Top 10 Punk Drummers
Charlie has been at this for a long-ass time; his time with the Plugz, Cruzados, and recently Social Distortion. Charlie’s style meshes with every band he sits in with.
Topper did some great drumming for the Clash; his heroin addiction got him booted from an otherwise flawless career with the band.
Innovator and guru to the Ramones. Tommy created the blueprint sound that the Ramones used for twenty plus years.
Whether Casey was drumming for Social Distortion or the Adolescents he has always been great. The “Blue” album stands the test of time.
Possibly the best overall drummer that is still playing. The guy can literally play any style of music, punk, rock, funk, and military beats. If you loved the Posh Boy EP, put on Symbol Six’s Monsters 11 album and stuffy George’s playing, you’ll immediately fire your own drummer and curse his mom.
One of the first L.A. punk drummers, Nicky brought the Weirdos to notoriety and contributed to the early Germs material as well as sitting in with the Darby Crash Band.
The oddball of the Germs (is that possible). Don played for the Germs, 45 Grave, and Vox Pop – which he posed nude for. Odd, but damn good.
From his punk-defining work with the Sex Pistols or his slowed down stuff with the Professionals Paul Cook has always been one of the best, often overlooked, but freaking great!
From his classic stuff with the mighty Black Flag to his drumming with the Misfits (with and without Danzig) Robo’s sound has always been very distinctive, one of my first favorite punk drummers.
Todd Barnes played great hardcore on TSOL’s classic Posh Boy EP, and helped introduce L.A. to Death Rock with their ultra-classic Frontier released, Dance with Me! He could play it all, and well. I think he sat in on a Vandals reunion some years back.
Honorable Mentions: Marky Ramone, Terry Chimes, Bill Stevenson, DJ Bonebrake, Chris Wahl, etc.
These are my choices, I’m sticking to them. I know some will complain that I included two drummers that worked with Darby, well, maybe he picked great drummers.
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