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(Ultimate Classic Rock)   50 years ago today, the coolest drummer of all time found himself a steady and lucrative gig   (ultimateclassicrock.com) divider line 75
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2013-01-12 03:42:40 PM  
Charlie Watts and Ringo are both proof that what most bands need is a competent timekeeper who can keep the beat going, and that not every drummer needs to be a Neil Peart wankster.
 
2013-01-12 04:02:50 PM  
Never understood why he couldn't hit the snare and the hi-hat at the same time.

Not a fan of his... not a detractor... but he always looked like he was one miss hit from a complete trainwreck the way he "air times" with his hands. Reminds me of Rain Man.

/Drummer
//Hit 'em hard
///Keep it simple
////Chuck Biscuits FTW
 
2013-01-12 05:09:40 PM  
. . . pay for the Pizza.
 
2013-01-12 05:16:33 PM  
I love his work on "Get of Of My Cloud" in particular, that simple rat a tat a tat tat fill is so awesome.
 
2013-01-12 05:19:46 PM  
There are lots of good drummers, but there is only one Mickey Hart.
 
2013-01-12 05:24:00 PM  
I like how he always looks stonefaced and like he'd rather be ANYWHERE else.  He's definately the Buster Keaton of drumming.
 
2013-01-12 06:20:51 PM  
Anton Fig?
 
2013-01-12 06:38:44 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Charlie Watts and Ringo are both proof that what most bands need is a competent timekeeper who can keep the beat going, and that not every drummer needs to be a Neil Peart wankster.


Yea but Neil's more fun to air drum along with.
 
2013-01-12 06:54:18 PM  
Charlie is great. The perfect feel for every song. The stomp of "Brown Sugar" with the toms is a thing of beauty.
 
2013-01-12 07:04:16 PM  
Thought the headlne was surely referring to John Bonham.
 
2013-01-12 07:22:37 PM  
Scot Halpin? (not the greatest, but a good pinch hitter...)
 
Slu
2013-01-12 07:24:26 PM  
Charlie seems like a guy that doesn't appreciate how great his gig is.
 
2013-01-12 07:24:47 PM  
John Densmore?
 
2013-01-12 07:30:21 PM  
Allegedly in it for the paycheck in the early days. Apparently not cheap to hire. He played with Ron Woods' brother before Charlie joined the Stones.

Coolest thing I heard about him was Mick moaning one night 'Where's my drummah?' in a hotel. Charlie in leather jacket, knocked on Mick's door, Mick answered and Charlie clocked him in the face. 'Im not anyone's drummer'. Adjusted his jacket and went back to his room.
 
2013-01-12 07:35:46 PM  
As long as we're playing this game,  it's three years early, and he's moved on, but here's a little Mitch Mitchell love.
 
2013-01-12 07:48:40 PM  
That article had nothing to do with Neal Peart.
 
2013-01-12 07:57:26 PM  
Lucre.

Dirty lucre.
 
2013-01-12 07:58:58 PM  
11 years early for Neil with the boys but... (from the 30th Anniversary show)
 
2013-01-12 08:18:35 PM  

jicon: Allegedly in it for the paycheck in the early days. Apparently not cheap to hire. He played with Ron Woods' brother before Charlie joined the Stones.

Coolest thing I heard about him was Mick moaning one night 'Where's my drummah?' in a hotel. Charlie in leather jacket, knocked on Mick's door, Mick answered and Charlie clocked him in the face. 'Im not anyone's drummer'. Adjusted his jacket and went back to his room.


Even cooler: Watts got out of bed, shaved, put on a suit and freshly shined shoes, decked Jagger and said, "Don't ever call me your drummer again. You're my farking singer."

Stone cold.
 
2013-01-12 08:21:12 PM  
The weirdo dumb fark at my work would say there is no drummer that ever was or will be better than.. ah crap... the dead crazy guy that drove his car in a pool and blew up a hotel toilet with Dynamite...brb

google says:..the who's keith moon.

now, i'm not a fan of that kind of music, so i couldn't tell you one way or the other, just throwin' it out there is all.
 
2013-01-12 08:26:37 PM  
Charlie is amazing. Most folks forget (or don't know) that he's a jazzer at heart, and even led a group on a Charlie Parker tribute record. He & Keef are the heart of the Stones. There's a reason why they went on past Wyman bailing out and Brenda's (er, Mick's) dubious solo records. Hell, the title of Exile On Main Street (one of the greatest rock & blues records ever) should've been called When Charlie Comes In. Cuz that's the when the action -really- starts.
 
2013-01-12 08:28:02 PM  

exploding pork: jicon: Allegedly in it for the paycheck in the early days. Apparently not cheap to hire. He played with Ron Woods' brother before Charlie joined the Stones.

Coolest thing I heard about him was Mick moaning one night 'Where's my drummah?' in a hotel. Charlie in leather jacket, knocked on Mick's door, Mick answered and Charlie clocked him in the face. 'Im not anyone's drummer'. Adjusted his jacket and went back to his room.

Even cooler: Watts got out of bed, shaved, put on a suit and freshly shined shoes, decked Jagger and said, "Don't ever call me your drummer again. You're my farking singer."

Stone cold.


He went to bed without shaving first? Not cool
 
2013-01-12 08:31:33 PM  
img713.imageshack.us

/ LOL wut?
 
2013-01-12 08:49:56 PM  
He's no Keith Moon, thank God.

And this.

brap: I like how he always looks stonefaced and like he'd rather be ANYWHERE else...{than being in front of the media}

 
2013-01-12 08:56:31 PM  

strutin: google says:..the who's keith moon.


Defnitely, Charlie won't be cooler than Keith until he's just below room temperature.
/Keith will still be the better drummer though.
 
2013-01-12 09:08:51 PM  
he may be understated
but he is the backbone to a lot of great songs
 
2013-01-12 09:12:02 PM  
i278.photobucket.com

Hay gais! Wat's goin on in dis thred?
 
2013-01-12 09:20:54 PM  

Pray 4 Mojo: Never understood why he couldn't hit the snare and the hi-hat at the same time.

Not a fan of his... not a detractor... but he always looked like he was one miss hit from a complete trainwreck the way he "air times" with his hands. Reminds me of Rain Man.

/Drummer
//Hit 'em hard
///Keep it simple
////Chuck Biscuits FTW


He did that in the early days to make it easier to mix the drums.
 
2013-01-12 09:23:33 PM  
imageshack.us
 
2013-01-12 09:32:30 PM  

exploding pork: singer


exploding pork: jicon: Allegedly in it for the paycheck in the early days. Apparently not cheap to hire. He played with Ron Woods' brother before Charlie joined the Stones.

Coolest thing I heard about him was Mick moaning one night 'Where's my drummah?' in a hotel. Charlie in leather jacket, knocked on Mick's door, Mick answered and Charlie clocked him in the face. 'Im not anyone's drummer'. Adjusted his jacket and went back to his room.

Even cooler: Watts got out of bed, shaved, put on a suit and freshly shined shoes, decked Jagger and said, "Don't ever call me your drummer again. You're my farking singer."

Stone cold.


Came for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-01-12 09:32:50 PM  

Nothing To See Here: [imageshack.us image 800x600]


No idea. Which guy am I supposed to be looking at and who is he?
 
2013-01-12 09:38:13 PM  

John Buck 41: Nothing To See Here: [imageshack.us image 800x600]

No idea. Which guy am I supposed to be looking at and who is he?


Left. Tré Cool
Right. Mike "the sack" Fasano
 
2013-01-12 09:52:54 PM  

Slu: Charlie seems like a guy that doesn't appreciate how great his gig is.


He's quit the band after every tour for the last fourty some odd years.

He is just a great rock n roller that hates everything a out being a rock star. He shunned groupies choosing to be faithful to his wife who he's been married to for over 40 years. While Keith and Mick wear their flamboyant rock star uniforms on stage, Charlie wear jeans and plain shirt.
 
2013-01-12 09:54:17 PM  
But Larry Mullen Jr wasn't even 2 years old in 1963!

/Keith Moon reference was already taken
 
2013-01-12 09:58:25 PM  
I was going to say that Watts always seemed like a jazz drummer in a rock band.

Then I RTFA - Watts has become one of the most legendary drummers in rock music history, but ironically, his background was primarily in jazz
 
2013-01-12 09:59:49 PM  
www.metalinsider.net

I like Rush and all, but Mike Portnoy would run circles around Neil. Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.

Charlie Watts and Ringo are both proof that what most bands need is a competent timekeeper who can keep the beat going, and that not every drummer needs to be a Neil Peart wankster.

Meh, that's what the Bass Player is for. OOHH! BURN!
 
2013-01-12 10:00:57 PM  

Nothing To See Here: John Buck 41: Nothing To See Here: [imageshack.us image 800x600]

No idea. Which guy am I supposed to be looking at and who is he?

Left. Tré Cool
Right. Mike "the sack" Fasano


Don't wanna be that guy so I won't. But thanks at least for the names.
 
2013-01-12 10:17:46 PM  

This is a late parrot: There are lots of good drummers, but there is only one Mickey Hart Dolenz.


FTFY
 
2013-01-12 10:32:15 PM  

brap: I like how he always looks stonefaced and like he'd rather be ANYWHERE else.  He's definately the Buster Keaton of drumming.


i could always crack up bandmates by doing my impression of charlie...stonefaced, staring off into all directions except at them or forward...hi-hat/ride cymbal stick up while other stick hits the snare...
 
2013-01-12 10:36:04 PM  
I 've seen them 3 times.1999,2000 and 2003.And when Jagger introduces the band,Charlie by far
gets the loudest response from the crowd.

/Saw the Stones tour bus in the fast lane going 50 mpg.Right blinker on.
 
2013-01-12 10:38:40 PM  
I think my favorite drummer is Grant Hart. He always played like ..Grant Hart. When Husker Du did hardcore he didn't cheat, didn't do 'oompa' beats, he played really really fast rock and roll drums. One thing that always amazes me is his mad improv skills on this: http://youtu.be/amUYpAwedLs.
 
2013-01-12 11:12:56 PM  

strutin: google says:..the who's keith moon.


Ahh yes, the ultimate question...
 
2013-01-12 11:21:05 PM  

blue_2501: Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.


When they play covers of other people's music, they're pretty good.

Their own music is farking God-awful shiat.
 
2013-01-12 11:27:40 PM  
Keith Moon---nobody will ever come close
 
2013-01-12 11:33:33 PM  
Still yelling at the kids in the back...
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-12 11:42:49 PM  
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-01-12 11:57:48 PM  
www.drummerworld.com
"Hey, guys."
 
2013-01-13 12:00:31 AM  

blue_2501: [www.metalinsider.net image 620x384]

I like Rush and all, but Mike Portnoy would run circles around Neil. Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.


www.drummerworld.com

"Why does Mike Portnoy need so many farkin' drums?"
 
2013-01-13 12:04:30 AM  
Krupa?
 
2013-01-13 12:05:43 AM  

AdolfOliverPanties: blue_2501: Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.

When they play covers of other people's music, they're pretty good.

Their own music is farking God-awful shiat.


I'll admit that I'm not the biggest fan of the earlier stuff. And I admit I'm not the biggest fan of the vocalist (though he's gotten better about toning down his "hair band" roots).

But after Jordan joined the band, they put out epic albums one after another.

The Dance of Eternity
The Glass Prison
The Test That Stumped Them All

And if you don't like any of that stuff, then you're... well, you're just trolling at this point. There really is no other explanation.
 
2013-01-13 12:25:56 AM  

GypsyJoker: blue_2501: [www.metalinsider.net image 620x384]

I like Rush and all, but Mike Portnoy would run circles around Neil. Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.


[www.drummerworld.com image 350x410]

"Why does Mike Portnoy need so many farkin' drums?"


Buddy Rich laughs at these shenanigans.
 
2013-01-13 01:20:07 AM  

JosephFinn: GypsyJoker: blue_2501: [www.metalinsider.net image 620x384]

I like Rush and all, but Mike Portnoy would run circles around Neil. Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.


[www.drummerworld.com image 350x410]

"Why does Mike Portnoy need so many farkin' drums?"

Buddy Rich laughs at these shenanigans.


I'll admit, for a traditional drummer, that was damn good.
 
2013-01-13 02:03:22 AM  
www.boom973.com
 
2013-01-13 02:09:23 AM  
Close, but it was actually 50 years ago last October.

i.ytimg.com
 
2013-01-13 02:19:35 AM  
He is no Elvin Jones, but for a jazz guy doing Rock N Roll, Charlie Watts is a damn fine drummer.
 
2013-01-13 03:24:20 AM  
Subby, your math is off by a decade; Peter Criss joined KISS 40 years ago, not 50.
 
2013-01-13 03:27:37 AM  

elgripe: Subby, your math is off by a decade; Peter Criss joined KISS 40 years ago, not 50.


While you're clearly joking, Peter Criss was also a jazz drummer who wound up drumming for a rock band.

/Eric Carr was better, though.
 
2013-01-13 04:46:25 AM  

blue_2501:

I like Rush and all, but Mike Portnoy would run circles around Neil. Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.


My favorite Dream Theater cut: Link
 
2013-01-13 05:55:00 AM  
Thanks, Subby, , for showing some respect for Charlie. He's steady and solid - one of the greats,.
 
2013-01-13 07:32:32 AM  

JosephFinn: GypsyJoker: blue_2501: [www.metalinsider.net image 620x384]

I like Rush and all, but Mike Portnoy would run circles around Neil. Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.


[www.drummerworld.com image 350x410]

"Why does Mike Portnoy need so many farkin' drums?"

Buddy Rich laughs at these shenanigans.


Animal held his own
 
2013-01-13 09:49:46 AM  

blue_2501: I like Rush and all, but Mike Portnoy would run circles around Neil. Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.

Charlie Watts and Ringo are both proof that what most bands need is a competent timekeeper who can keep the beat going, and that not every drummer needs to be a Neil Peart wankster.

Meh, that's what the Bass Player is for. OOHH! BURN!


Lol. That solo is god awful. All muscle, no dynamics, no subtlety and no groove (not to mention borrowing a bit from Peart's solos). Like all of Portnoy's work.

Fun couple of links:
what a real drummer with exquisite chops, creativity and dynamics might sound like

DT songs? Yeah, nice warmup for shiats n giggles
 
2013-01-13 10:43:58 AM  
Is this one of those threads where people try and convince every one else that Neal Pert is the greatest drummer EVAR!

/he's not
//rush sucks
 
2013-01-13 03:59:17 PM  
Mr. Watts is top notch. Respect...
 
2013-01-13 04:41:09 PM  
Pray 4 Mojo: Never understood why he couldn't hit the snare and the hi-hat at the same time.

Not a fan of his... not a detractor... but he always looked like he was one miss hit from a complete trainwreck the way he "air times" with his hands. Reminds me of Rain Man.


So much THIS. There's moments on Stones records where he's utterly feeble, for example he'll *gasp* try a fill and it's a beat too late. Note: although my favorite drummers are Carl Palmer, Bill Bruford and John Bonham, straightforward kick on 1 & 3, snare on 2 & 4, hi-hat plays 8ths drumming (listen to: any Al Green record) is a real skill too.

blue_2501: Meh, that's what the Bass Player is for. OOHH! BURN!

Hahahahaha LOL!

media.tumblr.com

Um, NO.

media.tumblr.com

/Also: John Wetton
//Prog rock baby
 
2013-01-13 04:44:21 PM  

Waxing_Chewbacca: JosephFinn: GypsyJoker: blue_2501: [www.metalinsider.net image 620x384]

I like Rush and all, but Mike Portnoy would run circles around Neil. Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.


[www.drummerworld.com image 350x410]

"Why does Mike Portnoy need so many farkin' drums?"

Buddy Rich laughs at these shenanigans.

Animal held his own


I'm kind of curious if Buddy was providing the sound for the Animal side as well.
 
2013-01-13 04:46:01 PM  
Oh dammit, second one should be:

2.bp.blogspot.com

/What is this preview button you speak of?
 
2013-01-13 08:38:13 PM  

Martonio: But Larry Mullen Jr wasn't even 2 years old in 1963!

/Keith Moon reference was already taken


U2 have gotten a LOT of mileage out of the group despite the fact that none of them are particularly exceptional at their instrument.
 
2013-01-13 10:15:39 PM  
Benson from Regular Show?
 
2013-01-14 01:29:11 AM  
Funny subby, I didn't realize that you spelled John Bonham as Charlie Watts.

Good try though :)

/seriously, Charlie Watts?
//Jason has more talent than Charlie
///CANNOT STAND THE ROLLING STONES
 
2013-01-14 01:37:30 AM  
I don't understand what the headline's referring to, as Ringo Starr joined the Beatles in August 1962.

JosephFinn: Waxing_Chewbacca: JosephFinn: GypsyJoker: blue_2501: [www.metalinsider.net image 620x384]

I like Rush and all, but Mike Portnoy would run circles around Neil. Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.


[www.drummerworld.com image 350x410]

"Why does Mike Portnoy need so many farkin' drums?"

Buddy Rich laughs at these shenanigans.

Animal held his own

I'm kind of curious if Buddy was providing the sound for the Animal side as well.


I love that clip, but to answer your question, Ronnie Verrell performed all of Animal's drumming on The Muppet Show, including the drum battle.
 
2013-01-14 06:47:00 AM  
I'm thinking Bernard Purdie has been working for longer than 50 years.
 
2013-01-14 11:32:48 AM  
brap

"I like how he always looks stonefaced and like he'd rather be ANYWHERE else."

It's not just the way he looks. He really would rather be anywhere else. It's no secret that Charlie is only in the Stones for the money. Jazz is what he really enjoys playing.

If I were used to laying down complex jazz beats, I would imagine doing what the Stones do would get monotonous. Putting up with the grind of touring & Mick's ego would probably get old quick, too.
 
2013-01-14 07:54:53 PM  

blue_2501: [www.metalinsider.net image 620x384]

I like Rush and all, but Mike Portnoy would run circles around Neil. Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.

Charlie Watts and Ringo are both proof that what most bands need is a competent timekeeper who can keep the beat going, and that not every drummer needs to be a Neil Peart wankster.

Meh, that's what the Bass Player is for. OOHH! BURN!


Dude...compensate much?
 
2013-01-14 10:11:25 PM  

jedzz: I don't understand what the headline's referring to, as Ringo Starr joined the Beatles in August 1962.

JosephFinn: Waxing_Chewbacca: JosephFinn: GypsyJoker: blue_2501: [www.metalinsider.net image 620x384]

I like Rush and all, but Mike Portnoy would run circles around Neil. Also, Dream Theater is a goddamn legend.


[www.drummerworld.com image 350x410]

"Why does Mike Portnoy need so many farkin' drums?"

Buddy Rich laughs at these shenanigans.

Animal held his own

I'm kind of curious if Buddy was providing the sound for the Animal side as well.

I love that clip, but to answer your question, Ronnie Verrell performed all of Animal's drumming on The Muppet Show, including the drum battle.


You, sir, are awesome. Thanks for the info!
 
2013-01-14 11:38:51 PM  

Top Geezer: Most folks forget (or don't know) that he's a jazzer at heart


What? That's like the one interesting fact about Charlie Watts that anybody has ever known.
 
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