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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

drummers who are singers?

The Eagles
Lightning Bolt
The Romantics
The Carpenters
Husker Du

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 2 October 2003 22:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Grand Funk Railroad
The Mentors
NoMeansNo (I think)

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

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the Hard Ons

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


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

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Number One Cup
Yo La Tengo

Bruce Urquhart (Bruce Urquhart), Friday, 3 October 2003 00:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


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

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dude, AWESOME photo.

calstars (calstars), Friday, 3 October 2003 00:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Kurt Dahle

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Friday, 3 October 2003 00:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

peepee (peepee), Friday, 3 October 2003 00:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Liz from Christmas.

dlp9001, Friday, 3 October 2003 01:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

China Drum

Damian (Damian), Friday, 3 October 2003 01:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Band
il libretina
Sum 41

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 3 October 2003 03:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

velvet underground

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

Night Ranger

ok here is a question about singing drummers ?

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


camazotz, Friday, 3 October 2003 03:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

headset mics are about as cool as cardigans and leg warmers

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

individually, or wearing both at the same time ?

camazotz, Friday, 3 October 2003 03:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Peter Prescott of Mission of Burma, Volcano Suns etc.

And that little dude who sang Mmmmbop.

NickB (NickB), Friday, 3 October 2003 07:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

taylor hanson?

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

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

NickB (NickB), Friday, 3 October 2003 08:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

would leave the drum stool for her bit

that SO TOTALLY does not count

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

it was during the same song...

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 3 October 2003 09:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

DJ Yella

dave q, Friday, 3 October 2003 09:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dave Clarke Five

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Friday, 3 October 2003 09:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

NickB (NickB), Friday, 3 October 2003 09:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Das Pop

daarkbee, Friday, 3 October 2003 11:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

NickB (NickB), Friday, 3 October 2003 11:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Airto Moreira, Nana Vasconcelos.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Friday, 3 October 2003 11:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Quasi : janet weiss

half jack, Friday, 3 October 2003 12:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Steve West

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Friday, 3 October 2003 12:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Levon Helm

Mooro (Mooro), Friday, 3 October 2003 14:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Miriam Linna from the A-Bones.

Phil Freeman (Phil Freeman), Friday, 3 October 2003 14:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Did Stewart Copeland ever sing backup?

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 3 October 2003 14:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

asfkj, Wednesday, 18 August 2004 13:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Los Papines.

Rockist_Scientist (rockist_scientist), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 13:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

mzui, Wednesday, 18 August 2004 14:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


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

mates of state

Felonious Drunk (Felcher), Wednesday, 18 August 2004 20:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

eleven years pass...

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

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.

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

Milford Graves:

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 3 November 2015 18:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Jan Errico of The Vejtables

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 21:12 (two years ago) Permalink

band of gypsies (at least on 'who knows')

jason waterfalls (gbx), Tuesday, 3 November 2015 21:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Marcus Binder of Attwenger

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 21:38 (two years ago) Permalink

Buddy Miles though I've read certain people he was doing it with weren't overly pleased. Apparently Band of Gypsies had to be heavily edited because of it, or so I read.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 21:49 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Jigsaw revival in full effect.

about time!

― fact checking cuz, Tuesday, November 3, 2015 3:36 PM (4 months ago)

Just came to post Jigsaw as well, but maybe I dimly remember seeing it here 4 months ago.

But I guess I can contribute: Grady Tate

SIGSALY Can't Dance (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 23:42 (two years ago) Permalink

the dude from no age

dynamicinterface, Thursday, 17 March 2016 00:00 (two years ago) Permalink

I thought this thread said Sting Drummers
Copeland, Hakim, Katche, Cailuta, Carlock ... Simply the best!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 17 March 2016 00:35 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Doesn't quite count but Jon Hendricks first instrument was drums, which may explain why he is able to do what he does.

Radio Free European Son (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 April 2016 16:00 (two years ago) Permalink

Come to think of it, this cat is great but probably not on the radar of this borad:

Radio Free European Son (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 April 2016 16:04 (two years ago) Permalink


SlimAndSlam, Saturday, 30 April 2016 17:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Christian Vander
Tatsuya Yoshida

come on people

ultros ultros-ghali, Saturday, 30 April 2016 17:36 (two years ago) Permalink

The guy out of The Display Team

And the cry rang out all o'er the town / Good Heavens! Tay is down (imago), Saturday, 30 April 2016 17:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Sarah Hennies does backing vocals for most of her bands (Weird Weeds, Eamonn's Daemons, Obody).

one way street, Saturday, 30 April 2016 17:55 (two years ago) Permalink

timellison, Saturday, 30 April 2016 18:32 (two years ago) Permalink

I don't suppose anyone remembers Blair Mailer, but their track on the Yo Yo a Go Go compilation from '96 starts with a voice saying:

"Who was the band with the drummer that sang just one song?"
" was us."


Tom Violence, Saturday, 30 April 2016 18:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Mimi Parker from Low

that's not my post, Sunday, 1 May 2016 07:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Fyfe Ewing ex of Therapy?.

I've had Eno, ugh (ledge), Sunday, 1 May 2016 08:28 (two years ago) Permalink

The Jellyfish dude. Had a good voice!

Jimmy_Chop, Sunday, 1 May 2016 13:58 (two years ago) Permalink

wow i've never seen any Jellyfish performances/videos so i didn't realize Sturmer was the drummer

some dude, Sunday, 1 May 2016 14:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Terry Bozzio

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 1 May 2016 15:02 (two years ago) Permalink

Carla Azar of Autolux: Soft Scene, Brainwasher

Maya Tuttle of The Colourist: We Won't Go Home, Little Games

Florrie (Florence Ellen Arnold): Live a Little, Shot You Down

Abandon hype all ye who enter here (Sanpaku), Monday, 2 May 2016 02:46 (two years ago) Permalink

Also, if timbale drummers are considered, its bewildering that Sheila E hasn't been mentioned in 12 years.

Abandon hype all ye who enter here (Sanpaku), Monday, 2 May 2016 02:51 (two years ago) Permalink

My favorite singing drummer, non-Levon Helm division, is Katherina Bornefeld of Dutch art-punk institution The Ex.

JRN, Monday, 2 May 2016 02:56 (two years ago) Permalink

Saw this band, Sirsy, a few months ago. They're from upstate NY. The singer plays drums -- standing up, which is tricky -- and she's good, too. She also triggers bass parts on a pad attached to the drumset.

A nationally known air show announcer/personality (tipsy mothra), Monday, 2 May 2016 04:25 (two years ago) Permalink


Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 2 May 2016 05:27 (two years ago) Permalink

See that Mel Torme has already been mentioned, didn't even think about Sheila E. but yeah of course D'oh! Have been wondering if Morris Day should count.

Wrecka Stow Ralph (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 May 2016 06:27 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Birth Control (terrible band)

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Friday, 20 January 2017 00:20 (one year ago) Permalink

^ BERND NOSKE dr, voc

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Friday, 20 January 2017 00:22 (one year ago) Permalink

King Fowley of Deceased:

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 20 January 2017 02:48 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Bill Teeters (Tom D.), Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Panda Bear

flappy bird, Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:21 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't see anybody playing drums there. Or singing.

Bill Teeters (Tom D.), Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:27 (one year ago) Permalink

flappy bird, Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Uncalled for tbh.

Bill Teeters (Tom D.), Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:42 (one year ago) Permalink

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

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 27 March 2017 11:34 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

Handsome Bookor, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 22:52 (one year ago) Permalink

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

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 23:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Dave Grohl does this on Nirvana Unplugged, iirc.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Wednesday, 29 March 2017 23:28 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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.

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

three months pass...

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


MaresNest, Saturday, 8 July 2017 17:21 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Thursday, 13 July 2017 17:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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

flappy bird, Thursday, 13 July 2017 17:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Kurt Reil of The Grip Weeds

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 03:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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.

the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually (man alive), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 04:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

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