Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental manservant Hop-Sing and I are off to Paris, France, home of the ignoble frog, for the annual Marguerite Duras Film Festival. Sounds very existential, so just in case I'm having my beret re-blocked. In any case, posting by moi will necessarily be sporadic for a few days.
But in my absence, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
MOST EXCITING, INVENTIVE, OR JUST PLAIN COOL DRUMMING ON A HIT SINGLE OF THE 60s!!!!!
[Apologies if I've done a similar theme before, but it's been a very long week. Plus, I'm aging rapidly.]
Okay, here's my totally top of my head Top Five:
5. The Four Seasons -- Dawn
New York studio great Buddy Salzman makes this dawn come up like thunder, if you'll pardon the overheated metaphor/literary reference.
4. The Rolling Stones -- 19th Nervous Breakdown
Charlie Watts, with only his tiny little jazzman's kit, generates a rumble worthy of Krakatoa on this one. Incidentally -- the Stones are lip-synching here, but I think it's nonetheless pretty much the most exciting early clip of them ever. Charisma isn't even the word....
3. The Beatles -- Ticket to Ride
Ringo Starr's first genuine breakthrough -- nobody, at this point, had ever done a recorded drum part that sounded so huge and yet was actually so musically minimalist. (BTW -- anybody ever see this clip before? It's a new one on me...)
2. (a tie)
The Detroit Wheels -- Devil With a Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss
The legendary Johnny B. Badanjek kicks ass...
and The Young Rascals -- Good Lovin'
...while the unbelievable Dino Danelli takes names and leads with his chin.
And the absolutely no question about it most explosive percussion work on a 45 pm vinyl record of the decade is -----
1. The Who -- My Generation
Keith Moon playing lead drums. As Greil Marcus famously said, after all these years the sheer audacity of that still takes ones breath away.
Alrighty, now -- and your choices would be?