Singing drummers

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People only think of that fat idiot of the Australian band spiderbait or (shudder) Phil Collins.

The only flattering example I can think of is Robert Wyatt. Any others?

(And they have to be doing both at the same time)

Sasha (sgh), Thursday, 2 October 2003 22:40 (eighteen years ago) link

drummers who are singers?

The Eagles
Lightning Bolt
The Romantics
The Carpenters
Husker Du

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 2 October 2003 22:43 (eighteen years ago) link

Grand Funk Railroad
The Mentors
NoMeansNo (I think)

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 2 October 2003 22:48 (eighteen years ago) link

Nick Stumpf of French Kicks used to be, but I think the band hired another drummer so Nick could be the full-time frontman.

Nick Mirov (nick), Thursday, 2 October 2003 22:48 (eighteen years ago) link

Bloke from Snuff!
Scout Niblett!
Bloke from Spock's Beard!

The question is : does the singing drummer go at the front of the stage or stay at the back? And if they stay at the back, then who is the official frontperson?

udu wudu (udu wudu), Thursday, 2 October 2003 22:54 (eighteen years ago) link

the Hard Ons
Tugboat

the surface noise (electricsound), Thursday, 2 October 2003 22:56 (eighteen years ago) link

Lucksmiths

the surface noise (electricsound), Thursday, 2 October 2003 22:57 (eighteen years ago) link

Debbi Peterson of the Bangles sang lead on some tracks, incl. the singles "Going Down to Liverpool" and "Be With You."

Jeremy (Jeremy), Thursday, 2 October 2003 23:54 (eighteen years ago) link

When I saw the French Kicks their singing drummer had AMAZING presence. But I think that's the only singing drummer band I've ever seen.

Sonny A. (Keiko), Thursday, 2 October 2003 23:57 (eighteen years ago) link

Number One Cup
Yo La Tengo

Bruce Urquhart (Bruce Urquhart), Friday, 3 October 2003 00:07 (eighteen years ago) link

Jellyfish

Annouschka Magnatech (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 3 October 2003 00:08 (eighteen years ago) link

Really unfortunate occurance, really. This singer should always be on his own or a guitar player as well.

calstars (calstars), Friday, 3 October 2003 00:10 (eighteen years ago) link

Dude, AWESOME photo.

calstars (calstars), Friday, 3 October 2003 00:11 (eighteen years ago) link

Kurt Dahle

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Friday, 3 October 2003 00:36 (eighteen years ago) link

LONESOME ORGANIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

peepee (peepee), Friday, 3 October 2003 00:44 (eighteen years ago) link

Liz from Christmas.

dlp9001, Friday, 3 October 2003 01:24 (eighteen years ago) link

China Drum

Damian (Damian), Friday, 3 October 2003 01:33 (eighteen years ago) link

The Band
il libretina
Sum 41

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 3 October 2003 03:03 (eighteen years ago) link

velvet underground
oneida
boris

mr. wiggles (Jay Kirsch), Friday, 3 October 2003 03:13 (eighteen years ago) link

Night Ranger

ok here is a question about singing drummers ?

which is cooler , headset mic or just mic on a gooseneck stand ?

discuss...

camazotz, Friday, 3 October 2003 03:21 (eighteen years ago) link

headset mics are about as cool as cardigans and leg warmers

the surface noise (electricsound), Friday, 3 October 2003 03:30 (eighteen years ago) link

individually, or wearing both at the same time ?

camazotz, Friday, 3 October 2003 03:37 (eighteen years ago) link

Peter Prescott of Mission of Burma, Volcano Suns etc.

And that little dude who sang Mmmmbop.

NickB (NickB), Friday, 3 October 2003 07:39 (eighteen years ago) link

taylor hanson?

The Lady Ms Lurex (lucylurex), Friday, 3 October 2003 08:49 (eighteen years ago) link

If that's his name! He did play the tubs didn't he?

NickB (NickB), Friday, 3 October 2003 08:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Singing Drummers?

RINGO! (sang while playing, at the back, everything...)
Keith Moon! (barbara ann)

Moe Tucker (Granted, would leave the drum stool for her bit, then return and resume drumming...)

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 3 October 2003 09:01 (eighteen years ago) link

would leave the drum stool for her bit

that SO TOTALLY does not count

Dave M. (rotten03), Friday, 3 October 2003 09:04 (eighteen years ago) link

it was during the same song...

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 3 October 2003 09:10 (eighteen years ago) link

DJ Yella

dave q, Friday, 3 October 2003 09:19 (eighteen years ago) link

Dave Clarke Five

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Friday, 3 October 2003 09:21 (eighteen years ago) link

Personally, I'm shocked and stunned that no-one has mentioned Mickey Dolenz yet.

NickB (NickB), Friday, 3 October 2003 09:28 (eighteen years ago) link

Das Pop

daarkbee, Friday, 3 October 2003 11:27 (eighteen years ago) link

Didn't that unmentionable bloke from Queen make a few solo records too?

NickB (NickB), Friday, 3 October 2003 11:33 (eighteen years ago) link

Airto Moreira, Nana Vasconcelos.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Friday, 3 October 2003 11:34 (eighteen years ago) link

Fat Lad from Dodgy was a better singer than Nigel. Likewise Reni and Ian Brown; neither frontman would have been tolerable without his drummer's vocal support.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Friday, 3 October 2003 11:46 (eighteen years ago) link

Dave Clarke did not sing, that was Mike Smith.

But it was Dave Clarkes stuff, therefore he was boss.

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 3 October 2003 11:48 (eighteen years ago) link

Quasi : janet weiss

half jack, Friday, 3 October 2003 12:14 (eighteen years ago) link

Steve West

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Friday, 3 October 2003 12:15 (eighteen years ago) link

Levon Helm

Mooro (Mooro), Friday, 3 October 2003 14:33 (eighteen years ago) link

Miriam Linna from the A-Bones.

Phil Freeman (Phil Freeman), Friday, 3 October 2003 14:38 (eighteen years ago) link

Dude from Phish. *shudder*

Elvin Jones grunts a lot.

Mel Torme was a great fucking drummer, but I don't think he ever did it at the same time.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 3 October 2003 14:44 (eighteen years ago) link

Did Stewart Copeland ever sing backup?

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 3 October 2003 14:47 (eighteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
DRUMMERS SUCK

asfkj, Wednesday, 18 August 2004 13:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Los Papines.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 13:28 (seventeen years ago) link

http://www.monkeyboy.co.uk/images/woslive6.jpg

mzui, Wednesday, 18 August 2004 14:33 (seventeen years ago) link

WHERE DO I GET A GOOD HEADSET MIC

())(())()()()(()(LASER)()()()LA(Z)E(R)()()()((L)()()(A)(S(E)R()()()) (ex machina, Wednesday, 18 August 2004 14:33 (seventeen years ago) link

mates of state

Felonious Drunk (Felcher), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 20:00 (seventeen years ago) link

eleven years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qobJdLPUSw

Riga Tony (Tom D.), Monday, 2 November 2015 14:56 (six years ago) link

This isn't going to be anyone's cup of tea around here, but Landis Expandis of the All Mighty Senators is one of my favorite frontmen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UANtfg_TULk

how's life, Monday, 2 November 2015 15:25 (six years ago) link

SLB update from Rolling Reissues 2020:
Sir Lord Baltimore finally getting an official reissue of their lps as a 3cd on April 24th. Through Cherry Red .
That includes a 2006 reunion lp.

I think all cd releases to now have been bootlegs.

― Stevolende, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:31 AM

dow, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 21:34 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Cool. She never got mentioned or just further evidence?

Louder Than Bach's Bottom (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 16 May 2020 15:43 (two years ago) link

Oh I don't know, didn't check.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Saturday, 16 May 2020 15:46 (two years ago) link

... she did 16 years ago but good to see some proof.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Saturday, 16 May 2020 15:46 (two years ago) link

Albert Bouchard and what's his face from Times New Viking

Deflatormouse, Saturday, 16 May 2020 18:43 (two years ago) link

^ Adam Elliott. And does Dennis Wilson count?

Deflatormouse, Saturday, 16 May 2020 18:44 (two years ago) link

Adris hoyos from Harry pussy

plax (ico), Saturday, 16 May 2020 18:52 (two years ago) link

How have we not acknowledged Neil Peart? Karen Carpenter was more the (on-stage) drumming-singer, though Midler's show used to incl. a parody of that.

dow, Saturday, 16 May 2020 20:40 (two years ago) link

Meg Baird in Heron Oblivion

knife sharpening tips (gaudio), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 14:55 (two years ago) link

Did Neil sing?

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 15:35 (two years ago) link

drumming singer vs singing drummer hmmmmm

brimstead, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 17:53 (two years ago) link

Why did I incl. Peart? Sorry, Geddy Lee!
Karen Carpenter the singer who sometimes drums (or "drums," as Midler would put it). Carpenters' main drummer, at least on tours, was Cubby O'Brien, ex-Mouseketeer. Also sang the Mickey Mouse Club theme song with his comrades as child, though don't know if he was already drumming then.

dow, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:01 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

Loukas Sideras, Aphrodite's Child.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwYmE7cqvRI

Young Boys of Bernie (Tom D.), Monday, 26 October 2020 14:59 (one year ago) link

limpe fuchs

plax (ico), Monday, 26 October 2020 16:02 (one year ago) link

"Moulty," by the Barbarians, is thee autobio of their drummer, who lost a hand, but gained a hook. "Now all I need is a girl." Other Barbarians: "Moulty!" (That's the chorus.) Prob on the 'Tube, but I no longer trust ilx to let me post it.

dow, Monday, 26 October 2020 17:14 (one year ago) link

That was actually a session gig where Moulty was backed by members of The Band (when they were still the Hawks), not the Barbarians. He reportedly was mortified by that track.

Chris L, Monday, 26 October 2020 17:21 (one year ago) link

Mike Browning, in early incarnations of Morbid Angel, his own band Nocturnus, and spinoff band Nocturnus AD

Neanderthal, Monday, 26 October 2020 17:41 (one year ago) link

xp Oh yeah, forgot about that, sorry. It was released as by the Barbarians, and incl. on Lenny Kaye's 70s-refreshing comp, Nuggets, which is where I heard it--wiki sez:

Originally, the song was only intended to be released under the consent of Moulton, who was opposed to its distribution. However, Laurie Records released "Moulty" along with "I'll Keep On Seeing You" in February 1966 as a single. Upon discovering the distribution of the song, Moulton was infuriated with president of Laurie Records, Robert Schwartz, reportedly quarreling with him, and destroying some copies of the single.[6] Regardless, "Moulty" managed to peak at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the charts for four weeks.[7] The song became somewhat of an inspiration to the band's younger followers, insisting them to "never give up no matter what the odds". However, The Barbarians were so disgruntled with management for releasing the song, despite Moulton's insistence against it, that the band soon ceased relations with the company.[6] "Moulty" was later immortalized in the compilation album, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968,[8] and included as a bonus track in the 2000 Sundazed Records reissue of the group's debut album.[9]

dow, Monday, 26 October 2020 18:00 (one year ago) link

Astonished that this thread is 17 years old and no-one has mentioned Kevin Godley yet.

Young Boys of Bernie (Tom D.), Monday, 26 October 2020 19:10 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thqPrIR2W8M

xzanfar, Monday, 26 October 2020 20:48 (one year ago) link

Oh mang thanx for the reminder! Is this the version on Life & Death On The New York Dance Floor 1980-1983 (listening companion to amazing book of same title)?? That track blows my my mynnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnndah.
Did not realize he was the drummer, or surely would have cited.

dow, Monday, 26 October 2020 21:24 (one year ago) link

Proscriptor formerly of Absu, fuck that garbage asshole forever though

Neanderthal, Monday, 26 October 2020 23:28 (one year ago) link

Hey Neanderthal! What garbage asshole info do you have on Proscriptor? I just wonder because I'm not very plugged into the metal scene, but when I tried getting into it I loved Absu. Then searching for interviews, I found one that had an extremely racist remark from him, which put me off the whole project frankly, but it seemed out-of-character because I had never seen anything else like that from him.

peace, man, Monday, 26 October 2020 23:45 (one year ago) link

most recently, he fired a transgender member of the band for being transgender - that's the one that put me off of him forever.

which sucks as I loved Absu.

https://loudwire.com/absu-melissa-moore-kicked-out-transgender/

Neanderthal, Monday, 26 October 2020 23:49 (one year ago) link

On a more positive note, Max Klebanoff from Tomb Mold

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Monday, 26 October 2020 23:52 (one year ago) link

Tomb Mold are such good guys. I hung with their guitarist a bit at Psycho Vegas, caught Carcass w/ him

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 00:01 (one year ago) link

BRUTUS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxzLSswIOds

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 00:27 (one year ago) link

Wow, that Absu situation is absolute garbage. Like, goddamn. What kind of asshole writes this shit:

https://www.metalsucks.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/melissa_text-563x1000.png

Not gonna look for it now, but in the racist situation I mentioned above, he tried to recruit people to join his reformed Absu with one of the requirements being "Scotch, Irish, or German descent to bloodline."

Went and had a listen to Melissa Moore's new project Sonja, and it's more along the lines of what I'm interested in these days anyway. Here's hoping there's more to come.

https://sonjaband.bandcamp.com/album/nylon-nights-wanting-me-dead

peace, man, Tuesday, 27 October 2020 00:33 (one year ago) link

brutus is unreal, i can't imagine drumming like that and singing like that at the same time

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 00:34 (one year ago) link

Astonished that this thread is 17 years old and no-one has mentioned Kevin Godley Hamilton Bohannon yet.

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 19:44 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

Larry Blackmon!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWBD9c7AEm0

Naughty Boys Hoo! (Tom D.), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 09:41 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Honey Lantree

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqjALaD7Y4o

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 01:08 (one year ago) link

Surely she has been on the thread before.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 01:10 (one year ago) link

I don't think she sang very often.

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 01:13 (one year ago) link

... so, no, I don't think so.

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 01:14 (one year ago) link

Oh yeah, okay

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 01:15 (one year ago) link

i can't imagine drumming like that and singing like that at the same time

― mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, October 26, 2020 8:34 PM (two months ago) bookmarkflaglink

This comment reminded me of Sam Chown aka Shmu, singer/drummer for Zorch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvTqqVPiYs0

Adoration of the Mogwai (Deflatormouse), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 03:42 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Buddy Miles is on here somewhere, surely---

birdistheword's ace revive of RIP Grant Hart me to it for the first time (he links a live set)

dow, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 03:46 (three months ago) link

*led* me to it

dow, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 03:46 (three months ago) link

Taylor Hawkins

xp thanks dow! Now that this thread's come up, after Hüsker Dü broke up, did Grant ever sing and play drums on stage again? Unless he was sitting in as a guest drummer, I can imagine him leaving the kit behind (at least on tour) which is a shame because he was a fantastic drummer.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 14:28 (three months ago) link

I've never seen Karen Carpenter play drums before:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdHyzGXAJPg

birdistheword, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 00:17 (three months ago) link

And another!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9TmMfnZyY4

birdistheword, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 00:18 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Rick Brown:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk6TD1PX22c

Bunheads Pilot Enthusiast (morrisp), Sunday, 10 July 2022 06:27 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Earlier (’68) Karen Carpenter

HIPPO violation (morrisp), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 02:52 (two weeks ago) link

19 years too late...

Was the dude from Spiderbait ever really 'fat' or an 'idiot' though? Geez.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 03:35 (two weeks ago) link

A+ Carpenter content itt. Thanks. :)

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 03:54 (two weeks ago) link


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