Top 10 Crazy Drummers…EVER

Equire has published a list of The 10 Craziest Drummers Ever.  It’s not bad, but I’d like to tweak it somewhat.

10.  Animal

Any list of drumming craziness music include my favourite muppet.  He took on Buddy Rich, fer crissakes.


9.  Tommy Lee

First, the band likes to play drums upside down.  Second, he tours with a Jaegmeister machine and acts as the enabling bartendder backstage.  And third, he was on a life-long quest to acquire hepatits C.


8.  Ginger Baker

The Cream man is not a particular nice person as evidence in the new documentary, Beware Ginger Baker.


7.  John Bonham

See “The Shark Incident.”  Also see “alcoholism.”


6.  Bill Rieflin

I’m sure Bill is a lovely, lovely man, but my image of him will be what I saw onstage at the 1992 Lollapaloooza Festival. While Al Jourgensen and the rest of Ministry degenerates where off their heads, Bill appeared onstage in dress pants, a nice dress shirt drinking tea from a china cup and saucer.  That normalcy in the midst of so much hellfire chaos made him seem more than a little crazy.  Maybe “eccentric” or “normal” and better words.


5.  Topper Headon

He went from writing “Rock the Casbah,” one of the Clash’s biggest hits, to a drug-addled busker on the London tube over the aspace of a just a couple of years.  Things are better now.


4.  Terry Bozzio

Technically, Terry might be one of the most gifted players of all time.  He once had a gigantic kit dubbed the S.S. Bozzio that was the size of a Range Rover.  And he had no trouble with his wife, Dale, becoming a porn icon.

Click on the image if you must. Beware its NSFWishness.

3.  Iggy Pop

Although he became known as a frontman, Iggy’s first instrument was the drums.  That’s Iggy in the centre with his first band, The Iguanas.


2. Steve Moore

And when I say “crazy,” I mean this in the most positive way possible.  For more, Google “Drummer at the wrong gig.”


1.  Keith Moon

No contest.  Not only was he insanely self-destructive, he once killed his chauffeur by accidentally driving over him.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Crazy Drummers…EVER

  • January 28, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Brann Dailor from Mastodon.
    Steve Clifford from Circa Survive

    to name a couple I think you should really look into.

  • January 28, 2013 at 4:24 am

    also, if I will touch the 80's a bit.
    could never overlook Earl Hudson from Bad Brains.

  • January 30, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Alan spend some time watching Dino Danelli of the Rascals a master showman and Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge.

  • January 31, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Joe Letz DEFINITELY belongs on this list.


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