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(Onion AV Club)   The twenty-five best snare drum intros. Who knew there was just more than Zeppelin's Rock & Roll?   (avclub.com) divider line 130
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2012-04-23 04:12:23 PM  
Trick question. They are all covers of Zeppelin's Rock and Roll, even if they predate it.
 
2012-04-23 04:13:47 PM  
Tommy Gun should have been higher, but I'm Ok with this list.
 
2012-04-23 04:14:37 PM  
MOBY DICK...Dick...dick...
 
2012-04-23 04:16:57 PM  
am I missing something or do most of these lead-in with guitars?
 
2012-04-23 04:18:36 PM  
Not a lot of very good drummers in that list...or is this the thread where I find out that Keith Moon and John Bonham were actually the best drummers ever? Fawing over Neil Peart is one thing, but this list was especially dire.
 
2012-04-23 04:19:26 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: am I missing something or do most of these lead-in with guitars?


yes, it's a terrible list. please remove this page from the internet. it serves no purpose.
 
2012-04-23 04:22:59 PM  

Patterson: Not a lot of very good drummers in that list...or is this the thread where I find out that Keith Moon and John Bonham were actually the best drummers ever? Fawing over Neil Peart is one thing, but this list was especially dire.


True, but they were going for "iconic," not "best," as subby suggested. If we are talking best, I'd like to nominate "South Side of the Sky" by Yes.
 
2012-04-23 04:23:27 PM  
More interesting to me, is that Andy Summers playing a Hamer USA Standard prototype?
 
2012-04-23 04:23:32 PM  
my fave drum intro is "going to a Go-Go",
not snare tho
 
2012-04-23 04:24:17 PM  
No '50 Ways to Leave Your Lover' on a list of iconic snare drum intros?

/List Fail
 
2012-04-23 04:25:04 PM  

devilEther: FeedTheCollapse: am I missing something or do most of these lead-in with guitars?

yes, it's a terrible list. please remove this page from the internet. it serves no purpose.


Yeah, a couple of those were base intros if anything
 
2012-04-23 04:26:05 PM  
 
2012-04-23 04:26:57 PM  

tatum: No '50 Ways to Leave Your Lover' on a list of iconic snare drum intros?

/List Fail


Yes, but it had The Obvious Child to represent Paul Simon, and that's one of the coolest openings of any song, ever.
 
2012-04-23 04:27:27 PM  

Patterson: Not a lot of very good drummers in that list...or is this the thread where I find out that Keith Moon and John Bonham were actually the best drummers ever? Fawing over Neil Peart is one thing, but this list was especially dire.


Being an awesome technical drummer and creating an catchy, well-remembered drum intro are not one and the same.
 
2012-04-23 04:28:23 PM  

tatum: No '50 Ways to Leave Your Lover' on a list of iconic snare drum intros?

/List Fail


Came to say this, glad it was covered.
 
2012-04-23 04:28:35 PM  

dontbreakthebend: Patterson: Not a lot of very good drummers in that list...or is this the thread where I find out that Keith Moon and John Bonham were actually the best drummers ever? Fawing over Neil Peart is one thing, but this list was especially dire.

True, but they were going for "iconic," not "best," as subby suggested. If we are talking best, I'd like to nominate "South Side of the Sky" by Yes.


I wanna buy you a beer.

My pick would be Spokes from Allan Holdsworth (Vinnie Colaiuta on drums). The whole song grooves very hard and contains some of the funnest and most creative fills ever.

Drum Lesson for the intro piece

Full song

It's amazing that as many people covering Vinnie as I've seen, I have yet to hear anyone play it the same way. He just seems like the perfect drummer.
 
2012-04-23 04:31:05 PM  

Patterson: Not a lot of very good drummers in that list...or is this the thread where I find out that Keith Moon and John Bonham were actually the best drummers ever? Fawing over Neil Peart is one thing, but this list was especially dire.


Stuart Copeland is without a doubt the best drummer on that list.
 
2012-04-23 04:31:29 PM  

yelmrog: Patterson: Not a lot of very good drummers in that list...or is this the thread where I find out that Keith Moon and John Bonham were actually the best drummers ever? Fawing over Neil Peart is one thing, but this list was especially dire.

Being an awesome technical drummer and creating an catchy, well-remembered drum intro are not one and the same.


So answer me this: does a lack of technique automatically make someone more likely to make catchy music?

Why does technique and skill have to be equated to lack of emotion or catchiness? Someone metionned the lack of "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" with Steve Gadd on drums. I happen to think it's extremely catchy.
 
2012-04-23 04:32:15 PM  
Like a Rolling Stone.

"The first time that I heard Bob Dylan I was in the car with my mother, and we were listening to, I think, maybe WMCA, and on came that snare shot that sounded like somebody kicked open the door to your mind, from 'Like a Rolling Stone.' And my mother, who was - she was no stiff with rock and roll, she liked the music, she listened - she sat there for a minute, she looked at me, and she said, 'That guy can't sing.' But I knew she was wrong. I sat there, I didn't say nothin', but I knew that I was listening to the toughest voice that I had ever heard. It was lean, and it sounded somehow simultaneously young and adult."
Bruce Springsteen
 
2012-04-23 04:32:17 PM  
Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
 
2012-04-23 04:32:44 PM  
They will list anything, wont they?
 
2012-04-23 04:33:02 PM  

meehaw: Patterson: Not a lot of very good drummers in that list...or is this the thread where I find out that Keith Moon and John Bonham were actually the best drummers ever? Fawing over Neil Peart is one thing, but this list was especially dire.

Stuart Copeland is without a doubt the best drummer on that list.


Was gonna mention his inclusion as being a nice the only bright spot. Always liked his style.
 
2012-04-23 04:36:16 PM  
List fails with no Rossini.

Link
 
2012-04-23 04:37:13 PM  
First thing I thought of when I saw the headline was Cherub Rock. Glad to see it on the list.
 
2012-04-23 04:37:23 PM  
What good technical drummers who are catchy sound like:

Ignacio Berroa

Gary Husband and Mark Mondesir
 
2012-04-23 04:41:15 PM  
Since the list's criteria doesn't require that the snare be the first sound in the song, I'd say it's missing:

"Birdhouse In Your Soul," They Might Be Giants
and
"Peg," Steely Dan

Both start off with a flightly little keyboard riff that lacks any real urgency or rhythm. Then all of a sudden, the snare drops in, locks everything into place, and the songs take off.
 
2012-04-23 04:44:26 PM  

tatum: No '50 Ways to Leave Your Lover' on a list of iconic snare drum intros?

/List Fail


Really,, and they went with Cheap Tricks "Surrender" instead of "I Want you to Want Me" for iconic Snare? WTF?
 
2012-04-23 04:48:05 PM  
 
2012-04-23 04:51:21 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vneFS48Z4Ws&feature=youtube_gdata_playe r
What? Genius....come for the twirling drum stick, stay for the sit down guitar solo...
 
2012-04-23 04:53:07 PM  

Serpoltas: Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection

 
2012-04-23 04:56:24 PM  
Damned right "Funky Drummer" better be on that list.

But this one came immediately to mind.

Link
 
2012-04-23 04:57:01 PM  
Not really a drum intro, but here's Bernard Purdie 'splaining how to play the ghost notes on the snare. I could listen to this guy talk all day.
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie
 
2012-04-23 04:59:23 PM  

largedon: Not really a drum intro, but here's Bernard Purdie 'splaining how to play the ghost notes on the snare. I could listen to this guy talk all day.
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie


That man knows the drums and knows how to explain the basic concept. Clean, amazing performer.
 
2012-04-23 05:01:50 PM  

meehaw: Patterson: Not a lot of very good drummers in that list...or is this the thread where I find out that Keith Moon and John Bonham were actually the best drummers ever? Fawing over Neil Peart is one thing, but this list was especially dire.

Stuart Copeland is without a doubt the best drummer on that list.


His outro work on "Message In A Bottle" still stands today.
 
2012-04-23 05:05:36 PM  
NoMeansNo - Heaven Is the Dust Beneath My Shoes
The Minutemen - The Anchor
The Clash - Janie Jones
 
2012-04-23 05:06:42 PM  
Weird list. If you're going to talk about snare drum intros, i would tend to think the songs kick off with something done on the snare. That's not the case in all of these.

Personally I'd go with Get Off of My Cloud for iconic.

Other memorables for me are
Driven to Tears & Demolition Man - Police
Middle of the Road - Pretenders
Little Guitars - Van Halen and Bullet the Blue Sky - U2, since they're essentially identical
 
2012-04-23 05:06:44 PM  
If Steve Miller counts....then this list fails utterly without Heart's Barracuda.
 
2012-04-23 05:07:22 PM  
Over and Under by one of the Appice brothers?
 
2012-04-23 05:07:49 PM  
ELP's Tank.
 
2012-04-23 05:09:12 PM  
As has been stated, based on the criteria used in the list, pretty much any song that has drums in it is eligible. Songs I immediately thought of: Deftones: "7 Words," Poison the Well: Ghostchant, and if you're going to go Hendrix: Pretty much anything off Axis: Bold as Love: Up From the Skies, Spanish Castle Magic, If 6 was 9, Little Miss Lover...
 
2012-04-23 05:11:04 PM  
 
2012-04-23 05:12:08 PM  

Serpoltas: Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection


What he said. Also, I tend to think of Get it On by Kingdom Come.
 
2012-04-23 05:12:55 PM  

NorCalLos: Deftones: "7 Words


Just annouced a tour with SOAD
 
2012-04-23 05:20:27 PM  
 
2012-04-23 05:23:13 PM  
If they are going with Nirvana SLTS which is actually not a snare, or drum intro, and when the drums come in they are snare/bass combo, then I am lobbing out another Grohl song with QotSA-Song for the Dead

Song for the Dead(pop)
 
2012-04-23 05:23:56 PM  
 
2012-04-23 05:27:22 PM  

Gunny Highway: NorCalLos: Deftones: "7 Words

Just annouced a tour with SOAD


Thanks for the tip. That would be a sweet show. I've seen Deftones quite a few times, as they're from my hometown. I actually got my one and only concussion in a pit at one of their shows. They were supposed so play on a radio station show with SOAD I went to here in Sacramento a few years back; but Deftones flaked. "Chino was sick," I believe. System was awesome, though.
 
2012-04-23 05:29:22 PM  
I'm going "pure snare intro" here- my pick is Digital Man off of Signals.
 
2012-04-23 05:33:35 PM  

darch: I'm going "pure snare intro" here- my pick is Digital Man off of Signals.


This - and One Little Victory.
 
2012-04-23 05:35:59 PM  

Jodeo: darch: I'm going "pure snare intro" here- my pick is Digital Man off of Signals.

This - and One Little Victory.


Posted above!

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