A list of the "10 Craziest Drummers Ever," complete with illos


29 Responses to “A list of the "10 Craziest Drummers Ever," complete with illos”

  1. 5onthe5 says:

    If someone wastes their talent and ability by choking on their own vomit after a liquor and junk food binge… It makes me not want to celebrate or iconicize their “craziness”.

  2. I know it’s foolish of me to expect Esquire to know anything about music, but this just reads like the usual isolationist Rolling Stone nostalgia-worship. All safe, predictable choices. 

    • abstract_reg says:

      So… who would you add? (Pointing out how bad a list is with out suggesting an amendment isn’t really making a point at all.)

  3. Tod Westlake says:

    After Ginger Baker and Keith Moon, who else is there, really? 

    • bruceburbank says:

      Gene Krupa? Dave Lombardo? The guy from Danzig (at least in Danzig’s early solo years, don’t know if he’s still in the band)? The guy from Helmet (of the Meantime era)? Or about a thousand other crazier drummers if this author knew anything about music or had done any research whatsoever.

      • Tod Westlake says:

        Never listened to Danzig, Helmet, or Slayer. Did Krupa have a rep as being crazy? I’ve never heard that, but you’re probably right. Topper wasn’t nuts, just strung out, from what I’ve read. While we’re talking obscure, how about Ted from the DKs? Or Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez from Oingo Boingo? Keith and Ginger, on the other hand, are/were certifiable. They eclipse the rest, imo. It’s a pretty weak list.

      • L_Mariachi says:

        John Stanier (of Helmet, later Tomahawk and Battles) is an excellent drummer but he doesn’t act crazy at all. Neil Peart and Buddy Rich are conspicuously absent from this list though.

  4. UncaScrooge says:

    I feel like Robert Wyatt deserves an honorable mention here, even though he survived the crazy.

  5. They forgot Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge.

  6. Matthew Urso says:

    i guess no band after the 80′s had a decent drummer?  how bout Danny Carey?

  7. Johnny La Rue says:

    What, no Neil Peart?

    • EH says:

      Crazier than Robert Fripp, that one.

    •  Totally crazy on stage. Rock solid IRL. Even managed to self-treat a years long suicidal episode after two consecutive personal tragedies. Returned after four years to help write Vapor Trails. Returned to touring when he was terrified to do so and learned to love it again.

      Pretty much the opposite of a crazy drummer.

  8. 10xor01 says:

    Shouldn’t it just be the last ten drummers in Spinal Tap?

  9. William Joseph Dunn says:

    Why isn’t Buddy Rich on that list?:


  10. geech says:

    Wow, kind of astounded that nowhere in that list or in the comments here or the article is Mick Fleetwood mentioned. I had always heard he was the inspiration for Animal anyway.

  11. bingobangoboy says:

    Why make a “10 craziest drummers” list if you can only think of five crazy drummers?

  12. Paul Cooke says:

    Ginger Baker… once took a bottle thrown from the audience at Glastonbury full on in the face and never missed a beat… I know, I witnessed it… the bottle broke his nose as well, although it’s pretty difficult to tell as his nose was already well battered.

  13. zerode says:

    Anyone who has even been in or worked with bands knows that drummer and craziness are kinda… Well, what I’m trying to say is… In any band, you want to find the loose screw? Chances are, it’s on the drum kit.

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