LOST IN THE NOISE

March 31 — D’YER MAK’R, Led Zeppelin (1973)

imageRolling Stone today presented its “100 Greatest Rock Drummers,” and I had my usual beefs. Some were too high (Stewart Copeland of the Police at No. 10), many were too low (Charlie Watts of the Stones at No. 12, Jim Keltner at No. 38) and some were predictable (Neil Peart of Rush at No. 4, Keith Moon of The Who at No. 2). For the top spot, however, there is no doubt — to me, to Rolling Stone, or to most any rock fan. Bonzo’s beat was “heavy, lively, virtuosic and deliberate,” a terrain the magazine called “artful clobbering.”

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