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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen years ago) link

Grand Funk Railroad
The Mentors
NoMeansNo (I think)

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

the Hard Ons
Tugboat

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

Lucksmiths

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

Number One Cup
Yo La Tengo

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

Jellyfish

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

Dude, AWESOME photo.

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

Kurt Dahle

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

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

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

Liz from Christmas.

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

China Drum

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

The Band
il libretina
Sum 41

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

velvet underground
oneida
boris

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

headset mics are about as cool as cardigans and leg warmers

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

individually, or wearing both at the same time ?

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

taylor hanson?

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

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

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

it was during the same song...

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

DJ Yella

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

Dave Clarke Five

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

Das Pop

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

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

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

Airto Moreira, Nana Vasconcelos.

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

Quasi : janet weiss

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

Steve West

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

Levon Helm

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

Miriam Linna from the A-Bones.

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

Did Stewart Copeland ever sing backup?

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

ten months pass...
DRUMMERS SUCK

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

Los Papines.

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

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

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

mates of state

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

eleven years pass...

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

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

Georgia Hubley from Yo La Tengo (the band was mentioned upthread), one of my favourite female voices in rock music, one example with Tortoise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6tpg_FmsiU

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 27 March 2017 11:34 (three years ago) link

When I think of singing drummers I first think of Gil Moore of Triumph
But apparently I am the only one.

DarkSinistar, Monday, 27 March 2017 14:11 (three years ago) link

Jen Twynn Payne is lead vocalist and drummer for The Courtneys, a Vancouver band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM_ekGGg6f0

Handsome Bookor, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 22:52 (three years ago) link

are there any drummers who also play bass at the same time

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 23:18 (three years ago) link

Dave Grohl does this on Nirvana Unplugged, iirc.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Wednesday, 29 March 2017 23:28 (three years ago) link

When I think of singing drummers I first think of Gil Moore of Triumph
But apparently I am the only one.

Au contraire, there's a youtube clip upthread.

Bill Teeters (Tom D.), Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:16 (three years ago) link

I posted about the 24th Street Wailers in a rockabilly thread and got no response, but this gal plays drums AND sings like early Etta James.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYJh3d6BLFY

You're going to see a lot of love. Okay? Thank you. (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 30 March 2017 14:16 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

are there any drummers who also play bass at the same time

Yeppers

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

MaresNest, Saturday, 8 July 2017 17:21 (three years ago) link

^ Thanks for posting this, I've got a new favourite band.

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Thursday, 13 July 2017 17:35 (three years ago) link

that band Cowboy Mouth I saw on Ellen 11 or 12 years ago

flappy bird, Thursday, 13 July 2017 17:39 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Kurt Reil of The Grip Weeds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRl878m9mzE

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 03:50 (two years ago) link

Grant Hart, Levon Helm, Don Henley, Stewart Copeland, Phil Collins are all fine by me. It's probably no one's first choice but sometimes it happens.

Gooseneck stand is goofy, particularly if it goes over your head in a dramatic arc. No thank you. If you're even remotely clever you can get a normal boom stand to serve adequately. I do this pretty frequently.

A headset seems nice in theory but doesn't let you cough or belch or anything (unless you have like a mute pedal but that's probably even more distracting).

Tone-Locrian (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 04:09 (two years ago) link

See I feel like the above band (Grip Weeds) would be much better with a front person vocalist, I don't feel like singing drummer works with their style at all.

one year passes...

John Cowsill

The Vermilion Sand Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 12:59 (one year ago) link

I saw an interesting 2-piece band open for Neil Hagerty at the Casbah in San Diego, in the early 2000s, and wish I could remember their name. It was a guy with glasses on a drum kit, singing, and another guy playing guitar (I think). Their songs were mesmerizing.

I’ve always remembered (sort of) the closing lyric to one of them:

“And the thing I most regret / Is that I ever, ever had / Just one cigarette”

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 14:00 (one year ago) link

are there any drummers who also play bass at the same time

Yeppers

― MaresNest, Saturday, July 8, 2017 10:21 AM (one year ago)

Also -- this video is all kinds of awesome

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 16:45 (one year ago) link

Giorgio Tuma
Phil Wright from Paper Lace

Jeff W, Tuesday, 28 August 2018 18:17 (one year ago) link

are there any drummers who also play bass at the same time

Oh yeah, a friend of mine does this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y9xWFRGnW8

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 18:28 (one year ago) link

Don't actually know if that is worth watching sorry.

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 05:01 (one year ago) link

dean fucking spunt

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 05:11 (one year ago) link

dean fucking spunt is possibly the only good singing drummer (source: the heart)

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 05:12 (one year ago) link

my heart reminds me that yukihiro fucking takahashi is also in the god tier of singing drummers

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 05:13 (one year ago) link

John Cowsill

Here he is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZD2eUa8UnI

The Great Atomic Power Ballad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 6 September 2018 14:57 (one year ago) link

Ok, now this is just getting ridiculous (singing-bass playing-synth playing-drummers)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yWdsmKDfsM

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 6 September 2018 15:12 (one year ago) link

wtf haha

imago, Thursday, 6 September 2018 15:18 (one year ago) link

reminds me of the 'one-man bands' you used to see on the metro...except this is a full rock band

imago, Thursday, 6 September 2018 15:18 (one year ago) link

lol at Bruce Johnston occasionally remembering to pretend to play the keyboard in that Cowsill clip

▫◌▫ (sic), Thursday, 6 September 2018 15:26 (one year ago) link

Surprised that John Garner of Sir Lord Baltimore isn't on here. SLB's 1971 Kingdom Come is what would now be called proto-metal I guess---tagged as heavy metal when that was still a new, esoteric rock critic category---real good, and the follow-up was okay; way later when they were mentioned in CREEM again, somebody wrote in to say that Garner had become a Christian EMT and wedding singer. Then about 12 years ago the third album was finally released, earlier sessions re-worked with Christian-themed lyrics (considering the title of the debut, maybe this was always in there, but originally over my head if so). Kingdom Come's re-reissue on CD is prob OOP by now but worth looking for.

dow, Thursday, 6 September 2018 15:30 (one year ago) link

Listening again---if you want visionary caveman vocals x drums for the wedding, Garner is your guy! Or was (RIP).

dow, Thursday, 6 September 2018 18:17 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6srcWeDh_o

Zach Same (Tom D.), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 09:32 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

ctrl+f "Anderson Paak" 0/0

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 21 February 2019 22:36 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRWgtYtrrj8

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Thursday, 13 February 2020 23:56 (five months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/zD6FF57.jpg

del griffith, Saturday, 15 February 2020 18:26 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

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 (four months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago) link

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

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

^ Adam Elliott. And does Dennis Wilson count?

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

Adris hoyos from Harry pussy

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

Meg Baird in Heron Oblivion

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

Did Neil sing?

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

drumming singer vs singing drummer hmmmmm

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


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