Thursday, August 19, 2010
Let there be drums
Rolling Stone actually has Baker No. 3 on its greatest drummers list (behind Neil Peart of Rush and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham), but that's a small quibble. We'll take Baker when we're assembling our next supergroup.
Which is more than Jack Bruce is willing to do. What worked magically for Baker, Bruce and Eric Clapton in Cream -- if but for a flashing moment -- is not an easy chemistry to duplicate or repeat. Especially if you have no interest in getting it back in the bottle. We quote Bruce from a 2009 RS article: "It's a knife-edge thing between me and Ginger. Nowadays, we're happily co-existing in different continents (Bruce lives in Britain, Baker in South Africa) ... although I was thinking of asking him to move. He's still a bit too close."
It doesn't sound like Bruce will be dialing Baker today on the drummer's 71st birthday. And that's a shame. Maybe we'll just skip over Wheels of Fire and play some Blind Faith instead. As Lou Reed used to sing, it takes a busload of faith to get by ...
Ladies and gentlemen, get a load of today's Birthday Band:
Ginger Baker (1939): Drums, Cream/Blind Faith
Toad, Sunshine of Your Love, White Room
Johnny Nash (1940): Singer
I Can See Clearly Now, Stir It Up, Hold Me Tight
Billy J. Kramer (1943): Singer, the Dakotas
Little Children, Bad to Me
Ian Gillan (1945): Singer, Deep Purple
Black Night, LPs: Deep Purple in Rock, Fireball, Machine Head
John Deacon (1951): Bass, Queen
Another One Bites the Dust, Bohemian Rhapsody