Non-Drummers Playing Drums

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MortSahlFan, Dec 25, 2020.

  1. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Peter Frampton has played drums on some of his studio albums. He must be a fairly competent player.
  2. sound chaser

    sound chaser Forum Resident

    North East UK.
    Axe master Bill Nelson played drums on his band Red Noise's track "Furniture Music", which is coincidentally an excellent example to teach someone to play, drums :).
  3. Zack

    Zack Forum Resident

    Easton, MD
    Nick Mason is not even the best drummer in Pink Floyd! :D
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  4. nosticker

    nosticker Forum Guy

    Ringwood, NJ
    I have seen people proficient on other instruments be absolutely worthless when sitting behind drums. Guess it depends on how one defines "competently". Some people have a good, natural feel from the word go and you might be one of them.

  5. The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man Forum Resident

    Somebody probably mentioned this but...
    Basement Tapes:
    Robbie Robertson played drums on ‘Apple Suckling Tree,’ ‘You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere’ and ‘This Wheel’s On Fire.’
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  6. rockerreds

    rockerreds Forum Resident

    Eric Carmen on some of his solo albums.
  7. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA

    The Replacements switch instruments for the title track of Hootenanny and it shows. Paul Westerberg on drums.
  8. Doug Schiller

    Doug Schiller Forum Resident

    Tampa Bay
    Just noticed this yesterday. Mike Rutherford playing drums on WhoDunnit?

  9. pokemaniacjunk

    pokemaniacjunk Forum Resident

    south paris maine
    Here's Adam Levine on drums

  10. Dunedin

    Dunedin Forum Resident


    On Green by R.E.M. Peter Buck plays drums on track 11.
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  11. tonyballz

    tonyballz Roogalator

    The Velvet Underground's bassist Doug Yule plays drums on half of the Loaded LP, including Sweet Jane and Rock & Roll. You can hear him sort of glitch a drum fill on the restored bridge of Sweet Jane at 3:31.

  12. tonyballz

    tonyballz Roogalator

    GBV guitarist Tobin Sprout plays drums on Bee Thousand's Hot Freaks and Mincer Ray, possibly others.
  13. RichC

    RichC Forum Resident

    Charlotte, NC
  14. Jimbino

    Jimbino Goad Kicker, Music Lover

    San Jose, CA, USA
    Ade's original instrument was the drums, IIRC. Clearly, this was pre-Zappa, Bowie, Heads, Crimson.
  15. RichC

    RichC Forum Resident

    Charlotte, NC
    Check out the excellent Summer Of Soul documentary, where a 19-year-old (!!) Stevie Wonder absolutely KILLS on drums in the opening moments. (There's a half-second in the trailer below at 1:08.)

    I already knew Stevie was an amazing drummer who played a lot of his own signature parts (famously "Superstition") but it's still badass to see him doing it live.
  16. slapbass

    slapbass Forum Resident

    Guitarist Pete Cosey plays drums on this Miles Davis track
  17. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Searching For Simplicity

    Eastern Iowa
    Beach Boys: The Wanderer

    Denny went out front to sing, while Brian played the drums and Al switched to bass
  18. Uuan

    Uuan Well-Known Member

    Dave Clarke ( allegedly )
  19. Uuan

    Uuan Well-Known Member

    Skip Spence , according to some
  20. Shoehorn with Teeth

    Shoehorn with Teeth Romans 6:23

    The Midwest
    Rivers Cuomo plays drums on two songs on the Red Album. He's not too shabby either!

    As a drummer I do have to say that this thread is kind of funny, even if it's just dunking on the fact that drummers are often considered the most expendable and least-talented of the band. I can't help but have a love for the instrument, even if it's not respected.:laugh:
  21. Say It Right

    Say It Right Not for the Hearing Impaired

    Niagara Falls
    It's like in baseball, when there's a blowout and a fielder comes in to pitch an inning for mopup.
  22. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I was watching a documentary on Love, and their drummer seemed to have problems, and was told by Arthur if he screwed up a section in a song, he'd fire him..... That drummer also said Arthur played some drums, not sure if it made it on record, but it could have been replicated later with less seams.

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