Drummer 101

On Dave Marsh’s infamous 1988 list of the 1001 greatest rock and soul records of all time, “Wipe Out” was #703, and the way he dealt with it in 1963 wasn’t far off from the way I dealt with it in 1963:

I saw the best minds of my generation laughing maniacally, drumming for hours on study hall desktops with fingers and pencils, eraser-end upwards, not giving a good goddamn whether this was the first version the Surfaris recorded, much less whether it was actually composed by somebody named Merrell Funkhauser, knowing only that this beat was the craziest sound they’d heard and desperately needing to participate, digging into the groove.

Actually, I think it was Merrell Fankhauser; but no, he didn’t write this. Neither did Morton Downey, Jr.

Still, if you’re young enough and you can stay on the beat, you’ve already tried this yourself:

Sina here is from Germany. She’s 18, looks maybe half that, and that’s her dad doing the guitar noises. And she has an album out, which I’ll talk about later.


  1. Holly H »

    27 July 2017 · 9:34 am

    Wow! Her DAD looks 18. I guess music keeps you young.

  2. McG »

    27 July 2017 · 12:21 pm

    I begin to see how it’s possible for a rock ‘n roll drummer to spontaneously combust.

  3. nightfly »

    27 July 2017 · 3:02 pm

    Back in high school I always wanted to do this song for the annual lip-synch competition. Yes, really. The visual idea really appealed to me: a drummer absolutely losing his mind in the background, while front and center, an oblivious guitarist casually strumming one chord every ten seconds or so during the solos… maybe he’s drinking tea in a rocking chair, or flirting with someone in the audience… and then the song ends when the drummer abruptly collapses on the kit, with the guitarist just bowing and leaving, never realizing it.

  4. ETat »

    28 July 2017 · 4:57 am

    What girls would do to please their fathers!

  5. CGHill »

    28 July 2017 · 8:02 am

    Think of him as an easy-to-obtain sideman, and you’ll get the idea.

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