Friday, February 11, 2011

Let there be (female) drums

Why are there not more female drummers?  We've seen a few good ones attack the kits, most notably Janet Weiss of the late Sleater-Kinney, who's at work in the video above.  But chick drummers are few and far between. And it doesn't make sense.

What brings this question to light is the latest list from Rolling Stone, which offered readers a chance to pick the best drummers of all time.  Now we didn't expect to see a woman among the Top 10 any more than we thought we'd find Ringo Starr at No. 5.  But there he is, just above Buddy Rich, who is arguably the best jazz drummer who ever picked up a set of sticks.
And that's a whole different beef. Why in the world would they include jazz drummers on this list of rockers?  It's apples and oranges.  Have the readers who voted even heard of Max Roach or Art Blakey?  We doubt it.  But once you open it up to jazzmen you better put those cats on the ballot.  We'd take Al Foster any day over Dave Grohl or Ringo.  Here's the RS list:

1. John Bonham, Led Zeppelin
2. Keith Moon, The Who
3. Neil Peart, Rush
4. Dave Grohl, Nirvana
5. Ringo Starr, Beatles
6. Buddy Rich
7. Stewart Copeland, Police
8. ?uestlove
9. Ginger Baker, Cream
10. Michael Shrieve, Santana

Now back to the the women.  If you enjoy Janet Weiss, then check out this video of Weiss and Sara Lund of Unwound going after it:

Why did Ginger Baker have to be a guy...


  1. I guess they never heard of Charlie Watts.

    Just freakin' ridiculous.

  2. Fantastic. Love the Janet Weiss and Sara Lund video.

  3. How 'bout a little love for Honey Lantree of The Honeycombs, a pioner in this field?