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Opinion time: Bands with 2 drummers...why did it become popular...why did it wane?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by emu!, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. emu!

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    I remember seing a few bands with 2 drummers back in the 70's. I thought it was a little over-kill. But, kinda cool. Was it just for visual effect? I couldn't really hear all that much difference. Did the fad just run its course?
     
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    I think it was just a fad that ran its course. But two (or more) drummers can sound really great. A while ago I saw a performance with like 5 drummers and it was brilliant.
     
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    I will never understand it. Just seems silly.
     
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    Just the thought of the drama of having two drummers..... Imagine?
     
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    I saw the moody blues live and two drummers was AWESOME. I seem to remember The Smashing Pumpkins doing it on a live performance of 1979. One guy on an electronic set and Jimmy C banging it out on the traditional kit. I thought that was pretty sweet too... There was a semi local band that I loved growing up in the early 90's called BlackHappy. They had two drummers and horns. For that time period it was unheard of to me and to this day they made one of my favorite records of all time and were really great live! I think in the right setting it works. Just my 2¢
     
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    The Allman Brothers not only have 2 drummers, a while back they added a percussionist to the mix!
    They sound fantastic; like a full throttle locomotive propelling the songs. I usually find drum solos boring; not these guys. When they take a drum break it's pretty exciting.
     
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    It seemed to be a'70s rock thing....ABB,Charlie Daniels Band,Doobie Bros.,ect. ABB has 2 drummers and a percussionist.
    If the players know how to play together,it can work,like the 3 guitarists in Skynyrd.
     
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    The Dead had 2 drummers for a while. It can really open things up rhythmically and of course the drum solos can be out of this world.

    Then there's Neil Peart, which is like having two drummers in one. :)
     
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    Sounded great with the Allmans, I blame .38 Special for making it looking hokey
     
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    I think its a great idea - they can help each other set up.
     
  11. Brad Pittiful

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    outlaws had two drummers too...i think...did molly hatchet have two? seemed like southern rock bands had more two drummer bands
     
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    Don't forget James Brown often used 2 drummers too but they did it differently and for different reasons than the others mentioned here.
     
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    One drummer just couldn't hang with the intensity of his show.
     
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    Right, that was the main reason I think.
     
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    I must say I prefered the one drummer approach with the Dead, although I saw many fine show with two.
     
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    Too many Ringos
     
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    Two drummers can make the rhythm both looser and more inexorable, but sound a little hokey if you try to walk a straight line. It's hard enough to find one decent drummer.
     
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    Didn't they play sequentially, rather than at the same time?
     
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    The first time I saw BB King in the mid-90s he had 2 drummers. They didn't do much flashy stuff but I thought it was pretty cool. I also agree that when I saw ABB their 2 drummers and percussionist kept things interesting. They had Butch playing the main drums parts, Jaimo adding in some extra bits and accents mostly and the percussionist doing his thing. Their drum solo was pretty cool.

    Most of the places I've played there just isn't room for 2 drummers even if you could find 2 that were good AND could get along having another drummer fighting their ego.
     
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    Maybe they can't find two good drummers. It is often hard to find one.
     
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