All-Time Air-Drumming Fills (s/d c/d)

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1) phil collins - in the air tonight (c'mon)
2) phil collins - abacab (2:38)
3) alex van halen - i'll wait (3:31)

this is just off the top of my head; also i am not a drummer and these do not necessarily involve technical skill but i think you know what i mean

list them all

even if they're all bernard purdy

mookieproof, Friday, 8 October 2021 02:26 (two weeks ago) link

4) Don Henley - Hotel California

that's not my post, Friday, 8 October 2021 02:32 (two weeks ago) link

5) my bloody valentine, "nothing much to lose", right at the beginning and throughout

typo hell #12: a hundreds of millions of people (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 October 2021 02:34 (two weeks ago) link

i have to say, i do not air drum - i thigh drum, and i do it the point of bruising

typo hell #12: a hundreds of millions of people (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 October 2021 02:34 (two weeks ago) link

fair; with my best drummer friend it involved smiting every single portion of a hyundai dashboard

mookieproof, Friday, 8 October 2021 02:39 (two weeks ago) link

this sounds like total bullshit, and it may be, but apparently in high school my steering wheel fell off after i hit it so hard. the sad thing is i was probably totally wasted (while driving country roads. i was and am a bad person) so i really don't remember, but people tell me this story like they saw it happen

typo hell #12: a hundreds of millions of people (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 October 2021 02:40 (two weeks ago) link

full circle, during that time i probably would have been steering wheel drumming to "everlong"

typo hell #12: a hundreds of millions of people (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 October 2021 02:43 (two weeks ago) link

Kashmir
You Shook Me All Night Long

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 8 October 2021 02:47 (two weeks ago) link

There’s a yo la tengo one that works for me. At the beginning of Sugarcube, I think.

tobo73, Friday, 8 October 2021 02:58 (two weeks ago) link

steve shelley's rim clicks in the middle of teenage riot when it's rebooting

typo hell #12: a hundreds of millions of people (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 October 2021 02:59 (two weeks ago) link

stickclicks, rather

typo hell #12: a hundreds of millions of people (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 October 2021 03:02 (two weeks ago) link

When the drums come in on "Good Vibrations".

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 8 October 2021 03:22 (two weeks ago) link

Van Halen’s “drop dead legs” right before the second verse.

calstars, Friday, 8 October 2021 07:34 (two weeks ago) link

4) Don Henley - Hotel California


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calstars, Friday, 8 October 2021 07:36 (two weeks ago) link

Nicko's coast to coast tom fills on "the Trooper".

earlnash, Friday, 8 October 2021 12:24 (two weeks ago) link

Angel of Death is my personal go-to, good calf exercise

starship blooper (Matt #2), Friday, 8 October 2021 12:27 (two weeks ago) link

The Alphonse Mouzon sample at the beginning of Shake Your Rump by the Beastie Boys.

peace, man, Friday, 8 October 2021 12:35 (two weeks ago) link

xpost I'd like to see someone air drum that and not hurt themselves.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 8 October 2021 12:47 (two weeks ago) link

20th century drumming has seven or possibly eight moments of transcendent perfection.

Two are from Motown. One is the Benny Benjamin-style pickup (see the beginning of "Ain't too Proud to Beg," but repeated elsewhere).

Two are from "Fool in the Rain," remarkably placed within a few seconds of one another.

You know that part of Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain" where they come out of the silly Latin section back into the main piano riff and there's like a steadily rising drum roll and

One is "In the Air Tonight," but I have mixed feelings about it. It is very dramatic, and achieves its intended effect perfectly. But I submit to you that it suffers ever-so-slightly because it lacks inventiveness. "Wow, seems I have four rack toms. What if I hit each one twice in a descending pattern?"

It did not take a great mind to come up with the idea - it took a great mind to realize that this one simple idea was sufficient to make an iconic moment. Personally I feel there is an even better drum "Phil" later in the song during the fade - that does a cool rushing-then-bleeding thing. But all anyone remembers is doo doo / doo doo / doo doo / doo doo / etc.

The other two perfect moments are from Richard Starkey but I haven't decided which ones yet.

Extinct Namibian shrub genus: Var. (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 8 October 2021 13:41 (two weeks ago) link

For context, my favorite fills are often the least technical ones! Even in "Abacab," the sloppiest ones are the tastiest. Just before the vocals enter, three quarter notes: whap whap whap ksssh, "Look up on the wall..." There's another right before the fade.

On further thought I am being too narrow. "No Reply at All" has a few gems as well. I could probably do a thread just on Collins, another on Bonham.

Mitch Mitchell has several all-time greats just in "Wind Cries Mary."

Extinct Namibian shrub genus: Var. (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 8 October 2021 13:51 (two weeks ago) link

I have sporadically table drummed the intro drumroll to Peaches En Regalia at school and office desks, dining tables and any nearby inanimate object for near to three quarters of my life at this point.

(the one with 3 L's) (Willl), Friday, 8 October 2021 13:56 (two weeks ago) link

Judas Priest - "Painkiller"

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 13:56 (two weeks ago) link

“good times bad times”

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 October 2021 14:03 (two weeks ago) link

this sounds like total bullshit, and it may be, but apparently in high school my steering wheel fell off after i hit it so hard. the sad thing is i was probably totally wasted (while driving country roads. i was and am a bad person) so i really don't remember, but people tell me this story like they saw it happen

― typo hell #12: a hundreds of millions of people (Karl Malone), Friday, October 8, 2021 2:40 AM (eleven hours ago)


https://imgur.com/gallery/X5BzBF7

Nature's promise vs. Simple truth (bernard snowy), Friday, 8 October 2021 14:15 (two weeks ago) link

Won't Get Fooled Again

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Friday, 8 October 2021 14:15 (two weeks ago) link

Neil Peart needs his own thread, but three that come to mind:

Spirit of Radio (intro to verse)
Tom Sawyer (series at the end of the solo before back into the verse)
Limelight (the end)

Hannibal Lecture (PBKR), Friday, 8 October 2021 15:48 (two weeks ago) link

Admittedly not a big Peart stan

To the extent I enjoy his work it is more about grooves than fills

Extinct Namibian shrub genus: Var. (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 8 October 2021 15:57 (two weeks ago) link

That's his particular genius, imo. It's about the arrangements, the precision, kind of like an orchestral percussionist.
Like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HXrU2p8e5U

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 8 October 2021 16:00 (two weeks ago) link

The fill when the drums enter in Radiohead’s Exit Music are ripe for air drumming.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 8 October 2021 16:08 (two weeks ago) link

The intro to Poison Idea's 'Just To Get Away'

ringworm, Friday, 8 October 2021 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

intro to Pink Floyd's "Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk"

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 8 October 2021 16:27 (two weeks ago) link

The solo fills leading into the bridge in "Jack and Diane."

Weston-super-Mare, Minehead, Lynmouth, Ilfracome, etc. (SlimAndSlam), Friday, 8 October 2021 16:29 (two weeks ago) link

the first one that popped into my head is 'sister christian' based entirely on ten seconds of air keyboard into air drums from this scene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGp-4NP76MM

joygoat, Friday, 8 October 2021 16:33 (two weeks ago) link

“Vanishing Girl” by the Dukes of Stratosphear, first shows up about 50 seconds in.

JoeStork, Friday, 8 October 2021 16:49 (two weeks ago) link

"making plans for nigel" is also a good one

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 October 2021 17:44 (two weeks ago) link

"dreaming" by blondie, the drums are pretty much the lead instrument on that song

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 October 2021 17:45 (two weeks ago) link

The fills with toms earlier in the song are more impressive but I can't resist miming the cheeky snares towards the end of Can's Moonshake.

only built 4 lynx africa (Noel Emits), Friday, 8 October 2021 18:06 (two weeks ago) link

xp: oh fucking definitely. clem burke is amazing.

peace, man, Friday, 8 October 2021 18:13 (two weeks ago) link

Eye of the tiger

calstars, Friday, 8 October 2021 19:10 (two weeks ago) link

INXS - never tear us apart

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 8 October 2021 19:28 (two weeks ago) link

Steely Dan - Green Earrings also has some cool ones for the more advanced air drummer.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 8 October 2021 19:30 (two weeks ago) link

And Aja

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 8 October 2021 19:30 (two weeks ago) link

Neil Peart needs his own thread, but three that come to mind:

Spirit of Radio (intro to verse)
Tom Sawyer (series at the end of the solo before back into the verse)
Limelight (the end)

― Hannibal Lecture (PBKR)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jSdyDt-Ync

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 8 October 2021 19:32 (two weeks ago) link

Steely Dan - Green Earrings also has some cool ones for the more advanced air drummer.

― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, October 8, 2021 2:30 PM (two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

purdie's fill heading out of the bridge and into guitar solo #1 is incredible, but idk how i'd even begin to air drum that one lol (especially since a lot of it seems to be played with the feet!)

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 October 2021 19:33 (two weeks ago) link

xp there you go

Hannibal Lecture (PBKR), Saturday, 9 October 2021 02:25 (two weeks ago) link

purdie's fill heading out of the bridge and into guitar solo #1 is incredible, but idk how i'd even begin to air drum that one lol (especially since a lot of it seems to be played with the feet!)

― grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili),

Can’t find one of green earrings but Aja is achievable if you know Kung Fu.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE4RRhvm-Jk

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 9 October 2021 03:28 (two weeks ago) link

thank you for this

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Saturday, 9 October 2021 06:09 (two weeks ago) link

lol, the air drummer on that is totally me. when you play the aja solo you are legally obligated to make those "gently astonished at yourself" faces

typo hell #12: a hundreds of millions of people (Karl Malone), Saturday, 9 October 2021 16:13 (two weeks ago) link

I can't remember where I read it, but the story I heard was that Steve Gadd was brought in for the "Aja" sessions and recorded the title track in maybe one take, before he even heard Wayne Shorter's part. Gadd then moved on to another session somewhere else. Some time later Gadd (who was at the height of his self-destructive years) was invited back by the Dan to hear how the "Aja" was coming along, and after they played him the track he was impressed and asked who the drummer was. Their jaws dropped and they said "it's you!" Gadd apparently laughed and said "I'm a real motherfucker," then left.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 9 October 2021 17:11 (two weeks ago) link

When the drums finally kick in on Pink Floyd’s “Time”

calstars, Saturday, 9 October 2021 17:39 (two weeks ago) link

Joy Division's Atmosphere.

The fills in Aenima by Tool (and 46 & 2). All of Demon Cleaner by Kyuss (and the opening to 50 Million Year Trip).

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 9 October 2021 17:48 (two weeks ago) link

Beatles - Sgt. Pepper
Jorge Ben - Umbabarauma
And "Born on the Bayou" if the start counts as a drum fill

... (Eazy), Saturday, 9 October 2021 18:10 (two weeks ago) link

halleluwah

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Saturday, 9 October 2021 20:31 (two weeks ago) link

I'm always compelled to copy Dinger's little cymbal washes in Isi.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 9 October 2021 20:56 (two weeks ago) link

When the drums finally kick in on Pink Floyd’s “Time”

fair but i think it's more important to know exactly when to pluck those two earlier high air guitar notes

mookieproof, Saturday, 9 October 2021 21:05 (two weeks ago) link

When the drums finally kick in on Pink Floyd’s “Time”

Wait, you don't air-drum the whole roto-tom intro?

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 9 October 2021 22:55 (two weeks ago) link

stairway, though

assuming one remembers laughter

mookieproof, Saturday, 9 October 2021 23:16 (two weeks ago) link

Every fill on The Fall's Live at the Witch Trials

nerve_pylon, Sunday, 10 October 2021 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

Andy Anderson on “One Hundred Years” and “The Walk” - The Cure, Concert

assert (matttkkkk), Sunday, 10 October 2021 01:10 (two weeks ago) link

Bonhams opening to Moby Dick. He goes 3 instead of 4 on the last measure before the riff

calstars, Sunday, 10 October 2021 01:47 (two weeks ago) link

Chad Smith snare fill leading into Give It Away

peace, man, Thursday, 14 October 2021 14:56 (one week ago) link


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