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Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, or John Bonham. Who's best?


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Initial post: Mar 18, 2010 5:27:08 PM PDT
Puffany says:
don't add any more - just out of these three legends.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 5:38:35 PM PDT
Scung says:
I love all three drumers but I believe Bonham is top notch just for his bass foot style. Heal toe style like no other.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 6:17:41 PM PDT
grayrocker says:
bonham and moon may be great-but the technical and artistic golds have to to baker

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 6:33:12 PM PDT
Zaplightning says:
all three are fantastic but i'll go with bonzo because i dig led zeps music better than the who's

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 7:19:59 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
Keith Moon because, for me, rock n roll is first and foremost about energy.

ed.

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bass boy says:
I agree with E. Dill. Baker and Bonham might have been more technical (or were they really?), but Moon's passion, fury and stamina, up until 1976, is tops for me. His drumming on the new "Who Live Greatest Hits" CD that comes out Tuesday cooks, pops and cracks. I like Led Zeppelin and Cream (and Blind Faith), but I like The Who's music more, and I like the players' (Moon, Townshend, Entwistle and Zak Starkey) styles, passion and results better, too. I think some of rock's greatest, most inspired and moving drumming came from Moon on "Live at Leeds," "Who's Next," "Quadrophenia" and on the band's live recordings and boots from the late 1960s and 1970s. Even in the 1977 Kilburn concert film, Moon, here and there, was magnificent.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 8:43:46 PM PDT
All 3 for the following reasons. 1) Moony's out because he could only do what he did in one band - the Who. 2) Bonzo's out because he could only play in one band - Zepplin.
3) Baker's out because he could only play in two bands - Cream and Blind Faith (Masters of Reality were good but sounded like Cream). Wait, is this the best drummer room? I'm still trying to get back to the guitar room. Ow! Hit me with that stick again and I'll brain you with my guiOw!!! O.K. I'll go. Ow!

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 10:43:19 PM PDT
Moonie by a mile. His drumming could be all over the place and yet still fit in perfectly within the scope and range of Townshend's writing and playing. Baker would be second. He is technically excellent and can play jazz and rock with equal precision. Bonzo sounded like he was playing garbage cans with clubs as drumsticks. His playing was like his personality -- loud, boisterous and obnoxious. And he never varied his style much even when a Zep song called for it. He always sounded like a leadfoot.

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Posted on Mar 18, 2010 11:38:36 PM PDT
Hip O Critic says:
I agree with grayrocker's comments.
Moon - had a unique sound and his massive drum kit made his drumming dramatic. He also brought Entwhistle into play to keep time whilst he went off on a tangent - end result was it sounded brilliant and it worked.
Bonham - also a unique sound. I read somewhere he used to wrap his drum tips in aluminium foil which was innovative. A real hard drummer and it also worked.
Baker - Spot on sort of like Ringo - a perfect drummer.
To have seen live I would have chosen Moonie, to listen - Bonham and to learn from - Baker. For drummers to be pickable by a distinct sound such as Moon and Bonham it is a credit to them.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 5:36:38 AM PDT
I've always thought that John Entwistle was probably the only bass player who could play with Moon and have it still make sense. In most other bands, Moonie would not have been that good a fit because of his "playing around the beat instead of on it" style.

Bonham was the best ever in my book. He could never be replaced, not even by Jason.

Baker I've never really cared for, but I think that's more because of his reputation of being such a butt-head as a person than anything to do with his (usually excellent) drumming. Just a personal thing I can't seem to get past.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 8:33:21 AM PDT
Keith Moon - The quintessential rock 'n roll drummer. Never littered a Who LP with a drum solo track (Let's be honest...Toad & Moby Dick weighed down the respective albums they appeared on). He did seem sloppy at times, but he always seemed to be in control.
Bonham & Baker were great rock drummers, but Moon was the best rock 'n roll drummer.

Check out this vid:
http://www.total-drums.com/keith-moon-drum-solo.html
Who else would put goldfish & water in his drums? Even the funkateers in the crowd know what time it is!

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 8:42:59 AM PDT
Moon=The Who and dead, Bonham=Led Zeppelin and dead, Baker=Cream, Blind Faith, Ginger Baker Trio (jazz which is why most of you missed it) and still alive and kicking...Baker is more diverse and capable than either of the dead guys.

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2010 1:27:15 PM PDT
Jim Jocko says:
Moon's the best out of every drummer ever! He played the drums like Jimi Hendrix played guitar. No one's ever recreated his style, mainly, cause it cant be done. I've been a drummer for over 30 years and I've always dug him.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 1:57:20 PM PDT
Ginger Baker is the only drummer who I would listen to for the sake of the drumming. Listen to Masters of Reality Sunrise of the Sufferbus and you will be blown away! Guitar and bass are decent at best, but the drumming makes this a really interesting album. Baker can play a number of styles and brings a sound as distinctive as Moon or Bonham, but subtler.

Moon is a terrific drummer, but so individual he is tough to compare. Put him in another band and I'm not sure it will work.

Bonham was a huge influence on hard rock drummers. The power and fury are hard to match, but are pretty well limited to that. The man knew nothing about the word subtle, and that was very cool.

I like all of them, but best of discussions are meaningless without some kind of criteria.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 2:02:09 PM PDT
ac says:
JOHN BONHAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 3:16:22 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 19, 2010 4:00:28 PM PDT
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Music Lover says:
I enjoy all three of these guys. Bonham is my favorite(probably since Zeppelin is my favorite of the three groups) but don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

Robert-I pasted your below comments and i for the life of me cannot understand your axe to grind with Zeppelin or Bonham. if you like The Who better great for you but to continue trying to tarnish Zep's legacy in some way(don't worry you never will) by bashing them makes no sense to me. this statement below is foolish. you state he sounded like he was playing garbage cans with clubs? really? that sound must have been so awful no one wanted to copy or sample it-yet Bonham is the most sampled drummer in rock and pop. The drumming on Zeppelin II and IV are the standards for production(Page needs to get a lot of credit for this). also Bonham was adept at r & b and that flavor is in a lot of his playing. I'm guessing you never played drums or any instrument so you might have missed the subtleties(try it with headphones maybe) in his playing.

here's yours-"Moonie by a mile. His drumming could be all over the place and yet still fit in perfectly within the scope and range of Townshend's writing and playing. Baker would be second. He is technically excellent and can play jazz and rock with equal precision. Bonzo sounded like he was playing garbage cans with clubs as drumsticks. His playing was like his personality -- loud, boisterous and obnoxious. And he never varied his style much even when a Zep song called for it. He always sounded like a leadfoot.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 4:45:28 PM PDT
Working Man says:
Okay, I am waiting for the Led Zeppelin vs. The Who debate to break out.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 4:57:13 PM PDT
augustus says:
Bonham by a mile, extreme power and extreme sensitivity all wrapped up together:Instead of Moon, who I find too chaotic,I would put Ian Paice...listen to the solo on "The Mule" from made in Japan.Made one bass pedal sound like two.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 11:43:14 PM PDT
Keith Moon is his own musical universe.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 11:51:06 PM PDT
Alt9999 says:
I'll go with Moon. Although Baker probably best represents what a great drummer should be.

Posted on Mar 20, 2010 12:33:31 AM PDT
Moon for rock and roll
Bonham for blues
Baker for jazz

Posted on Mar 20, 2010 12:39:54 AM PDT
Keith Moon being wild is like Hendrix playing with his teeth, or Alice Cooper biting the head off a bat (yeah, right) or Eddie Van Halen doing arpeggiated finger taping... It's just a superficial view of what is most obvious, a stereotype if you want.

Anyway, my vote is for Moon, obviously. Baker never even caught my attention, and the memorable types of things that Bonham did, like the intro beat to The Rover or the solo at the end of RnR, are simply EVERYWHERE with Moon - but you do have to actively listen, especially with the bass drum mixed so low. Agee with Bass Boy on specifics
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