The 10 Douchiest Drummers of All Time

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What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who might actually deserve to be struck by lightning. It's only natural having the biggest instrument in the band will lead to some smug attitudes, inflated egos and dumbass behavior. But when it comes to narrowing down the douchiest drummers of all time, there's a handful of them that definitely stick out. Here is our list of the 10 Douchiest Drummers of All Time.

See Also: The Top 10 Douchiest Guitar Players of All Time

10)Terry Bozzio
Terry Bozzio doesn't necessarily come across as the biggest egomaniac in interviews or even during his concerts. It's more or less his monstrous drum kit that is the real douchebag in this situation. Why someone would EVER need 30 toms and two dozen cymbals to play the drums in ANY genre is beyond us. And why does every solo begin with this obligatory need to tap every fucking gong and wind chime he owns? We're willing to concede that anyone good enough to play drums for Frank Zappa deserves a little extra room to stretch out. That doesn't mean create a kit that looks like something you could strap wheels on and drive around on the set of Mad Max.



9. Meg White
Most drummers are familiar with the term "ride cymbal." In the case of Meg White from the White Stripes, it always seemed to feel as though she was playing a free ride more than anything else. Someone tell us, does this woman even qualify as a drummer? At times, watching her try to keep a beat behind Jack White's furious blues guitar was like throwing a cat in the pool and watching it try to swim. It was painful. Sure, the White Stripes always prided themselves on keeping things simple. But really? That simple? There are literally thousands of women who could have made the White Stripes more formidable in the rhythm department. Does that mean add a bunch of crazy drum solos, bells and whistles? No. But if you're gonna play virtually the same beat for every song, play it with some balls.



8. Travis Barker
For the past couple of decades, Travis Barker's status as the official bro dog of the drum world has gone unsurpassed. His road to becoming a douchebag drummer really started to take off after he left the Aquabats in 1997. Whether he was mercilessly trying to cram hip-hop drum solos into Blink-182's pop-punk sound during live shows, fulfilling his quenchless desire for tattoos and Cadillacs (and still can't get a hood pass), or starting his clothing line Famous Stars and Straps--worn by bros the world over--Barker has been on a full-time mission to become the embodiment of all things 909. Siiiiick.



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Rivo-Pera
Rivo-Pera

I never really knew how to appreciate Travis Barker. The way he's sold out just makes me think of him as a poser. 

Dennis210
Dennis210

But you can bet that I won't be reading the OC Reg anymore anytime soon becaise of that paywall. That was a stupid move. Not that it has anything to do with drumming. I bet thier subscribers head for the hills after that one.

Bat Boy
Bat Boy

Animal is literally based on late career Keith Moon. 

epac666
epac666 topcommenter

Correction..."James Hetfield HAD a voice that just about changed the face of metal." Ever since Bob Rock got a hold of him, he just sounds annoying.

mrmartye
mrmartye

This list is very frustrating, much like your similar list re: guitarists.

You did hit the nail on the head with Lars Ulrich, although his drumming on the first 3 Metallica albums was pretty damn good.

You seem to put Steven Adler on this list because of his drug problems. But you didn't mention his drumming at all. When Gn'R came out, Adler was the antithesis of 80's excess (and what would likely qualify as "douchey" at the time). He had a 4-piece kit, and played simple parts that were perfect for those songs, and right in the pocket. He effectively kept Gn' R from being a heavy metal band, as opposed to the pure Rock n' Roll band that they were. Sure, he fucked up and lost the best gig in the world, but he certainly did contribute to the band's original greatness.

I think that Blink 182 are terrible, but the only good thing about it is Travis Barker. He deserves credit for giving any shred of coolness to that band. He's also a damn good drummer.

There's nothing wrong with Patrick Carney either. I don't agree with everything he says, but I don't agree with everything anyone says. Sure, he's simple, but he plays in a minimalistic, 2-piece band, and the music he's playing calls for simplicity (just like the music that Adler played). A good drummer plays for the song. It's not about complexity. At all.

Tommy Lee was certainly a great drummer. Sure, he's made some missteps, but his playing on the first 5 Crue albums speaks for itself, very loudly. He had an identifiable style, with a LOT of power and groove. I can't condone violence towards women, nor can I endorse his Methods of Mayhem album, but he's still a great drummer, for my ears.

I think, again, with some more knowledge of what you're talking about, you could have made a much better list.


ryanjohnsmith1013
ryanjohnsmith1013

1) Can you come up with an adjective besides " douchebag " ?

2) Travis Barker is a beast as is Tommy Lee ( Personalities aside; and, I'm sure you've sat down with both and gotten to know them personally )

3) Call me whatever you want if I can have Steven Adler's bank account.

andreihp42
andreihp42 topcommenter

You're an asshole for putting Animal on this list. That skit was hysterical.

Everyone knows Animal is one of the top 5 drummers ever.

1. Ginger Baker

2. Neil Peart

3. Bill Bruford

4. Animal

5. John Bonham

bandiniarturo04
bandiniarturo04

Please create a top ten un-douchiest list and make Dave Lombardo #1

Why didn't Rick Allen, whose douchiness cost him a limb, not get included on this list?  I think he is more deserving than Animal.

unabauer
unabauer

Meg White was a minimalist drummer. That was the whole point of her drumming. Simple.

Candy Romero
Candy Romero

I agree with all of these (maybe minus Animal :D), but what about Ringo Starr? Let us not forget the fact that he made a video explaining how he wasn't going to be accepting fan mail or signing autographs after a certain date. All while randomly saying "peace and love peace and love" various times to the point that it was annoyingly nauseating.

man_utd
man_utd

Surprised to not see Neil Peart whose disdain for fans is so legendary he wrote a song about it. I would also include Mick Fleetwood for banging Stevie Nicks behind Lindsey Buckingham's back.

Lisa Davis
Lisa Davis

Yes, take Animal off the list, and put Lars on their twice. lol

Leese321
Leese321

Don't label me a douche, but Phil Collins didn't write anything for "The Lion King". That was Elton John. Maybe you meant "Tarzan".

Jeff Soto
Jeff Soto

I call bullsh*t on this list

Don Gotti
Don Gotti

Rob, why didn't you make this list?

Margo West
Margo West

Stop spreading negative energy ocweekly

Nat Richards
Nat Richards

Animal is not a Douche and never has been...you should be ashamed!

gottaknow247
gottaknow247

Probably the most accurate Top 10 list I have ever read in OC Weekly, with the exception of the muppet.

ocweeklymusic
ocweeklymusic

@mrmartye Some valid points...

But in Adler's case, it wasn't his problem with drugs that makes him a douche. I mention that in the first sentence. I mean, c'mon, most of the people on this list had a drug problem at some point (Animal was probably the worst!). It was his career as a reality show star in rehab that makes him a douche. Just watch the show(s), that's pretty much all I can say.

You're right, Barker is the coolest thing about Blink 182. And that...is sad.

I actually like the Black Keys somewhat. But again he's not really on the list for being a bad drummer (even though he's not that great). It's more about him mocking celebs  as if he isn't part of that club now. I venture to say that he is. And I don't have a huge problem with musicians coming out against companies like Spotify, but when its the guy that really doesn't need the money, it comes off rather Ulrich-like.

I don't really care how good of a drummer Tommy Lee was, I just see him as a douche will jump on any bandwagon that he thinks will keep him relevant for five more minutes. 

Were there plenty of honorable mentions and people that could've been on this list? Yeah. This is one opinion, hopefully you're inspired enough to, I dunno, create a tumblr account and make your own.

ocweeklymusic
ocweeklymusic

@ryanjohnsmith1013 1) Why, when that's one that fits? 2) A beast in what way? How personally do YOU know them? Yikes. Don't answer that. 3) As long as you're willing to chase it up his nose to get it.

ocweeklymusic
ocweeklymusic

@andreihp42 Wow, strong feelings! I actually contemplated putting Ginger in Animal's place on the list, then I realized that well, they kinda looked and played the same back in the day, so whatevs.

hideaway159
hideaway159

@unabauer you're being generous by labeling Meg as a minimalist drummer. That's like saying Mili and Vanili where minimalist singers.

andreihp42
andreihp42 topcommenter

@ocweeklymusic @andreihp42 whatevs? Are you a twelve year old girl? Show some pride in your writing. You missed the comma in front of well btw. 


leon_polzowski_lxvii
leon_polzowski_lxvii

@andreihp42

Seriously dude, you're the one whining like the little 12-year-old girl that you're accusing the author of being, basically calling him a hack writer for saying "whatevs," an altogether common slang. LOOK OUT EVERYONE, ACCORDING TO ANDREIHP4, SLANG IS FORBIDDEN AMONGST ARTICLE WRITERS! Oh, and nitpicking about commas? Someone clearly needs to grow up. It won't be you, I'm sure, but somebody needs to.


...Let it be known to all that andreihp42 is THE authority on writing. None shall question his knowledge thereof, lest they suffer his UNHOLY WRATH...the wrath of someone who bitches about grammar and yet seems to forget to capitalize the first letter of his sentences now and again. OOOOOH~!

Now please proceed to bitch at me about my caps lock. :D

andreihp42
andreihp42 topcommenter

@GustavoArellano @andreihp42 @ocweeklymusic nobody is whining. Your attack and your colleagues back and forth just prove my point. Your rag sucks because you guys have no idea what you are doing. The proof is in the pudding, your rag gets smaller and smaller, and the "talent" writing it gets worse and worse. Believe me, I keep reading in hopes it gets better, but it is looking pretty hopeless these days. You guys are more interested in trolling your own articles than actually improving your writing skills. 

good luck with your careers. You'll need it.

andreihp42
andreihp42 topcommenter

@ocweeklymusic lol, unfortunately for your bosses and their advertisers not nearly as much as I used to.

Peace

andreihp42
andreihp42 topcommenter

@ocweeklymusic @andreihp42 nope, not mad. I was teasing you. But I was serious about you being more diligent about your writing. Using "whatevs" and getting into these types of "discussions" does nothing to build your credibility. Think about it for a bit before you answer.

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