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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen years ago) link

Grand Funk Railroad
The Mentors
NoMeansNo (I think)

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

the Hard Ons
Tugboat

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

Lucksmiths

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

Number One Cup
Yo La Tengo

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

Jellyfish

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

Dude, AWESOME photo.

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

Kurt Dahle

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

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

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

Liz from Christmas.

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

China Drum

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

The Band
il libretina
Sum 41

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

velvet underground
oneida
boris

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

headset mics are about as cool as cardigans and leg warmers

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

individually, or wearing both at the same time ?

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

taylor hanson?

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

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

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

it was during the same song...

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

DJ Yella

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

Dave Clarke Five

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

Das Pop

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

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

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

Airto Moreira, Nana Vasconcelos.

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

Quasi : janet weiss

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

Steve West

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

Levon Helm

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

Miriam Linna from the A-Bones.

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

Did Stewart Copeland ever sing backup?

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

ten months pass...
DRUMMERS SUCK

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

Los Papines.

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

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

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

mates of state

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

eleven years pass...

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

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

wtf haha

imago, Thursday, 6 September 2018 15:18 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

Zach Same (Tom D.), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 09:32 (two years 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 (eleven months ago) link

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

del griffith, Saturday, 15 February 2020 18:26 (eleven 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 (ten 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

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

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

^ Adam Elliott. And does Dennis Wilson count?

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

Adris hoyos from Harry pussy

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

Meg Baird in Heron Oblivion

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

Did Neil sing?

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

drumming singer vs singing drummer hmmmmm

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

limpe fuchs

plax (ico), Monday, 26 October 2020 16:02 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

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

xzanfar, Monday, 26 October 2020 20:48 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

Proscriptor formerly of Absu, fuck that garbage asshole forever though

Neanderthal, Monday, 26 October 2020 23:28 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

On a more positive note, Max Klebanoff from Tomb Mold

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

BRUTUS

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

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 00:27 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 month 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 week 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 week ago) link

I don't think she sang very often.

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

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

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

Oh yeah, okay

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


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