Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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The drummer in this music video is either amazing or ridiculous. Since he’s quite good, I am thinking he’s probably amazing. I wonder what Günter Grass thinks of him?

Comments

  1. #1 Ja
    June 1, 2010

    That was brilliant.

  2. #2 Luna_the_cat
    June 1, 2010

    The drummer is something else, but I honestly think that whole thing would be a lot better if they lost those horrible freakin’ jackets. >_<

  3. #3 travelgirl
    June 1, 2010

    seems i recall that the drummer for grand funk railroad did something similar at a concert back in the early 70s, with his eyes closed the whole time, including juggling the sticks…

    without the jacket, of course… :)

  4. #4 Pierce R. Butler
    June 1, 2010

    Every grrl’s crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed band!

  5. #5 bobdelany
    June 1, 2010

    If you take away the crazy flailing the drumming was quite non-descript. Seems to me he would have been better suited working on his actual drumming and less upon the “showmanship” though he was remarkably good at whirling manically.

  6. #6 doug l
    June 1, 2010

    Pretty amazing. Coincidentally, as I was watching this week’s NOVA program on the local PBS television broadcast which happened to be with Oliver Sachs on the subject of music and the human brain. It would be interesting to see this guy’s brain via functional MRI while he’s performing. It’s truly a gift, neurologically based or not. Cheers.

  7. #7 I_Love_Lamp
    June 2, 2010

    I think the extra flailing and swinging was just compensation for the simplicity of the drums in the song. it probably kept him entertained, as well as the viewers

  8. #8 Matt
    June 2, 2010

    I_Love_Lamp is probably right. I play bass, so I’ve been forced to do my share of mind numbingly boring parts, and often resort to doing “showy” things to keep myself entertained.

  9. #9 Ja
    June 2, 2010

    bobdelany – I tend to agree, but he’s damn entertaining and performing to so many more people than if he’d just played that song with tasteful and economical drumming.

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  10. #10 peter
    June 2, 2010

    fresh air on npr had an interview with artie shaw where he said something similar about being showy, telling his band to stop doing moves with the trombones because, “if you [the band] don’t respect the music, how are they [the audience] ever going to?” (well worth a listen http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126972706 )

    on the other hand, zz-top, as much as I enjoy them, are not known for really intellectually stimulating drum and bass parts. why not have fun. I seem to recall that the transcript for songs like this have a measure or two of music, and a ‘repeat 42 times’ notation.