There are songs in the history of rock and roll that I have known seemingly forever. Quite frequently, I can play these songs off the top of my head, without ever having played them before. But, there are songs that catch me by surprise when I actually try to figure out just what's being played, even if I've heard them a million times.
I can listen to music a few different ways. There are plenty of times in my line of work where I need to listen to a piece analytically, pick it apart. Maybe it's in the service of learning more about my craft, or perhaps I need to learn a song so I can play it in a band.
However, I am first and foremost a fan of music. The lions share of my listening has been strictly for pleasure
So, years can go by, and my knowledge of a song can remain peripheral. I would be under the assumption that I do know the beat and / or pattern of it... But then, one day, I'll be jamming with some friends, or doing a soundcheck with Cracker, and we'll play a song off the top of our heads just for enjoyment, and it won't feel quite right... I'll go home and play the CD, or throw the record on my turntable, (yes, I still have one of those...) and be caught totally by surprise.
And then there are those performances that have thrilled me over the years, and have stuck with me. Creative drumming is essential to getting a song off the ground, and some of the stuff I'm going to write about is, in my opinion, the best that drumming has to offer.
So, here are a few of my favorite drum tracks of all time. If you own 'em, do slap 'em on and check out what I'm babbling about...