Monday, November 24, 2008
I started playing drums when I was five years old and quickly came to understand that as important as practicing and learning your rudiments may be, there's actually something even more essential for a young drummer: knowing who you'll never be as good as in a million years.
Put another way: Buddy Rich was the greatest drummer that ever lived. So good that he made you want to put down your sticks and go take up needlepoint. So good that you completely overlooked the fact that he was an abrasive, surly son-of-a-bitch who knew how goddamned brilliant he was and would bring an astonishingly creative vocabulary of obscenities to bear against you if you dared to argue with him.
From 1978, here's a great clip from The Muppet Show featuring a truly inspired drum battle between the mighty Buddy Rich and, yes, Animal.