Friday, November 16, 2007

VH1 and Drummers

Okay, so yesterday I griped about the bassist list and now it's the drummers.

First, though, a pertinent video:

Okay, now that we're all warmed up. Away we go.

Here's what VH1 came up with on the drummers:
10. Nicko McBrain, Iron Maiden
9. Alex Van Halen, Van Halen
8. Stewart Copeland, The Police
7. Phil Collins, Genesis
6. Ginger Baker, Cream
5. Carl Palmer, Asia
4. Ian Pace, Deep Purple
3. Keith Moon, The Who
2. Neal Peart, Rush
1. John Bonham, Led Zeppelin

It's hard to argue with much there. Well, actually, I'll go ahead and argue. First some notable leave-offs. How can Mitch Mitchell not be there? I'm not surprised Jimmy Chamberlain isn't there, but he ought to be. Tim Alexander? Criminy! Ringo Starr's absence is unacceptable.

Enough complaining, though. They did include Copeland, even if it is too low a ranking for him. I was sure they'd overlook him. I was also pleasantly surprised to see Phil Collins make the list and he should absolutely be there. What a fanstastic and largely underrated drummer he is.

The Top 3 seems just right. To me it's pretty much a tie for first between those three. From there it's hard to pick one over another, but I'll give it a shot.

10. Lars Ulrich, Metallica
9. Phil Collins, Genesis
8. Jimmy Chamberlain, Smashing Pumpkins
7. Tim "Herb" Alexander, Primus
6. Stewart Copeland, The Police
5. Ringo Starr, The Beatles
4. Mitch Mitchell, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
1. Keith Moon, The Who
1. Neil Peart, Rush
1. John Bonham, Led Zeppelin

So that's that. Tune in Monday for the guitarists. It's a pretty good list. Maybe it's just right. We'll see.