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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42 comments
nated461
nated461

I really think animal was a waste of a spot, although funny. It should have been used for Joey Kramer of Aerosmith. Years ago, I worked for a company that serviced his pool. Trust me when I say that guy was an absolute prick.

nated461
nated461

I'm sorry but Animal was a waste of a spot. A better choice would've been Joey Kramer of Aerosmith. Years ago, I worked for a company that cleaned his pool. The guy was a complete prick.

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 Medina Romero
Candy Medina 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.

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