To celebrate International Drumming Month 2015, here's our pick of favourite drumming tracks:
Travis Barker, Can a drummer get some?
The first single from Barker’s first album "Give The Drummer Some", Can A Drummer Get Some, features Swizz Beatz on the hook, and Game, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross turning in vocal performances to make this a stunning debut single from Travis Barker.
Blink 182, Feeling This
Undoubtedly evoking nostalgic memories for most readers, Feeling This is not only a classic Blink 182 track but a 3 minute showcase of Travis Barker’s unquestionably impressive drumming skills. It’s not often that the drumming usurps a track’s lyrical legacy and creates a signature tone for a band, but Travis does just that here (as he does again and again with the band).
Dain Bramage, Drag Queen
Recorded when Dave Grohl was only around sixteen years old, this track might not be celebrated as his best but demonstrates how his skills were honed from a young age. His signature speedy form was already taking shape here.
Grohl’s drumming skills became better known in his days as Nirvana’s drummer, with the hypnotic beat conducting the uninitiated Nirvana fans to fall in love with the band’s cathartic chords and angst-driven lyrics.
Led Zeppelin, When The Levee Breaks
Not necessarily the most technical drumming in this track, but John Bonham’s background beat is what many Led Zeppelin fans appreciate about this track. It’s the rhythmic chant to a classic band that seems timeless in the world of rock.
The Beatles, Rain
Ringo Starr said Rain was among his favourite performances on a Beatles recording. "I feel as though that was someone else playing - I was possessed! …I think I just played amazing. I was into the snare and the hi-hat. I think it was the first time I used this trick of starting a break by hitting the hi-hat first instead of going directly to a drum off the hi-hat.”
Elvin Jones Special Quartet, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme: Pursuance
Elvin Jones Special Quartet "A Love Supreme: Pursuance" from Wynton Marsalis on Vimeo.
Elvin Jones’ playing here is sensational, complementing Coltrane’s jazzy off-beats and luring listeners into the trance of the track with a vivacious musicality that does Coltrane’s piece justice.