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(Esquire)   The ten craziest drummers ever. RIP Keith Moon   (esquire.com) divider line 108
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2013-02-05 11:48:43 AM
 
2013-02-05 11:58:31 AM
List fails without Stumpy Joe Pepys.
 
2013-02-05 01:12:28 PM
List succeeds with Bonzo.  List makes me go, "What?," with Lars Ulrich.  The craziest thing he ever did was cry like a biatch because people were downloading his band's music, causing him to only be able to buy a large jacuzzi instead of a mega-sized jacuzzi.
 
2013-02-05 01:28:02 PM
You know who else is a pretty good drummer?  Neil Peart.
 
2013-02-05 01:29:13 PM

Ebenator: You know who else is a pretty good drummer?  Neil Peart.


We're talking about drummers, not lead drummers.
 
2013-02-05 01:31:49 PM
Done in one.
 
2013-02-05 01:38:07 PM
shiatty list is shiatty.
 
2013-02-05 01:38:53 PM
"Crazy drummer" is redundant, isn't it?
 
2013-02-05 01:39:46 PM
i like travis barker...yes i'm young.

his drumming in the air encore is pretty cool
 
2013-02-05 01:43:15 PM
 
2013-02-05 01:43:50 PM
This list is more like "The first ten drummers the writer can name without having to look anything up."

Anyway, Jim Gordon is crazier than any of those other guys.
 
2013-02-05 01:44:50 PM
No Great Bob Scott?

/meh
 
2013-02-05 01:45:08 PM
Ooooh, a drummer I like is better than the drummer you like thread...
 
2013-02-05 01:46:45 PM
Terry Bozzio is way underrated.  Saw him on the first Zappa Plays Zappa tour, and WHOA.  The man is inhuman.
 
2013-02-05 01:46:56 PM
Some crazy dudes for sure, and you can't talk crazy drummers without Moon the Loon, but damn, this reads like it was written for baby boomers with delusions of rock grandeur.

Faust from Emperor puts most of these farkers to shame.  Stabbed a gay dude 37 times, seemingly because he "felt like it".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faust_%28musician%29
 
2013-02-05 01:48:43 PM
No Animal?
 
2013-02-05 01:49:50 PM

drumsac: This list is more like "The first ten drummers the writer can name without having to look anything up."

Anyway, Jim Gordon is crazier than any of those other guys.


Man, in '85 Rolling Stone did a huge feature on Jim Gordon.....it was unreal.  But what was even more unreal than all his bizarre behavior, was his resume.  One of the most impressive lists of credits I've ever seen....Rikki Don't Lose That Number.....You're So Vain....and on and on and on.

But how about Mick Fleetwood?  He's openly admitted to spending $6 million on cocaine...and it's a safe bet that this number is understated.
 
2013-02-05 01:50:42 PM
Pip Pyle was a very eccentric one......as well as a great musician.
 
2013-02-05 01:50:48 PM
Peter Criss was pretty farked up back in the day.
 
2013-02-05 01:51:06 PM
killing people is NOT rock and roll.

Groupies and drugs and crazy antics. Yes.

Murder? Nope.

$.02
 
2013-02-05 01:54:14 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-05 01:55:26 PM

Ebenator: You know who else is a pretty good drummer?  Neil Peart.


Now you're talking about the least craziest drummer.
 
2013-02-05 01:55:31 PM
Charlie Watts is crazy for refusing to hit the hi-hat and snare at the same time.
 
2013-02-05 01:57:08 PM
List fails without Animal from the muppets

also,

That's no moon,

wait it's a keith moon
 
2013-02-05 01:58:24 PM
Came here to post this:

ichef.bbci.co.uk

No comment on the list. It's just a really good picture of Keith Moon and Oliver Reed.
 
2013-02-05 01:58:26 PM
your drummers are forfeit, hail the true drum lord!  he pretty much, like, invented time...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-05 02:03:57 PM
List FAIL.

A couple of those guys WERE seriously mentally ill to some extent- Moon, Bonham, Baker. But guys like Bozzio, Paul, etc are just... drummers. Different, but not crazy.
 
2013-02-05 02:03:59 PM

pute kisses like a man: your drummers are forfeit, hail the true drum lord!  he pretty much, like, invented time...


I thought he owns Los Pollos Hermanos and deals cystal meth.
 
2013-02-05 02:04:15 PM
List fails without Bill Rieflen - KMFDM! Ministry! PIG! .....er... REM??

Dude... now that REM is gone, go on back to playing with Sascha in KMFDM. I am sure you and Andy Selway can do some wicked duel drum action.
 
2013-02-05 02:05:35 PM
No Buddy Rich? FAIL.
 
2013-02-05 02:07:59 PM
I would've included Danny Carey. Just because of the dabbling in ritual magick, or whatever.
 
2013-02-05 02:08:24 PM
Myron Grombacher is actually way crazier than 1/2 this list. I would also submit Dave Langguth, former drummer for Nelly Furtado, Jumping motorcycles over one's drums has to rank somewhere..............
 
2013-02-05 02:08:57 PM

Robert1966: No Buddy Rich? FAIL.


what was crazy about him?
 
2013-02-05 02:11:39 PM
Lars Ulrich?  well, I suppose it is crazy to sue your fans.
 
2013-02-05 02:12:50 PM

devilEther: Robert1966: No Buddy Rich? FAIL.

what was crazy about him?


He was infamous for snapping into psycho mode over trivial things and terrorizing his musicians.
 
2013-02-05 02:16:30 PM
List blocked at work. Is Mick Fleetwood and/or Matt Abts on there?
 
2013-02-05 02:16:34 PM

Robert1966: No Buddy Rich? FAIL.


Buddy wasn't crazy. Buddy was an epically large asshole. Those are two different things.
 
2013-02-05 02:16:57 PM
....and Christian Vander.....pretty wacky, he invented his own language, but a great drummer as well.
 
2013-02-05 02:18:00 PM
Tre Cool.
 
2013-02-05 02:18:56 PM
List fails

hollywoodhatesme.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-05 02:19:59 PM

clownyclownzomby: Pip Pyle was a very eccentric one......as well as a great musician.


clownyclownzomby: ....and Christian Vander.....pretty wacky, he invented his own language, but a great drummer as well.


Came here to mention both of these, now slinking back into my cave.
 
2013-02-05 02:20:42 PM

jj325: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8qh-Luegss


I love watching Keith Moon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52_8KaL0j_8
 
2013-02-05 02:22:44 PM

bluorangefyre: List makes me go, "What?," with Lars Ulrich.  The craziest thing he ever did was cry like a biatch because people were downloading his band's music, causing him to only be able to buy a large jacuzzi instead of a mega-sized jacuzzi.


Came here to say this. I'm a long time Metallica fan, and Lars is a competent drummer, but his name has no business being in the same article as Keith Moon.
 
2013-02-05 02:24:59 PM
My take on Lars was more along the lines of the fact that Metallica were so huge for so long that there is no way there can't be stories, it's just that someone in management did their job and as a result they haven't gotten out.
 
2013-02-05 02:27:26 PM

dittybopper: List fails without Stumpy Joe Pepys.


Or Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs.
 
2013-02-05 02:28:33 PM
No Phil Collins?
 
2013-02-05 02:31:37 PM

Robert1966: devilEther: Robert1966: No Buddy Rich? FAIL.

what was crazy about him?

He was infamous for snapping into psycho mode over trivial things and terrorizing his musicians.


"I'm Buddy Rich when I fly off the handle"

now I know what the Beasties were rapping about
 
2013-02-05 02:37:03 PM

GypsyJoker: clownyclownzomby: Pip Pyle was a very eccentric one......as well as a great musician.

clownyclownzomby: ....and Christian Vander.....pretty wacky, he invented his own language, but a great drummer as well.

Came here to mention both of these, now slinking back into my cave.


Get out of that cave and translate Kobaïan.  Looks like you have the chops.
 
2013-02-05 02:54:56 PM
Drummers are just as lame as bass players
 
2013-02-05 02:55:44 PM
Bozzio made the list!  I'm pleased.

Did they measure the crazy with a chicken?
 
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