read that you don't hear the swing in Bonham's work...as puly says, Kashmir is an example of taking a plodding, monotonous beat and establishing a clear groove for it...

All right - I'm going to go back and listen, since I respect your and pulykamell's opinions. Maybe it's my own prejudices built up over the years - I've never been a Zeppelin fan, and haven't really listened to them (as opposed to heard them) for years. As with Charlie Watts, I'm willing to re-evaluate him. Thanks for the input!

woodstockbirdybird
01-07-2009, 02:46 PM
And, since I'm here, yet another I forgot to mention:

The Smiths - "London" (the beginning of "The Queen Is Dead" is really fun to play [and listen to], as well)

Cornelius Tuggerson
01-07-2009, 02:56 PM
Now that I think about it the Rolling Stones' Get off of my cloud has extremely pleasant drums too.

Dread Pirate Jimbo
01-07-2009, 03:13 PM
For big, loud, driving bombast, I'm partial to Tony Thompson on Power Station's "Some Like It Hot." Always makes me start air-drumming wherever I happen to be.

ivan astikov
01-07-2009, 03:19 PM
Might not suit the purists, but I love Reni's work on this track.

I Am The Resurrection (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=e6QnK0yql8s)

tds1273
01-07-2009, 03:28 PM
The drums on Faith No More's cover of "War Pigs" are a big reason why I consider it better than the original version.

pulykamell
01-07-2009, 03:31 PM
And, since I'm here, yet another I forgot to mention:

The Smiths - "London" (the beginning of "The Queen Is Dead" is really fun to play [and listen to], as well)

I was trying to figure out which Mike Joyce drum part to nominate. I tend to forget him in these drummer threads, but he's definitely up there.

Another legendary drum part I forgot about is the shuffle in Toto's "Rosanna." (And here's a clip of Porcaro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwFdExvCxM4&feature=related) explaining the beat.)

UncleRojelio
01-07-2009, 03:33 PM
As "In The Air Tonight" has been mentioned, I'll go with "I Know There's Something Going On (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Know_There%27s_Something_Going_On)" featuring Phil Collins on drums.

You might try "I want Candy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Want_Candy#Bow_Wow_Wow_version)" by Bow Wow Wow.

GargoyleWB
01-07-2009, 03:53 PM
Toad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aRwTElU6VI) by Cream. Ginger Baker is amazing.

I came in to mention him, but on Masters of Reality's "She Got Me (When She Got Her Dress On)". The whole CD is drumaliscious actually.

Tom Tildrum
01-07-2009, 04:42 PM
New Pornographers --> "The Bleeding Heart Show"

It's the song adapted by those University of Phoenix commercials ("Hey-la, Hey-la").

Cluricaun
01-07-2009, 05:31 PM
Mastodon - Seabeast
Metallica- For Whom the Bell Tolls
Iron Maiden - The Duallists

foolsguinea
01-07-2009, 05:38 PM
Is "In the Air Tonight" too obvious?I was going to name that.

WordMan
01-07-2009, 05:39 PM
All right - I'm going to go back and listen, since I respect your and pulykamell's opinions. Maybe it's my own prejudices built up over the years - I've never been a Zeppelin fan, and haven't really listened to them (as opposed to heard them) for years. As with Charlie Watts, I'm willing to re-evaluate him. Thanks for the input!

Looking forward to a report back, regardless of how it ends up!

Bearflag70
01-07-2009, 05:45 PM
The Power Station - Some Like It Hot
Rush - YYZ
David Bowie - A Small Plot of Land

Euryphaessa
01-07-2009, 08:30 PM
Pearl Jam - In My Tree

Myron Van Horowitzski
01-08-2009, 03:59 PM
"Skateaway," by Dire Straits, Pick Withers. Awesome. He quit after that, to spend more time with his family and to play jazz. Too bad, his jazz drumming seems merely straight & standard.

Sauron
01-08-2009, 05:34 PM
Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra. Featured Gene Krupa on drums.

Junior Spaceman
01-08-2009, 06:39 PM
"Skateaway," by Dire Straits, Pick Withers. Awesome. He quit after that, to spend more time with his family and to play jazz. Too bad, his jazz drumming seems merely straight & standard.I've got to agree with this as well - not just the song, but all four records he played on. His playing on the first Dire Straits record is every bit as excellent and distinctive as Mark Knopfler's guitar.

Ogre
01-08-2009, 06:53 PM
I came in to mention him, but on Masters of Reality's "She Got Me (When She Got Her Dress On)". The whole CD is drumaliscious actually.I infinitely prefer his work on "Sunrise on the Sufferbus" to anything he did with Cream. I know that's heretical, but I don't care.

magellan01
01-08-2009, 09:09 PM
Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra. Featured Gene Krupa on drums.

Absolutely fantastic. Great call.

SiXSwordS
01-09-2009, 06:27 AM
Good call on the Squeeze song, too, though I doubt many non-drummers will be able to pick up on why it's so good.

I've listened to this song a few times over the past couple of days and I'm curious, as a non-drummer, what does make this such a good example?

SiXSwordS
01-09-2009, 07:01 AM
I just stumbled on this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_h-saU6gNA) this morning. Sheik of Araby stands out for the sheer enjoyment in Gene Krupa's playing.



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